Area: 8.5 million km² / 3 million sq mi

Population: 36 million

Australia is both an island country and a continent, lying between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Its varied landscape includes a hot, dry centre (known as the Outback), tropical rainforests, snow-capped mountains and beautiful beaches. It is the smallest and lowest lying human-inhabited continent on Earth.

  • The continent lies entirely south of the equator and roughly two thirds of Australia is made up of flat desert.
  • The majority of Australia’s population is concentrated on the southern and eastern coasts.
  • Western Australia (the largest state in the country) is almost the same size as Europe
  • The Great Victoria Desert is about one-and-a-half times the size of the United Kingdom.
  • The Snowy Mountains, commonly referred to as the Australian Alps, receive more snowfall than the country of Switzerland.
  • Australia is the driest inhabited continent. Its interior has one of the lowest rainfalls in the world and about three-quarters of the land is arid or semi arid.
  • Over 200 different languages and dialects are spoken in Australia including 45 indigenous languages.

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Sydney Marathon
September 17, 2023
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Australia Intercontinental Marathon
February 2, 2025
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