The Land Down Under: The Australian Geography Quiz



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You may already know that the Australian continent includes the Australian mainland and nearby islands, but how well-versed are you in some of the finer details of its geography? Test your knowledge of the "land down under" with this Australian geography quiz.

Australia is located between the Pacific Ocean and which other ocean?

Australia is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.


In which hemisphere is Australia located?

Australia is located in the Eastern and Southern Hemispheres.


True or false: Australia is the 10th largest country in the world.

Australia covers 7,692,024 square kilometers (2,969,907 square miles), making it the sixth largest country in the world.


Which city is the capital of Australia?

Canberra is the capital of Australia. Canberra was a planned city and is located between Melbourne and Sydney in the Australian Capital Territory.


How many time zones does Australia have?

Australia has three time zones: Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).


How many states are there in Australia?

Australia is divided into six states and two territories. The states are New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The territories are the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.


What is the highest peak in mainland Australia?

At 2,228 meters (7,310 feet) Mount Kosciuszko is the highest peak in mainland Australia. Mount Kosciuszko is located in the Snowy Mountains of southeastern New South Wales.


Which latitude line runs through Australia?

The Tropic of Capricorn is the latitude line that runs across Australia. The Tropic of Capricorn is 23.5 degrees south of the equator and denotes the southernmost point on Earth that the sun will be directly overhead at noon local time.


What is the largest state in Australia?

At 2,529,875 square kilometers (976,790 square miles), Western Australia is the largest state in Australia.


How long is Australia's Great Barrier Reef?

The Great Barrier Reef, located off Australia's northeastern coast, is more than 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) long.


The city of Hobart is the capital of which Australian state?

Hobart is the capital of the Australian state of Tasmania. The British established the settlement of Hobart in 1803.


What is Australia's biggest city by population?

Sydney is Australia's most populated city, with more than 4.6 million residents.


What is the name of the famous sandstone monolith found in the Northern Territory?

Ayers Rock, which also goes by the Aboriginal name Uluru, was named a World Heritage Site in 1987.


True or false: Lake Eyre in the state of South Australia is the lowest point on the Australian continent.

At 15.2 meters (49 feet) below sea level, Lake Eyre is the lowest point on mainland Australia. Located in South Australia, Lake Eyre is actually two lakes connected by a long channel.


Which Australian city is home to the iconic Opera House?

The Sydney Opera House was completed in 1973 and has been featured in numerous magazines, television shows and movies.


How many islands are within Australia's maritime borders?

There are 8,222 islands within the maritime borders of Australia.


What is the longest river in Australia?

The River Murray is the longest single river in Australia at 2,508 kilometers (1,558 miles) long.


What is the southernmost point of mainland Australia?

The most southerly point of the Australian mainland is South Point, located at the tip of Wilsons Promontory National Park in Victoria.


What is the tallest waterfall in Australia?

At 268 meters (880 feet), Wallaman Falls in Queensland is Australia's highest single-drop waterfall.


What is the largest island in the maritime borders of Australia?

Tasmania is the largest island within Australia's maritime borders. Tasmania covers an area of 60,637 square kilometers (23,412 square miles) and is located off the coast of Victoria.


What is the length of the coastline of mainland Australian?

The length of coastline of mainland Australia is 35,877 kilometers (22,293 miles). The islands within Australia's borders add another 23,859 kilometers of coastline to the total.


What is the total population of Australia?

The population of Australia is estimated to be more than 24 million people. The female population is estimated at 50.2 percent, while males make up 49.8 percent of the total population.


In which Australian state is the geological formation named Murphy's Haystacks found?

The wind-eroded pink granite formation known as Murphy's Haystacks is found on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.


Which state is the wettest in state in Australia?

Tasmania is the wettest state in Australia, averaging more than 150 days of rain per year.


Which city is the capital of the state of Victoria?

Melbourne is the second highest populated city in Australia, with more than 4.2 million people.


What is Australia's top export?

Iron ore is Australia's No. 1 exported material totaling 25.7 percent of total exports for the country.


What percentage of mainland Australia is desert?

Approximately 35 percent of Australia is classified as desert due to minimal annual rainfall amounts. Not including Antarctica, Australia is the driest continent on Earth, with 70 percent of the country receiving less than 500 millimeters of annual rainfall.


True or false: Summer in Australia is December through February.

Seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are opposite those in the northern hemisphere.


Which Australian state is home to the Daintree Rainforest?

The Daintree Rainforest, one of the oldest rainforests in the world, is located in the Australian state of Queensland.


Which city is the capital of Western Australia?

With a population of 1.89 million people, Perth is the largest city in Western Australia and the fourth largest city in the entire country.


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