Australian Bureau of Statistics
01. Geography and Climate, 2002
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002
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Australia comprises a land area of about 7,692,030 square kilometres (see table 1.1). The land lies between latitudes 10 degrees 4l minutes south (Cape York) and 43 degrees 39 minutes south (South East Cape, Tasmania) and between longitudes 113 degrees 09 minutes east (Steep Point, Western Australia) and 153 degrees 39 minutes east (Cape Byron, New South Wales). The most southerly point on the mainland is South Point (Wilson's Promontory) 39 degrees 08 minutes south. The latitudinal distance between Cape York and South Point is about 3,180 kms, while the latitudinal distance between Cape York and South East Cape, Tasmania, is 3,680 kms. The longitudinal distance between Steep Point and Cape Byron is about 4,000 kms.
The area of Australia is almost as great as that of the United States of America (excluding Alaska), about 50% greater than Europe (excluding the former USSR) and 32 times greater than the United Kingdom. Tables 1.2 and 1.3 show the area of Australia in relation to areas of other continents and selected countries.
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