Map of Australia

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Australia is a huge country with a coastline of over 34,000kms or 21,000 miles.

You can fit nearly 32 UKs in to Australia!

The population of Australia is just over 20 million people. The majority lives in the capital cities or close to the coast.

Australia is made up of states and territories. Each one with their own capital city, state government and their own unique tourist attractions.

Map of Australia showing states, territories and capital cities.

Looking at this map of Australia doesn't really give much perspective.

Even after a long flight to Australia most visitors don't quite realise how big this country is.

Flights in Australia are usually how you get around between the cities.

Perhaps these approximate flying times between some Australia cities might help.

  • Sydney to Perth - 5 hours
  • Sydney to Canberra - under an hour
  • Sydney to Melbourne - 1 hour 20 mins
  • Sydney to Adelaide - 2 hours
  • Sydney to Brisbane - 1½ hours
  • Sydney to Darwin - 4½ hours
  • Sydney to Cairns - 3 hours

As you can see on the map of Australia and from these flight times, Australia is a really big place! In comparison 20 million people isn't that many people compared to many other countries. This means that most visitors to Australia have expectations of the country which are not necessarily true.

Being so big means several things to visitors to Australia.

  • Climate and weather is quite different from top to bottom and from east to west.
  • Australia spans different time zones.
  • Travel planning is essential because of the large distances between places in Australia.
  • Outback travel planning is especially vital because getting it wrong can mean life or death in the harsh Australian outback. Outback guided tours are recommended for novice outback travellers.
  • Each state or territory has its own government. Public holidays, school holidays and even laws and road rules are different across the country!

You can just about experience anything in Australia.

Simply decide what you want to do!

Australian States and Territories

Name Capital City Some Attractions, Events and Places To Visit
Australian Capital Territory

(Australian Capital)

Australian Parliament
Floriade annual flower festival

New South Wales

Bondi Beach - Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour
Mardi Gras -Sydney
Blue Mountains
Hunter Valley for fine NSW wines
Coffs Harbour home of the Big Banana!
Byron Bay and Cape Byron most easterly point in Australia
Bathust 1000 Motor Race
Thredbo, Perisher and NSW Snowfields for skiing, cross country skiing and snowboarding.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney Olympic Park & Telstra Stadium for Sporting Events
Best New Year's Eve Party on the Harbour


Northern Territory

Kakadu National Park
Uluru National Park (Ayers Rock, The Olgas and more)
Alice Springs
Outback Australia


Gold Coast
Great Barrier Reef
Sunshine Coast
Port Douglas
Town of 1770
Whitsunday Islands
Fraser Island - largest sand island in the world and home to the purest australian dingos

South Australia

Adelaide City of Churches
Coober Pedy - Outback Australia
Opal Mining
Barossa Valley fine South Australian wine


The Apple Isle!
Port Arthur
Cradle Mountain
Tasmanian Devil


Shopping in Chapel Street and Bridge Road
Melbourne Theatre, Culture and Arts
Australian Open Tennis
Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Albert Park
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Home of Australian Rules Football (AFL)
Great Ocean Road
Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Victorian snowfields
Yarra Valley for fine Victorian wine
Ballarat Gold Rush country
Houseboats on the Euchuca River


Western Australia

Fremantle (Americas Cup Sailing)
The Kimberleys
Monkey Mia (dolphins)
Nigaloo Reef (whale sharks)
Margaret River (fine WA wines)
Kalgoorlie gold mining town
Karri Forests
The Indian Pacific Railway
Nullabor Plain
Australian Outback


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