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Australian Deserts

Australia and Antarctica are the driest continents in the world. 70% of the Australian mainland receives less than 50cm (19.68 inches) of rain per year.

This low amount of rain classifies our country as arid or semi-arid. In actual fact, 18% of the Australia continent is desert.


State or Territory Desert Size in km2   State or Territory Desert Size in km2
  WA SA Great Victoria 348,750     WA Little Sandy 111,500  
  WA Great Sandy 267,250     SA NSW QLD Strzelecki 80,250  
  WA NT Tanami 184,500     SA NSW QLD Sturt Stony 29,750  
  SA NT QLD Simpson 176,500     SA Tirari 15,250  
  WA Gibson 156,000     SA Pedirka 1,250  
Total  1,371,000

NSW - New South Wales     NT - Northern Territory     QLD - Queensland     SA - South Australia     WA - Western Australia

Note: This information is for entertainment purposes. We assume no liability resulting from any errors or omissions. Translation . . . we've done our best to bring you accurate information. For official facts and figures, please visit any of the many Australian government websites available such as the Geoscience Australia National Geodetic database

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