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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