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