Australia is the flattest, lowest and, except for Antarctica, the driest of all the continents.
Part of the Great Dividing Range, the Snowy Mountains are Australia’s tallest. It’s here you’ll find Australia’s highest mountain, Mt. Kosciuszko. Although the tallest in Australia, it’s only ranked the 71st highest in the world. Everest in Nepal is 4 times as high. World’s highest mountains.
Elevation in feet
Highest Australian cities and towns in each state and territory
|State/Terr.||City or Town||Height |
|State/Terr.||City or Town||Height |
|NSW||Perisher Valley||1740||WA||Tom Price||750|
Highest Australian Mountains
|Mt. McClintock||3490||Britannia Range in the Australian Antarctic Territory|
|Mawson Peak||2745||Heard Island, an external Australian territory in the Southern Ocean|
|Mt. Kosciuszko||2228||Snowy Mountains in mainland state of New South Wales|
Ten highest mountains on the Australian mainland
Officially recognized by the Australian government as the highest.
|Mt. Kosciuszko||2228||Rams Head North||2177|
|Mt. Townsend||2209||Alice Rawson Peak||2160|
|Mt. Twynam||2195||Unnamed Peak SW of Abbott Peak||2159|
|Rams Head||2190||Abbott Peak & Carruthers Peak||2145|
|Unnamed Peak on Etheridge Ridge||2180||Mt. Northcote||2131|
Highest mountain in each state and territory in Australia
Mt. Kosciuszko is located in the Snowy Mountains in
New South Wales and is part of the Great Dividing Range.
|NSW||Mt. Kosciuszko||2228||TAS||Mt. Ossa||1617|
|VIC||Mt. Bogong||1986||NT||Mt. Zeil||1531|
|ACT||Bimberi Peak||1912||SA||Mt. Woodroffe||1435|
|QLD||Bartle Frere (S. Peak)||1622||WA||Mt. Meharry||1253|
Bald Rock, largest exposed granite outcrop in Australia
Uluru, Mt. Augustus and Bald Rock have been described as monoliths. However, the Australian government points out that applying the term monolith to those geological structures is scientifically incorrect. Strictly speaking, a monolith is single large block of stone standing alone. A monocline, on the other hand, is an exposed slab of rock belonging to the layer beneath. We’ve read so much conflicting information about whether Uluru or Mt. Augustus was the largest monolith in the world, that we’ll leave it up to you to decide.
Mt. Augustus is more than twice the height of Uluru – so large that it is visible from over 100km away. It was discovered by Francis Gregory in 1858 and named after his brother Augustus. The Wadjeri tribe are the traditional custodians of Burringurrah, their name for Mt. Augustus. It’s located 850 km north of Perth in Western Australia.
|Mt. Augustus||858 metres||8 kilometres||3 kilometres|
Uluru (pronounced OO-la-ROO) is famous for the way it changes colour in the light and is particularly spectacular at sunrise and sunset. Once known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory, 335 km south-west of Alice Springs. Uluru is believed to extend several kilometres below the surface and is made of sedimentary arkosic sandstone (less than 75% compressed lithified sand and more than 25% feldspar).
|Uluru||348.7 metres||3.6 kilometres||2.4 kilometres||9.4 kilometres|
Bald Rock – Largest Exposed Granite Outcrop in Australia
Bald Rock is Australia’s largest exposed granite surface. Located on the Queensland and New South Wales border, it rises to 1277 metres above sea level and towers about 200 metres up out of the surrounding bushland.
|Bald Rock||200 metres||750 metres||500 metres|
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 Nat’l Geodetic database