7,617,931 sq km (2,941,283 sq mi)
7,686,850 sq km (2,967,893 sq mi)
Canberra - 327,700
Sydney - 4,250,100; Melbourne - 3,610,800; Brisbane - 1,545,700; Perth - 1,375,200; Adelaide - 1,087,600
English 79% (official), native and other languages
Roman Catholic 26%, Anglican 21%, other Christian 21%, Buddhist 2%, Islam 2%, other 1%, none 15%
AWDT - Australian Western Daylight Time (GMT +9);
AWST - Australian Western Standard Time (GMT +8); ACST - Australian Central Standard Time (GMT +9:30); ACDT - Australian Central Daylight Time (GMT +10:30); AEST - Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT +10); AEDT Australian Eastern Daylight Time (GMT +11:30); WCT - Western Central Time (unofficial time zone, GMT +8:45);
Daylight saving time is observed in: New South Wales (NSW), the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria (Vic), South Australia (SA) and Tasmania.
AC 240 V, plugs with 2 or 3 flat V-shaped prongs (Australian plug)
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the southern hemisphere comprising the continental mainland, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Neighboring countries include Indonesia
, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia to the north-east, and New Zealand
to the southeast.
Australia is divided into both states and territories (capital cities for each are in parentheses): Australian Capital Territory (Canberra), New South Wales (Sydney), Northern Territory (Darwin), Queensland (Brisbane), South Australia (Adelaide), Tasmania (Hobart), Victoria (Melbourne) and Western Australia (Perth).