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Highest and Biggest in Australia

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

Elevation in feet

 

Highest Australian cities and towns in each state and territory

State/Terr. City or Town Height
in metres
State/Terr. City or Town Height
in metres
  NSW Perisher Valley 1740   WA Tom Price 750
  VIC Hotham Heights 1700   NT Areyonga 700
  TAS Reynolds Neck 1100   SA Amata 700
  QLD Ravenshoe 930   ACT Canberra 660

Highest Australian Mountains

  Mountain Height
in metres
  Location
  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.

  Mountain Height
in metres
  Mountain Height
in metres
  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.

State/Terr. Mountain Height
in metres
State/Terr. Mountain Height
in metres
  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 Australia
 Bald Rock, largest exposed granite outcrop in Australia

Geology Confusion

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

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.

  Height Length Width
Mt. Augustus 858 metres 8 kilometres 3 kilometres

Uluru

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).

  Height Length Width Circumference
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.

  Height Length Width
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

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