Nov 262022
Australian Deserts – Australian Facts And Figures

Australia is a land of contrasts, and nowhere are these more apparent than in the deserts. From the glittering red landscapes of the Simpson Desert to the harsh beauty of the Sturt Stony Desert, the Australian outback is a stunning landscape that can only be explored by road or by air.

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 TerritoryDesertSize in km2 State or TerritoryDesertSize in km2
  WA – SAGreat Victoria348,750   WALittle Sandy111,500  
  WAGreat Sandy267,250   SA – NSW – QLDStrzelecki80,250  
  WA – NTTanami184,500   SA – NSW – QLDSturt Stony29,750  
  SA – NT – QLDSimpson176,500   SATirari15,250  
  WAGibson156,000   SAPedirka1,250  
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.

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