Area: 2,967,893 square miles
Language: English is the official language.
Ethnicity: Australian: 37.13% English: 32% Irish: 9%Scottish: 8% Italian: 4% German: 4% Chinese: 3% Greek: 2%
Location: Australia is bordered by three oceans and four seas.
Geography: Situated in the Southern Hemisphere and south of Asia, Australia is an island continent surrounded by three oceans and four seas. It is about 7,700 miles from Los Angeles. Australia is roughly the same size as the continental United States, measuring 2,500 miles from east to west, and 2,000 miles from north to south. The Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef, lies a short distance off the northeast coast and extends for over 1,240 miles. Australia is Earth's flattest continent. Eastern Australia is marked by the Great Dividing Range, although the name is not strictly accurate, since parts of the range consists of low hills. The western half of Australia consists of the Western Plateau, which rises to mountain heights near the west coast and falls to lower elevations near the continental center. This is the arid landscape commonly known as the Outback.
Population (2011 estimate): 22,384,513
Religions: Catholic 24%, Anglican 20%, other Christian 20%
Time Zone: Australia has three primary time zones, four when Daylight Savings Time is in effect. Time in Canberra is 14 hours ahead of U.S. EST. When it is it is 6am in New York, it is 8pm in Canberra.