Thursday, 2 July 2015

How far We have come/Distance in Australia

I have included maps of where we are now in kms/miles.  Next post will be the distances we are travelling with maps.

Australia is a large country, Australia fits into America, just amazing!  Most of Europe fits into Australia so that gives you some idea.  I did a post in 2014 which I am doing again.  This is to help those who are following where my husband and I are travelling in Australia.

Please read carefully!   Thank you - Margaret.



Size!

Australia consists of two land masses: mainland Australia and Tasmania. It lies on and extends south from the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere between latitudes 10°41' and 43°39'S and longitudes 113°9' and 153°39'E.
It is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Indian Ocean to the west, the Afarura Sea to the north, and the Southern Ocean to the south.
The nearest neighbour is Papua New Guinea, 200 kilometres to the north. Timor Leste is 640 kilometres to the north west, New Zealand is 1920 kilometres east, and Antartica is 2000 kilometres due south.
Size of Australia compared to Europe: MapArea
The area of Australia is 7 682300 square kilometres. Australia is about the size of the mainland United States excluding Alaska, and approximately 24 times the size of the Brittish Isles.
Distances
Mainland east to west, 3983 kilometres, north to south, 3138 kilometres. Coastline including Tasmania and off-sure islands, 36,735 kilometres.
There are many sites on the internet showing maps and comparisons from other countries to Australia. I hope the ones I chose are correct or near enough!
 The first map is how Europe first into Australia.
Second map is how Australia fits into the USA.



 
  

24 comments:

  1. Margaret, I can't imagine how big is country. For us 500 km is along distance but Europew is completely different and cuntries are much more smaller here..

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    1. Unless you travel Australia it's hard to realise how large it is...today we drove over 500kms.

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  2. You have already travelled further than Lands End to John o' Groats - our longest distance. Australia must seem pretty awesome to you too as Tasmania is a much more manageable size.

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    1. Yes Rosemary, it's wonderful to drive north for a long time as in days & days, something we can't do in Tasmania.

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  3. Looking at the map , it is checked , the huge dimension.

    Kisses

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    1. Very large indeed, but great to be able to travel part of it at a time.

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  4. I think England is about the size of Oregon, alone.

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  5. By what I can tell, many countries don't like compared to other countries by their size. Not sure why, not sure what difference it makes,but this article explains how the British were bent out of shape by a comparison of the Briish Isles size to Oregon (Oregon is just a tiny bit bigger, but grossly less populated than the British Isles. http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/04/british_dont_take_kindly_to_or.html

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    1. Well I didn't know that about comparison of countries, i personally like to know.
      Thanks for the link, will go there and look, read..

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  6. Well done Margaret.

    I reckon that covered distance already equates to:

    Europe; Gibraltar to about Stuttgart in Germany.
    UK: Up and back down.
    USA: New York to Kansas City.

    I think this "Shank's Pony" might have to undergo a test. The
    Racing Stewards and the RSPCA might be interested in what high
    Performance drugs are being used by "Lead Foot" - ha ha.
    Considering Bass Strait and then maybe Metropolitan Melbourne
    were in the slow lane arena - from Kyneton, across the Murray, Renmark,
    Burra, Port Augusta with the overnight stops and other stops, you have
    done remarkably well- 3 states!
    Hmmmmmmmmmm! Yes I think a swab may have to be taken - ha ha!
    Cheers as you shoot up north.
    Colin
    PS: Looks like a perfect day here (7.00 am)

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    1. Shank's Pony is going well. No swab test required at this stage. We did just over 300km today, further than expected.
      Tomorrow the Northern Territory I believe...amazing, isn't it.
      No phone service all the way from Glendambo to Coober Pedy but emergency telephones located some distance apart. Poor Shank's Pony if one had to use one :)
      Not a could in the sky on the way north today..

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    2. Shank's pony would have no hope of keeping up with the two of you.
      No matter how many needles were administered - ha ha!
      The bloody London weather - RARE heatwave yesterday at Wimbledon,
      raining now so a bloody delay!
      Colin

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  7. The overlay maps are interesting to compare the size of your country to others. I knew it had about the same area as the U.S. but it's interesting to compare it with Europe. You have a long way ahead of you!

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    1. Yes Cynthia, we do indeed have a long way to go, that is why we take at least 3 months. The map helps to show all how big Australia is to travel....interesting how countries fit into other countries.

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  8. It is a big country. And a varied country. Much of it is very beautiful, and I don't think we explore our own country enough.
    Loving this trip with you.

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    1. Oh thank you :) I'm loving sharing our country with you and everyone. Many people don't get the opportunity to travel our country...keep warm as I saw on the news it's to be a rather cold morning down your way..

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  9. Great post! It's amazing to see the maps on top of one another. More please! ;-)

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  10. I like the maps this is a big country and I think many people don't get how big it is,my parents have been around Australia 3 times and crossed the Nullarbor 3 times as well, I would love to travel around this wonderful country

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    1. Many people even we Australians don't realise how large Australia is.
      One day you will get to travel our land Jo- Anne...one day.

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    1. We are indeed...great to be privileged to see a fair bit of it.

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  12. It looks like you are making good progress. I assumed that Australia was a lot bigger than us, with it being designated as a continent.

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    1. Australia is also an Island so I'm told. Similar size to the U.S..yes, we are pleased with how far we have come so far.

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