How big is Australia compared to USA?

When planning travel to Australia, a fundamental step is to get a basic understanding on distances and travel times.

Many people don’t realize that Australia is really large, in-fact its about the same size as continental USA.

Map of size of Australia compared to USA

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How big is Australia? To put it in perspective, traveling from Sydney to Perth (East Coast to West Coast) is about the same as traveling from New York to Los Angeles. 

So when planning your vacation to Australia, make sure you’re realistic with the destinations you want to visit and the time you have available for your vacation. 

Its also worth noting that Australia’s population is significantly less than America’s (the whole of Australia has about the same number of people living in it as the state of Texas).

So from an infrastructure standpoint Australia travel cannot support the same frequency of flights, ferries, trains & buses between destinations. This means you need to be very mindful of travel times, connections and the like.

A simple oversight in booking a once-a-day island ferry and a once-a-day flight that do not connect properly could put your trip in total disarray.

In short, careful trip planning is the key!

Here at About Australia we’re passionate about our beautiful country and we want you to see it in all its glory, without any inconvenient hiccups.

We’re experts in vacation planning and coordinating Australia travel.

So if you have travel questions, need help planning your custom trip to Australia or are looking for Australia vacation deals, you’ve come to the right place. We’d love to help you!

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