Mainland Australia is the main landmass of the Australian continent, excluding Tasmania and other offshore islands. The landmass also constitutes the mainland of the territory governed by the Commonwealth of Australia, and the term, along with continental Australia, can be used in a geographic sense to exclude surrounding continental islands and external territories. Generally, the term is applied to the states of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, and Western Australia, as well as the Australian Capital Territory, Jervis Bay Territory, and Northern Territory.
The term is typically used when referring to the relationship between Tasmania and the other Australian states, in that people not from Tasmania are referred to as mainlanders. Tasmania has been omitted on a number of occasions from maps of Australia, reinforcing the divide between Tasmania and the mainland. The 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane left Tasmania off the map of Australia during the opening ceremony, as did the designs of the Australian Swim Team uniform for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The land mass covers 7,595,342 km2 (2,932,578 sq mi), about 98.7% of the area of the country of Australia and covering 1.5% of Earth's surface. Its population is about 24.5 million, 98% of Australia's total population.
See also [ edit ]
- Fauna of Australia
- Flora of Australia
- Geography of Australia
- List of islands of Australia
- States and territories of Australia
References [ edit ]
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- "Ex-interstate vehicles". Department of State Growth, Transport. Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
- "Separation of Tasmania". National Museum of Australia. NMA. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
- "Area of Australia - States and Territories | Geoscience Australia". Ga.gov.au. 12 January 2001. Retrieved 28 November 2018.