In land area, Australia is the sixth largest nation after Russia, Canada, China, the United States of America and Brazil. It has, however, a relatively small population.
The highest point on the mainland, Mount Kosciuszko, is only 2228 metres.
Apart from Antarctica, Australia is the driest continent.
Australia's culturally diverse society includes its Indigenous peoples and settlers from countries all around the world.
The largest lakes in Australia include Lake Eyre (9500km2), Lake Torrens (5900km2) and Lake Gairdner (4300km2) which are all in South Australia.
The Murray River is the longest river in Australia at 2520km, combining with the Darling and Upper Darling Rivers to form the Murray-Darling basin. The Murray Darling extends over 15% of the continent, and serving 4 States and the ACT with water.