Which Continent Is Australia In?

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Australia is both a country and a continent. It is the sixth largest country in terms of land area and is the only large country that is completely surrounded by water. Australia is slightly smaller than the United States.

Australia is the smallest continent in the world. There is a range of climates that exist in Australia. Deserts occupy 20 percent of the land; however, there are also tropical rain forests and snowy mountains.

Both small and large islands surround the borders of Australia. The highest point in Australia is Mount Kosciuszko, and the lowest point is Lake Eyre. Australia is 5 percent of the total land mass in the world.