Originally posted by mulberryblueshimmer
Hate to burst your bubble mate but yes it is. Australia is pretty much on a par land mass wise as the USA.
Sorry MBS theres a big difference, possibly because of Alaska. Another possibility is that you are familiar with the Mercator projection map which makes countries appear taller than they really are.
I just did some measuring and its approx. 533 miles or 800 km from Sydney to the SA border. I also worked out that its approximately 2266 miles from Surfers Paradise (been there, awesome place) to Carnarvon,WA; the longest distance between points I could find.
For comparison, there are about 4000 miles between Philadelphia and Nor. California.
Top 5 largest landmasses (km^2):
1. Russian Federation - 16,995,800
2. China - 9,326,410
3. USA - 9,166,600
4. Brazil - 8,456,510
5. Australia - 7,617,930