How Far Away Is Australia From the United States and How Did Australia Get Its Name?

Australia is about 7,000 miles southwest from North America, lying between the South Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.

A commercial airplane flight to Australia’s largest city, Sydney, takes more than 14 hours nonstop from Los Angeles.

Australia is the only country that is also a continent.

It is the world’s smallest and flattest continent, and it is the world’s sixth largest country in land area.

The name Australia comes from the Latin word australis, meaning southern.

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