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100 Biggest Cities in Australia on a Map

With the help of a map, can you name the 100 biggest cities in Australia?
Quiz by Jeremy
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Last updated: August 26, 2020
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City
State
Population
Sydney
NSW
4,321,534
Melbourne
VIC
4,196,201
Brisbane
QLD
2,054,616
Perth
WA
1,874,577
Adelaide
SA
1,165,639
Gold Coast
QLD
600,334
Canberra
ACT
432,141
Newcastle
NSW
322,279
Central Coast
NSW
307,740
Wollongong
NSW
261,897
Sunshine Coast
QLD
243,377
Hobart
TAS
178,005
Townsville
QLD
168,726
Geelong
VIC
157,103
Cairns
QLD
144,733
Darwin
NT
118,452
Toowoomba
QLD
100,032
Ballarat
VIC
93,761
Bendigo
VIC
92,384
Albury
NSW
83,102
Maitland
NSW
78,019
Mackay
QLD
75,704
Launceston
TAS
75,328
Bunbury
WA
71,094
Rockhampton
QLD
61,213
Melton
VIC
54,455
Hervey Bay
QLD
52,075
Bundaberg
QLD
50,150
Wagga Wagga
NSW
48,263
Coffs Harbour
NSW
48,221
Shepparton
VIC
46,194
Port Macquarie
NSW
44,811
Orange
NSW
37,181
Mildura
VIC
35,601
Sunbury
VIC
34,425
Dubbo
NSW
34,335
Tamworth
NSW
33,882
Bathurst
NSW
33,581
Gladstone
QLD
33,417
Geraldton
WA
31,978
Nowra
NSW
30,856
Warrnambool
VIC
30,707
Kalgoorlie
WA
29,869
Albany
WA
29,369
Blue Mountains
NSW
29,320
Lismore
NSW
27,570
Gawler
SA
26,470
Mount Gambier
SA
26,148
Traralgon
VIC
25,482
Busselton
WA
25,325
City
State
Population
Alice Springs
NT
23,728
Devonport
TAS
23,044
Goulburn
NSW
22,416
Maryborough
QLD
22,205
Cessnock
NSW
21,723
Whyalla
SA
21,505
Bowral
NSW
21,397
Armidale
NSW
20,391
Forster
NSW
19,918
Burnie
TAS
19,388
Griffith
NSW
18,878
Morisset
NSW
18,741
Wangaratta
VIC
18,567
Echuca
VIC
18,523
Mount Isa
QLD
18,342
Gympie
QLD
18,267
Ocean Grove
VIC
18,208
Nambour
QLD
18,183
Bongaree
QLD
18,144
Taree
NSW
18,114
Broken Hill
NSW
17,589
Bacchus Marsh
VIC
17,303
Torquay
VIC
16,942
Murray Bridge
SA
16,803
Grafton
NSW
16,790
Kurri Kurri
NSW
16,790
Mount Barker
SA
16,630
Ballina
NSW
16,502
Yeppoon
QLD
16,351
Karratha
WA
15,825
Horsham
VIC
15,630
Victor Harbor
SA
15,267
Crafers
SA
15,127
Moe
VIC
15,062
Warragul
VIC
14,274
Port Lincoln
SA
14,062
Broome
WA
13,984
Nelson Bay
NSW
13,967
Warwick
QLD
13,860
Port Hedland
WA
13,828
Port Pirie
SA
13,743
Morwell
VIC
13,540
Emerald
QLD
13,529
Sale
VIC
13,507
Kiama
NSW
13,455
Lara
VIC
13,327
Raymond Terrace
NSW
13,301
Singleton
NSW
13,217
Ulladulla
NSW
13,057
Bairnsdale
VIC
12,950
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Level 69
May 8, 2020
Nice quiz, I really ought to learn more of these!
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Level 73
May 8, 2020
Thanks :)
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Level 56
May 17, 2020
Some of these populations need to be updated.
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Level 73
May 17, 2020
The numbers are from the most recent data shown on citypopulation.de, from 2016.
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Level 63
Jun 6, 2021
There is now updated data on citypopulation.de here although Melbourne has now overtaken Sydney (2020 estimates). Great quiz!
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Level 48
Jun 22, 2020
They are basically all coastal cities.
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Level 73
Jun 22, 2020
Tough to build a big city in a desert.
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Level 48
Jun 26, 2020
Very true!
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Level 51
Apr 4, 2021
There is the Murray river, and still no inland cities along it.
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Level 75
Aug 9, 2021
Riyadh has 7 million, so where there's a will there's a way...
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Level 37
Jun 29, 2020
Brilliant quiz - I am satisfied with my knowledge of my own country. Annoyed I missed Lismore and Raymond Terrace, though.
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Level 59
Jan 12, 2021
How is Taree north of Port Macquarie? Fix this please.
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Level 73
Feb 14, 2021
It looks like Taree and Grafton are misplaced. Taree should be roughly between Forster and Port Macquarie, and Grafton should be roughly between Coffs Harbour and Ballina.
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Level 70
Nov 16, 2021
Taree and Grafton have been put where Macksville and Kempsey actually are. Kempsey isn't on the list, but is big enough to be.

Kurri Kurri is marked as Northeast of Maitland, but it's Southwest.

And some of the places are just citypopulation.de weirdnesses, like Crafers, SA which has a population of <2000, and shouldn't be on the list at all.

Much better to use the Australian Bureau of Statistics' list of Significant Urban Areas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_in_Australia_by_population#Significant_urban_areas_by_population

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Level 68
Aug 3, 2021
Love this quiz! However, perhaps a map with a larger scale of detail and more accurate town locations would make this even better. eg. the Location of Kiama in relation to Nowra seems off
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Level 60
Aug 9, 2021
Yesss! It got spotlighted! This is one of my favourite quizzes!
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Level 65
Aug 21, 2021
Just to reiterate what has already been said, some of the locations are way off. Orange, for example, is way closer to Sydney than where you have it. A little more time would have been good too.
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Level 70
Nov 20, 2021
While many, many cities are not correctly marked on this map, Orange isn't one of them. It's due north of Canberra, and WNW of Sydney, as marked.

Northern NSW, though, is a dog's breakfast. Grafton (100s of km too far south) and Taree (100s of km too far N) are completely wrong, and Morisset (too far E), Kurri Kurri (too far NE), Raymond Terrace (too far N), Nelson Bay (too far NE), Singleton (too far NW) and Dubbo (too far NE) are significantly wrong. Maitland, Cessnock, Tamworth, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Ballina and Lismore are all slightly wrong. Only Forster and Port Macquarie are reasonably accurate.

Southern NSW/Northern Vic/ACT is not much better. Kiama (too far S), Canberra (too far SW), Wagga, Albury, Griffith and Wangaratta (all too far W) are all significantly out.

In Victoria, Moe and Warragul are significantly too far N, and Bacchus Marsh is significantly too far W (it's 5 times closer to Melton than Balllarat). Sunbury, Melton and Ballarat are too far from Melbourne.

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Level 57
Jul 4, 2022
any chance victor harbour could be spelt the australian way rather than victor harbor?
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Level 63
Aug 30, 2022
The Australian town is spelt Victor Harbor, so that doesn't need fixing, though the typical Australian spelling of the word 'harbour' could at least be accepted as a type-in :)