Australian States and Territories Quiz

Can you name the eight Australian states and territories?
Not counting external territories or the Jervis Bay territory
Quiz by LBA
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Last updated: December 21, 2019
First submittedFebruary 11, 2012
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State or Territory
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Northern Territory
Queensland
South Australia
Tasmania
Victoria
Western Australia
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Level 33
Apr 9, 2012
Finally! This proves I've gotten them down. My Aussie friend is so proud of me right now.
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Level 20
Apr 17, 2012
If only QLD would be accepted, I will finish it all way faster XD!
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Level 22
Mar 20, 2020
i can finally comment
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Level 25
Feb 22, 2022
Heart A.C.T
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Level 28
Apr 28, 2022
How do i comment without replying
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Level 46
May 10, 2022
scroll to the bottom and select add comment
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Level 14
Nov 3, 2012
Needs to be VIC for Victoria and QLD for queensland
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Level 55
May 17, 2020
and tassie for tasmania
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Level 32
Jul 1, 2020
nah
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Level 28
Sep 7, 2021
yeah nah
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Level 49
Oct 26, 2021
nah yeah but
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Level 40
Nov 19, 2021
yeah nah but nah sure
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Level 38
Aug 28, 2020
WA, NT, SA, QLD, VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS would make this finish in 5 seconds. (Fast typers)
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Level 32
Jan 22, 2022
Victory for Victoria
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Level 32
Mar 3, 2022
no
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Level 32
Dec 5, 2012
Why don't you add the other territories?

* Norfolk Island

* Christmas Island

* Cocos (Keeling) Islands

* Ashmore and Cartier Islands

* Australian Antarctic Territory

* Coral Sea Islands

* Heard Island and McDonald Islands

* Jervis Bay Territory

Would make it more challenging. NT and ACT aren't the only territories.

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Level 14
Jan 21, 2013
Can I alert you to the instructions saying "NOT INCLUDING EXTERNAL TERRITORIES."
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Level 68
Jul 6, 2015
Jervis Bay isn't an external territory.
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Level 76
Dec 15, 2017
Not only is it not external, it's a part of ACT. Beautiful place too.
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Level 43
Mar 17, 2022
No, Jervis Bay Territory is not part of the ACT. It is its own territory but governed by the ACT. There is a difference.
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Level 33
Jan 12, 2014
they should include Jervis Bay Territory considering its technically not an external territory
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Level 76
Jan 29, 2018
It is part of the Australian Capital Territory, was given to them by New South Wales to give them access to the ocean so that a naval base could be established on there.
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Level 32
Mar 21, 2018
It is not part of the ACT, except in the sense that all territories are part of the federal government, essentially being stateless.
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Level 58
Oct 21, 2021
For governmental purpose, it is part of the ACT. They have ACT car rego plates and the AFP are their police, and in elections they are part of the ACT as well, but it is technically it's own Territory.
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Level 43
Jan 26, 2015
The Australian Antarctic territory has no effect over the land
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Level 22
Mar 20, 2020
I don't know where you're from but we don't consider those as "Australia"
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Level 43
Mar 18, 2022
Yes we do. In what elections do Christmas Island, Norfolk Island and Cocos (Keeling) Island residents vote in? Residents of those territories vote in Australian elections.
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Level 40
Dec 25, 2012
Heehee... this was soooo easy. For an Aussie anyway. Hey, wanna bet we can write down our states quicker than you Americans can write down yours. ;)
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Level 55
Feb 15, 2018
I bet I, the Canadian, can write down my states faster than you write down yours.
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Level 75
Jan 18, 2020
As a Brit, I bet I can write down UK's states faster than all of you.
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Level 36
Mar 19, 2021
I'm not as confident as the rest of you as an American myself. By the time y'all are done, I'll only have written Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and maybe, just maybe, Pennsylvania.
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Level 53
Apr 27, 2021
yeah you can, we have 50 and you have like 6 of them
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Level 28
Sep 7, 2021
i don't think you brits can do all of or states quicker than an aussie
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Level 32
Jan 22, 2022
I'm an Indian, I bet I can write down my states better than yours
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Level 28
Dec 27, 2012
SOOO Easy! Never been to Australia but got 100 percent with 1:27 to go. Tripped up on Australian Capital Territory for a while, but still made it through! WOOT!
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Level 53
Jan 23, 2014
how do you get a map?
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Level 22
Mar 7, 2014
Quizmaster
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Level 15
May 7, 2014
Haha I have no idea why I took this quiz, considering im Aussie. Free points I guess :D
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Level 21
May 27, 2014
The Canadian gets it perfect.
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Level 32
Jan 22, 2022
The Indian gets it perfect.
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Level 64
Nov 10, 2014
1:45 to go
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Level 77
Jan 26, 2015
This American tried Capital Territory and Australian Capital but still missed it. So close.
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Level 73
Aug 28, 2019
I've had similar experiences in the past. Finally got it - at the fifth attempt!
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Level 60
Jan 27, 2015
A bit more leniency on the Australian Capital Territory would be nice... I guessed AC Region.
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Level 55
Aug 20, 2021
Why? It's called the Australian Capital Territory, nothing else
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Level 49
Jan 27, 2015
How is Tasmania the highest? As a Tasmanian I'm quite surprised...
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Level 75
Apr 1, 2015
Because we are clearly the most important state, Mr Gecko!
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Level 59
Nov 26, 2016
Cos that's where the devil comes from.
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Level 36
Mar 19, 2021
It's easier to distinguish from the rest of Australia.
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Level 56
Mar 3, 2015
Easy as 2+2
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Level 47
Jun 20, 2019
2+2=5 (According to the government at least)
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Level 55
Feb 27, 2016
Haha used acronyms for all but 3
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Level 59
Apr 29, 2016
I got all except "Australian Captial Territory!" However, Northern Territory took be a while because I kept guessing "North Territories" or "Northern Territories." I think those type-ins should be accepted.
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Level 70
Sep 21, 2016
I did the same. Please accept territories for territory
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Level 67
Jan 28, 2018
Why? It is not correct.
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Level 76
Jan 29, 2018
There is only one territory in the Northern Territory, why should the plural form be accepted?
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Level 58
Oct 21, 2021
There's a considerable difference between the singular territory and the plural territories.
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Level 43
Sep 14, 2016
Please accept Tasmania for the Capital Territory.
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Level 63
Apr 27, 2017
Those are completly different things
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Level 61
Nov 22, 2017
Must be a Tazmanian.
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Level 68
Dec 15, 2016
Only missed Victoria, had trouble with ACT but I finally remembered the name, thought it was just Canberra.
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Level 44
Feb 17, 2017
0:44 remaining
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Level 36
Apr 6, 2017
Can you make "capital" work for the capital territory?
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Level 72
Apr 10, 2017
Why?
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Level 58
Oct 21, 2021
Geography Master? Hardly if you're unwilling to learn the correct names for places! (for future reference, ACT works, and that's what it's often called in everyday usage).
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Level 53
Apr 11, 2017
Jervis Bay Territory. Not Jarvis.
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Level 76
Jan 26, 2018
Yup. Note at the top of the quiz needs to be changed to fix this.
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Level 48
Jul 30, 2017
100% with 1:30 left, mates!
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Level 30
Oct 20, 2017
Can you please add the official abbreviations?
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Level 24
Nov 16, 2017
Got it in 6 seconds by putting Queensland in copy-paste clipboard, typing NSW, ACT, WA, NT, SA, Tasmania, Victoria then hitting Paste to load in Queensland.
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Level 72
Nov 21, 2017
What a lot of messing around just to cheat!
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Level 63
Nov 22, 2017
I get the push for stating the "exact names," thus not allowing Canberra for Australian Capital Territory, but come on. On the U.S. States quiz, you don't have to type 'The State of ..." Plus, in most cases, Canberra and Australian Capital Territory are synonymous. The official demonym for the Australian Capital Territory is literally Canberran (look it up). Please be more lenient, at least in this case.
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Level 76
Jan 29, 2018
You have got to be kidding me that Canberra and ACT are synonymous.
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Level 43
Mar 18, 2022
The difference is, people don't say the State of California, the State of New York in everyday usage. With the Australian Capital Territory, people say that name in everyday usage.
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Level 81
Jan 26, 2018
Too Australia-centric.
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Level 59
Aug 28, 2019
OOOH BOB SAGET
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Level 72
Jan 26, 2018
If we were an American state, Trump would be our President, and we could all shoot ourselves.
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Level 66
Jan 26, 2018
If "NSW", "ACT", "WA", "SA", "NT" all work, can you not make "QLD" an acceptable answer, as this is a commonly used abbreviation?
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Level 77
Jan 26, 2018
Aussies, I'm curious, why didn't the mainland territories become states, and will they in the future?
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Level 38
Jan 27, 2018
The ACT was specifically created so that our capital city wouldn't be in one of the states.

The Northern Territory has too low a population density to support itself as a state. The top answer on Quora has a good explanation:

https://www.quora.com/Why-is-Northern-Territory-not-a-state

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Level 57
Jan 27, 2018
Never heard of the Australian Capital Territory- not sure if that's because it wasn't around when I was at school or I just wasn't paying attention- I did try Canberra though.

Got the rest with no problems.

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Level 80
Mar 8, 2018
The ACT was founded in 1911, though its creation is mandated in the Australian constitution (Section 125, if my memory serves me correctly), which provides that territory should be set aside for a national capital, outside any of the states. It took two years after NSW transferred land to the Commonwealth Government for that purpose for Canberra to be founded in 1913. Most people probably think of Canberra and the ACT as synonymous. Population-wise, that's more or less true, but Canberra only occupies about the northern third of the territory of the ACT, the rest being bushland.
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Level 35
Sep 12, 2018
8/8 with 1:54 left
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Level 61
Oct 5, 2019
You spelt Jervis Bay wrong in the description.
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Level ∞
Oct 6, 2019
Okay, fixed.
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Level 54
Dec 16, 2019
Shouldn't Jervis Bay be on here, or isn't it just part of the ACT (Australian Capital Territory)?
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Level 80
May 14, 2022
Jervis Bay Territory is its own distinct territory - not part of the ACT - but the caveat in the quiz description explicitly excludes it.
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Level 48
Apr 6, 2020
less time plz
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Level 17
May 20, 2020
Where are you origanally from Ithabise?
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Level 70
May 28, 2020
Accept QLD
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Level 17
Aug 19, 2020
Got em all in 10 seconds, way too easy...for an Aussie. For Americans, I can name the states in seconds, and for Brits too.
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Level 20
Sep 15, 2020
finished with 1:39 to go because i'm aussie
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Level 57
Sep 24, 2020
"capital territory" isn't a type in but "australian capital" is
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Level 56
Sep 25, 2020
Maybe add Canberra as a type-in for Australian Capital Territory?
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Level 40
Feb 28, 2021
Canberra is a CITY
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Level 37
Feb 18, 2021
please accept Capital Territory
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Level 71
Jun 9, 2021
Is there any reason "Capital territory" isn't accepted for "Australian Capital territory"? I would think the "Australian" part of it would be implied?
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Level 58
Oct 21, 2021
Perhaps because people don't call it that. ACT is the usual everyday name.
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Level 67
Sep 21, 2021
Can we talk about the koala in the thumbnail?
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Level 57
Oct 21, 2021
Nearly there, I knew Canberra but didn't know it came in it's own territory- every day's a school day :-)
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Level 37
Oct 21, 2021
Can you accept Canberra for the capital state?
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Level 83
Oct 21, 2021
Yes. Or just "capital." Though... with only 7 answers it's quite easy to give up and start over and get every one.
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Level 83
Oct 21, 2021
Are they ever going to come up with actual names for the parts west of Queensland?
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Level 80
May 14, 2022
Yeah, they just kinda gave up at that point. Plus Queensland and Victoria are both named in honour of Queen Victoria. New South Wales having both 'new' and 'south' tacked onto it is a bit cumbersome, so I feel like only Tasmania got a decent, unique name.
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Level 46
Oct 21, 2021
Can you accept Capital or Capital Territory for the Australian Capital Territory?
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Level 55
Oct 21, 2021
Can Canberra and Capital Territory be acceptable?
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Level 60
Oct 21, 2021
Can you accept Capital, Capital Territory or Canberra for ACT?
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Level 43
May 14, 2022
No.
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Level 31
Oct 23, 2021
6 seconds.

Yup, i am an aussie

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Level 44
Mar 23, 2022
im not :)
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Level 47
Apr 26, 2022
Wow, Australia, very creative...