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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?
Using urban agglomerations, according to citypopulation.de
Quiz by Jeremy
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Last updated: February 22, 2024
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Name
State
Population
Melbourne
VIC
4,875,390
Sydney
NSW
4,856,693
Brisbane
QLD
2,488,781
Perth
WA
2,173,146
Adelaide
SA
1,383,209
Gold Coast-Tweed
QLD
702,038
Newcastle
NSW
509,894
Canberra
ACT
490,264
Sunshine Coast
QLD
387,486
Central Coast
NSW
344,951
Wollongong
NSW
305,880
Geelong
VIC
289,400
Hobart
TAS
230,353
Townsville
QLD
181,665
Cairns
QLD
155,638
Toowoomba
QLD
143,994
Darwin
NT
135,305
Ballarat
VIC
111,702
Bendigo
VIC
102,899
Albury-Wodonga
NSW
97,676
Launceston
TAS
93,332
Mackay
QLD
85,435
Rockhampton
QLD
80,240
Bunbury
WA
79,252
Bundaberg
QLD
74,433
Coffs Harbour
NSW
74,177
Hervey Bay
QLD
58,235
Wagga Wagga
NSW
57,233
Shepparton
VIC
53,983
Mildura-Buronga
VIC
53,677
Port Macquarie
NSW
50,104
Ballina
NSW
46,073
Gladstone
QLD
45,779
Tamworth
NSW
44,357
Traralgon
VIC
43,128
Warragul
VIC
42,870
Orange
NSW
42,151
Busselton
WA
41,906
Bowral-Mittagong
NSW
41,419
Dubbo
NSW
41,014
Geraldton
WA
40,279
Nowra-Bomaderry
NSW
38,939
Bathurst
NSW
37,490
Albany
WA
36,300
Warrnambool
VIC
35,754
Devonport
TAS
32,611
Kalgoorlie-Boulder
WA
30,425
Mount Gambier
SA
30,276
Victor Harbor
SA
28,850
Lismore
NSW
28,844
Name
State
Population
Alice Springs
NT
28,601
Burnie
TAS
28,537
Nelson Bay
NSW
28,316
Maryborough
QLD
27,826
Morisset-Cooranbong
NSW
27,771
Taree
NSW
26,674
Bacchus Marsh
VIC
25,045
Goulburn
NSW
24,683
Armidale
NSW
24,171
Gympie
QLD
22,695
Echuca-Moama
VIC
22,478
Gisborne
VIC
22,366
Moe-Newborough
VIC
21,954
Whyalla
SA
21,868
Forster-Tuncurry
NSW
20,999
Griffith
NSW
20,670
Yeppoon
QLD
20,575
St. Georges Basin-Sanctuary Point
NSW
20,081
Wangaratta
VIC
19,877
Grafton
NSW
19,331
Murray Bridge
SA
18,864
Mount Isa
QLD
18,807
Camden Haven
NSW
18,409
Karratha
WA
17,892
Broken Hill
NSW
17,661
Batemans Bay
NSW
17,492
Singleton
NSW
17,135
Ulladulla
NSW
16,951
Horsham
VIC
16,944
Port Lincoln
SA
16,844
Port Hedland
WA
16,247
Kempsey
NSW
15,809
Warwick
QLD
15,759
Broome
WA
15,664
Bairnsdale
VIC
15,648
Ulverstone
TAS
15,430
Sale
VIC
15,259
Medowie
NSW
15,050
Airlie Beach-Cannonvale
QLD
14,775
Emerald
QLD
14,356
Port Pirie
SA
14,297
Port Augusta
SA
14,125
Colac
VIC
12,696
Mudgee
NSW
12,577
Esperance
WA
12,459
Lithgow
NSW
12,411
Muswellbrook
NSW
12,379
Castlemaine
VIC
11,285
Portland
VIC
11,182
Swan Hill
VIC
11,169
22 Comments
+3
Level 74
Feb 18, 2024
Finally updated - with the most recent data and fixing placement on the map. I used a Google Maps overlay to place the cities so everything should be about as accurate as it can be, to within a couple miles.
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Level 70
May 8, 2020
Nice quiz, I really ought to learn more of these!
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Level 57
May 17, 2020
Some of these populations need to be updated.
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Level 74
May 17, 2020
The numbers are from the most recent data shown on citypopulation.de, from 2016.
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Level 67
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 52
Jun 22, 2020
They are basically all coastal cities.
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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 61
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
+2
Level 60
Aug 9, 2021
Yesss! It got spotlighted! This is one of my favourite quizzes!
+1
Level 67
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.
+4
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 59
Jul 4, 2022
any chance victor harbour could be spelt the australian way rather than victor harbor?
+7
Level 67
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 :)
+2
Level 42
Apr 28, 2023
Victor Harbor has always spelled without the U since the 1900s – and not a single sign uses harbour with a u (even outside proper names, from personal experience).
+1
Level 59
Feb 22, 2024
Just Mt Isa should be accepted
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Level 74
Feb 22, 2024
Okay
+4
Level 58
Feb 27, 2024
The update with accurate locations is great, although Lismore has been set to Lismore, Victoria with a population of just 400 (rather than Lismore, NSW). Took me a second to work out what town could possibly be showing up there but all in all good quiz.
+1
Level 55
Mar 24, 2024
Where is Ipswich? with around 163k people
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Level 60
Apr 20, 2024
In Brisbane