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Australia (continent)

continent on the Earth's Southern Hemisphere

The continent of Australia, sometimes known in technical contexts by the names Sahul /səˈhuːl/, Australinea or Meganesia to distinguish it from the country of Australia, consists of the land masses which sit on Australia's continental plate. This includes mainland Australia, Tasmania, and the island of New Guinea (comprising Papua New Guinea and two Indonesian provinces). Situated in the geographical region of Oceania, it is the smallest of the seven traditional continents in the English conception.