Australia (continent)

The continent of Australia, sometimes known in technical contexts by the names SahulAustralia–New GuineaAustralinea, Meganesia, or Papualand to distinguish it from the country of Australia, consists of the landmasses located next to Wallacea. The name “Sahul” takes its name from the Sahul Shelf, which is part of the continental shelf of the Australian continent. The continent includes mainland Australia, Tasmania, the island of New Guinea (Papua New Guinea and portions of Indonesia), the Aru Islands, the Ashmore and Cartier Islands, most of the Coral Sea Islands, and some other offshore continental islands. Situated in the geographical region of Oceania, Australia is the smallest of the seven traditional continents.