The deserts of Australia cover 1,371,000 square kilometres (529,000 sq mi), or 18% of the Australian mainland.
By international standards, Australian deserts receive relatively high rates of rainfall. They are not necessarily devoid of vegetation: they have large areas where vegetation is very limited in height or extent.
Rainfall is mainly in the North and East of the country (especially the Daintree Rainforest), with some in the southern area. Almost all rain falls on the edges of the huge island, not in the centre.