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Australia Transportation

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Railways: total:  33,819 km (2,540 km electrified)

broad gauge:  3,719 km 1.600-m gauge

standard gauge:  15,422 km 1.435-m gauge

narrow gauge:  14,506 km 1.067-m gauge

dual gauge:  172 km NA gauges (1999)
Highways: total:  913,000 km

paved:  353,331 km (including 1,363 km of expressways)

unpaved:  559,669 km (1996)
Waterways: 8,368 km (mainly used by small, shallow-draft craft)
Pipelines: crude oil 2,500 km; petroleum products 500 km; natural gas 5,600 km
Ports and harbors: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Devonport (Tasmania), Fremantle, Geelong, Hobart (Tasmania), Launceston (Tasmania), Mackay, Melbourne, Sydney, Townsville
Merchant marine: total:  54 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 1,558,371 GRT/2,038,776 DWT

ships by type:  bulk 26, cargo 3, chemical tanker 5, container 1, liquefied gas 4, passenger 2, petroleum tanker 7, roll on/roll off 6 (2000 est.)
Airports: 411 (2000 est.)
Airports - with paved runways: total:  271

over 3,047 m:  10

2,438 to 3,047 m:  12

1,524 to 2,437 m:  118

914 to 1,523 m:  122

under 914 m:  9 (2000 est.)
Airports - with unpaved runways: total:  140

1,524 to 2,437 m:  17

914 to 1,523 m:  112

under 914 m:  11 (2000 est.)


Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook

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