Australian States Activities & Games

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

Australia is a big and fascinating place that can be a lot of fun to learn about. This lesson equips teachers with classroom activities and games designed to teach students about the Australian states.

The States of Australia

While there are many incredible things to learn about Australia, this lesson focuses on teaching students about the six Australian states. If you're using this lesson as part of a larger unit on Australia, it may be helpful to review the current knowledge your students have of Australian states before diving into the other activities.

Ask students to name the six Australian states (they may name some of the federal territories) and supplement student answers with the following information:

  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania (the only state not on the mainland)
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Once you feel confident that your students have the names of the Australian states memorized, they're ready for the other activities in the lesson.

My State Is Best

This activity will encourage students to learn about an Australian state and then share this knowledge with the class.

  1. Divide the class into six teams, and assign each team an Australian state.
  2. Tell the teams that they are competing for an award called The Best Australian State.
  3. Give each team time to research their assigned state and create a two minute presentation as to why their state should win the award.
  4. Have each team give their presentation to the class. The presentation should include at least one visual aid such as a hand drawn map, picture, or collage.

After each team has presented, take a class vote to award The Best Australian State prize. (Teams are not allowed to vote for themselves.)

Which State Is It?

This quiz type game will test the knowledge your students already possess (or think they possess) of Australian states. To prepare you will need to divide the class into teams and give each team six index cards. The teams should write the names of the six Australian states on the index cards.

After you read each statement below, each team should raise the card with the Australian state on it that they believe the statement is about. Teams only get to raise one card per round. The first team to raise the correct card earns a point.

  1. This Australian state has the largest land area. (Western Australia)
  2. This Australian state has the largest population. (New South Wales)
  3. The abbreviation for this Australian state is SA. (South Australia)
  4. This is the only state that is not part of the mainland of Australia. (Tasmania)
  5. Sydney is located in this Australian state. (New South Wales)
  6. The Great Barrier Reef is located in this Australian state. (Queensland)
  7. The capital of this Australian state is Hobart. (Tasmania)
  8. This Australian state has more than 13,000 kilometers of coastline. (Western Australia)
  9. This Australian state is home to the second most populated city in Australia even though it is the smallest in size. (Victoria)
  10. Mount Kosciuszko, Australia's tallest mountain, is located in this Australian state. (New South Wales)

(Feel free to add additional trivia questions to extend the game.)

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