Australia and Oceania Travel Guide

Australia-Oceania

Oceania is a geographical region scattered throughout the Central and South Pacific oceans. Oceania is primarily dominated by the smallest continent in the world, Australia. The other two significant landmasses are the microcontinent of Zealandia (includes New Zealand) and the eastern half of the New Guinea Island (of Papua New Guinea).

The other three island regions of Oceania are Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia (including Hawaii in the USA)

Why visit Australia and Oceania?

Geographical Diversity

Australia and Oceania are must-go regions to explore due to their exceptional physical geography ranging from coral reefs and rainforests to deserts and mountain ranges. In addition, you will find pristine beaches on the thousands of islands throughout the South Pacific Ocean.

Adventure Activities: There are many outdoor adventures in-store in Australia and Oceania, ranging from hiking, bungee jumping, zorbing, and skiing. The Pacific Ocean offers world-class surfing, snorkeling, and kayaking opportunities. Dive into the Pacific waters to see various marine species like whales, fishes, and tortoises.

If you want to satisfy your adventure enthusiasm, you can rappel down a waterfall, try rock climbing and swim with the whales.

Culture

The other reason why Australia and Oceania drive people to explore their vicinity is their multicultural cities which are remote, friendly, and beautiful. In addition, this region is home to the world’s most diverse indigenous cultures. The culture has undoubtedly changed, but their modesty remains strong. Spend a night with a close-knit community to try local food and a sense of kinship.

Relaxation

Having many island nations in their region, Australia and Oceania boasts beautiful white-sand beaches and dramatic coastlines where you can stroll around or sunbathe.

You can swim in the Pacific waters or play games at the beach with your friends. Most beaches in this region have a seaside restaurant, so make sure to try seafood while you’re here.

Wildlife and Nature

 If you love to unwind in nature, Australia-Oceania is the place to explore. From the marsupials of Australia to the marine species of the Pacific, this region has one of the best natural features in the world.

Swim with the whale sharks in West Australia, sightsee the fiords of New Zealand, explore the jungles, and swim under the waterfalls in Fiji. There are just too many things you can do to connect with nature in this region.

Best time to visit Australia and Oceania

Oceania includes Australasia and is located in the southern hemisphere, due to which there are seasonal variations where there are more tropical climates the further north you go.

January to April

It is best to avoid traveling the region during these months as it is the cyclone season. Areas should be avoided, especially in Western Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, northeast Queensland, and the South Pacific islands.

April to May

These months are one of the best times to explore Australia and Oceania. The temperatures start dropping, and regions like Micronesia and Polynesia start drizzling.

June to August

These months are excellent if you want to visit the continent without the humidity. You can climb the snow-covered slopes in New Zealand and ski during these times. Since this region marks the winter season, you can carry out outdoor activities like trekking, mountain biking, and dolphin spotting.

September to October

These months mark the spring season in places like New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, and New Zealand. In contrast, the rainy season is just beginning in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island, Samoa, and Tahiti.

It is also a time when Humpback Whales migrate and give birth. So make sure to swim underwater to see the largest mammal in the world in Tonga.

November to December

These months mark the beginning of the summer season in Australia. It is a fun time to explore this region as many outdoor music shows, art, and food festivals are happening around the place. In addition, you can hit the beaches and chill at the seaside bars.

As you see, Australia and Oceania are great for exploring all year round. However, it would be best to pack for both hot and cooler days, as the weather can sometimes be unpredictable.

If you do not want to pack too much, visit the continent during spring. It is the best season to visit the continent as it is neither too hot to too cold.

You can carry out lots of outdoor activities during these times.

List of countries in Australia-Oceania

  • Australia
  • Papa New Guinea
  • New Zealand
  • Fiji
  • Solomon Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Vanuatu
  • Samoa
  • Kiribati
  • Tonga
  • Marshall Islands
  • Palau
  • Tuvalu
  • Nauru

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