Oceania is in a continental group consisting of 14 countries and includes Pacific islands and Australia. Often Australia is named as continent, but this means that the many islands and countries except Australia would then be not included. Oceania in fact is mostly ocean and spans a vast area, here are 10 Most Beautiful Places to visit in Oceania
Oceania includes 14 countries: Australia, Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
10. Christmas Island – Australia
Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean, 1500 km west of the Australian mainland and 2600 km from Perth.
Although it is an Australian territory, Christmas Island’s nearest neighbour is Indonesia, which lies about 350 km to the north. The island is around 500 km from Jakarta.
Christmas Island’s remote location has produced an extraordinary range of flora and fauna, including rare birds and land crabs.
Despite its relative isolation, Christmas Island can be easily reached by air from Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Christmas Island’s mass red crab migration is one of the most incredible natural processes on Earth.
Every year, millions of these large crabs emerge from the forest and make their way to the ocean to breed, swarming across roads, streams, rocks and beaches.
It’s a truly spectacular sight that world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough described as one of his greatest TV moments.
9. Fiordland National Park – New Zealand
Fiordland National Park, scenic natural area in the southernmost part of South Island, New Zealand. Established as a reserve in 1904, it was designated a national park in 1952.
It covers an area of some 4,600 square miles (12,000 square km), making it one of the largest national parks in the world. Fiordland, along with nearby Mount Aspiring, Mount Cook, and Westland national parks, collectively constitute Te Wahipounamu (South West New Zealand), which was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990.
A fiord is defined as a u-shaped glacier-carved valley which has been flooded by the sea. The fourteen fiords that fringe this south-west corner of the South Island were 100,000 years in the making, with the final details added during the most recent ice age just 10,000 years ago.
The Maori attributed the creation of the fiords to a giant stonemason called Tute Rakiwhanoa, who hued out the steep sided valleys with his adzes.
On all sides of the fiords, spectacular waterfalls tumble incessantly as the region’s plentiful rainfall finds its way to the sea.
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, Milford Sound is always spectacular – daily scenic flights and cruises reveal its beauty to visitors.
At 421 metres, Doubtful Sound is the deepest of New Zealand’s fiords. It’s a haven for nature, with resident bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and penguins.
8. Kakadu National Park- Australia
Kakadu National Park is a protected area in the Northern Territory of Australia, 171 km southeast of Darwin.
The park is located within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory. It covers an area of 19,804 km2 (7,646 sq mi), extending nearly 200 kilometres (120 mi) from north to south and over 100 kilometres (62 mi) from east to west.
It is the size of Wales, about one-third the size of Tasmania, and nearly half the size of Switzerland. The Ranger Uranium Mine, one of the most productive uranium mines in the world, is surrounded by the park.
The park is a living cultural landscape. Its archaeological sites record the skills and way of life of Aboriginal people over tens of thousands of years. Kakadu’s rock art documents Indigenous creation stories and makes up one of the longest historical records of any group of people in the world.
Kakadu’s ancient escarpment and stone country spans more than two billion years of geological history. It’s rivers and coastal floodplains are more dynamic environments, shaped by changing sea levels and big floods every tropical summer.
Kakadu National Park was first added to the World Heritage List in 1981, with further areas added in 1987, 1992 and 2011.
7. Tasmania- Australia
Tasmania is an island state of Australia. It is located 240 km to the south of the Australian mainland, separated by Bass Strait.
The state encompasses the main island of Tasmania, the 26th-largest island in the world, and the surrounding 334 islands. The state has a population of about 537,000 as of December 2019
Home to untamed rivers, ancient pine trees and giant sand dunes, the west coast is at the heart of Tasmania’s wilderness. Challenge the infamous Franklin River on a white-water rafting expedition, cruise down the majestic Gordon River and hike past 1,000-year-old Huon pines in one of the world’s last temperate rainforests for a true taste of this rugged corner of Australia.
Considered one of the country’s last wilderness frontiers, the region’s convict, logging and mining past has helped shaped the social fabric of the state.
Coast past dense temperate rainforest as you travel the calm waters of Gordon River in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Depart from the town of Strahan and journey across Macquarie Harbour into Gordon River aboard a large catamaran with Gordon River Cruises.
An expert nature guide provides commentary as you explore the Gordon River, cruising quietly under Spirit of the Wild’s electric motors, while international passengers can plug into complimentary audio tours.
6. Mount Cook- New Zealand
Mount Cook Maori Aoraki, mountain, the highest in New Zealand, located in the Southern Alps, west-central South Island.
Surrounded by 22 peaks exceeding elevations of 10,000 feet (3,000 metres), the permanently snow-clad mountain rises to 12,316 feet (3,754 metres). a landslide in 1991 decreased the height of the peak by some 30 feet (10 metres).
New Zealand is a paradise for travelers who love the outdoors. Its South Island is especially known for stunning natural beauty, with gorgeous Queenstown dubbed the “adventure capital of the world.” Most NZ visitor itineraries include time in Queenstown, with many adding a cruise on the splendid Milford Sound in the Fiord lands National Park.
Mount Cook is flanked by the Hooker Glacier to the west and Tasman Glacier to the east.
5. Te Mata Peak- New Zealand
Te Mata Peak is a peak south of Hastings rising up to 399m in the Te Mata Hills in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand.
A sealed road leads to the popular lookout at the summit, as well as several trails for hikers and mountain bikers. The Hastings suburb of Havelock North is built on the slopes of the peak.
As the highest peak in the area, it offers views over the Heretaunga Plains, and Hawke’s Bay, including Napier. On a clear day, the view stretches as far as Mount Ruapehu and Mahia Peninsula. Beneath rests the Craggy Range vineyard and the Tukituki River.
4. Waitomo Caves – New Zealand
Waitomo is a village on the North Island of New Zealand. It’s known for its extensive underground cave systems. Thousands of glow-worms light up the Glowworm Caves.
Known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, take a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history.
Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world.
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves tours are made up of two levels. The upper being dry and decorated with stunning, delicate cave formations and the lower level consisting of stream passages, glowworms and the Cathedral, the tallest chamber in the cave.
Many of our guides are direct descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave, bringing the cave to life through story-telling and explaining the history, features and legends of the world-famous cave.
3. Uluru (Ayers Rock)- Australia
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone monolith in the heart of the Northern Territory’s arid “Red Centre”. The nearest large town is Alice Springs, 450km away. Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago.
It’s within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which also includes the 36 red-rock domes of the Kata Tjuta (colloquially “The Olgas”) formation.
The Uluru Base Walk is one of the best ways to soak in the beauty and get up close to Uluru. You can circumnavigate the 9.4 km base and relax beside tranquil waterholes, take a break under a magnificent Sheoak tree and peer into hidden caves.
Join a guided tour to hear stories of the Dreamtime passed down by generations. See incredible rock art sites, learn about the natural flora and fauna of the area, and find out more about the fascinating geology of this area.
2. Fiji- Fiji
Fiji, a country in the South Pacific, is an archipelago of more than 300 islands. It’s famed for rugged landscapes, palm-lined beaches and coral reefs with clear lagoons.
Its major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, contain most of the population. Viti Levu is home to the capital, Suva, a port city with British colonial architecture. The Fiji Museum, in the Victorian-era Thurston Gardens, has ethnographic exhibits
A discerning tourist can choose the most suitable of Fiji tour packages to experience the best of this island country. Tourists can visit Suva, the capital of Fiji, situated in the island of Viti Levu, to experience the local culture and festivities.
They can even check out the Fiji Museum to explore the history of this island nation or go on a day trip to Mamanucas, which is home to the Garden of the Sleeping Giant.
The Interior Highlands of Viti Levu offer an excellent opportunity for trekking, nature exploration and a host of adventure activities. Travellers looking for relaxation and rejuvenation can head to the Coral Coast to indulge in the idyllic charm of its sun-lapped beaches as well as enjoy coral diving like nowhere else.
A Fiji tour cannot be complete without a visit to Coral Coast. Located 40 minutes from Suva, the Pacific Coast is another place worth exploring where there are a lot of adventure sea activities to catch up with. That is perhaps the reason why it is also known as the ‘Adventure Capital of Fiji.’ For die-hard surfers, the ‘Frigate’s passage’ near Yanuca Island offers the chance of a lifetime to test their skills and take adventure to a new high.
Denarau offers a number of holiday activities and an entire range of accommodation facilities to meet the individual needs of travellers in an effective manner. Couples can go on a romantic cruise from Port Denarau to admire the unspoilt beauty of South Pacific. Apart from fun and adventure, Fiji also offers an opportunity to experience eco-tourism at its best.
1. Great Barrier Reef- Australia
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia
Because of its natural beauty, the Great Barrier Reef has become one of the worlds most sought after tourist destinations, a must visit 10 Most Beautiful Places to visit in Oceania
A visitor to the Great Barrier Reef can enjoy many experiences including snorkelling, scuba diving, aircraft or helicopter tours, bare boats (self-sail), glass-bottomed boat viewing, semi-submersibles and educational trips, cruise ship tours, whale watching and swimming with dolphins.
Did you know?
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
1. Mount Everest, Nepal.
2. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe.
3. Grand Canyon, USA.
4. Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
5. Northern Lights.
6. Paricutin volcano, Mexico.
7. Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.