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Oceania

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Travel Guide Oceania

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Introduction

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

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Oceania is the region often used to group Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Although half of it is politically part of Indonesia (thus Asia), sometimes the island of New Guinea is considered to be located within Oceania as a whole. Here, only Papua New Guinea is mentioned, West Papua, the Indonesia half, is not.

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Geography

Oceania is a region of numerous islands, mostly in the Pacific Ocean and vicinity. The boundaries of Oceania can be defined in several different ways, but most recognize parts of Australiasia such Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, and all or part of the Malay Archipelago as part of the region.

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Subregions

Ethnologically, the islands in Oceania can be divided into three subregions; Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The latter covers much of the central and southern parts of the Pacific Ocean, Micronesia the northern part and Melanesia the western part with most of the larger islands.

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Sights and Activities

Landmarks

See also: Famous Landmarks

great barrier reef

great barrier reef

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Major Cities

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Getting There and Around

Oceania is the only continent which is almost exclusively reached by plane, as overland routes are completely absent and ferries hardly exist. Probably a cargo ship or yacht is your only option by sea. Australia has most flights, especially to Sydney, but also to some other main cities. There are direct flights to a few cities in Africa and South America, more so in North America and numerous airlines serve Australia, and New Zealand to a lesser extent, from Asian cities. The Pacific Islands have fewer direct connections from other continents, although Fiji is a good hub reached from both the USA as well as several Asian countries. Easter Island and French Polynesia have flights to Santiago de Chile.
For travelling between the islands, apart from flying another option is taking a ferry.

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Oceania Travel Helpers

  • TravelMc

    I have travelled a bit around Aus and as a kiwi have a slightly different appreciation of the country to any other visitor.

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  • Angie_Yim

    I went to New Zealand on working holiday visa and lived there for 8 months from Nov12 till Jul'13. I was based in Napier in North Island and Ashburton in South Island. I travelled around in between jobs. Did lot's of hitch-hiking and some camping and hiking.

    I've been to Sydney 4 times and Melbourne trice on holidays over the last 8 years. I've visited Great Ocean Road, Grampians, Blue Mountain, etc. I can suggest itinerary for a few day stays in both cities and interesting places to go. Up next I will be exploring Gold Coast in 2014.

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  • Nat and Ev

    Surfing in the pacific

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  • boreal2673

    I am from New Jersey but studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia. After the program I went back and between both trips I have scene just about everywhere in Australia. In addition I can also help with New Zealand, mostly the south Island. As far as the USA if you need help with outdoor activities in the North East, I am more than happy to give you some pointers. Let me know if I can help.

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  • adamandmeg

    Overland planning to Europe - From Thailand to London in 11 months.

    If you want some general advice let us know. We did it pretty cheaply and learned a lot along the way.

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