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Australia - New Zealand and the South Pacific

Relax under a palm tree on a tiny island, soak in thermal hot springs with views of snow-covered mountains and explore a vast, red desert in this continent of extremes.

Oceania comprises the two big islands that make up New Zealand, the vast continent of Australia and the small island nations that belong to Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia. As well as being incredibly varied in nature, these South Pacific nations are known to be easy-going, relatively undeveloped and super friendly.

Australia immediately stands out because of its sheer size and fame. The image of the rugged “Land Down Under” with hopping kangaroos, cuddly koalas and jumping crocodiles is certainly true, but Australia is about much more. Artistic, wealthy and modern state capital cities such as Sydney and Melbourne are among the most liveable in the world.

Between the tropical north and the temperate south of Australia, there are lush forests, fertile farmlands, sun-kissed wine regions and vast desert plains to explore. The laid-back “Aussies” are always happy to chat.

Meanwhile, their neighbors in New Zealand, the “Kiwis," have mastered the art of inventing thrilling adventure sports that allow you to explore their stunning country from all possible angles. Soar above, delve into, jump down from or bounce along rugged cliffs, thermal landscapes, turquoise lakes, snowcapped peaks, lush forests and rolling hills to experience the best of the South Island. While less dramatic, the North Island looks every bit as mystical as pictured in The Lord of the Rings movies.

To fulfil your fantasy of relaxing on a far-flung South Pacific island, try the likes of Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia. The friendly locals will make you feel right at home. Samoa, the Cook Islands and Tonga are up-and-coming destinations with equally lovely people and cultures. To get off the beaten track, visit tiny idyllic nations such as Kiribati and Tuvalu.

Popular cities in Australia - New Zealand and the South Pacific

Sydney Harbour Bridge featuring a river or creek, a sunset and a bridge
Sydney
Known for Dining, Port and Shopping

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Reasons to visit

  • Circular Quay
  • Sydney Harbour National Park
  • Maroubra Beach
Victoria which includes a city, street scenes and signage
Melbourne
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-friendly

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Reasons to visit

  • St Kilda Road
  • Chapel Street
  • Yarra Riverfront
Southbank featuring a river or creek, a high rise building and a bridge
Melbourne
Known for Dining, Shopping and Museum

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Reasons to visit

  • St Kilda Road
  • Chapel Street
  • Yarra Riverfront
Sky Tower featuring a high rise building, central business district and general coastal views
Auckland
Known for Dining, Shopping and Port

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Reasons to visit

  • Queen Street Shopping District
  • Sky Tower
  • Piha Beach
Perth featuring general coastal views, a high rise building and skyline
Perth
Known for Dining, Shopping and Family-friendly

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Reasons to visit

  • Scarborough Beach
  • Sorrento Beach
Kangaroo Point which includes a city, a bay or harbor and night scenes
Brisbane
Known for Dining, Shopping and River View

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Reasons to visit

  • Glasshouse Mountains National Park