Discover the Beauty of Oceania

06 Apr Discover the Beauty of Oceania

Also known as the invisible continent, Oceania comprises more water than land and its azure seas make it seem to be heaven on earth.

It has huge geographical region of boundaries that are difficult to define. It is a vast part of the world that is home to famous white beaches, untainted coral reefs, and many volcanic islands emerging out of the blue ocean. The largest countries are Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, and here are some places to visit to ensure a fulfilling trip to Oceania.

1. The Great Ocean Road, Australia

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Splendid Great Ocean Road hugs the coastline of Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean. Amazing limestone rock formations, among them the famed 12 Apostles and the London Arch – giant rocks that emerge from the water – give the route its stunning beauty.

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The road is 243 km (150 miles) long and was constructed by 3,000 returned soldiers as a memorial for servicemen killed during the First World War.

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=How to Get There=

A 1h 30mins drive from Melbourne, travel the inland route via Princes Highway from Geelong to Warrnambool.

You can also take the V/Line from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne to Geelong and Warrnambool.

=Where to Stay=

  • Lorne World

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Address: 3 Bay Street, 3232 Lorne, Australia

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  • Central Warrnambool Townhouse

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Address: 22 Kerr Street Warrnambool, 3280 Warrnambool, Australia

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=What to Do=

  • Twelve Apostles

Address: Port Campbell National Park, Australia

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The most iconic sight for most visitors, these rocky stacks stand abandoned in the ocean in a dramatic fashion. The best time to visit is during sunset, and it is especially beautiful when you can catch penguins returning to shore. A sight that you must not miss.

  • Tower Hill Reserve Visitors Centre

1twoerhillwildlifereserveA large volcanic crater after a massive eruption tens of thousands of years ago, it is an excellent place for day walks especially the Peak Climb which offers a spectacular 360 degrees view of the Great Ocean Road.

2. Te Mata Peak, New Zealand

Address: Te Mata Peak Road, Hastings 4130, New Zealand

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Located in the North Island of New Zealand, in Hawke’s Bay Province, Te Mata Peak – surrounded by green rolling hills and vineyards – is an amazing site of panoramic views and great trails perfect for bikers and walkers. The bay is famed for world class wines and the nearby Ruahine, Kaweka and Maungaharuru ranges offer breathtaking, dazzling vistas of mighty peaks and lush valleys.

=How to Get There=

Drive 5.5km from Havelock North to Main Gates Carpark and Summit.

Or drive 3.5km to Tauroa Road entrance from Havelock North.

=Where to Stay=

  • Harvest Lodge

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Address: 23 Havelock Road, 4130 Havelock North, NZ

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  • Craggy Range Vineyard Cottages

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Address: 253 Waimarama Road, 4294 Havelock North, NZ

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=What to Do=

  • Bennelong Mountain Bike Club & Hawke’s Bay Mountain Bike Club

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A friendly group of recreational bikers that welcomes all skills and experience.

  • Hang Gliding & Paragliding

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To have the perfect bird’s eye view and to feel the sea breeze, join this ultimate extreme activity and soar into the clouds.

3. Uluru, Australia

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Uluru (also called Ayers Rock or The Rock) is magical, inimitable, and spiritual. What makes this large sandstone rock formation so unique and beautiful? There could be as many answers as there are Uluru’s visitors. Is it the size or the location or the different times of the day and year that cause its colour changes? Whatever the case, standing at the foot of the Rock is an unforgettable feeling and a mystical experience for those willing to understand the cultural significance of the place.

=How to Get There=

You can fly into the airport Ayers Rock Airport at Yulara which takes about 3 hours from Sydney.

Or you can also drive along the Northern Territory’s famous Red Centre Way. It will be a 4h 30mins from Alice Springs.

=Where to Stay=

  • Sails in the Desert

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Address: Yulara Drive, Yulara, 0872 Ayers Rock, Aust

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  • Emu Walk Apartments

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Address: Yulara Drive, Yulara, 0872 Ayers Rock, Aust

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=What to Do=

  • Watch sunset over Uluru

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There are several ways you can watch sunset, from the car, bus or even when you are doing the dune walk. The main sunrise viewing area for Uluru is at Talinguru Nyakunytjaku which has 360 degree view of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

  • Guided Mala walk to Kantju Gorge

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Learn the stories of mala, the rufous hare-wallaby people, traditional Anangu culure, rock art and how the park is managed by park rangers.

4. Fiji

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This South Pacific archipelago of around 300 islands and 500 islets is one of the most charming destinations around the globe. The paradise for swimmers, surfers, kayakers, and honeymooners – a place that seems to be this brighter side of the world. Fiji has everything to amaze you: dazzling coastline, eternal sunshine, and a fascinating interior of lush hills, volcano craters, and splendid waterfalls.

=Getting Around=

It is easy and cheap to get around in Fiji, within the main islands. The best way however is to hire a car to explore at your own pace. There is also an extensive network of buses.

=Where to Stay=

  • Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa

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Address: Denarau Island, Denarau, Fiji

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  • Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji

$$$$$

Address: 11 Nanuku Drive, Fiji Pacific Harbour, Fiji

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=What to Do=

  • Off-road Safari

Address: Within Tappoo Departmental Store

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Once in Fiji, it only makes sense to take the road less travelled. Start your journey from Sigatoka Town for a 15km excursion on a Off-Road Cave Safari mini coach.

  • Full Day Eco Tour

Address: Lot 13 ATS Subdivion, Votualevu, Nadi

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Rainforest trekking to waterfall, Fijian lunch, kava ceremony, dipping in warm therapeutic mud pools and shopping in Nadi town. These are what you get for a full day eco tour. There is nothing you should be hesitating about!

5. The Southern Alps, New Zealand

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New Zealand is a remote and outlandish spot of mind-blowing beauty. Among its most amazing sites are the Southern Alps that run along the western side of the South Island. This powerful mountain range is home to the well-known Mount Cook, huge Tasman Glacier, turquoise lakes and numerous national parks covered with dense temperate rainforests. It’s one of those destinations to fall in love with at first sight.

=Getting Around=

Depending on how quickly you want to get from place to place, your choices range from self-driven rental cars to buses or coaches. A popular choice is to rent a car and self-drive, but you need to research on the rules, etiquette and road conditions.

=Where to Stay=

  • The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments

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Address: 377 Frankton Road, 9300 Queenstown, NZ

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  • Highview Apartments

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Address: 66-70 Thompson Street, 9300 Queenstown, NZ

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=What to Do=

  • Lake Tekapo

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The largest lake in the country, it is one of the most stunning in the world. Lake Tekapo in the foreground and the Mount Cook National Park coupled with the mountain ranges of the Southern Alps, the view is breathtaking to say the least.

  • Mount Cook

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Take a 55km drive in the high country on Route #80 along Lake Punakaki takes you to the Hermitage. From there, you can make your way to New Zealand’s highest mountain standing at 3754m tall, Mount Cook.

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