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Australia and Oceania Vacations

There is no other part of the world that says island vacation like Oceania. Think of it as a larger scale Venice, but instead of having buildings separated by water, you have nations. Among Oceania's nations, Australia stands out as the biggest and most varied in landscapes, weather and even culture. Australia is the 6th biggest country in the world and occupies the entire Australian continent. It is situated just under the equator, making most of its north a year round summer-zone, while the south even experiences snow in winter. There are over a dozen UNESCO natural sights in Australia, other than the usual attractions of wilderness and wildlife. Australia also offers quite the cosmopolitan lifestyle in its major coastal cities, which rank among the best developed in the world.
Australia (341) Cook Island (7) Fiji (29) Micronesia (9) New Caledonia (4) New Zealand (397) Pacific Island (2) Palau (8) Papua New Guinea (10) Solomon Island (8) Tahiti (2) Tokelau (1) Tonga (10) Truk (2) Vanuatu (2) Wake Island (1)


Australia and Oceania Travel Stories
Paddling In Paradise "Sea Kayaking in Tonga with a Canadian couple based at Waitati (Otago) becomes a treasured winter break for a Kiwi from Christchurch." On day one I explore the main town of Vava’u, Neiafu, home to most of the island group’s 20,000 locals. There are a dozen or so yachts in the Port of Refuge, one of the best harbours in the... Read more >>>
The Tongan Cowboy Adventurer, sea kayaker and environmentalist Doug Spence and his partner-wife Sharon discovered the Vava’u Islands in the Kingdom of Tonga while on a sea kayaking expedition several years ago. Today they spend half their time in the island group operating their Friendly Islands Kayak Company - introducing other adventurers to the joys... Read more >>>
Lasting Impressions A private visit to the Australian Outback with André Vogel of Colonial Pacific. There was a shout of surprised excitement as my four guests looked down from the twin engined Piper Navajo to the dusty little airstrip below. I had been pointing out the homestead of the Australian Outback cattle station, our overnight stop, when six or seven wild camels - bulls, cows and a couple of calves - had... Read more >>>
Where the Day Begins In Vava’u, one of the three main groups of islands that make up the Kingdom of Tonga, there is a charter sailing yacht named Melinda that sometimes goes out on day trips. I don’t know how many people were aboard the Melinda the day they saw 17 whales at one time, but from the number who were able to give me the full story when I arrived... Read more >>>
A kayaking adventure around Auckland Two bright magenta sea kayaks are waiting on the little golden beach next to Devonport. We'll certainly be visible on the sea! The harbour is an amazing emerald green, and liquorice allsorts houses glow brightly in the warm evening. It's in a moment of peace, before my swarthy guide, Jamie, from The Little Adventure Company,... Read more >>>
Paddling Fiji's Kadavu Island Rationally, I knew cannibals no longer waged brutal, blood-thirsty warfare in these parts. Still, I experienced a brief flicker of doubt as we were escorted into the presence of a rather sinister-looking chief in a remote village called Ravitaki on one of the less-traveled of the Fiji archipelago's 350 inhabited islands. Sure, the natives at the Sheraton on the main island were friendly, but who... Read more >>>
See Australia in Style "Alfa Yankee Papa, ready for take-off" was when the reality hit. Along with my seven travelling companions, were at the brink of an adventure that would open our eyes to a country where all the well-versed phrases couldn't begin to describe the sheer magnitude of what we were about to experience. The weather was lousy in Melbourne, rain showers, 25 knots blowing from the south, top temperature... Read more >>>
Platypus Safari Platypus spotting is one of the most popular and potentially rewarding of all tropical ecotourism activities. But it's tricky. Just knowing where to look is not an art that can be learned from a textbook. And if you are lucky enough to spot one of these bizarre, little creatures, the moment it spots you, chances are it will dive,... Read more >>>


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