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Top 5 things to see in Oceania
Oceania’s vast area means that it is in no shortage of incredible sites to fascinate any traveller. Here are a few place to be sure not to miss!
- Visit Milford Sound in New Zealand to feel as though your favourite films have come to life. Its no surprise that Hollywood directors have seen the magic of this place and used it in world-famous films such as ‘The Lord of The Rings’. The dramatic scenery here will blow you away.
- For a taste of real nature in this beautiful part of the world, visit Sarraméa in New Caledonia. This mountainous region is famous for its biodiversity and nature lovers should not miss a visit here.
- Tasmania, a small island off the coast of Australia is immensely varied, not only in its landscapes, animal inhabitants and plant life, but also in its cultural heritage. Visit Port Arthur for a chilling insight into Australia’s history as a penitentiary state. This prison sight is not only interesting, it is also beautiful and is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
- Taveuni is Fiji’s third largest island and is known as ‘The Garden Island’ due to its luscious jungle which covers most of the island and will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a new world. In the jungle clearings you’ll find secret water falls, turquoise pools and white sandy beaches. This island is the perfect place to relax and explore.
- The Turtle Conservation Rookery in Vanuatu is another must-see for nature and animal lovers. See these incredible creatures in their natural habitat as you get up close to them and see the conservation work that goes on here.
Things to know before travelling to Oceania
Here are a few tips to bear in mind when travelling to Oceana for the first time:
- First thing’s first, Oceania, and the countries within it are huge. Whilst this means that there is so much to explore, it also means that getting from a to b can take time. Self-drive trips are so popular for exactly this reason, since you can cover a huge area on your own schedule. If this isn’t for you, look into flying, but you’ll have to book tickets in advance to avoid paying high prices.
- One of the first things that travellers notice when they arrive in Oceania is that prices can be very expensive. Food, drink and general if here comes at a premium and so this isn’t the destination for a holiday on a budget.
- There is an upside to the expensive costs here, however, and that is that tipping is not expected apart from in exceptional circumstances, since waiters, waitresses and other workers are paid at a very high rate.
- There is a hole in the ozone layer in this part of the world and for this reason, the sun here is incredibly powerful. Whilst this is the secret to the bronzed skin of most Aussies, it also means that the sun can be dangerous. Make sure you wear SPF and don’t stay in the direct mid sun for too long.
- Lastly, Oceania has a fearsome reputation in terms of dangerous animals. Don’t let the animals scare you away from one of the most beautiful parts of the world, after all, millions of people live here. However, it is still advisable to be aware that some animals should be avoided and to know the protocol should you come across a dangerous animal.
Oceania's food is varied, delicious, fresh and healthy. Most traditional dishes include meat or fish and are accompanied with fresh vegetables.
One incredible thing about the cuisine of this continent is that it has retained influences from its many inhabitants over the centuries, meaning you can find everything from a traditional English pie or fish and chips, to an Indonesian inspired curry, and all with an Oceanic twist.
- For a small snack, try classic Australian Anzac biscuits for a caramelised, oat and coconut based biscuit that will please everyone.
- In Vanuatu, a traditional dish called Tuluk is unmissable. Tapioca flour is used to make a pastry like dough, filled with shredded pork an delicious flavour. It is then cooked in a banana leaf which gives it the truly authentic feel of a dish that hasn’t changed in hundreds of years.
- If you love seafood and you’re feeling adventurous, give green-lipped mussels a try in New Zealand. New Zealand is famous for these shellfish and these wonderfully fresh mussels also have massive health benefits.
- Fish and chips are such a beloved dish in New Zealand that it's hard to go a day on the coast without seeing this fantastic option on the menu.
Major Cities in Oceania
Considering this incredible continent has so much land, it has surprisingly few cities. However, this means that the cities of Oceania are packed full of culture and interesting sites.
Wellington in the Northern island of New Zealand is an incredibly laid back city. Its museums, restaurants, bars, parks and sites are just part of why this is seen as one of the easiest cities to live in.
Visit Melbourne in Australia for an experience of quirky city life. Go from gourmet restaurant to a live concert in the blink of an eye or take in the amazing landscapes that surround the city.
Australia’s Brisbane is the third largest city in the whole of Australia and is a city which incorporates nature. With green spaces and views of the river, you will feel as though you’ve found the perfect middle ground between city and nature.
The capital city of Fiji; Suva, is the home of Fiji’s fascinating museums, gardens and forests. Since Fiji is fairly small, its possible to explore this fantastic city one day, and relax on on of the island’s famous beaches the next.
- Whether you’re travelling with kids, friends, as a couple or alone, Sydney in Australia is the city for everyone. Visit the zoo with kids, or one of the many nature parks all around the city or relax with a local wine and a delicious meal before enjoying a night on the town or even an opera!