Oceania looks like a genuine paradise on earth. Turquoise lagoons, fine sand, endless sunshine and naps under palm trees? there is no lack of clichés on this continent/archipelago, much to the great joy of anyone who ventures here. Added to this is the sensation Europeans get when associating a trip to Oceania with a journey to the end of the world. Located on the opposite side of the globe from Europe, it really would be impossible to travel any further without retracing your steps.
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Tahiti and French Polynesia attract visitors for their colourful pirogues and their houses built on stilts overlooking the manta rays. However, the particularly agreeable climate is probably the biggest attraction to this destination, but the intoxicating Tahitian Vahine dances in Bora Bora aren't far behind. New Caledonia also has its fair share of offerings. It boasts crystal-clear waters and the Kanak culture is really highlighted thanks to the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, designed by famous Italian architect Renzo Piano. As for the English-speaking islands, such as Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, they offer the opportunity to discover their rich cultures all while delighting in the beautiful white sand beaches.
For many, though, Oceania is summed up by one huge island, Australia, so much so that its name is often mistakenly used to name the continent. However, it is true that most visits to Oceania consist of a visit to this vast kangaroo-filled country, as it has an endless wealth of tourist attractions. With its large cities, the Outback, and the Great Barrier Reef, there is something to satisfy everyone's tastes here!
In terms of the cities, the view of Sydney Harbour with its Opera House and Harbour Bridge is undoubtedly one of the most iconic photos in the world. It is one of the essential places to visit when on a trip to continent of Oceania. It may be the most populated city in the country, but Sydney is not its capital; this title is held by Canberra, where you can visit the National Museum of Australia and enjoy the many green spaces. Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth? Australia's cities are very young, having been founded as recently as the mid-19th century. However, they are still rich in culture and above all very dynamic, especially Melbourne, where many major sports events are held, such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Moving away from the cities and the coastline in general, the Australian Outback is home to an environment full of unusual animals that tend to be quite foreign to us. Kangaroos, koala bears, emus, southern cassowaries and various species of marsupials only serve to emphasise the extreme change of scenery offered by this country that is so far away. Trips to Oceania can also be synonymous with sports and water sports in particular. Surfers and divers would be hard-pressed to find a more ideal place for either of these, with the perfect waves and all that marine flora and fauna, notably in the Great Barrier Reef. However, there is no lack of activities to be done on land, a land that largely consists of red earth, with trekking being the most popular one. Avid trekkers won't miss out on climbing up the gigantic Ayers Rock that lies in the middle of what can only be described as a massive desert. The cascades in the far north or on the island of Tasmania offer an excellent alternative thanks to their rich ecosystems, while passionate horse riders will head to the ranches.
Compared to the land of kangaroos, the land of kiwis isn't so bad either. Famous for its national rugby team, the All Blacks, New Zealand's best attraction is its stunning landscapes. The nature that rules this country, which essentially consists of two large islands and a few smaller ones, seems unbelievable and like something straight out of a movie. Which, of course, it kind of is, as this is where the famous trilogy Lord of the Rings was filmed. This tiny country incorporates every landscape imaginable, from lakes and geysers, to mountains and fjords. In short, it may be very far away, but the continent of Oceania has absolutely everything to guarantee curious travellers an unforgettable trip.
All of our Oceania travel guides
- Cook Islands
- Federated States of Micronesia
- French Polynesia
- Marshall Islands
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Norfolk Island
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands