Australasia is a region in Oceania that is comprised of New Zealand, Australia, the island of New Guinea and several islands in the Pacific Ocean. These islands include Samoa, Fiji, French Polynesia and Tonga. The term is a Latin word meaning “south of Asia” and is more popularly used to describe Australia and New Zealand only.
And with these two amazing countries alone, visiting Australasia is definitely a must. Australia is known for its numerous natural wonders. When you visit Australia, it is inevitable to have a close encounter with nature and be mesmerized by it. One of the places you should consider exploring to have this experience is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Fraser Island on the southern coast of Queensland. The island offers almost everything for the nature-lover visitors. Rainforests, sand dunes, freshwater lakes, and a diverse wildlife are some of its appeal. One of the main attractions of this island is the probability of dingo sightings.
Dingoes are wild dogs and are classified as a subspecies of the grey wolf. These dogs are a cultural icon for Australia because of their significance in the lives of Aboriginal Australians and are feared to be extinct. The island is also home to a large array of bird species such as sea eagles, osprey, and a rare Eastern Ground Parrot. Humpback whales, dugongs and some shark species like Great White and Tiger are frequently visiting its waters. Taking the Fraser Island Great Walk is the best way to explore the island. There are also camping grounds with amenities to make your experience more memorable. You can also take a look at the shipwreck of the S. S. Maheno near Eli Creek, another tourist attraction on the island. Another interesting site on the Queensland Coast is the Great Barrier Reef with its colorful and beautiful reef formation and spectacular marine life. Daintree National Park and Atherton Tablelands, on the other hand, are vast spaces sprawled with magnificent tropical rainforests and abundant wildlife.
Another UNESCO site is located in New South Wales, the majestic Blue Mountains. The largest and most visited of the nearby towns is Katoomba with marvelous views of the Three Sisters and the Jamison Valley from Echo Point. Other towns are Leura, Wentworth Falls, Blackheath, Medlow Bath and Mount Victoria. The Blue Mountains are also famous for its national parks such as Blue Mountains National Park, Kanangra National Park and Wollemi National Park. The highest region in Australia is also situated in New South Wales, the Snowy Mountains. The Snowies are known for its remarkable ski-fields and for being an ideal location for other snow sports. Australia’s oldest and largest city Sydney can also be found in this region. The Harbour City known for the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge is reputed as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Darling Harbour is a favorite tourist spot for its large arrays of restaurants, shopping centers and museums. For some historical landmarks, why not drop by Parramatta where Sydney’s most ancient structures from colonial times were built and are well-preserved. Or you can spend some time under the sun at the famous Bondi Beach.
Other notable sites in Australia are Kangaroo Island in South Australia, Kakadu National Park in the outback of the Northern Territory and its stunning rock formations of Uluru or Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta or the Olgas in the Red Center. You can also take a small group Aboriginal-run tour to experience their ancient culture, or rent a 4wd to explore the desert of Kimberley, or be fascinated by the natural marvels of Tasmania, such as Cradle Mountain, or have a taste of Surfers Paradise in Queensland.
Another part of Australasia is New Zealand. The land of stunning landscapes and outstanding sceneries is locally called Godzone or God’s own country. Travellers and Kiwis alike love this glorious country. Exploring the dramatic Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers on the South Island by glacier hiking, ice climbing or even helicopter flights is one experience you should try when you happen to find yourself immersed in the splendor of this country. Take a glimpse at the perfectly-round Moeraki Boulders along the stretch of Koekohe Beach. Hiking in New Zealand is another thing you should consider. Some of the tracks you can take are routes in New Zealand's Tongariro National Park, the oldest national park in New Zealand (and also UNESCO site), the world famous Routeburn Track, or the Otago Central Rail Trail. You can also take a boat ride to get to the country’s most active volcano Whakaari or White Island in the Bay of Plenty and have a peek of its crater. And to complete your New Zealand experience, why not try the country’s trademark adventure, Bungy Jumping, at the original commercial jump site Kawarau Bridge.