Oceania – A Haven For Overland Travel

Overland Travel through the South Island of New Zealand will bring you to the shores of the most beautiful body of water you have ever seen - Milford Sound ...  photo by CC user vendin on Flickr

Oceania is not a continent or a particular country, but it is a term that describes the thousands of islands scattered throughout the Central and South Pacific Ocean. Australia dominates the whole region, being the largest and New Zealand comes in second. These two islands formed because of tectonic plate movements and have some breath taking physical features.

The whole region of Oceania is ideal for overland journeys, which takes you past remarkable landscapes such as Fold Mountains, outback, rainforests, volcanoes and amazing rock formations. Due to their geographical isolation, this region has unique flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world.


Australia is the world’s largest island and the only country of its kind on the face of the world. It is vast and full of amazing sights and attractions, natural and manmade. It is home to aboriginal cultures that have stood the test of time and endured to date. It is the home of kangaroos, fine wines, scenic cities, deserts and dramatic coastlines. An overland journey across this dynamically diverse continent feels like you have seen the whole world, and you can do it in a lot of interesting ways. Some of the best places to visit in Australia include:


No matter what you do, never miss to visit the gorgeous city of Sydney well defined by its scenic harbor. It is a modern city and the capital of the New South Wales. It is rich in culture and history; an aboriginal tribe, the Eora people, once inhabited it. You can explore the city by use of ferries or walk to the sandstone cliffs towering over the scenic harbor.

The Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest of its kind. It is located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia’s state of Queensland. It is a diver’s paradise encompassing an extensive area of coral reefs and hundreds of islands and cays formed over a period of millions of years.

Other great places to visit in Australia include the Uluru rock formation, Great Ocean Road, Cairns, Alice Springs, Tasmania, Gold Coast and Whitsundays. Make sure you don’t need a visa to visit Australia. Australia ETA visa can be obtained by applying online.


If ever there was a beauty pageant crown for countries, New Zealand would always manage to bag the crown, to the envy of other countries. It is photogenic and welcoming offering its admirers numerous opportunities for overland adventures. It consists of two major Islands: the North Island and the South Island. The rugged islands are a feast for the eyes with snow-capped mountains, dazzling lakes, thermal springs, geysers, breathtaking fjords and gorgeous beaches. It is the dream place to jump in your choice of transport and set off into the sunset (or sunrise!) with the world as your oyster. Some of the best places to visit in New Zealand include:

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is an area of staggering beauty, coastal sceneries with dramatic mountains, dazzling lakes and cascading waterfalls. One has to keep pinching himself to ensure the scenery is real and not a dream or a painting.

Tongariro National Park

It is the first national park with surprising extremes and diverse range of ecosystems. It boasts of tranquil lakes, dense forests, herb fields, active volcanoes and desert-like plateaus. It is ideal for scenic walks.

Other great places to visit in New Zealand include Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Kaikouira, Napier, Auckland, Abel Tasman National Park and Coromandel Peninsula.

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