Australia and Oceania

Australia New Zealand and the Pacific Islands further out form the Continent will will call Australia and Oceania. You could spend a lifetime in this part of the world but we suggest you not as the culture is divided pretty much by the antipodean or aussie way which I think to me at least is quite similar to that of New Zealand and then there are the Islands like Fiji where the culture is dramatically different.
Australia is so large that some cities like Darwin in the north are closer to Bali in Indonesia than to Sydney in Australia.

Many backpackers from the UK visit Australia as its heavily advertised and popular a bit less so New Zealand after all its a bloody long way !

Hunter Valley Australia

Five Things You Absolutely Must Do in the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is a short drive – by Australian standards – from Sydney which has made it a popular destination for day trippers holidaying in Australia’s largest metropolis and the point of arrival for many international visitors.

If you think this webpage on Australia looks different than anything you've seen so far here at, it's because Australia isn't like anything you've ever seen before.

It is an island, a country, and its very own continent. And if you think you're going to see it all in one trip, you'd have to make it one continuous vacation for the rest of your life. There's no way to see it all, but if you know what you're looking for, it'll make it much easier to figure where you want to go.

Suppose you're looking for the best diving sites? Or, what if you're looking for the ultimate Outback adventure? Perhaps wines are your thing? Maybe you want to dive with Great Whites? Whatever you can possibly think of, you can do it here in Australia, and then some.

This article looks at some of Australia’s great coastal holiday destinations and experiences, namely the Gold Coast, the Great Ocean Road tour and Byron Bay

When one imagines a holiday along Australia’s coast, they think of relaxing on the beach and swimming in the ocean. Our coastal regions, however, offer more than just sand and water! They often have a number of historical sites, majestic landscapes and a variety of fun filled attractions to explore.

Explored below are some of the different things you can do in the coastal destinations of Byron Bay, the Gold Coast and the Great Ocean Road tour, which journeys along Australia’s south east coast.

Sometimes, staying put is the best way to relax and unwind. Here, we show you how to have a ‘staycation’ in the beautiful Harbour City.

Sydney is a great city for kids and adults alike, which is why so many people choose it each year as the destination for their family holidays.

For many young people around the world, the idea of leaving home and working for a year in a foreign city is an attractive one.

Melbourne is easily the most artistic city in Australia, and what it lacks in pristine beaches compared to Sydney, it more than makes up for in terms of culture. Widely regarded as the fashion and arts capital of the country, Melbourne will reel you in with its passion, class and creativity, and you can’t help but be inspired in a city where expression is everywhere.

Australia’s northeastern state of Queensland is undeniably a great place to visit. Enviable weather, pristine beaches and laid-back locals make it a domestic and international tourism favourite.

I have travelled a lot, been to many countries, and know flying like it is a common cold to be caught on regular occasion. For a short holiday from Australia to Fiji or the Pacific Islands, a cruise is a way better option, as I just found out. This article is a comparison of two similar holidays… Read on.

For most people in Europe and America, Australia is surrounded by the mystique of the “land down under”. Australia is a Westernized country, but it is so far from the Western centers that it developed its own unique personality.

I found this link as being a good source of information though the website is not so well laid out its ok.

An excerpt about Airlie Beach follows

"The small town of Airlie Beach lies a few kilometres from the Main Highway East of Proserpine. When driving into Airlie on The Shute Harbour Road you will encounter magnificent views of the Abel Point Marina and out to Pioneer Bay on your left.

G’Day all..

Well my 3 weeks in Aus is up, not that long really but I only came here to fill in the gaps from my last visit – Ullura (Ayres Rock), and Darwin.. and so that’s exactly what I did.

Byron Bay is the place to be if you want to relax and enjoy some scenic beauty.

Summary: Some suggestions of hostels to stay in Fiji

Tags: Fiji hostels, Fiji accommodation, FIji tourism, FIji trip, hostels in Nadi, Nadi accommodation

Hostels in Nadi, Fiji

Whether or not you can afford a South Pacific cruise, staying in a hotel in Fiji might seem expensive, even during the off-season. But don’t worry, there are ways to save on accommodation in Fiji. How about staying in a hostel instead of a hotel? Hostels can be great ways to save, are generally safe and are usually amazing places to meet like-minded people who love traveling and adventures.

If you’re going to Fiji, then you’ll probably land in Nadi, which is the most important tourist hub in the islands. Nadi is the third bigest city in Fiji, and is the main tourist town. The capital, Suva, is less attractive to tourists, but still attracts a few. In any case, if you are visiting for the first time, you will find Nadi to be the most convenient landing place.

Kiaora possums

Would you believe its nearly 6 weeks in NZ, and its time to move on to Australia.. So what have I been up to for the past 6 weeks?

Spent the first few days dosing in and around Auckland, visiting some of the suburbs around Auckland.. and of course figuring out what to do with my time in NZ. I decided to join Kiwi Experience for the South Island, and to do North Island by car (Bustermobile in the pics I sent out) with some dudes I met in Rio. Left Auckland and headed up to the Northlands area ?bay of islands, cape reinga etc. but the weather wasn’t on our side and so instead of taking a boat trip to the islands like we wanted to, we ended up loafing around Pahia. Carried on driving up north to the most northern point in NZ and picked up a Spanish hitchhiker along the way back down. Spent a couple of days driving back to Auckland via the west coast of the northern tip and stopping at random places as and when we felt like it.