Spectacular Scenery and Remote Landscapes

Australasia forms the lions share of the continent of Oceania. Comprising of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and some of the surrounding Pacific Islands, it’s a beautiful but remote location. The area is home to some of the most iconic and spectacular scenery on the planet and you’ll find almost every type of landscape imaginable here. While it’s a long-haul flight from almost anywhere in the world, those that do make the trip down under rarely regret it.

Australasia is primarily made up of Australia and New Zealand, which are the two countries we’ll be focusing on for this guide. They’re two countries that are very closely assimilated, but also very different. Australia is the big brother within the relationship with it’s vast landmass, spectacular coastline, year round sunshine and modern cities. New Zealand in contrast is home to smaller towns and cities, a more relaxed pace of life and a much more temperate climate. Regardless of which one you visit, you’ll discover beautiful countries with populations that embrace sport, outdoor living and a good time. 

The Devils Marbles located in the Outback in Australia
The intriguing Devil's Marbles in Australia's outback


The entirety of Australasia is located in the Southern Hemisphere. The area stretches from Papua New Guinea in the north to Australia in the west and New Zealand in the south and east. The neighbouring islands of Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia and Coral Sea Island Territory all form part of an area known as Melanesia. The Indian Ocean lies to the west of Australasia, while the Pacific Ocean lies to the east

Aerial view of 4 mile beach in Port Douglas
4 Mile Beach in Port Douglas is one of the most spectacular beaches in Australia.

Best Time to Visit Australasia

The size and scale of Australasia means that different areas have dramatically different climates. Starting with Australia first, the general rule of thumb is that the northern half and west is best visited during the Australian winter. Running from April through to September, most days are bright, dry and warm. Outside of these months temperatures can rise to uncomfortable levels and there’s much higher humidity and rainfall. The southern half of Australia is best visited in the spring or the autumn when days are pleasant and largely dry and bright. The summer months, which run through December to February can be overwhelmingly hot. New Zealand has a far more temperate climate and is best visited during the summertime, which extends from December through to March. 

Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef
The Great barrier Reef stretches along the coast of Queensland, Australia for over 2,700 km

Best Things to see in Australasia

The big draw to Australasia is the magnificent scenery and landscapes, as well as some excellent cities. From the fjords of New Zealand to the deserts of Australia, there’s a vast range of different landscapes. The cities in Australasia are also quite varied in terms of size, style and culture, but they all retain that distinct Aussie and Kiwi charm.

Best Cities in Australasia

Separated by hundred if not thousands of miles, Australasia’s cities are an eclectic bunch. 

Our top 5 cities in Australasia are:

  1. Sydney, Australia
  2. Melbourne, Australia
  3. Perth, Australia
  4. Christchurch, New Zealand
  5. Brisbane, Australia

Best Natural Attractions in Australasia

Home to some of the most iconic scenery and landscapes in the world, Australasia is a delight for those that love the great outdoors. 

Our top 5 natural attractions in Australasia are:

  1. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  2. Uluru, Australia
  3. Milford Sound, New Zealand
  4. The Pinnacles, Australia
  5. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

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