When it comes to incredible continents, you may have heard about Oceania. But, have you ever spared a minute to acknowledge all the places and islands one can visit? Well, to make it loud and clear, there are a total of 14 countries with 37 million people. In addition, the most popular languages in this part of the world are Fijian, English, Maori, Hindi, and Samoan. Moving forward, let’s travel through some of the most prevalent destinations one cannot miss out on.
1. Sydney, Commonwealth of Australia
Even though you know Sydney as one of the beautiful cities in the world, there’s more to such a fact. With pristine cityscapes, the multicultural aspect of this city was developed around the world’s most significant harbors. Sydney Opera House being the highlight of the city, people know it as an iconic structure worldwide. Meanwhile, in the Rocks harbor-end district, the cobblestone streets tell a complete tale of the area’s history.
Suppose you’re wondering about the prominent features of this beautiful city. In that case, they include beaches and the world-renowned Bondi Beach, the many art galleries and museums, the Coathanger, Government House Sydney, Sydney Botanic Gardens, Sydney Tower, The Queen Victoria Building, and The National Maritime Museum.
2. Nukuʻalofa, Kingdom of Tonga
When it comes to Tonga, a specific myth tells a story of Nukuʻalofa’s origin. Nulu is reckoned as the abode, whereas the latter refers to love. With white, sandy beaches caressing through the coast, large churches and houses are filling the streets of the nation’s capital. Before venturing into the island’s extravaganza, check quaint local cafes, primary markets, jewelry, handicrafts, carvings, and many more.
3. Levuka, Republic of Fiji
Since this small town was surrendered to British Rule in 1874, it was the very first colonial capital of Fiji. Europeans and Americans alike developed it by constructing warehouses, port facilities, residences, stores, and buildings for religious, educational, and social institutions. Speaking of which, it is one of the rare colonial examples of a port town. Moreover, Levuka is also considered as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
4. Sopoaga Waterfall, Independent State of Samoa
Speaking of Sopoaga Waterfall, it is situated around Le Mafa Pass Road in southeastern Upolu. Moreover, it is Samoa’s most populated and second-largest island developed by a seafloor volcano. While you enjoy a picnic amid various Samoan plants and vegetations, consider savoring incredible views across the waterfall.
5. Rotorua, New Zealand, Oceania
Rotorua city is located in the Bay of Plenty region, near a lake of the same name. If you did not know, the city’s primary feature is the thermal activities provided by several geysers, exploding mud pools, and hot springs. Trust us; your smelling instinct will get it as soon as you set foot here. Even though Rotorua’s recurring hydrothermal activity attracts several visitors, the Maori traditions enable us to stay. Their traditions, values, songs, and dances can also be witnessed at multiple concerts and hangi evenings.
6. Leleuvia Island, Republic of Fiji
Located amidst the Moturiki Passage, this small Leleuvia’s coral island is one of the experiences for backpackers. It is that area that can be referred to as Paradise. So, if you do decide to seep into the aroma of the place, begin by strolling through the entire coast, which measures around 1.3mi. Just think, wandering on a white-sand beach surrounded by palm trees.
7. The Tsunami Rock, Kingdom of Tonga
Since all the above destinations are more culturally and modernly-driven, this place will keep you on your toes. When you set foot on this island, consider visiting the site where a massive coral rock is located. Researchers believe that this Tsunami rock was pushed to the site with smaller rocks by a giant wave. This wave was triggered by volcano eruptions during the recent ice age, about 7,000 years ago.
8. Hobbiton, New Zealand
Imagine yourself big enough to wander through the tales of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. Since The Hobbit’s sets take us to Middle-Earth and The Shire, where hobbits would move around, being part of nature, and having fun, this destination can do the same to your subconscious. You can simply visit the set, rebuilt into a permanent attraction. One may even take a tour, starting from the breathtaking landscapes of the Kaimai Range.
Here, you can be transported to the Green Dragon Inn, Bag End, the double-arched bridge, the mill, the Party Tree, and the beautiful gardens – all these places where Bilbo Baggins and Frodo have lived.
How many countries can you name from Oceania? Here you go:
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Solomon Islands
So, have you packed your bags yet? This is your moment. Seize the opportunity and make the most of your traveling days, exploring the Oceania region.
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