Australasia is like so many continents at once. Comprising Australia and New Zealand as well as 600 offshore islands including the Pacific Islands, you can experience extremes of climate as well as of landscape and of culture.
The Great Barrier Reef, Bondi Beach and Sydney might be first on the agenda for many when visiting Australia - but there is so much more to this epic landmass. As well as the other fascinating, diverse and bustling cities dotting this great country (think Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, for starters) there is amazing natural scenes to discover.
The ‘Red Centre’ is the name given to an amazing panorama of desert planes, gorges and mountains in Australia’s centre. It also hosts some of Aboriginal Australians’ most sacred sites, including Uluru (Ayres Rock) and Kata Tjuta. There is also the vast and rugged wilderness of the island of Tasmania to discover, off Australia’s South coast. Amongst all that, of course, there are more than 10,000 amazing beaches to discover along this golden coastline.
Across the waters of the Tasman Sea lie the two peaceful islands that make up New Zealand, or Aotearoa to its aboriginal Maori population. Australasia is rich with aboriginal history, which is slowly starting to be respected and prized by the colonising populations.
The aboriginal connection with the land, in particular, for both Maori, Australian Aborigine and Aboriginal Pacific Islander populations, is now being held up as a way for all cultures to follow - to respect and perpetuate the conditions on Earth as we know it.
A wealth of outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed across New Zealand - head to Queenstown to take a helicopter ride up to Fox Glacier and trek across the glowing blue glacial ice, avoiding the fathoms-deep crevasses that open up beneath. Get bungee jumping, skiing, rafting or biking, amongst many more activities, in this adrenaline-fuelled hotspot.
For a more contemplative connection to nature, sail the dramatic fjords of Milford Sound in search of whales, and make sure to head to Rotorua to properly engage with the amazing Maori history of Aotearoa.
600 miles north of New Zealand, of course, are the Pacific Islands. Sometimes divided into Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia, these islands dot the vast waters of the Pacific Ocean, and are astoundingly diverse. Polynesian islands include Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands, whilst Fiji, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands are part of Melanesia.
The 332 islands which comprise Fiji are famed for their people’s friendliness, as well as paradise-perfected palm-fringed beaches. Tahiti and Bora Bora are part of French Polynesia, a tapestry of islands painted every shade of blue as perfect Pacific waters meet everlasting sea-sky horizons.
Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia (but is still only 48km across at its widest point), and its landscapes and peoples captivated Paul Gauguin so much so that his artistry is redolent with Tahitian scenes. Famed for its volcanic black sands, this French-speaking island is wafted by the scent of vanilla on the breeze of this tropical island idyll.
Bora Bora is possibly the most celebrated island of French Polynesia - the romantic allure of its turquoise seascapes being the ideal honeymoon for so many couples. Just an hour’s plane ride from Tahitian capital Papeete, Bora Bora offers rainforest peaks creeping down to waters of every shade of blue in the artist’s palette.
The amazing sights and sounds of Australasia are the paradise dreams are made of. With so many perfect islands and huge stretches of landscape to explore, why not contact the Inspiring Travel Company, to let us create an Australasian tour, tailormade and completely bespoke to you?
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- Spend three nights aboard the iconic Indian Pacific train travelling across contrasting landscapes from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific
- Enjoy views of Sydney's spectacular harbour from your Full Harbour View Room at Four Seasons Sydney Hotel
- Travel through Australia's Red Centre from Adelaide to Darwin on your two-night Ghan railway adventure
- Take in sweeping views of Perth's skyline from Kings Park or wander through Fremantle's historic streets
- Sample some of Australia's finest wines in the Margaret River region or explore underground caverns at Ngilgi Caves
- Drive through karri forests, follow the rugged southern coastline and in to the remote outback
- Enjoy a spectacular scenic flight over the wild central highlands of Tasmania and Macquarie Harbour
- Spend a full day hiking in the breath-taking Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
- Visit the impressive underground caverns Marakoopa and King Solomons Caves
- Board an eco-catamaran at Coles Bay for a serene cruise of Freycinet Peninsula and Wineglass Bay
- Wander through thousands of limestone spires formed over millions of years at the Pinnacles Desert
- Witness the beauty of this area from the air on a flight to Cape Leveque
- Marvel at the fascinating beehive shaped domes from the air on a flight over the mystical Bungle Bungles
- Explore the wetlands and Aboriginal rock art of Kakadu National Park from Wildman Wilderness Lodge
- Explore the world's largest sand island by 4WD on a two night Fraser Island adventure
- Snorkel over the Great Barrier Reef directly from the beach at Heron Island
- Sail through Whitsundays, 74 rainforest clad islands off the coast of Airlie Beach
- Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Tropical North Queensland on a 4WD rainforest adventure
- Visit some of Sydney's highlights including The Rocks, Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach
- Explore the beauty and attractions along this beautiful coastline at your own pace
- Relax for a few nights in this delightful and laid back, beach side resort
- Find a high vantage point or take a cruise out from Jervis Bay to spot dolphins and whales (whales migrate through Jervis Bay late May to late November)
- Visit charming unspoiled seaside towns en-route such as Batemans Bay, Narooma and Lakes Entrance
- Follow one of the national parks hiking trails through lush forests, along secluded beaches while trying to spot native wildlife such as echidnas and emus
- Watch Phillip Island's little penguins return to their burrows at night
- Wander through a desert of mystical limestone pinnacles said to have formed 25, 000 years ago
- Explore the rugged terrain and spectacular gorges of Kalbarri National Park
- Witness sociable dolphins swim close to the shore and try to spot turtles and manta rays swim by
- Stroll along Broome's pristine Cable Beach and watch spectacular sun sets over the Indian Ocean
- Discover Sydney's historic Rocks District, watch surfers at Bondi Beach and cruise Sydney's iconic harbour
- Explore two of Australia's most iconic sights, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (Olgas)
- Sail across the Coral Sea for a Great Barrier Reef experience and snorkel over this majestic natural wonder
- Discover the ancient rainforests of Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation
- Be whisked away by helicopter for a picnic lunch on a secluded sand island at Vlassof Cay
- Take in the stunning beauty of the Whitsunday Islands from the air on a helicopter flight to Whitehaven Beach
- Enjoy a private tour of the breathtaking World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park
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