Oceania is famous for its beauty and for a good reason. There are sights that take your breath away, national parks, caves and beaches unlike anything else in the world. Traveling through all of Oceania takes time and money only a select few can afford. In order to enjoy the highlights, you should visit these six places.
It is also known as Uluru, which is its Aboriginal name. This rock formation is sacred to the Aborigines of the area, the Pitjantjatjara Anangu. Ayers Rock is one of, if not the, most recognizable landmarks in all of Down Under. The temperature in the area can drop under 40°F only during the month of July. It is home to many Australian animals, like frogs, reptiles, snakes and several endangered mammals. The Anangu are allowed to keep hunting several animals, including the red kangaroo and emu.
If you are looking forward to enjoying a trip to an island, we recommend visiting Tasmania. It is located about 150 miles south of Australia. It is known as the 26th largest island in the world and it is relatively more hospitable when compared to Australia, at least in terms of climate. Famous actors that originate from Tasmania are Simon Baker, Essie Davis, and Errol Flynn, among others. It is also the only home in the wild to the famous Tasmanian Devil.
Kakadu National Park
The Kakadu National Park is co-managed by its native owners – in fact, more than 50% of the park is under Aboriginal ownership. It is dedicated to protecting nature and preserving it in its original state. The park covers a large part of Australia. There are over 10 000 crocodile species in the park, as well as 280 different kinds of birds, along with a couple of thousand plant species.
Do not be afraid if you come across a termite mound that is higher than you – they can reach 19 feet in height. If you are lucky, you can get a free guided tour by the rangers. Visiting the park itself costs about $25 per person.
Every year, over 100 million crabs move from the jungle to the sea in order to breed and have their young. It is a natural phenomenon not present anywhere else in the world. This is just one of many wonders you can expect to find on this island. It has been a fascinating place for scientists, naturalists, and enthusiastic adventurers alike. The beaches are rocky, and most of the flora is rainforests.
Tourists that enjoy natural occurrences will simply love the Waitomo Caves. There are two levels of the caves, with the upper level being the one more accessible and, therefore, more visited by the tourists. You will see some wonders in spite of the darkness – there are glowworms that give the impression of small and distant stars. These worms are carnivores, but are also resilient – they can go without food and water for a long time.
This is the tallest mountain in New Zealand and its 12,316 feet high. The Maori call it Aoraki, which means cloud piercer. Because of its height, Mount Cook is always covered in snow and ice. At the base of the mountain, you will find the Mount Cook village.
According to the Maori legend, this mountain came to be when a boy named Aoraki, along with his brothers got stranded in a canoe. The boys tried to stand on the tallest part of the canoe, but the winds from them and turned them to stone. Aoraki was the tallest, and his brothers became the Southern Alps.