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Travel In Australia and Oceania2022-11-06T10:04:28-05:00

Travel In Australia and Oceania with Brit on the Move ™

Learn What It’s Like To Travel In Australia and Oceania.

Traveling to Australia or Oceania is something that many people will never do. Often the distance and time it takes to get there dissuade many. Most importantly, there’s the cost of traveling to Australia and the costs of traveling in Australia and neighboring counties. While not the most budget-friendly continent to travel to, there are ways to get there without breaking the bank.  And there are tons of options to navigate this region for any budget.

Australia, New Zealand, and French Polynesia are the countries most people know in Oceania. The pristine conditions, beautiful islands, and out-of-this-world ocean life of Oceania entice surfers, divers, and water lovers worldwide.

There is much to explore in Australia, including the Outback, Uluru, the Gold Coast, and the famous Great Barrier Reef. As for New Zealand, its natural beauty and adrenaline-pumping activities attract a wide range of people! There is no doubt that French Polynesia is an American favorite – especially for honeymooners.

Australia and Oceania Regions

Australasia: Australasia comprises Australia, New Zealand, and their neighboring Pacific Ocean islands. There are frequent flights between the countries, and English is widely spoken in the region, making it an accessible area to explore. Home of The Great Barrier Reef and the Lord of the Rings filming locations, many people travel to this region for this alone.  Australasia also has some of the best scuba diving conditions on earth.

Melanesia: The Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu are islands northwest of Australia. Each island has a great deal of history, culture, and exotic landscapes. Flying to Fiji from Australia and New Zealand or Asia or North America is the easiest way to reach this region.

Micronesia: Micronesia is part of Oceania’s northwest region. Nauru is a county that few visit.  The Marshall Islands are some of the world’s most remote islands. The area is easy to explore for US travelers since English is widely spoken, and the US dollar is welcome.

Polynesia: Some of the world’s most beautiful islands are in Polynesia, the most distant region of Oceania. Bora Bora and Tahiti are popular destinations in French Polynesia, while Easter Island is home to mysterious stone carvings that attract hundreds of visitors yearly. Several languages are spoken in the region, including English, French, Spanish, and indigenous Polynesian languages.

Finally, many people dream of Australia and Oceania but think it’s too expensive or out of reach. It’s not, and here is how you can travel there on any budget.

TRAVEL IN AUSTRALIA 

Victoria’s King Valley and High Country – Australia

High Country and King Valley are both located in the state of Victoria in Australia. Victoria is a region not often explored. The typical tourists flock to Sydney, Melbourne, and Cains. Australia has six states: New South Wales -NSW Queensland - QLD South Australia - SA Tasmania  - TAS       Victoria -VIC Western Australia - WA Only three hours from Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, lies Australia's King Valley and High Country. An area rich in history and best known for the Australian Gold Rush. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure and

Australian Food: 8 Food Havens To Visit In Australia

Australian food is often a mystery to most. Now that Australia is again open to business, foodies of all persuasions can barely wait to hit the road and check out some of the most tempting food destinations across the country. This applies equally to both domestic and international travelers with palpable gourmand's genes in them! After the prolonged layoffs and isolation, now is perhaps the best time to plan a vacation to the famous food regions. Visit the Australian food establishments as all the passionate chefs and mixologists will be all agog to receive the visitors

15 Hidden Gems In Or Close To Hobart, Tasmania

You've heard of the expression "a diamond in the rough." It means that something stands out amidst a sea of ordinary. Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, is full of diamonds. Well, we probably shouldn't put it like that. How about this; Hobart has a lot of amazing things to experience. We mean rare locales, unique landmarks, and fantastic food to give you an idea of what we're scratching at. One major caveat we should mention; these diamonds in the rough are also hidden gems. If you don't know where to look, you might miss them. Well,

The Waitomo Caves of New Zealand

Located two and a half hours away from Auckland, the Waitomo Caves are famous for being filled with glowworms. While the main glowworm cave is an unusual attraction, most people don’t realize that the other Waitomo Caves are impressive! Visiting the Waitomo Caves is a full day out, and there is plenty to see and do once you are there. The Waitomo Caves are in Waitomo on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. You can either book a tour to include the cave tours or buy your tickets and self-drive to Waitomo. This post

All You Need To Know About Rotorua – New Zealand

Chances are, if you are visiting the northern island of New Zealand, you will visit Rotorua. Known as the region's geothermal area, it attracts tourists in droves. As a fan of geothermal activity, this appealed to me, and we combined this with our trip to Hobbiton. Rotorua is an hour south of Hobbiton, so it made sense to combine the two. This area is home to several hot springs, geysers, mud pools, and waterfalls. Who would not want to check this out? I imagined a place as beautiful as Yellowstone; unfortunately, while there are some gems

The Hobbiton Movie Set – Auckland, New Zealand

Every fan of Lord of The Rings wants to visit the lush pastures of The Shire at The Hobbiton Movie Set. Even if you are not a fan, this should be on your list of things to see if you are in Auckland. And, if you’ve not seen the trilogy watch it on your flight over. If you don’t, well, you were warned. You will get called out in jest by the guide, and everyone will look at you like you have three heads! This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure and privacy policy for

Flight Cancellation Drama & How To Deal With It

Flight Cancellation!  January of 2018, we were finishing up a fabulous long three-week vacation across Australia and New Zealand. I intentionally booked our flights as the crow flies in order not to backtrack. The final destination was Auckland, New Zealand, so it only made sense to fly back to the US. On Friday, Jan 6th, 2018, we were scheduled to leave on American Airlines Flight 82. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure and privacy policy for more information. First Clue of a Flight Cancellation We arrive at the airport, and everything appears normal until

Cairns, Queensland – Australia

Cairns is the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the world's most extensive coral reef system. The city of Cairns is the fourth-most-popular destination for international tourists in Australia for a good reason. While this is a small sleepy town, it hosts many attractions that are worth the journey. Most flock here to see the reef, but there are other attractions just as impressive. Describing Cairns is difficult. I had potentially conjured up an image of Caribbean beaches, possibly because I thought it would be more tropical.  I knew you had to take a boat to

Uluru – The Ultimate Guide To Australia’s Red Rock

Uluru Australia, previously known as "Ayers Rock," is a gigantic red rock formation within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. It's located 450km from Alice Springs, in the middle of the Northern Australian Outback. Should Uluru be a part of your Itinerary? It depends on who you ask. My earliest visual association with Australia was Uluru. Back in the '80s and '90s, people booked vacations using travel agents with actual shops. I used to glare at the photos in the window of Uluru with awe. Almost every advertisement for Australia had two things on display - Uluru,

Travel in Australia – The Greatest Guide To Seeing It All

There are probably many reasons why travel in Australia is on everybody's bucket list or why everyone has an Australia bucket list. Maybe it's the quest to conquer the continents, the distance to get there, or the sheer glamour of traveling somewhere so exotic.  No matter the reason, it's on almost everyone's bucket list. I'll speak for myself as to why it was for me. I grew up in England and have always daydreamed about traveling to Australia. At one point, I considered immigrating to Oz but ultimately chose the US.  The images of the

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The Waitomo Caves of New Zealand

Located two and a half hours away from Auckland, the Waitomo Caves are famous for being filled with glowworms. While the main glowworm cave is an unusual attraction, most people don’t realize that the other Waitomo Caves are impressive! Visiting the Waitomo Caves is a full day out, and there is plenty to see and do once you are there. The Waitomo Caves are in Waitomo on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. You can either book a tour to include the cave tours or buy your tickets and self-drive

All You Need To Know About Rotorua – New Zealand

Chances are, if you are visiting the northern island of New Zealand, you will visit Rotorua. Known as the region's geothermal area, it attracts tourists in droves. As a fan of geothermal activity, this appealed to me, and we combined this with our trip to Hobbiton. Rotorua is an hour south of Hobbiton, so it made sense to combine the two. This area is home to several hot springs, geysers, mud pools, and waterfalls. Who would not want to check this out? I imagined a place as beautiful as Yellowstone; unfortunately, while

The Hobbiton Movie Set – Auckland, New Zealand

Every fan of Lord of The Rings wants to visit the lush pastures of The Shire at The Hobbiton Movie Set. Even if you are not a fan, this should be on your list of things to see if you are in Auckland. And, if you’ve not seen the trilogy watch it on your flight over. If you don’t, well, you were warned. You will get called out in jest by the guide, and everyone will look at you like you have three heads! This post may contain affiliate links. Please read

Flight Cancellation Drama & How To Deal With It

Flight Cancellation!  January of 2018, we were finishing up a fabulous long three-week vacation across Australia and New Zealand. I intentionally booked our flights as the crow flies in order not to backtrack. The final destination was Auckland, New Zealand, so it only made sense to fly back to the US. On Friday, Jan 6th, 2018, we were scheduled to leave on American Airlines Flight 82. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure and privacy policy for more information. First Clue of a Flight Cancellation We arrive at the airport, and

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