Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea are by far the largest countries in this pseudo-continent, and the former two are the most visited by travellers. Oceania includes the vast island nation groupings of Polynesia (extending from New Zealand to the north and east), Melanesia (to the west, and south of the equator), and Micronesia (almost wholly north of the equator).
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| Australia |
The largest and most populous country in Oceania, very often considered a continent by itself. Including the cities of Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and the capital, Canberra. It also has a number of deserts, one of which is the world's largest.
| New Zealand |
Although, like most countries, tiny in size compared to Australia, a major destination and widely regarded as one of the most pristine and beautiful countries on earth. Well-developed facilities for travellers. Geographically — and to a significant degree culturally — New Zealand is part of Polynesia: the indigenous Māori are Polynesian, and more Polynesians live in greater Auckland than in all the other cities of Polynesia put together.
| Papua New Guinea |
Tropical rainforest, great scenery and diverse cultures. An adventurous, rarely visited travel destination where caution is advised.
| Polynesia |
No other name quite conjures up images of paradise like this one. Stunning paradisical islands sprawling for thousands of miles across the remote South Pacific.
| Melanesia |
Closely related to the ethno-cultural make-up of the oft-included Papua New Guinea. Fiji is the most visited country in Melanesia.
| Micronesia |
The tiny Micronesian islands fall on or north of the Equator, and see less tourist and business travel than the rest of the island groupings. Palau is arguably the most interesting destination among these islands.