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“If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands but a continent that joins to them.”               – Francis Bacon
 


The Oceania geographic region is surrounded by the Indian, Southern and Pacific Oceans and includes the Australian mainland, which occupies 86% of the region’s area. New Zealand, Tasmania, New Guinea and other smaller tropical islands that are scattered throughout the South Pacific also comprise the Oceania region, for a total of 14 independent countries and 11 dependent overseas territories.The countries that are included in the Oceania region are: Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru , New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa , Solomon Islands, Tonga , Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

The following overseas territories within Oceania are: American Samoa (USA), Cook Islands (New Zealand), French Polynesia (France), Guam (USA), New Caledonia (France), Niue (New Zealand), Norfolk Island (Australia) , Northern Mariana Islands (USA), Pitcairn Islands (UK), Tokelau (New Zealand), Wallis and Futuna (France).

Despite the small composition of the Oceania region there are hundreds of different tribal groups throughout that have shaped the cultural heritage of the various island nations and territories. For example, many present-day Oceania nations were populated by Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian peoples for thousands of years until European colonization. But on Papua New Guinea alone, there are over 700 different tribal groups within the population of 5 million residents.


Cabarita Beach photo by Ann-Marie Cahill

A Trip Through Tradition on the Tweed Coast

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Wollumbin is not the first site to be ‘renamed’ in Australia, and it certainly should not be the last.   Read more

Oceania Landscape Indigenous
The Oxalis Morada is indigenous to the Galapagos Islands and many regions of South America. Photo: Brent Cahill

Indigenous Food Travel: A Culinary Postcard

By Ann-Marie Cahill

While many of my friends have turned to books or television documentaries, I have been exploring the world of culinary travel — but not just for cooking recipes. I found inspiration in the preservation of Indigenous food. And that has me planning my next adventure.   Read more

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Uluru Rock in Australia

LIFE DOWN UNDER IN THE LAND OF “OZ”

Today we’re going to explore the land down under – Australia.  As an extra bonus we will also enjoy a listener’s favorite travel memory. What is it about Australia that captures our imagination? We had hoped to explore parts of Australia until COVID-19 forced a change in all of our … Read more   Read more

Oceania Insights
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Adopt a Backpacker: Seeking Refuge During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Ann-Marie Cahill

You know you’re living the travel-dream when you don’t have to go home *sigh*. But what happens when you can’t go home? When the option is taken from you? When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, nations all around the world called for their citizens to come home. Not everyone could afford the … Read more   Read more

Oceania Backpacking & Camping
Rottnest Island bay

Why every visitor to Western Australia needs to visit Rottnest Island

By Audrey Lim

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from living abroad over the past two and a half years, it’s that Western Australia is truly unrivaled when it comes to their beaches. While I may be quite biased, just picture fine white sand as far as the eye can see and clear … Read more   Read more

Oceania Off the Beaten Path
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Australian PM Issues Extended Ban On China Travel

China is not happy with Australia after its prime minister extended its travel ban of foreign nationals leaving the country for seven additional days in the wake of a deepening Coronavirus crisis. There will be a weekly review of the ban, and its decision is the result of businesses warning … Read more   Read more

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Is it safe to travel to Australia after the bushfires?

By Ann-Marie Cahill

The Australian bushfire season for 2019/2020 has been the worst on record. Globally, news reports have tried to capture the enormity of the situation, often falling short. Red, orange, and black smother the traditional Australian green-and-gold. And yet, from the ashes, there is a sprout of new growth; as a … Read more   Read more

Oceania Social Responsibility
Koala bear in Australia

Australia Wildfires Have Implications Worldwide

As Australia’s wildfires continue to rage on, the massive blaze may have an impact on the entire world.    While the rainfall the area received was celebrated, NASA expects the fires’ smoke will make a complete circle around the world. It’s already being seen in the New Zealand region, turning … Read more   Read more

Oceania Preservation
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How travelling responsibly can help preserve our planet

By Audrey Lim

Here’s some food for thought. We’re now in an era in which human activity is the dominant influence on our climate and the environment. Scary, I know. Our actions have increased the pace of environmental change to a rate that has never been seen before in history. As I write … Read more   Read more

Oceania Sustainability
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Deaths Climb and State of Emergency Issued in New South Wales

With the wildfires still raging something fierce, Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) government declared a week-long emergency with the region ravaged by the bushfires and the number of deaths still climbing. And, the dangerous conditions will persist into the weekend with strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures expected. The … Read more   Read more

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Ayers Rock, Uluru, Australia

Australia Enforces 3-Year-Old Climbing Ban On Uluru

A climbing ban on the sacred Uluru rocks in Australia brought hundreds of people to get in one last climb before enforcement takes effect.   The ban, which was passed in 2017, recently went into effect after the Anangu aboriginal people claimed it was a sacred place for many thousands … Read more   Read more

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New Zealand Implements New Fee For Travelers; Goes Into Effect In October

For people planning to visit New Zealand, there are some extra hoops to jump through before one can be approved to enter the country. The New Zealand government said in March that it would be implementing a new tourism entry approval system called Electronic Travel Authority (ETA, for short). Beginning … Read more   Read more

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Ayers Rock, Uluru, Australia

Uluru: Why Climbing is Bad for Australia’s Heart

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Uluru is not just the geographical heart of Australia; it is considered by Indigenous Australians to be the spiritual heart as well.   Read more

Oceania Preservation
The 2019 Sydney Festival (SydFest) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Photo: Ann-Marie Cahill

Sydney Festival 2019: Out of This World

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Sydney comes to life in summer. It is a glorious city, no matter what time of year but in the summer, we have long days, warm nights, hot beaches, and the biggest party in all of Australia: The Sydney Festival. Sydney Festival – Everyone, Every Year Every January, over three … Read more   Read more

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