“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.
When someone mentions Australia as a holiday destination, some of the things that spring to mind are sun, sand and maybe the odd Kangaroo. While it’s true that there are plenty of opportunities to top up your tan when you’re on the other side of the world, Australia is also … Read more Read moreOceania Sports
Darwin, the capital of Australian Northern Territory, is one of those places where people come for a visit and often decide to stay. Its diversity is fascinating and local atmosphere seems to always cheer up. Read moreOceania Adventure Off the Beaten Path History Social Responsibility
After an 8-year search, Australian rangers finally caught the massive 15.5 foot-long, 1,300 pound saltwater crocodile that was first seen in 2010. The reptile was captured after being spotted near a boat ramp in Katherine River in Australia’s Northern Territory. It is estimated to be 60 years old and is … Read more Read moreOceania
New Zealand is one of the most wildlife saturated tourist destinations in the world, with an abundance of native flora and fauna. Most notable is Kaikoura, on the South Island’s East Coast, which has always been ‘The Place’ for marine mammals and amazing birdlife. But an earthquake in 2016 risked … Read more Read moreOceania Preservation
The Galápagos Islands are considered to be part of Ecuador and these islands are along the equator in the Pacific Ocean. The Galápagos Islands consist of eighteen main islands, three smaller islands and one hundred and seven rocks and islets and together they form the Province of Ecuador, the Galápagos … Read more Read moreOceania Adventure
Swimming with the dolphins is a magical activity that may seem like a dream, but it is within your reach and you can do this is a socially responsible manner–enjoying these animals in their natural habitat, not captivity. Travel to New Zealand’s Kaikoura, where you can do this and more … Read more Read moreOceania Adventure Social Responsibility
It’s been nearly four years since Australia made an announcement that would change the course of their marine history. On November 16, 2012, the Australian government pledged that a series of marine parks would be constructed around its coast, in order to protect the vast, and eclectic marine life. Restrictions … Read more Read moreOceania Social Responsibility
The United States PT-109 was a World War II-era boat used in the Pacific Theater. It was commanded by 26-year-old skipper John F. Kennedy. A Japanese destroyer patrolling on a moonless night smashed into PT-109, killing several crewmen and sending the survivors into the water. Kennedy, an excellent swimmer, towed injured … Read more Read moreOceania History
Located nearly 600 miles to the north of Antarctica, The Falkland Islands belong in the ‘Oversees Territory of the United Kingdom’ category but are completely self-governing. With around 3,000 permanent residents and under 5,000 square miles of land, the islands are popular for tourists due to their relationship with nature. … Read more Read moreOceania Off the Beaten Path Social Responsibility
The Cook Islands are made up of 15 islands, and is home to some of the most beautiful lagoons. With the population just under 20,000, the Cook Islands make for a great getaway. However, most travelers make their first stop in the region on the most populated island—Rarotonga. Rarotonga has … Read more Read moreOceania Experiences
Kingscliff is a quaint, picturesque little coastal town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Sparsely populated, this enchanting region has a magical coastline that cradles several golden beaches, each one a surfers’ paradise like you’ve never seen. Kingscliff beach. Photo: Eric Se Getting Here Kingscliff is located … Read more Read moreOceania Backpacking & Camping Insights
This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that we produced under our old name Travel'n On and before re-branding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS.Hop across the pond to Australia with contributor Brian Portland who explores the world as an accessible traveler. Read moreOceania Accessible
This broadcast is a favorite legacy show that we produced under our old name Travel'n On and before re-branding as WORLD FOOTPRINTS.Tonya and Ian will chat with fellow travel journalists J.S. Fletcher and Kathy Newbern about their recent trip to Antarctica. Read moreOceania