Backpacking in Oceania

Gap Year Regions  »  Oceania

Why Go?

Interactive Map of Oceania

Click on the coloured regions in the interactive map below to find out more about travelling in the countries in Oceania.

 

Why Visit Oceania?

If you had no knowledge of the planet and you looked at a world map for the first time, you’d barely notice Oceania, hiding quietly in the bottom corner. You could be forgiven for assuming this was a place of quiet insignificance.

But you’d be so wrong. Oceania is the ultimate gap year destination. Most start with travelling the east coast of Australia, usually south to north. This is where you find the parties, the fun, the craziness. You’ll also find the glorious Sydney Harbour, the amazing Fraser Island, the paradisiacal Whitsunday Islands and the other-worldly Great Barrier Reef.

Most then head to New Zealand for the spell-binding scenery and adventure activities, and then it’s on to the tropical islands of Fiji, famous for their pristine beaches and thriving marine life. The really adventurous might then keep on travelling all the way to the Cook Islands, which look much the same as they did when Captain James Cook, their namesake, sailed past 300 years ago. Fiji and the Cook Islands form part of Australasia and Polynesia respectively; the other island group in the region is Micronesia.

Oceania is the perfect  training ground for new backpackers. The scenery and climate are wildly different to anything you’ll be used to, but the general culture is much the same, the popular places like New Zealand and Australia are very safe, and there’s no language barrier to worry about.


Top Countries

Australia

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand

Fiji

Fiji

The Cook Islands

The Cook Islands

Best Experiences

There are so many awesome things to experience in Oceania we could spend the next year trying to list them and still not get close, but here are a few to get you started!

Climb a glacier in New Zealand


Scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia


Drive the Great Ocean Road in Australia


Go island hopping in French Polynesia


Cruise the Whitsundays in Australia


Do the Nevis Bungy Jump in New Zealand


4x4 on Fraser Island in Australia


Go blackwater rafting in New Zealand


Drive a campervan through the Outback in Australia


Explore Lord of the Rings scenery in New Zealand


Swim with whale sharks in Australia


Chill out in Sydney's Botanical Gardens in Australia


See the island where 'Castaway' was filmed in Fiji


Check out the graffiti in Melbourne in Australia


Explore the beaches of Sydney in Australia


Hike one of the Great Walks in New Zealand


Experience a fire-walking ceremony in Fiji

Itineraries

Check out these itineraries which we have created for Oceania, and remember, we are experts in creating tailor made gap year experiences, so if you have a particular route in mind just call the number on the big blue button below.

Travel and work in New Zealand

Travel and work in Australia

Travel and work in Australia

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Advice

Need advice on backpacking in Oceania? You're in the right place! We have articles covering all the major destinations, from Australia to New Zealand to the Cook Islands.

New Zealand Travel Guide

New Zealand Travel Guide

Working in Australia

Working in Australia

9 Facts About the Cook Islands

9 Facts About the Cook Islands

A Guide to Arriving in Sydney

A Guide to Arriving in Sydney