For any seasoned travel bug the new year brings with it a whole host of possibilities. It’s a big, wide world out there and the start of the year represents a chance for the adventure hungry to dig out their bucket lists and set their sights on new destinations. Of course the destinations on that list will depend on your personal proclivities. Some may seek adventure and action while some may seek places of picturesque solitude. But why scour the globe for such variety when it can all be found on one continent?
Whether you want to see areas of unmatched natural beauty, cities of bustling cosmopolitan majesty or flora and fauna that look so exotic they border on science fiction, all can be found in Australasia. If you’ve never been to this incredible and diverse set of countries you may well underestimate just how much Australia, New Zealand and the various islands of the South Pacific have to offer. Here, we give a choice few that are worthy of a space on even the most stringently edited bucket list…
The Great Barrier Reef – Off the coast of Queensland on the North Eastern tip of Australia lies one of the most incredible works of ornate natural engineering in the world… The Great Barrier Reef. This elaborate ecosystem is over 2,000 km in length and comprised of over 600 types of hard and soft coral and comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands. The world’s largest coral reef has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1981 and never fails to draw gasps of amazement from new visitors. While it can be enjoyed by boat there’s absolutely no substitute for strapping on a snorkel or a diving tank and exploring the majesty of this natural architecture up close. Visit this website to check out a range of tours to suit all tastes. You will not return from the Great Barrier Reef unchanged!
Milford Sound – Anyone who’s seen The Lord of the Rings trilogy can attest to the immense diversity and awe inspiring beauty of New Zealand’s topography. From the unassuming beauty of Matamata which doubled as Hobbiton to the rugged grandeur of Mackensie Country which stood in for Rohan, New Zealand is rife with natural beauty. Queenstown on the south island of New Zealand has long drawn tourists of an adventurous nature; offering surfing, skydiving and bungee jumping and its from here that most tours of the astonishing Mildford Sound begin. The enormity and majesty of New Zealand’s grandest natural attraction must be seen to be believed.
Tahiti – If you fell in love with the Polynesian themed adventures of Moana you’ll love Tahiti. The largest of the French Polynesian islands this is a popular spot with honeymooners offering a topography that’s alive with natural beauty. Aside from the lush vegetation and fascinating Polynesian culture the island offers some of the most memorable aquatic encounters in Australasia. Dip into the azure blue waters to swim with the native black-tip reef sharks and you’ll make memories that will last the rest of your life!