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The Australia and Pacific travel guide ranges from magnificent beaches to sprawling deserts. Modern cities are surrounded by open land where you can take a journey into nature and enjoy all the delights of "the Outback." Cities in Australia include Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. Around Australia there are many islands located on the Pacific Ocean and these are popular tourist destinations.

Climate

Australia has a diverse climate but most of the north has a tropical climate while the south has a sub-tropical climate. Coastal areas receive the highest rainfall while inland is usually dry. In areas such as the Snowy Mountains low temperatures are experienced. Winter falls from June until August and summer is from December until February.

Transport

Australia is easily accessible by air with Sydney being a major transport hub as many visitors use this as a starting point for their travels. There are both international and domestic terminals. Discount airlines fly into Australian airports (over 180 airports and aerodromes) so cheaper fares are available. Australia is accessible by boat and there are many cruises that stop here. November until February is the best time to go on a cruise. You can get around Australia easily by car but be aware that if you are traveling from city to city there may be large distances of unpopulated land. Transport by bus is another option.

Attractions

Australia has unique and exciting wildlife. Kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and wombats are among the animals that you can see. National parks are a good way to view many animals roaming free in their natural habitat. Australia's sandy beaches stretch for miles and the beaches attract sun lovers from across the globe. Surfing conditions are good in many areas and Australia is well known for its surfing culture. Well known beaches include Bondi Beach and Surfer's Paradise. Thermal pools that have been naturally formed are a good place to visit and relax. Near Darwin there are many thermal pools. There are many scuba diving opportunities, and snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime experience. Adrenaline junkies will not be bored in Australia as there are activities such as rock climbing, sky diving and hot air ballooning.

Day Trip to a Deserted Island

Most Ile des Pins Day Trips are themed around exploring the vast number of islands that surround this island destination. Ile des Pins, or the Isle of Pines, is a part of New Caledonia - an overseas island in the south Pacific region. Isle of Pines is composed of some major island groups, including the Loyalty Islands. Walpole Island is a part of the province of Loyalty Islands.

Reaching Walpole Island

Walpole Island is a small island located about 180 km from the eastern coast of New Caledonia. It is situated about 140 km from the eastern shores of Ile des Pins. Visitors planning to visit the island need to get their bookings done in advance. Not many boats visit the Walpole Island on a regular basis. Usually, the tourist offices in Ile des Pins make bookings for a ship after receiving sufficient queries.

Walpole Island Sights

The island is largely uninhabited. Unlike some of the other islands in the vicinity wherein a handful of residents can be found, this island is devoid of a regional population. The only people found here are the few diving enthusiasts from surrounding nations who come here to test their skills. Visitors can explore the entire island in one day. It is just about 2 kilometers long and less than half a kilometer wide. This is a coral island atop a dormant volcanic mountain. It is ideally suited for folks who like a bit of self-exploring. The entire stretch is devoid of the usual buzz associated with tourist locales. Visitors can walk along the steep cliffs and explore geographical forces at work among the erosion holes. Those who can sustain a hiking trail of about two hours can also visit the Banc de L'Orne, located about 15 kilometers to the north of Walpole Island.

Things to do

There are many Australia and Pacific things to do as Australia is a large country and there are many islands scattered throughout the Pacific. Unless you have a long time to visit it can be best to focus on a specific area. You can easily travel by plane, train or boat.

Visit Sydney and Other Cities

One of the things that should not be missed in Australia is stopping in the city of Sydney.
SydneySydney has the famous opera house, a large harbor to explore, several fabulous beaches and so much more. It is the largest city in Australia and should not be missed. Another city that has a different flavor is Perth. Perth is in western Australia and is very new, modern and prosperous. There is a lot of mining in western Australia.

One of the Seven Wonders of the World can be seen in Australia. Go up to Cairns Snorkel Tours or dive in the Great Barrier Reef. You will never see anything like it elsewhere. You can even sleep out on the reef on a dive boat. The middle of Australia is a desert and at Uluru you can visit Ayers Rock. It is the only large rock mountain for miles surrounded by red sand. It is very important to the aboriginal culture.

Natural Beauty of New Zealand

Also in the Pacific is New Zealand, a country that is known for its raw and stunning nature. The 2 islands are very different as the north island is volcanic and the south island is where 2 tectonic plates rub up together forming the Southern Ranges. Visit a world renowned wine region in Marlborough, see the awesomeness of Fjiordlands National Park and go to stunning Coromandel.

Cruise to Fiji

Some of the best ways to see the islands in the Pacific are by a cruise as you can visit many, all in 1 trip. In Fiji, the island of Suva contains the Fiji Museum, municipal handicraft center and the Colo-I-Suva Forest Park. Nadi contains the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple which is the largest Hindu temple in the southern hemisphere. Another interesting site is the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, a plantation with more than 2000 types of orchids.

Enjoy Beaches and Surf in Tonga

Tonga is another spectacular location among the many islands in the Pacific. On the main island of Tongatapu you should visit the Royal Palace and tombs. There are also blowholes that are the most spectacular in the Pacific. Tonga is known for its beaches and caving as there are freshwater pools and natural limestone caves to explore.

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