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Walking in Australasia

The continent of Australasia includes Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean such as Fiji.

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world by total area. Its size gives it a variety of landscapes including subtropical rainforests, mountain ranges and desert and it contains many unique flora and fauna. Australia’s mountains are not highest in world but walking up them, you will discover some beautiful scenery. The highest mountain in Australia is Mount Kosciuszko at 2228 m. However, many Australian mountains are sacred to the local Aboriginal people and should not be climbed out of respect. There are also plenty of options for day and multi-day walks such as the four day long Wilderness Coast Walk in Victoria and New South Wales.

New Zealand is a small country but contains extremely varied topography. The most famous walk in New Zealand is the Milford Track. This 53 kilometre walk usually takes four days. It starts at the head of Lake Te Anau and goes to the highest waterfall in New Zealand. It is one of nine ‘Great Walks’ in the country. New Zealand also offers plenty of opportunities for shorter and day walks.

Fiji has numerous scenic hiking trails, many of which can be found within the islands beautiful national parks. The Kokoda Track is the most famous walk in Papua New Guinea, this track takes between four and twelve days, depending on fitness.

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