Best Places to Visit in Australia & The Pacific

Australia and its Pacific neighbors are home to some of the most awe-inspiring scenery on the planet. From the rugged terrain of Kakadu National Park to the coral castles of the Great Barrier Reef, this region will astound you. However, it also hosts several cosmopolitan cities, such as Sydney and Auckland, that broaden this region's appeal to a variety of travelers. If you can spring for the ordinarily costly airfare, you're sure to find that it's all worth it. 

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Why Go: Sydney offers both the fast-paced vacation of a world-class metropolis and the laid-back attitude of a beach town. Sunbathe at Bondi, explore the museums of Darling Harbour or stroll along Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney houses plenty of entertaining attractions, most famously the glamorous Opera House, that are just waiting to be explored.  Read More»

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Why Go: "Honeymoon Honeymoon" might as well be the name of this doubly-named island. Here, you'll discover matchless vistas of cerulean waves, lush jungles and towering volcanoes around every palm tree. This idyllic island continues to fuel the dreams of hopeless romantics year after year. Read More»

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Why Go: This collection of islands offers more than the simple beach resort destination. There are mountains to hike, reefs to explore and a native culture to experience. Plus, Fijians are notoriously welcoming to foreign travelers, and their easygoing attitudes will imbue your vacation with a relaxed atmosphere that's ideal for R&R. Read More»

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Why Go: New Zealand's adventure capital boasts a daredevil spirit with opportunities to bungee jump, river raft and sky dive. However, you can experience a calmer side of the city with a dip in the Onsen Hot Pools or a tasting at Peregrine Wines. And from a Skyline Gondola, you'll admire the majesty of Queenstown from soaring heights. Read More»

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Why Go: This cosmopolitan city boasts a diverse population that brings unique flavors and traditions to the local culture. This fusion has resulted in hip nightlife venues, eclectic architecture and an excellent food scene. Add Auckland's natural allure — black-sand beaches and volcanic peaks — and you've got a picture-perfect destination. Read More»

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Why Go: The Great Barrier Reef stands with the Grand Canyon as one of the world's most astounding natural wonders. Its sheer size and diversity of life continues to wow travelers again and again. You can't explore the entire reef in a single trip, but just visiting a portion will instigate a deep appreciation for this underwater marvel. Read More»

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Why Go: Tahiti may not be completely covered in soft white sand beaches, but if you can get past your love of smooth shorelines, this rugged island can be a dream destination. Providing an uncommon level of isolation, Tahiti is composed of deep valleys, tall mountains and black beaches. Plus, the delectable French cuisine complements the divine atmosphere.  Read More»

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Why Go: Australia's "events capital" puts on a show for visitors. You can't miss the Australian Open, an annual sporting competition that brings a contagious enthusiasm to the city. Also make sure to visit with Melbourne's tuxedoed residents on Phillip Island (and at the Melbourne Zoo). The waddling penguins will bring a smile to your face year-round. Read More»

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Why Go: Playing second fiddle to Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane is perhaps the best place to get acquainted with Aussie culture. It's a humble city with a modest skyline, quaint neighborhoods and a friendly populace. Yet Brisbane possesses the urban allure of a large metropolis with a substantial music scene and numerous world-class museums.

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Kakadu National Park

Why Go: Australia's largest national park has a wealth of ecological treasures. Visitors can explore several different habitats, from wetlands to woodlands, within the bounds of this 4.2-million-acre preserve. You won't see the same diversity and number of animals that you'd traditionally find on an African safari, but you will revel in Kakadu's desolate beauty.

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