You might be forgiven in thinking that Australia was a one country continent, dominated as it is by the huge island that takes the same name. It could be why in recent years it has come to be known by other names such as Oceania and Australasia, to help identify that it is made up by a number of other smaller but equally significant countries.
Despite Australia being the worlds sixth largest country, this is the world’s smallest continent in terms of land mass. The massive island is sparsely populated meaning Australia as a continent also has less people than any other, just 0.54% of the world’s total population. To give a comparison Asia has nearly sixty percent total world population.
New Zealand is the other best known country on the continent with a milder and more temperate climate than Australia. It’s scenery, however, could never be described as mild. It is home to volcanoes, mountains and glaciers, it’s wondrous landscapes was immortalised in the Lord of The Rings trilogy which was filmed there.
Australia and New Zealand both feature cities which are considered some of the most desirable places to live in the entire world. This takes into account crime levels, quality of medical care, censorship and conflict levels, climate and education.
The rest of the continent is made up of a range of outlying islands of various sizes and all with unique cultures. Well known destinations such as Fiji and Samoa as well as less well known islands like Palau and Vanuatu. All worthy of a mention and a visit.