Oceania might just be one of the most incredible continents you will see. Situated on the Pacific, it boasts a lot of marvelous shorelines that any photographer will love to make as subject or backdrop.
With 14 countries and 37 million people in it, photographers will have a limitless photo op to produce impressive images.
And when you finally decide to go see the whole of Oceania to fill your 2019 gallery of photographs, here are 10 places in Oceania that you should visit.
1. Sydney, Australia
When people talk of Oceania, the very first thing that will come to mind is always Australia. And when Australia is mentioned, Sydney will always be the star.
But have you already heard that Sydney is the most beautiful city of all cities? Well, it’s quite possibly true! With an astounding cityscape, the multicultural Sydney was built around the world’s largest natural harbors, which almost everyone has already seen in pictures before. And the highlight here is the Sydney Opera House, an iconic modern building recognized everywhere.
2. Great Ocean Road, Australia
Not simply a road, Great Ocean Road is a 243km / 151mi-long war memorial constructed between 1919-32, by surviving World War I soldiers who returned to Australia and dedicated it to fellow soldiers killed in battle. The largest war memorial in the world and part of the Australian National Heritage list, the passage covers a distance of 244 km. between the cities of Torquay and Allansford, in the southeastern coast.
But what makes it real captivating are the Twelve Apostles limestone stack formations, heathlands, the rainforest, tranquil coastal towns, dairy farms, isolated beaches, and world-class surfing breaks along Shipwreck Coast and Surf Coast, lighthouses, roadside eucalyptus forests packed with koalas and the wineries you will see as you drive along the full stretch of the famous road.
3. Sopoaga Waterfall, Independent State of Samoa
Sopoaga Waterfall is located off of Le Mafa Pass Road in southeastern Upolu, Samoa’s second-largest and most populated island formed by a seafloor volcano. It is well worth the stop and payment of a few cash to visit its beautiful gardens.
While you will perhaps enjoy a picnic among the many different types of Samoan plants and vegetation, you can also savor the incredible view across to the waterfall. Wow! For a place hit by a tsunami in 2009, there is so much luxurious green here which all look great in photographs!
Rotorua, New Zealand
Rotorua city lies in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand’s North Island, near a lake of the same name. The city and region’s main feature is its thermal activity provided by geysers, hot springs, and exploding mud pools, which are like no other in the world. This means they make unique subjects for your photography.
Although Rotorua’s constant hydrothermal activity attracts visitors to the city, the Maori traditions are what make us want to stay. Their values, traditions, dances, and songs can be witnessed at concerts and at hangi evenings, for those wishing to plunge into the soul of New Zealand. You can create thousands of candid shots in just two nights of stay!
Leleuvia Island, Republic of Fiji
Situated in the Moturiki Passage, south of Ovalu, the small coral island of Leleuvia is an experience, especially for backpackers. It truly can please all people wanting to have the choice of doing nothing at all for a few days. It is the sort of place many would call Paradise.
If you do decide to soak up the most of Leleuvia, you can start by strolling the entire coast which is 2km / 1.3mi of a beautiful, white-sand beach with palm trees.
But apart from the landscapes, the things under the water are also amazing subjects for your photography. So, don’t forget to bring your underwater camera and capture the marvelous colors under the Pacific.
Tsunami Rock, Kingdom of Tonga
A truly impressive and huge coral rock on Tonga’s main island is amusing a lot of tourists because of its location. Researchers call it Tsunami Rock because they believe it was pushed to where it lies, together with other smaller rocks, by a giant wave triggered by a volcano eruption during the most recent ice age, 7,000 years ago.
Capture it from above and amuse others with its distance from the sea coast.
Hobbiton Movie Set, New Zealand
Now, who wouldn’t be impressed by a photo at the Hobbiton Movie Set? Everyone wants to see it and everyone wants to have photo shoots at the location.
Tolkien’s stories of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The Hobbit’s movie set transports us to The Shire, in Middle-earth, where Hobbits would run around, having fun and being part of nature.
In visiting the set, you can take a tour commenced by breathtaking views of the Kaimai Ranges. In the tour, you will be transported to Bag End, the Green Dragon Inn, the mill, the double-arched bridge, the beautiful gardens, and the Party Tree – all places where Frodo and Bilbo Baggins have lived part of their adventures. To boost your fantasy to an even greater level, imagine hobbits around you sharing this experience of a lifetime!
Mapuaa Vaea Blowholes, Kingdom of Tonga
For a distance of 5km / 3.1mi along the coastline of Tonga’s island of Tongatapu, there is a great natural phenomenon. Rising to heights of 30m / 100ft at high tide, a series of geological blowholes offers a spectacular show for all to see! Tongatapu’s most rugged, natural beauty is, in fact, quite easy to understand. The ocean water moves through coral reef tunnels created underneath the surface, finally upsurging in a forceful sort of whistling explosion. Get your camera ready!
Lake Taupo, New Zealand
Located in the North Island of the country, Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest freshwater lake. With a perimeter of 193km / 120mi, it sits in the caldera of a volcano, formed by a terrain collapse during a massive eruption more than 26,000 years ago.
The lake, with all its fantastic surrounding nature, makes this region a perfect place to enjoy the fresh air in an extensive array of activities such as: fishing (mostly freshwater trout), finding fascinating thermal hot spots, walking and hiking, golfing, biking, watching Huka falls and the Ariatiatia rapids and visiting the impressive Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay (over 10m / 33ft high and only accessible by water).
Waitomo Caves Black Water Rafting
The Blackwater rafting is a tour to do in New Zealand. It is said to be the New Zealand’s first black water rafting adventure. In order to ensure success and a great sense of achievement, expert guides are provided to guide the individual or groups of people who visit the tower to partake in the adventure. The people derive many advantages such as locating the various positions of limestone and other valuable mineral resources that are found beneath the earth, which are also amusing photography subjects.
Indeed, Oceania should be in the must-go-to places of any photographer. With the unique beauties it has in store, your 2019 photograph collection will surely be one of the best you’ll ever make.