Australasia & the Pacific Islands

A collection of islands ranging in size from continentally colossal Australia to pinpricks in the vast Pacific Ocean, and land masses of all shapes and sizes in between. No other region on earth is so intrinsically defined by the ocean that surrounds it.

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Our guide to holidays in Australasia & the Pacific Islands

Of the constituent countries, Australia and New Zealand have a particular affinity for UK-based travellers, many of whom have visited before, complete with a backpack and boundless energy on a year-off. The last decade has seen a sudden influx of sophisticated new hotels and lodges in both and while these may not work on a backpack budget, they fit the bill perfectly for the more discerning traveller. Over the last three years Original Travel consultants have visited the best that both countries have to offer, and sampled the many activities (and wines) that make these such special destinations.

Further east still, Fiji and French Polynesia are close to the perfect desert island destinations, complete with white sand beaches, lush mountainous interiors and crystal clear waters. The problem? The sheer logistics of getting there, and a huge choice of accommodation to wade through to find the place that's right for you.


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Diving the Great White Wall in the Somosomo Straight in Fiji and then returning to the out-and-out luxury of Laucala Island Resort. Heaven.

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Top picks for Australasia & the Pacific Islands

Sunset over the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

French Polynesia

Scattered across some 2000 miles in the South Pacific Ocean are the idyllic islands of French Polynesia. Among them is the tropical paradise of Bora Bora, home to the utterly luxurious Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

Where to stay

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains

Sydney & New South Wales

Take a trip into the gorges and escarpments of the Blue Mountains, inaccessible to all but the keenest of bush walkers and locals who know their way on the unmarked dirt tracks.

What to do

Gourmet New Zealand

Gourmet New Zealand

New Zealand

Food glorious food. Gourmet New Zealand, is a trip in its own right, as the country is full of culinary delights, from fresh seafood to home grown roasted lamb and even great chocolate confectioneries. New Zealand is also rather famously known for its wine; therefore visitors could spend their holiday indulging if nothing else.

What to do

Sydney City Tour

Sydney City Tour

Sydney & New South Wales

Take a private guided tour around Sydney, seeing all the best features of this fantastic city.

What to do

Tropical beach in Fiji

Fiji

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

Good things come to those who wait, or at least to those who are prepared to travel to the other side of the globe.

Where to go

The Brando

The Brando

French Polynesia

The owners of the Brando had lofty ambitions for this stunning resort in French Polynesia, pitching the property directly against the likes of North Island and Laucala, arguably the two most luxurious island retreats in the world.

Where to stay

Wallaby in Northern Australia

Australia

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

The vast island of Australia is a country of natural beauty and vivid contrasts, and a big Original Travel favourite.

Where to go

Facade

Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Sydney & New South Wales

Situated in an old wool and cargo factory, the Blue Hotel has had a major facelift and is now the Ovolo Woolloomooloo – a luxury hotel combining century-old history with modern comforts. This heritage listed building is set in a picturesque wharf location and built on a pier overlooking Sydney harbour.

Where to stay

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

Papua New Guinea is pretty much as close as you can get to frontier travel in this day and age.

Where to go

Kia Ora sunset

Hotel Kia Ora

French Polynesia

Kia Ora Resort & Spa is surrounded by a coconut plantation, hidden away at the northern stretch of Rangiroa Atoll.

Where to stay

Aerial view of Kokomo Yaukuve Island

Kokomo Yaukuve Island

Fiji

Part of the Kadavu Island Group and encircled by teeming reef, Kokomo Yaukuve Island is the newest and most extravagant resort in Fiji, due to open in late 2016. With four white sandy beaches and crowned with tropical rainforest, Yaukuve Island is a secluded sanctuary.

Where to stay

Luxury two bedroom villa exterior

Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort

French Polynesia

It is no wonder that Moorea is known as ‘The Magical Island’, with its forest covered mountains, white sand beaches and pristine lagoon waters. Close to the island of Tahiti, Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora offers is an idyllic retreat and the perfect spot to while away hours marvelling at the blue hues of the lagoon.

Where to stay

Aerial view of Le Meridien Bora Bora

Le Meridien Bora Bora

French Polynesia

The coconut forests and colourful villages of Bora Bora are home to Le Meriden, located on the southern point of Motu Piti Aau and set on a stunning islet.

Where to stay

Sab Lord and Aborigines

Top End Tours with Sab Lord

Uluru & The Northern Territory

Australia’s vast Northern Territory is a magnificent blend of ancient Aboriginal heritage, striking landscapes and varied wildlife, and no one knows the Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land in Northern Australia like Sab Lord. Snaffle one of his highly sought after exclusive day tours to aboriginal heartlands to hear about their traditions and see stunning rock art.

What to do

Over water bar at night

Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa

French Polynesia

Named the ‘High Island’ because of its striking mountains, the island of Moorea boasts a crystal clear lagoon and white sandy beaches. This spectacular setting is home to the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, which offers guests the chance to relax in paradise.

Where to stay

True North

True North

Western Australia

Anyone who baulks at the word ‘cruise’ should cast aside their preconceptions and read on, because True North is more than just a boat; she’s one of the finest hotels in Australia (and Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia) that just happens to cruise around some of the remote and beautiful places in the region.

Where to stay

Tikehau Island, French Polynesia

French Polynesia

Australasia & the Pacific Islands

They may be on the other side of the planet, but the islands of French Polynesia are well, well worth the detour.

Where to go

Over water bungalow and clear waters

Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort

French Polynesia

Surrounded by white and pink sand on its own private island, the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is a tranquil haven. Known as ‘The Pink Island’, Tikehau is considered to be one of the most beautiful atolls in Polynesia, and with its rich marine life and wild coconut groves, it is easy to understand why.

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