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With a relatively small population, Australia, New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific are exotic and even strange to many of us, but their beaches are among the best in the world. While the region is all contained in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean, the lands within it are starkly different.

In this collection of countries, we find some that are independent and others that are annexed by parent nations like France and the United States of America. Included here are: Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Western Samoa.

New Zealandís North and South Islands are mountainous and ringed by beaches, some of which are close to vineyards! A third small island, Stewart Island, rests off the southernmost tip of the South Island across the Foveaux Strait; all three have beaches at many places around their peripheries. New Zealand is covered with lakes and rivers, some of which have worthwhile beaches. The beaches of New Zealand are distinct in look and character, some remote and wild, others near the sophisticated cities of the country.

Australia, too, is two main Islands, Australia and Tasmania, extremely different from one another. Much warmer in the north, and more temperate in the south, Australia is a land of contrasts and differing beaches. The sandy beaches of the eastern Gold Coast region on the Pacific Ocean south of Brisbane are places to play and surf, swim and sun. Conversely, the western coast beaches around Perth that lie on the Indian Ocean are surrounded by Norfolk pines and offer fantastic sport fishing.

The islands of the South Pacific are the places of dreams, exotic locales made famous in films, novels and stage musicals. It might surprise you to learn that the population of the Solomon Islands is 367,000! Much of the South Pacific islands area was the battleground for World War II, and as a result, it is littered with wrecks of warships. Some of the islands in this region are small, independent republics, while others are chains or groups of tiny islands that are connected by government, yet have little interaction otherwise. These are stunningly beautiful islands, a world away from the day to day of most lives.

Whether you visit Fiji and Western Samoa or just dream about them and let your mind wander on a winterís day, beach.org will provide the best selection of the beautiful beaches of Oceania to feed your reveries.

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