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Australia and New Zealand

A holiday to Australasia will take you as far away from the UK as you can possibly go. And, thanks to a new Quantas flight, you can reach this part of the world on a non-stop flight from March 2018. The continent includes Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and many other islands in the Pacific Ocean.

There’s nothing like Australia. Enjoy a warm welcome and a cold beer with friendly locals, meet weird and wonderful wildlife and experience the laidback lifestyle. Explore the mythical outback, party, shop and eat in vibrant cities and top up your tan on sun-kissed beaches. The history of the country is showcased by important aboriginal sites and multicultural cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbourne highlight the modern attractions. In Australia, new adventures lie around every corner.

The breathtaking natural beauty of New Zealand is widely known and is often used as a stunning backdrop for Hollywood movies. The landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fjords and lush rainforest. From a playground for travellers seeking adventure to a haven for those seeking relaxation, peace and rejuvenation, New Zealand offers holidays to suit travellers young and old.

New Zealand Factfile

  • Prior to 1901, New Zealand was a state of Australia
  • In 1893, New Zealand became the first major nation to have universal suffrage
  • The Moa (endemic to New Zealand) was one of the largest birds in history – standing up to 12 foot tall. It was declared extinct in the 1500s
  • There is around nine sheep to every human in New Zealand
  • Wellington is the southernmost capital city in the world
  • In the 1980s, New Zealand outlawed nuclear arms and power. To this day, there are no nuclear power stations and a change of law would be needed to build one
  • Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is a real place in New Zealand and the longest place name in the world

Australia Factfile

  • The name Australia comes from the Latin 'Australis' which means "of the South"
  • The Australian Snowy Mountains receive more snowfall in a year than the Swiss Alps
  • The oldest piece of Aboriginal art in Australia is thought to be around 40,000 years old
  • There are only three people per square kilometre in Australia and over 85% of these live within 30 miles of the coast
  • Australia has the largest population of camels in the world