Backpacking in Oceania

Australia and New Zealand are both packed with exciting places to visit and also have a huge variation, from the beach destinations like Byron Bay to the glaciers in New Zealand. Then there are the cities that can compete with the very best in the world like Sydney and Melbourne. But Oceania is also the continent of many other countries like: the Fiji, Samoa, Palau, Vanuatu, Tonga & many more...

How to Travel Around Oceania

Oceania is made up of 14 independent countries, with the most well known being Australia, New Zealand and French Polynesia. Australia has SO much to offer, it is filled with incredible natural beauty like the Outback, Uluru, the Gold Coast, and the famous Great Barrier Reef.

On the other hand, New Zealand attracts nature lovers and adrenaline junkies of all kinds – you can do just about any extreme sport here! French Polynesia is probably my favorite tropical destination of all time. Surfers and divers flock all over Oceania for it’s pristine conditions, beautiful islands and out-of-this-world marine life.

Australia's Bus company:

  • Greyhound Australia

  • Murrays Coaches

  • Bus & Coach Directory

New Zealand's Bus company:

If you dream of a road trip in Australia or New Zealand and want to do it all by yourself, renting a car could the best option for you, you can use Discover Car to search multiple car rental agencies for the best deal.


Jetradar proposed low-cost carrier to serve the Loyalty Islands, an administrative subdivision of New Caledonia. Loyalty Islands President Jacques Lalie  is in negotiations with Airbus and plans to operate services to Vanuatu, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and French Polynesia, with plans to enter an agreement with InterContinental for the carrier to operate to Lifou, Mare and Ouvea resorts. The regional LCC startup is expected to boost tourism to the region. A proposed launch date has not been advised.

Finding Accommodation in Oceania

CouchSurfing is a great community that connects travelers with local hosts but since 2020, you now need to pay a fee to be able to use it. If you traveling by bicycle you can also use Warmshower, they are also established worldwide. 


If you are the kind of person that like to reserve your hotel before to arrive HostelWorld has the largest inventory of hostels in the world, with millions of reviews from fellow backpackers. Agoda is also a great deal and has lots of advanced search and filters for finding hostels, hotels, and unique accommodation.

Airbnb has been a game-changer in our travel style! It’s allowed us to stay in some pretty dope places all over the world for a fraction of the price. Aside from the fact that we get access to things like a kitchen and a larger living space, booking an Airbnb more often than not is CHEAPER than a hotel.

If you’re looking for an Airbnb coupon code, click the yellow button below and instantly get $45 off your next Airbnb booking (regardless if you’re a new user or if you already have an account.)​

Tours and Activities in Oceania

Get your Guide is a popular site to book tours, skip the line tickets for crowded sites, or just to get ideas of common activities in various locations. Civitatis & Tour Radar are have similar activities and tour search website.​

Backpacking Insurance for Travel in Oceania

As for any trip abroad, it is crucial to take out travel insurance. World Nomads is the company recommended by Lonely Planet.

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