Destination guide

Oceania's an ode to Earth's beautiful oceans

Oceania sounds a lot like ocean and for good reason. This vast region is home to thousands of islands in the Pacific that make up Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. There are also the countries of New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the entire continent of Australia. An Oceania vacation rental is a great place to find an exotic island where white-sand beaches melt into unclouded aqua water. There are tiny villages with unique cultures you can't find anywhere else in the world, plus sophisticated cities too, like Melbourne and Sydney.

Things to do

It's not only the beaches that are attractive

Oh, those Aussies have some stunning attractions, starting with the skyline-dominating Sydney Opera House. And if you fancy a walkabout in the Never Never (one of many nicknames for the Outback), see the massive Ayers Rock at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. For a deeper dive, you have the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, and smaller but still spiffy reefs around Fiji, Samoa, and New Caledonia. In New Zealand, see the geothermal pools at Waiotapu, the Waitoma Glowworm caves, or the active volcanoes at Tongariro National Park. Or Tasmania's Museum of New and Old Art.


Oceania: a great place to turn over a new reef

Vistors drive the economies of many of these tiny, remote islands, so that means there's always lots to do. If your Oceania vacation rental isn't on a beach, it's likely near one, so turn off that phone and do a little relaxing at an area tiki bar. Make some time to explore the ocean floor, because the beauty of the reefs is beyond belief. Surfers can ride the world-famous waves off Australia's Gold Coast. And if you're more inclined towards urban areas, check out Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane, or New Zealand's Auckland.


Oceania's summer is the northern hemisphere's winter

Seasons are a bit upside down in the southern hemisphere, where summer is from December to February and winter is June to August. That's if there is a season at all. Many Oceania vacation rentals are in places with tropical climates, which means hot weather all year, and a few months of brief, heavy rains and even tropical storms, typically from December to April. Northern Australia also has a tropical climate, while much of the rest of it is arid. Conversely, New Zealand is temperate, wth 4 separate seasons, lots of rain and depending on where you are, snow.

Natural features

Beat around the bush, scale a mountain, or laze on the beach

Let's not beat around the bush: most of Australia's landscape is made up of the desert plains of the Outback. New Zealand is the southernmost nation in Oceania, and its geography ranges from snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and volcanoes to sandy coastal plains. Then there are volcanic islands like Fiji and the Solomon Islands, and the low-lying, tiny atolls of Micronesia and Polynesia. These archipelagos often have shallow, sandy beaches and encircle lagoons full of pristine, calm water. Not surprisingly, these lush, remote areas are home to species you can't find anywhere else in the world.

Where to stay around Oceania?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 63,275 vacation rentals near Oceania. From 35,778 Houses to 16,009 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Oceania for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Oceania?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Oceania. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • United States: 553,528 vacation rentals
  • Bali: 7,114 vacation rentals
  • Sydney: 3,290 vacation rentals
  • Thailand: 8,892 vacation rentals
  • Fiji: 122 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Oceania! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Oceania?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Oceania:

  • Sydney: 3,290 rentals
  • Singapore: 850 rentals
  • Manila: 1,546 rentals
  • Tagaytay: 334 rentals
  • Melbourne City: 2,113 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Oceania?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Oceania are:

  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL): 1,695 vacation rentals
  • Danang International Airport (DAD): 696 vacation rentals
  • Byron Bay, NSW (QYN): 1,209 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Oceania?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Oceania. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Melbourne Central: 2,250 rentals
  • SM Mall of Asia: 1,687 rentals
  • Yap Sandiego Ancestral House: 418 rentals
  • Darling Harbour: 1,505 rentals
  • Ohau Point Lookout: 56 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Oceania listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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