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Oceania click to hear : Oceania

Continent that represents about 6% of the world’s land and features a great many islands scattered between the Pacific and Indian oceans; Australia is its true continent.
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Pacific Ocean Cook Strait Great Victoria Desert Great Sandy Desert Torres Strait Gulf of Carpentaria Indian Ocean Papua New Guinea Melanesia New Caledonia Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea Fiji Islands Lake Eyre North Great Dividing Range New Zealand Tasmania Great Australian Bight Bass Strait Tasman Sea

Pacific Ocean click to hear : Pacific Ocean

From the polar circle to the continent, this ocean is called the Antarctic.

Cook Strait click to hear : Cook Strait

Some 15 km wide, Cook Strait separates New Zealand’s two islands.

Great Victoria Desert click to hear : Great Victoria Desert

Southernmost desert of Australia.

Great Sandy Desert click to hear : Great Sandy Desert

The northernmost desert of Australia is also the world’s second largest desert (1.9 million km2) after the Sahara.

Torres Strait click to hear : Torres Strait

Some 170 km wide, the Torres Strait connects the Pacific and Indian oceans; it is named after a 17th-century Spanish mariner.

Gulf of Carpentaria click to hear : Gulf of Carpentaria

Gulf bounded by Cape York to the east and Arnhem Land to the west.

Indian Ocean click to hear : Indian Ocean

Relatively small ocean (76 million km2) located between Africa, Asia and Australia; it has high water temperatures and is dotted with numerous islands.

Papua New Guinea click to hear : Papua New Guinea

The eastern part of New Guinea belongs to Oceania, while the western part of the island is in Asia.

Melanesia click to hear : Melanesia

Part of Oceania (965,000 km2) that includes Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji.

New Caledonia click to hear : New Caledonia

Mountainous island, humid and volcanic; it is surrounded by a barrier reef enclosing the world’s largest lagoon.

Great Barrier Reef click to hear : Great Barrier Reef

Coral reef extending over 2,400 km; a Unesco World Heritage Site, it provides a habitat for numerous forms of marine life.

Coral Sea click to hear : Coral Sea

Westernmost part of the Pacific Ocean; its warm waters (from 25°C to 28°C) are subject to currents that reverse, depending on the season.

Fiji Islands click to hear : Fiji Islands

Archipelago composed of 326 islands, some 100 of which are inhabited; its principal islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

Lake Eyre North click to hear : Lake Eyre North

Variable in size, Australia’s largest lake is a salt lake.

Great Dividing Range click to hear : Great Dividing Range

Mountain range extending 3,500 km; it includes Mount Kosciusko (2,300 meters), Australia’s highest peak.

New Zealand click to hear : New Zealand

Archipelago composed of a northern volcanic island, the most populated island, and a southern island crossed by a mountain range that is deeply cut with glacial valleys.

Tasmania click to hear : Tasmania

Island and federal state of Australia, from which it is separated by the Bass Strait.

Great Australian Bight click to hear : Great Australian Bight

Located in the Indian Ocean south of Australia, it is known for its strong winds and rough waters.

Bass Strait click to hear : Bass Strait

Some 200 km wide and relatively shallow, it separates continental Australia from Tasmania.

Tasman Sea click to hear : Tasman Sea

Part of the Pacific Ocean located between Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. Named after a 17th-century Dutch mariner.