Archive for the ‘External Territories’ Category

Norfolk Island, a unique culture with a colonial past

Norfolk Island a tiny island located between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia, in the South Pacific Ocean – about  1,000 miles northeast of Sydney and 600 miles north of Auckland.

The Island, one of Australia’s external territories, caters to couples and families. As well, low-cost holiday packages make Norfolk Island a great affordable honeymoon destination.

The island is considered by some to be one of the world’s most beautiful islands, and as a result the island is enjoying record-numbers of visitors.

Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Australia

Heard Island and McDonald Islands (often referred to by the acronym HIMI) are a series of wild, barren, volcanic islands in the Antarctic Sea. Australian territories, these uninhabited islands are located close to two-thirds of the way from Madagascar to Antarctica.

The islands are uninhabited and are predominantly used for research, being the only sub-Antarctic islands that have active volcanoes, and also the only sub-Antarctic Islands with no known species introduced by humans.

Historically, they were used during the height of the sealing trade.  The islands became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

Cocos Keeling Islands, Australia

The Cocos and Keeling Islands are an Australian territory, located in the Indian Ocean about halfway between Sri Lanka and Australia. The island group consists of 2 atolls and 27 coral islands.

Cocos Islands are not for holidaymakers seeking fancy resorts, plentiful shopping opportunities, an active restaurant or nightlife, or a plethora of water sports and activities.

Instead, the Cocos Islands are for folks who want to get away…from it all. If you imagine yourself walking along on a deserted beach or swinging in a quiet hammock, not hounded by beach boys or too many rowdy families, this is the place for you.

Christmas Island, Australia

Christmas Island is probably best known to Australians for its processing centre for asylum seekers, but this island has a lot to offer as a travel destination. It is a quiet tropical island located in the Indian Ocean south of Jakarta, Indonesia. Though an Australian territory, it is rich in Malay and Chinese culture due to historical influences – it is just 360km away from Java but 2600km north-west of Perth, Australia.

Christmas Island is quite off the beaten (tourist) path, making it an ideal spot for travelers who want to get away from it all.