The smallest continent in the world of Australia and Oceania is surrounded by the Indian, Austral and Pacific oceans. It consists of the Australian continent, islands as large as New Zealand, Tasmania, New Guinea (only its eastern half) and the many thousands of small tropical islands of the regions of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, scattered throughout the South Pacific.
There are 14 independent countries and 12 dependent overseas territories. The largest state is Australia, which occupies about 86% of the total area of the region. The smallest independent country is Nauru, which is so small that it takes less than an hour to drive it.
The most visited tourist destinations in this part of the world are the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne, the famous beach resorts of Gold Coast. The best natural attraction is the Great Barrier Reef, and the popular holiday destinations on the island are Fiji and Bora Bora.
Alphabetical list of countries in Australia and Oceania
Papua New Guinea