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Australasia is a term variably used to describe a region of Oceania - namely Australia, New Zealand, and neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean.
The term was coined by Charles de Brosses in Histoire des navigations aux terres australes (1756). He derived it from the Latin for "south of Asia" and differentiated the area from Polynesia (to the east) and the southeast Pacific (Magellanica); it is also distinct from Micronesia (to the northeast).
Brief History of Australasia and Oceana
Physiographically, Australasia includes the Australian landmass, New Zealand, and Melanesia: New Guinea and neighbouring islands north and east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean. The designation is sometimes applied to all the lands and islands of the Pacific Ocean lying between the equator and latitude 47° south.
Most of Australasia lies on the southern portion of the Indo-Australian Plate, flanked by the Indian Ocean to the west and the Southern Ocean to the south. Peripheral territories lie on the Eurasian Plate to the northwest, the Philippine Plate to the north, and in the Pacific Ocean - including numerous marginal seas - atop the Pacific Plate to the north and east.
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Visa Information for Australasia
Australia Visa Information
Holiday makers will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority visa, or ETA visa, before embarking on their journey to Australia. Similarly, you will need to apply for a Australian Working Holiday Visa if you are interested in travelling and working in Australia as a Working Holiday Maker.
New Zealand Visa Information
You will need to apply for a tourist visa as a British citizen or a traveller holding a British passport who has the right to live in the United Kingdom (eligible for a Visitor's Permit for up to 6 months).
Fiji Visa Information
Visas are not required for British nationals visiting for periods up to four weeks.