Australia has evolved like nowhere else in the world, its mix of wetland and rainforest combining with the harsh, arid central desert to create some unique wildlife species. The land ‘down under’ hosts such bizarre and wonderful creatures as kangaroo, koala, echidna, kookaburra and cassowary.
New Zealand comprises two main land masses; the South Island, Te Waipounamu, and the North Island, Te Ika-a-Māui, offering spectacular rural scenery. Situated 1,500 kilometres east of Australia, New Zealand’s remote islands are home to a unique biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life.
The eastern half of New Guinea (the western portion belongs to Indonesia) has many offshore islands and a mountainous spine with its highest peak at 4,500 metres. Dense rainforest covers the lowland and coastal areas of the unexplored interior, where many species of plant and animal are yet to be discovered.