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Aerial View of Cities in Australasia: #WorldFromAbove

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Are you ready to go to Australasia during this lockdown? If yes, we’ve made a playlist to take you Down Under on an aerial tour. So sit back, relax and enjoy the views Down Under!

1. Adelaide

Adelaide is South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums displaying expansive collections like Indigenous art or devoted to natural history. 

2. Akaroa

Akaroa is a town on the Banks Peninsula, southeast of Christchurch, New Zealand.  It is the heart of an ancient volcano filled with an oasis of sparkling colours and eclectic excursions

3. Auckland

Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island.  One of it’s main attractions is the Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens.

4. Bendigo

Bendigo is a city in Victoria, Australia. Originally a gold rush boom town, it’s home to the mid-1900s Central Deborah Gold Mine.

5. Brisbane

Brisbane  is the capital of and the most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. One of the oldest cities in Australia, Brisbane was founded upon the ancient homelands of the indigenous Turrbal and Jagera peoples.

6. Bruny Island

Bruny Island is a 362-square-kilometre island located off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania, Australia. Bruny is a popular day-trip spot for those who are visiting Australia’s largest island. 

7. Cairns

Cairns, considered the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, is a city in tropical Far North Queensland. 

8. Canberra

Canberra is the capital city of Australia. Founded following the federation of the colonies of Australia as the seat of government for the new nation, it is Australia’s largest inland city and the eighth-largest city overall.

9. Christchurch

Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. 

10. Christmas Island

Christmas Island is an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, lying south of Java, Indonesia. Most of the flora and fauna are indigenous to the island and more than 60 percent of the lands in Christmas Island is protected as National parkland.

11. Coromandel

Coromandel is a coastal town on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand’s North Island. It’s known for the Driving Creek Railway, a narrow-gauge train ride through mountain forests, past pottery sculptures. 

12. Darwin

Darwin is the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost. It’s also a gateway to massive Kakadu National Park. Its popular waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park.

13. Dunedin

Dunedin is a city in New Zealand, at the head of Otago Harbour on the South Island’s southeast coast. It’s known for its Scottish and Maori heritage, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, and a large student population.

14. Fraser Island

Fraser Island, off of Australia’s eastern Queensland coast, is the world’s largest sand island which stretches over 120 kilometers.

15. Fremantle

Fremantle is a port city in Western Australia that’s part of the Perth metropolitan area. It’s known for its maritime history, Victorian architecture and remnants from Australia’s days as a British penal colony.

16. Geelong

Geelong is a port city located on Corio Bay and the Barwon River, in the state of Victoria, Australia. Lining its bay, The Waterfront esplanade has a 19th-century carousel, plus a curved art deco boardwalk and sea bath at Eastern Beach.

17. Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. It’s famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It’s also home to theme parks such as Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild.

18. Hamilton

Hamilton is a city in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island. It is the seat and most populous city of the Waikato region, with a territorial population of 169,300, the country’s fourth most-populous city.

19. Heron Island

Heron Island is a coral cay located near the Tropic of Capricorn in the southern Great Barrier Reef, 80 kilometres north-east of Gladstone, Queensland, Australia.

20. Hobart

Hobart, capital of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, sits on the River Derwent. At its fashionable Salamanca Place, old sandstone warehouses host galleries and cafes.

21. Invercargill

Invercargill is a city near the southern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s a gateway to wilderness areas including Stewart Island, with its Rakiura Track.

22. Kangaroo Island

More than a third of the island is covered with the National parks where thousands of wallabies, koalas and kangaroos roam freely. There is also an abundance of sea-going creatures from penguins to fur seals and sea lions.

23. Lord Howe Island

Shaped like a crescent moon, Lord Howe Island is a remote tropical isle located in between Australia and New Zealand. It is a perfect location for swimming, snorkeling and diving.

24. Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is an island 8 kilometres offshore from the city of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. More than half of the island is covered with National Parks providing sanctuary for animals from wallabies to wild koalas. 

25. Mandurah

Mandurah is a city on the southwest coast of Western Australia. It’s known for the Peel-Harvey Estuary with its abundant wildlife and migratory waterbirds. 

26. Melbourne

Melbourne is Victoria’s capital city and the business, administrative, cultural and recreational hub of the state. The entire Greater Melbourne area covers 9992.5 km2 and has a population of around 4.96 million.

27. Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui is a major residential, commercial and industrial suburb of Tauranga, located on a peninsula to the north-east of Tauranga’s city centre.

28. Napier

Napier, a coastal city on New Zealand’s North Island, is set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, the city is known for art deco landmarks.

29. Nelson

Nelson is a city on the South Island of New Zealand, facing Tasman Bay. It’s known for local arts and crafts stores, and art galleries. It’s also a popular base for nearby caving sites, vineyards and Abel Tasman National Park. 

30. Newcastle

Newcastle is a harbour city in the Australian state of New South Wales. Its plentiful beaches are linked by the Bathers Way, a coastal walk stretching between Nobbys Beach and Merewether Beach.

31. Palmerston North

Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatū-Whanganui region. Palmerston North is the country’s eighth-largest urban area.

32. Perth

Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mount Eliza offer sweeping views of the city. 

33. Philip Island

Phillip Island, a popular day trip from Melbourne, lies just off Australia’s southern coast. At Summerland Beach, spectators gather daily at sunset to watch the Penguin Parade, when Little penguins come ashore in groups.

34. Picton

Picton is a town on the north coast of the South Island, in New Zealand. It’s known as a gateway to the islands and inlets of the Marlborough Sounds.

35. Porirua

Porirua, a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand, is one of the four cities that constitute the Wellington metropolitan area. 

36. Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is a town at the mouth of the Hastings River in New South Wales, Australia. It’s known for its beaches, wildlife and penal colony past. 

37. Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Renowned for adventure sports, it’s also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.

38. Rotorua

Rotorua, a town set on its namesake lake on New Zealand’s North Island, is renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture.

39. Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is located just offshore from the city of Perth, in the Western Australia. The most famous of the hundreds of islands off the West Australian coast, Rottnest is best known for its population of their quokkas!

40. Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast encompasses beach resorts, surf spots and rural hinterland in southern Queensland, Australia. 

41. Sydney

Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities. It is best known for the harbourfront Sydney Opera House.  Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby.

42. Taupo

Taupo, a town near the centre of New Zealand’s North Island, is distinguished by its lakefront setting and outdoor sports ranging from fishing to jet-boating. The vast waters of Lake Taupo, a volcanic caldera, drain into the Huka Falls, dramatic, crystal-blue cascades reachable by hiking and biking trails.

43. Tauranga

Tauranga is a harbourside city in the Bay of Plenty region on New Zealand’s North Island. It hosts historic buildings like the Elms Mission Station, an 1847 Georgian-style home.

44. Townsville

Townsville is a city on the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Townsville is Australia’s largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast.

45. Tweed Heads

In the complex tapestry of suburbs and towns that is the City of the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads is an anomaly. It is in New South Wales.

46. Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga is a city in New South Wales, Australia. The Museum of the Riverina explores the history of this inland farming region. The vast Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens is home to native plants and a mini zoo.

47. Wanaka

Wanaka, a resort town on New Zealand’s South Island, is set on the southern end of its namesake lake with views of snowcapped mountains.

48. Wellington

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. A compact city, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. 

49. Whanganui

Whanganui, is a city on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The Whanganui River, New Zealand’s longest navigable waterway, runs from Mount Tongariro to the sea. 

50. Wollongong

Wollongong is a coastal city in Australia, south of Sydney along the Grand Pacific Drive. Surfing beaches and rock pools line the coastline. 

So… how was your trip Down Under while sitting in the comfort of your home? If there is any place we’ve missed please let us know in the comments below.

Wanna travel more? Check out the other posts in our series of #WorldFromAbove

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