Our Oceania Facts for Kids shall provide lots of interesting and fun facts on the continent.
Oceania is the smallest continent of our planet considering the landmass.
Australia which is part of Oceania is often referred to as the name of the continent, but we use Oceania/ Australia to include also the islands surrounding Australia as they otherwise would not be included in the traditional 7-Continent model.
1. Oceania is in a continental group consisting of 14 countries and includes Pacific islands and Australia. Often Australia is named as continent, but this means that the many islands and countries except Australia would then be not included. Oceania in fact is mostly ocean and spans a vast area as you can see below.
2. The largest island of Oceania is Australia. Read our Australia Facts here.
4. Oceania spreads over a vast area from 28 degrees North in the northern hemisphere to 55 degrees South in the southern hemisphere.
5. Oceania's biggest and most populous city is Sydney. More than 5 million people live in Australia's biggest city. Sydney has the most diverse and multicultural population in Oceania. More than 250 languages are spoken here.
6. Australia is the biggest and leading economy on the continent. New Zealand is the only other large economy on the continent. Mining, manufacturing and tourism are the main economic sectors of the region. There are six cities in Oceania with a population of more than 1 million inhabitants:
7. Highest mountain in Oceania: The highest mountain on land is Mount Cook in New Zealand. The mountain which is referred to also as Aoraki is 3,754 m/ 12,316 ft high.
New Zealand's South Island has 23 peaks that are higher than 3,000 m/ 9,800 ft. Tasman Glacier is the largest glacier in New Zealand, it is 27 km/ 16 miles long.
8. Oceania Facts - Flora: The most diverse landscape will be found in Australia and New Zealand due to their size and the varied climatic regions in these countries. In Australia, you can encounter rainforests and deserts as well as dry forests whereas in New Zealand there are also alpine regions with only sparse vegetation, such as the Southern Alps with the glaciers. The Pacific Ocean islands have a tropical vegetation with tropical rainforests and palm trees.
9. Oceania Facts - Fauna/ Wildlife: Oceania is home to many animal species. In Australia, the largest country of the continent, you will find marsupials. Marsupials are mammals that carry their young in their pouch. Among them are kangaroos, possums, wombats and koalas. Marsupials are endemic only to Australasia and the Americas.
A large variety of birds also live in Oceania such as the Australian kookaburra or the colourful kingfishers and the birds-of-paradise.
10. Oceania/Australia Climate: The climate of the region is diverse. The highest temperatures in Oceania are reached in the Australian outback with extremes of 50 °C (123 °F) and the lowest temperatures are measured in New Zealand with −25 °C (−14 °F).
Australia has a mainly tropical climate in the northeast and arid climate in the desert centre of the country, which is referred to as 'outback'. The south eastern Australian coastline has a mild mediterranean climate.
In New Zealand, however, the climate ranges from subtropical in the North to temperate in the South, with snowfall in the higher regions of the southern island. The Pacific Ocean islands mainly have a tropical climate, so it is warm and humid all year round. In some regions in Micronesia rainfall exceeds 7,600 mm/ 299 inches per year. These are some of the wettest places in the world where there is six times more rainfall than in England.
11. Oceania Facts - Famous explorers:
12. Religion: Most people (73%) in Oceania describe themselves as Christians. Other religions practised are Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, Jainism and Baha'i. Traditional tribes often also believe in spirits and natural forces.
13. Rugby is the most popular sport in the region. It is the national sport in New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. In Australia, the national sport is cricket. Vanuatu is the only country in Oceania that names soccer/football as their national sport.
14. Australian Indigenous rock art has the longest art tradition in the world. Aboriginal paintings date back more than 60,000 years and this art form is still practised by indigenous people in Australia. As writing forms were not explored, their artistic expression was mainly consisting of paintings and carvings.
15. Popular Tourist attractions in Oceania are:
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