The World From Above is a series on The Trusted Traveller that will be rolled out throughout the year. In each post I’ll be taking you above the world one region at a time. From Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa, and Oceania, nothing will be missed.
If your new here you might want to go back and check out my other World from Above posts from Africa, Asia, North America, South America and Europe.
Now however its time to tackle the last region in this series, Ocenaia. As always I’ve enlisted the help of some of my most well travelled friends and together over the next two posts we’ll be taking you through Oceania from above. Giving you the low down on how you too can get the best views from above in places all over Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. We’re here to help inspire you to get that view too.
So lets get right into it with part one of Oceania from above.
Roys Peak, Wanaka, New Zealand
Lieselot – The World is a Circus
Wanaka has it all. Lakes, mountains and mind blowing views. Here I’m standing at Roys Peak, 1578m high and seriously loving the view. It takes about 3 hours to climb 1300 meter to the top, on a well-formed track. In Winter there is a lot of snow around, which makes it more interesting, but so much prettier! You’ll feel your heart pumping, but the views are highly worth it. So put Wanaka on your NZ to-do-list, I promise you won’t regret it!
Mount Ngungun, Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland
Jolene & Andrzej – Wanderlust Storytellers
Mt Ngungun is a part of Glass House Mountains National Park in Queensland, Australia. The 2.8km climb up this mountain will take you about 2 hours return. The walking track starts in the open forest, an easy walk until you reach the heart shaped cave. The rest of the hike will take you up winding rocky steps all the way up to the summit where you will get a breathtaking view of Mount Tibrogargan, Mount Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah. The climb is suitable for adults as well as children and makes for a pleasant afternoon outing!
Mt Hypipamee Crater, Tropical North Queensland
Paula – Contented Traveller
I had not heard of a crater in Tropical North Queensland, so it was quite astounding to see this in the middle of an amazing rainforest. Mt Hypipamee Crater is within the stunning rainforests and National Park, of the same name. The crater is a massive volcanic pipe that was formed by a gaseous explosion that blasted half a million tons of basalt and created this crater, millions of years ago. It is 58 metres below the viewing platform. The crater is 61 meters in diameter and 82 meters deep. It is a very gentle and lovely walk through the rainforest, and then a big shock to see this crater.
The Aboriginal people believe that, in Dreamtime legend, that the Earth got angry at some animals fighting and created the carter., For the Europeans, it was when some prospectors nearly fell into it on their way to the mine fields in Herberton.
Mt Hypipamee Crater is located about 25kms from Atherton, in Queensland, Australia. Atherton is part of the Atherton Tablelands, and 110 km southwest of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
Twizel, New Zealand
Larissa & Michael – Changes in Longitude
In the South Island of New Zealand we spotted a flame red biplane sitting by the side of the road and just had to stop. Red Cat offers rides in their open-cockpit biplane over New Zealand’s natural wonders including the filming location of the Pelennor battlefield from Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Before we knew it we were circling the Takitumu Mountains and nearby glaciers. The battle scene in the movie required over 1,200 cast and crew, the largest shoot of all three films. We had driven by the site the day before but nothing matched the thrill of seeing it from the air with the wind in our face.
The Great Ocean Road, Australia
Sue – Philatravelgirl.com
I was on a private tour of the Great Ocean Road with another couple. When we reached the Twelve Apostles (sadly only eight are left) limestone stacks, the guide told me I had to choose, helicopter or scenic viewpoints. I ran to the helicopter and as a solo was able to fill the next ride. It was a 15 minutes flight to London Bridge and back for $129 (there are different tours/prices). Seeing the Apostles from above as well as the coastline was incredible. Lucky for me, I got back in time to run to the viewpoints too.
Sydney from the Sky
Dean – La Vida Global
Taken during the approach to Sydney Airport. The view is often spectacular, especially when coming in from the North. Sydney is famous for its harbour and iconic buildings, the Opera House and the “Coathanger”, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. From the air you get to witness the true beauty of the overall scene.
Anyone lucky enough to have a window seat and a daylight arrival time could witness this for themself. Cameras at the ready as soon as they mention they are commencing descent.
For some of us the view can also bring disappointment as it means another holiday is done and it’s time to go home and face the real world. For others it is a wonderful start to a new adventure.
Adelaide City from the Sky
Samantha – Travelling King
Adelaide is the main city of South Australia, located in…would you guess Southern Australia. Most people are very lucky to get the same view when flying into Adelaide as the planes 90% of the time fly in past the city. The city is always on the left of the plane.
Skyline Rotorua, New Zealand
Laura – Savored Journeys
This photo was taken from Skyline Rotorua,which is an adventure complex located high up Mt. Ngongotaha in Rotorua, New Zealand. You can get there by riding the gondola up the side of the mountain, and once you’re at the top, the view of Lake Rotorua and the surrounding town is stunning. It’s a bit of a tourist trap for sure, but Skyline has more than just incredible views to admire. There’s a restaurant, hiking trails, ziplining and even a luge. Rotorua is located about 3 hours south of Auckland on the North Island and it’s a fun place to visit due to all the activities there are to do in the area.
Hilton Bora Bora
Mary – The World is a Book
Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa has dubbed this as their “million dollar view”. Bora Bora in the French Polynesia is a tropical paradise. This view of the overwater bungalows the island is known for and its palm trees and clear, turquoise waters represent a picturesque glimpse of what it has to offer.
This particular view can be seen by going up on a short, hillside hike on a paved walkway to the spa cottages. We followed the signs to the open air Million Dollar View bungalow with two massage tables. Yes, you can get a massage with this view!
And a few from me!
Govetts Leap Lookout, The Blue Mountains
There are many stunning lookouts in the Blue Mountains but my favourite would have to be Govetts Leap near Blackheath. The road from Blackheath leads you right to the lookout with no more than a few steps from the car required to see exactly this, the Grose Valley. When we arrived at the lookout on our last visit the view was shrouded in low cloud. We turned and started walking back to the car disappointed but as I turned back for one last look the clouds parted and this was the spectacular view before us.
Mount Ainslie, Canberra
Want to get the lay of the land when you first arrive in Canberra? Head straight up to the top of Mout Ainslie, the areas highest lookout point. From there you get this perfect view looking straight down on the War Memorial, across Anzac Avenue to Lake Burley Griffin and Parliament House in the distance.
Skyline Gondola, Queenstown
Take in the awe inspiring views of Queenstown, the Remarkables and Lake Wakapitu as you glide up Bob’s Peak on the Skyline Gondola. When you get to the top you can continue to enjoy the views from the viewing platform or the restaurant. Then you can choose to either take the Gondola back down or ride the luge that snakes it’s way back down into Queenstown. Even on miserable day the views are out of this world!
Point Perpendicular Lighthouse, Shoalhaven
It’s an adventure in itself just to get to this lighthouse on the headlands overlooking the entrance to Jervis Bay on the New South Wales South Coast. You take the road that leads to the sleepy town of Currarong, turning off into the Naval base. Then it’s an interesting drive on a gravel road through low scrub until you get to the end and your reward, the lighthouse. The views are quite breathtaking from the ground below the lighthouse, but on certain days of the year you might be lucky enough to step inside it for an even better view.
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