|Highest Point||Carstensz Pyramid (4884 m/16,024 ft)|
|Area||8,947,141 sq km / 3,454,494 sq mi|
Area may include lowland areas
|Extent||22,474 km / 13,965 mi North-South|
7,711 km / 4,791 mi East-West
|Center Lat/Long||24° 55' S; 133° 24' E|
|Map Link||Microsoft Bing Map|
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The "continent" of Australia/Oceania is a somewhat artifical construct, designed to link together the continental landmass of Australia with the huge number of widely scattered islands across the Pacific Ocean. By convention, this continent includes New Guinea, Tasmania, New Zealand, Hawaii, and the countless islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
The continent of Australia is such a relatively low and flat place it's really kind of ridiculous. Although the Great Dividing Range has some interesting escarpment areas such as the Blue Mountains area, and there is some nice mountain scenery here and there, the bulk of the continent is simply just not mountainous at all. The highest point on the Australian landmass is puny Mt. Kosciusko (7310'/2228m), a peak with a road to the top. Many tiny islands in nearby Indonesia have higher peaks.
However, the continent of Australia/Oceania still holds a respectable amount of serious mountains due to the contributions from the "Oceania" part in its name. In particular, New Zealand and New Guinea both hold world-class mountain ranges: Puncak Jaya (5030 m/16,500') on New Guinea is the highest summit in this quadrant of the world, and the Southern Alps of New Zealand are a craggy, snowy range that challenges the best climbers in the world.
Many other islands of Oceania hold mountains that are either higher or more intersting that those of mainland Australia; highlights include the ranges of Tasmania, Tahiti, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and the massive shield vocanoes of Hawaii.
|Map of Australia-Oceania|
Click on neighboring ranges to navigate to them.
Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
|Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Australia-Oceania.|
|The World||Level 0 (Parent)|
|         North America||Level 1 (Sibling)|
|         South America||Level 1 (Sibling)|
|         Europe||Level 1 (Sibling)|
|         Asia||Level 1 (Sibling)|
|         Africa||Level 1 (Sibling)|
|         Australia-Oceania||Level 1|
|                 New Guinea||Level 2 (Child)|
|                 Lesser Australian Ranges||Level 2 (Child)|
|                 Great Dividing Range||Level 2 (Child)|
|                 New Zealand||Level 2 (Child)|
|                 Micronesia||Level 2 (Child)|
|                 Melanesia||Level 2 (Child)|
|                 Polynesia||Level 2 (Child)|
|         Antarctica||Level 1 (Sibling)|
Major Peaks of the Australia-Oceania
|Ten Highest Peaks|
|1.||Carstensz Pyramid||4884||16,024||New Guinea|
|2.||East Carstensz Top||4820||15,814||New Guinea|
|4.||Puncak Mandala||4757||15,607||New Guinea|
|5.||Puncak Trikora||4750||15,584||New Guinea|
|6.||Ngga Pulu||4740||15,551||New Guinea|
|7.||Ngga Pilimsit||4717||15,476||New Guinea|
|8.||Mount Wilhelm||4509||14,793||New Guinea|
|10.||Mount Giluwe||4368||14,331||New Guinea|
|Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.|
Photos of Peaks in the Australia-Oceania
|Carstensz Pyramid: A view to get any peakbagger's heart racing: The north face of Carstensz Pyramid, from the high peaks across the valley. Photo by Robert Cassady.|
|Sumantri: The East Northwall Firn glacier on New Guinea from an airplane, including the peaks of Sumantiri and Ngga Pulu. Photo by "Kel at AWPA".|
|Ngga Pulu: The East Northwall Firn glacier on New Guinea from an airplane, including the peaks of Sumantiri and Ngga Pulu. Photo by "Kel at AWPA".|
|Mauna Kea: The summit area of Mauna Kea is a rocky moonscape of talus and scree, ascended by a road to service the numerous telescopes near the summit.|
|Mount Cook: Mt. Cook's summit is barely visible amid a swirl of clouds in this view from Mt. Ollivier, above Mt. Cook town.|
|Mount Sefton: This photo shows why the Southern Alps of New Zealand are one of the premier mountaineering areas of the world. The supreme icy majesty of Mount Sefton.|
|Haleakala: From the summit of Red Hill, the vast crater of Haleakala sprawls out below to the east.|
|Mount Ruapehu: A lone skier "boots up" from the top ski lift of the Turoa ski area towards the summit crest of Ruapehu.|
|Mount Taranaki: Looking back at the broad snowfields on the classic cone of Mount Taranaki.|
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