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Australia-Oceania

Range TypeContinent
Highest PointCarstensz Pyramid (4884 m/16,024 ft)
Area8,947,141 sq km / 3,454,494 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent22,474 km / 13,965 mi North-South
7,711 km / 4,791 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long24° 55' S; 133° 24' E
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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 WorldLevel 0 (Parent)
         North AmericaLevel 1 (Sibling)
         South AmericaLevel 1 (Sibling)
         EuropeLevel 1 (Sibling)
         AsiaLevel 1 (Sibling)
         AfricaLevel 1 (Sibling)
         Australia-OceaniaLevel 1
                 New GuineaLevel 2 (Child)
                 Lesser Australian RangesLevel 2 (Child)
                 Great Dividing RangeLevel 2 (Child)
                 New ZealandLevel 2 (Child)
                 MicronesiaLevel 2 (Child)
                 MelanesiaLevel 2 (Child)
                 PolynesiaLevel 2 (Child)
         AntarcticaLevel 1 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Australia-Oceania

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange2
1.Carstensz Pyramid488416,024New Guinea
2.East Carstensz Top482015,814New Guinea
3.Sumantri476015,617New Guinea
4.Puncak Mandala475715,607New Guinea
5.Puncak Trikora475015,584New Guinea
6.Ngga Pulu474015,551New Guinea
7.Ngga Pilimsit471715,476New Guinea
8.Mount Wilhelm450914,793New Guinea
9.Valentiyn445314,610New Guinea
10.Mount Giluwe436814,331New Guinea
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NamemftRange2
1.Carstensz Pyramid488416,024New Guinea
2.Mauna Kea420513,796Polynesia
3.Mount Cook375412,316New Zealand
4.Mount Balbi27158907Melanesia
5.Mount Kosciuszko22287310Great Dividing Range
6.Mount Ossa16145295Lesser Australian Ranges
7.Agrihan High Point9653166Micronesia



Photos of Peaks in the Australia-Oceania

Carstensz Pyramid
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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.
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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" (2002-03-27).
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" (2002-03-27).
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 (1993-12-04).
Mount Cook

Mount Cook's summit is barely visible amid a swirl of clouds in this view from Mount Ollivier, above Mount Cook town (1993-11-16).
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 (1993-11-16).
Haleakala

From the summit of Red Hill, the vast crater of Haleakala sprawls out below to the east (1998-11-17).
Mount Ruapehu

A lone skier "boots up" from the top ski lift of the Turoa ski area towards the summit crest of Ruapehu (1993-11-12).
Mount Taranaki

Looking back at the broad snowfields on the classic cone of Mount Taranaki (1993-11-28).
Mount Kosciuszko

Mount Kosciusko's gentle, grassy summit dome (1993-10-17).



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