Region of the Pacific Ocean

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Australia's concept of Australasia which includes Australia, New Zealand and, in this case, Melanesia
A typical map from the Golden Age of Netherlandish cartography. Australasia and New Guinea during the Golden Age of Dutch exploration and discovery (c. 1590s–1720s): including Nova Guinea (New Guinea), Nova Hollandia (mainland Australia), Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), and Nova Zeelandia (New Zealand)

Australasia is a region which comprises Australia, New Zealand, and some neighbouring islands (see the section Derivation and definitions). It is used in a number of different contexts including geopolitically, physiogeographically, and ecologically where the term covers several slightly different but related regions.

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