Set sail on one of our cruises to Australasia and you’ll find yourself in a whole new world of beautiful natural spectacles, fascinating ancient cultures and friendly cities. Many cruises take in the contrasts of Sydney and Cairns: visit one of the world’s most cosmopolitan capital cities and the lush rainforest or the Great Barrier Reef. It’s larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing visible from space, so make sure you take the chance to visit one of the seven wonders of the natural world.
Nearby you’ll also find the verdant Daintree Rainforest, teeming with wildlife such as flying foxes and colourful butterflies.
While its natural sights are an inevitable draw, Australia is packed with culture. Visit caves daubed with centuries-old tribal paintings and discover the fascinating traditions of the Aboriginal people. In contrast, its cities are replete with galleries, restaurants and iconic sights. In Sydney you can walk across the Harbour Bridge, stand before the serrated peaks of the Opera House and dine under the bright lights of Darling Harbour. In Brisbane you’ll find contemporary arts in its many galleries on the banks of the river, while in Adelaide ancient markets and acclaimed museums will welcome you. Visit Perth and you can enjoy the sights of the most remote cities on Earth, sampling delicious wines from the vineyards of Margaret River.
Best time to travel
Australia is enormous, so the weather differs around the continent.
The hottest months are December to February, but head south and you’ll escape the heat, which can be warm and wet. New Zealand has warm summers and cold winters, which means great skiing and the chance to explore the glaciers. Papua New Guinea is best explored from May to October, though the outlying islands enjoy dry weather even in the wet season.
Cuisine of the region is often describe as Pacific Rim.
Modern cuisine in Australia and New Zealand combines European cooking traditions, a blend of Indonesian, Southeast Asian and Japanese influences and a focus on good meat. Barbecues are popular – don’t miss the chance to try kangaroo steaks.
Australia is the smallest inhabited continent in the world and can be considered the largest island in the world.
The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauota -
mateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Things to do
- Visit Australia’s underwater kingdom – the Great Barrier Reef. It’s visible from space!
- Take a hike up to Franz Josef Glacier and see the incredible ice up close
- Tour the Hobbiton Movie Set and put yourself in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
- Relax on the beautiful beaches of the Whitsunday Islands
- Head to Waiheke Island to tour the vineyards and taste the delicious wines
- Journey into the Red Centre to get a true taste of Australia’s outback
- Discover the incredible culture of the Huli Wigmen in Papua New Guinea
- Take a walk around Uluru to get a sense of the enormous scale
- Go scuba diving in Port Moresby or Alotau, Papua New Guinea
- Explore the important Maori sights and volcanic lakes of Tongariro National Park
- Get acquainted with the wildlife of Kakadu National Park
- Glide across Lake Taupo on a relaxing boat cruise under the backdrop of volcanoes
- Enjoy a romantic twilight dinner at Darling Harbour, Sydney
- Hike part of the Kokoda Trail through Papua New Guinea, the site of an integral WWII battle
- Take in the magnificent spectacle of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House
- Visit Brisbane’s contemporary art galleries for a hit of culture
- Cruise around Bay of Islands and spot dolphins and other marine life