As the song goes “there’s nowhere like Australia,” and isn’t that the truth! You may consider the land Down Under an island but it’s actually a continent. Cruises to Australia can take you around a land of many contrasts and exciting experiences that demonstrate how the country continues to delight and fascinate today’s cruise ship passengers, just as it did those early explorers of centuries ago. As an enormous land mass with much of the activity happening around the coast it’s perfect for a cruise destination.
The people of Australia are known for their laid-back way of life: that is until it comes to sport when the competitive streak kicks in!
It seems they have it all – a beautiful country, rich in natural resources, unique wildlife and an amazing coastline which includes the stunning Great Barrier Reef and all its multi-coloured, weird and wonderful residents. Cruises to Australia often mean the thrill and excitement of sailing into the amazing harbour at Sydney with the serrated peaks of the Opera House glittering in the sun, passing under the Harbour Bridge. Unlike many cruise ports which have to dock outside their main attractions due to the size of the ships, most cruise lines dock right in the heart of Sydney so you’re closer to the action and get to experience the atmosphere of the bustling, real-life working port. If only all ports were this beautiful! Sydney is also known for its fantastic restaurants, its beach-focused lifestyle and of course surfing. Take to Bondi Beach and relax on the famous strip of sand; pull up a seat at a beach-front restaurant and you may be lucky to see dolphins swim by.
Of course there’s much more to Australia than Sydney. Cruises to Australia also take in the glorious ports along the east coast. There’s cosmopolitan Brisbane, full of contemporary art galleries and museums set along the Brisbane River; it’s a good-time city which offers plenty of outside space to explore, including Botanic Gardens. In Cairns you’ll find the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and tropical North Queensland. Swim and dive in the turquoise waters packed with colourful marine life or head to the 74 islands of the Whitsundays to relax on talcum powder-soft sand – you’ll be convinced you’ve arrived in paradise. If you love getting out (or perhaps in!) the water then there is possibly no better place in the world to do a little snorkelling, where you’ll be surrounded by myriad colourful fish and vibrant coral. But if you’re not keen on getting that wet then a tour in a glass-bottomed boat, or a catamaran with a viewing platform will bring you almost as close.
on a map of the world and it seems like just a short hop across the ocean, but
the difference will guarantee a holiday of magical memories. Choose a cruise
only, or perhaps you’d like a stay cruise where you’ll spend a few more days in
a particular destination so that you can explore an area to a greater degree.
We can even add in tours to some of Australia’s inland landmarks, such as
Uluru. There are no words to describe the magical moment of watching the
sunrise over the red desert – breathtaking and awe-inspiring just don’t come
Many of the major cruise lines offer Australia holidays with a wide variety of itineraries so you’ll be able to find the trip that best matches your desires.
Best time to travel
Our winter and Australia’s is the same but the weather is often better!
In the same way, summers can be very hot and in the Red Centre temperatures can reach upwards of 37 degrees but on the coast it is a lot cooler. The north and east are very tropical and can get up to 100% humidity, so it’s worth packing light, waterproof layers just in case.
Cuisine of the region is often describe as Pacific Rim.
Modern cuisine in Australia 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 or grilled king prawns.
Things to do
- Take a tour of the architecturally-stunning Sydney Opera House
- Watch the sunrise over the hulking mass of Uluru
- Visit the Great Barrier Reef and dive among the kaleidoscopic marine life
- Shop for souvenirs in Melbourne’s busy Queen Victoria Market
- For spectacular views of Sydney climb the arch of the Harbour Bridge
- The tree canopy walk at Belalong National Park offers fantastic views
- Photograph the waddling penguins in the sea at Phillip Island
- Tour Brisbane’s cosmopolitan art galleries and museums
- Head to Gold Coast to watch the watersports at Surfer’s Paradise
- Cast your line into the turquoise waters of Fraser Island for beach fishing
- Bask in the sun-baked Northern Territory and learn about the rich Aboriginal Culture
- Feel the wind in your hair on a catamaran tour around Sydney’s iconic harbour
- Sample delicious wines and craft beers in Margaret River
- Count all the church spires in the attractive city of Adelaide
- Watch Sydney come alive after dark with a dinner alfresco in Darling Harbour