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Travel Australia: Cruising

Australian Cruise Destinations

Travelling one way between some of Australia's capital cities is a great alternative to flying, particularly for those looking to savour their journey. Years ago, before air travel became a more cost-effective alternative, passenger ships carried thousands of people between the capitals every year. Today, there are no passengers services to fulfil this role, only the growing number of coastal cruises, and the occasional cruise ship travelling from one hemisphere to another in spring and autumn at the beginning or end of a cruising season. There are generally quite short cruises (3 days or less) and are perfect for anyone who is unsure about cruising and wants to give it a try. These cruises are short and relatively inexpensive and ideal for short break.

The majority of cruises that stay in Australian waters have the same start/finishing port. More cruises around the Australian coast start and finish in Sydney; Melbourne is next with Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin all hosting cruises through the Australian cruising season (September to May). Cruises to various coastal locations operate from Sydney all year round.

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Stopping at ports including Hobart and Port Arthur, cruises to Tasmania from Sydney and Melbourne are the perfect excuse to discover the apple isle's beautiful scenery, fascinating history, and enviable food and wine scene. Travelling from Sydney to Tasmania and back again in five or more nights, there are plenty of opportunities to kick back and enjoy the experiences offered by Australia's most southerly state.

Cruising the Kimberley coast, Western Australia

Cruises through the Kimberley region in Australia's north west are among the best around Australia, filled with stunning scenery and fascinating wildlife, all spread over a vast and remote area in the northwestern part of the country. Part of Western Australia, the Kimberley shares land borders with Western Australia’'s Pilbara and the Northern Territory. The Indian Ocean and Timor Sea lap the region's northern and western shores. Named after a past Secretary of State for the Colonies, the 1st Earl of Kimberley, the Kimberley is often said to be Australia's last frontier.

Cruises to the Kimberleys take in waterfalls and beaches, gorges and mountains, and many other unique and unspoilt natural attractions. Kimberley wildlife encounters are abundant, with crocodiles, wallabies, dingos, anteaters, monitor lizards, birds, and others. Learn more about the people of Australia's past, as you admire ancient Aboriginal rock art and walk in the footsteps of early pioneers. A spectacular land that is ripe with many discoveries, Kimberley boat cruises let you enjoy the very best of this rugged wilderness.

International Cruise Destinations

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Encompassing a host of beautiful cities and scenic destinations, cruises to New Zealand are a great way to travel overseas without the hassle of international flights. Travelling to popular spots such as Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Milford Sound before returning to Sydney, it's easy to see some of the country's best sights and enjoy a taste of traditional Maori culture along the way.

Island hopping from country to country on a cruise to the Pacific Islands is a great way to see the best of the region in a relatively short period of time. Docking at New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuatu, other picturesque island nations, a Pacific Island cruise provides the opportunity to see some of the world's best beaches, dine on delicious local food and experience a handful of diverse cultures.

Hong Kong

Asia cruises combine the fascinating excitement of the Far East with a relaxing journey through the world's most beautiful oceans. The sheer size of Asia is just as impressive as the variety of its cities and landscapes, all of which are waiting to be discovered. Metropolises like Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh City are bustling hubs of activity, while tropical paradises like Bali, Vietnam or Papua New Guinea relax the mind, body and soul. Meanwhile the Indian mega-city of Mumbai or Sri Lanka's Colombo open the mind to entirely new cultures and ways of life.

Asia cruises boast a variety of routes to a spectacular list of stunning destinations to suit your tastes. With its close proximity to Australia, itineraries range from a few days to a few weeks with the opportunity to depart or arrive in the local ports of Perth, Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. Whichever Asia cruise you choose, you will fall in love with the adventure, magic and personality of the island continent! Asia is the perfect holiday destination and will leave you with enough memories to last a lifetime.

World Cruises

Two "Queens" rendezvous in Sydney Harbour, February 2015

Viking, Princess and Cunard are among a number of international cruise lines operating world cruises which pass through Sydney and sometimes Melbourne. Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth travel in opposite derections on their world cruises, meeting up in Sydney and staying in port together every February.

What Is Cruising Like?

If you've never been on a cruise before and you'd like to try it out, do as we did and make your first cruising experience a trip up or down the Australian coast. You need only spend a day or two at sea to get a taste of what cruising is all about. Better still, click the link below and come with us on our first cruise and we'll share our experiences.

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