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A cruise from Australia is the best way to discover the breathtaking coastlines, exciting cities, unique landscapes and vibrant cultures of the Land Down Under. Blessed with an incomparable natural beauty, great weather, the world’s best beaches and a contagiously relaxed atmosphere, Australia mesmerizes locals and international tourists alike.
Begin your Australian cruise from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Perth and sail locally or to exotic destinations in Asia like Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam or Hong Kong; tropical South Pacific destinations like Fiji, Vanuatu or New Caledonia; or New Zealand and its stunning Fjordland National Park. Australia is also a popular departure point for long distance cruises to America, Africa or the Middle East. A cruise from Australia is not short of spectacular shore excursion opportunities – explore deserts, snorkel the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, discover remote islands and wander exciting cities. There is something for everyone aboard an Australian cruise!
Enjoy an exquisite dining experience at the signature steakhouse 'Chops Grille' with Royal Caribbean
- Sydney - Sydney
Plan a day out and evening in Melbourne - Australia's most cultured city.
- Melbourne - Melbourne
This is perfect for anyone looking for a budget-friendly, brief getaway with minimal fuss. With a wide range of dining options on-board the Queen Elizabeth, you quite literally have the option to try a new restaurant every night!
- Margaret River (Busselton) - Adelaide
Sydney is the capital of the state of New South Wales and is the largest city in Australia. The city is one of the most important tourism destinations in Australia, with iconic sights such as Sydney harbour and Opera House. Sydney is also home to the world-famous Bondi beach. Sydney also has an extensive arts and cultural scene with numerous galleries such as the Art Gallery of NSW offering impressive artistic displays. Sydney also has an extensive public transport system, ensuring that accessibilty will not be an issue for visitors to the city.Highlights of Sydney
- Soak up the Australian sunshine at at the world famous Bondi Beach
- Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to enjoy breath-taking views of the city
- Sample one of the many shows on offer at the Iconic Sydney Opera House
Brisbane is the capital of the sunshine state, Queensland. Brisbane is surrounded by the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. The perfect way to view this scenic city is from the Kangaroo Point cliffs, where you can expect a panoramic view of the skyline. Brisbane is also a gateway to many stunning locations like Moreton Island and Noosa. Brisbane is divided into a number of suburbs, each with it's own unique vibe. In this modern and vibrant city you are sure to find numerous ways to discover the city, from a stroll through the entertaining South Bank to a paddle down the Brisbane River, perfect for all visitors.Highlights of Brisbane
- Tour the city on the famous CityCat ferries
- Climb Story Bridge for an amazing way to witness the city
- Shop till you drop with over 1000 different stores, making Brisbane Queensland shopping capital
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia with over 4.4 million people calling it home. The city is an eclectic mix of stlye, dining and sport, making it an ideal place to visit and soak in the culture. The City Circle Tram loop will take you around the city to attractions like the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Healesville sanctuary. Taking a stroll through Melbourne's cobbled laneways will lead you to an array of cafes, coffee shops and unique shopping boutiques, the perfect way to discover the laid-back city.Highlights of Melbourne
- Try some Australian wine on a wine tour and tasting
- Witness the natural beauty of the Port Campbell National Park for yourself
- Catch a movie at the Monnlight Cinema at the Royal Botanic Gardens throughout the Summer
Darwin is located on Australia's Northern coast and is an ideal location for outdoor exploring. The Kakadu National Park is very close to the city and is known for it's natural beauty and extraordinary animals. In the city, the mix of cultures culminates in a large number of vibrant outdoor festivals and markets such as the Mindl Beach Market at Sunset, where you can enjoy many delicious local dishes and crafts. Innovative museums and galleries are the perfect way to discover the region's history and indigenous cultures.Highlights of Darwin
- Soak up the beautiful scenery and weather at Mindil Beach
- Learn more about the history of the region at the museum of the Northern Territory
- Feed crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove
Cairns is located in the north of Queensland, Australia. The city is known particularly for being in close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the longest coral reef in the world, also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Daintree tropical forest which is the oldest of it's kind in the world is also only a short distance away. The city itself boasts a laid-back lifestyle with a buzzing social scene evident through the presence of numerous cafés, clubs and restaurants. There are also a number of fantastic tourism resorts, adding to the reputation of Cairns as an Australian tourism hotspot.Highlights of Cairns
- Scuba dive along the Great Barrier Reef
- Enjoy a swim and picnic at Cairns Esplanade boardwalk and lagoon
- Visit Cape Tribulation, the only place worldwide where two World Heritage sites meet
Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, is a small port city located at the foot of Mount Wellington. Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia, having been originally founded in 1804 as a penal colony. A tour of the oldest brewery in Australia, Cascade brewery is highly recommended. During the Summer season Hobart hosts some fantastic festivals and events from The Taste of Tasmania food festival, to the Yacht Race from Sydney to Hobart. These events attract a big audience and create a great atmosphere throughout the port city.Highlights of Hobart
- Take a themed tour of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
- Visit Battery Point, the 19th Cerntury nautical village
- Visit Mount Wellington for a hike or bike ride
Ports in Australia
SydneyExperience the natural beauty of Sydney, the capital of New South Wales and Australia’s famous harbour city. Lose yourself in this bustling city and view its impressive architecture which dates back over a 200-year history. The perfect mixture of old and new, Sydney is truly unique in that the city is not characterised by any one architectural style. Visited every year by millions of people from all corners of the world, Sydney Opera House is one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. This shell-shaped, multi-purpose venue houses a recording studio, eateries, bars, cafés and retail outlets. It also facilitates over 1,500 performances each year. For a terrific cultural experience, join the city in celebrating dynamic events which are held throughout the year, from the world class New Year’s Eve fireworks display to the colourful Mardi Gras! Meanwhile you can explore Sydney’s most famous coastal beaches which include Bondi, Palm Beach and Bronte. The superior Gold Coast is on Sydney’s doorstep just waiting to be explored. One of the best options from Sydney is to take one of the number cruises to New Zealand and particular Milford Sound. With its location close to Australia, and the beautiful landscape, now is the time to cruise NZ.
MelbourneFor a wide range of eclectic bars, an ever-evolving retail industry and cultural diversity look no further than Melbourne, Australia’s “melting pot” city. Melbourne offers holiday-makers the chance of a unique Australian sightseeing experience. The discovery of gold in the 19th Century and a subsequent gold rush all contributed to Melbourne’s thriving economy. The city’s past and present merge together in a perfect harmony, with old Victorian buildings alongside towering sky scrapers. Delve into Melbourne’s engaging past and sample the delights the city’s varied museums. The Old Melbourne Gaol is one of Melbourne’s oldest surviving buildings and a sight where some of the Australia’s most infamous criminals were held.
BrisbaneWith its friendly locals and modern vibrant atmosphere, Brisbane’s a city full of life. Under the Queensland sun you can enjoy the beautiful open spaces that Brisbane has to offer. If its walking down the South Bank while enjoying a coffee from one of the excellent cafes or indulging in some of the best shopping in Australia along the streets of The City. Brisbane is the place to be.
Perth - FremantleFremantle is the port city 30 minutes from Perth where you will arrival or depart the city. With its mix of alternative and arty types Fremantle has a feeling like no other. If you’re there a few days before you depart or it’s a short stop over on your cruise you will not be disappointed. If you’re after a ‘true’ Fremantle dining and entertainment experience, then look no further than ‘Cappuccino Strip’. This consists of Wray Avenue and South Terrace with its lively cafes and some of the best amber ales in Australia from the micro-breweries in the area. Whatever you decide to do in Fremantle you won’t be disappointed.
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