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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!
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- 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!
- Melbourne - 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
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is situated on the North Island of the country. The skyline is iconic due to the highest tower in the southern hemisphere, the Sky Tower, rising proudly from the City of Sails about 328 m high. The city offers plenty of ways for adventure seekers to get their fix with activities like kayaking, sailing and bungee jumping available. The beautiful surrounding areas and islands are the perfect example of stunning New Zealand and the amazing natural landscape of the country.Highlights of Auckland
- Explore the stunning Hauraki Gulf Islands
- Discover Auckland's fascinating Maori and maritime history at a variety of museums
- Take a tour of one of Auckland's four growing wine regions
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's shopping capital
Tauranga is located on the North Island of New Zealand and boasts several popular beaches, beautiful, lush parklands and mountains, lakes and cascading waterfalls. As it is located on a faultine, the area is home to numerous dormant volcanoes, including "White Island". For those interested in watersports, the city is conveniently located around a large harbour with opportunities galore to pursue your passion. The Strand waterfront area is a modern hive of activity, with an array of restaurants, clubs and bars.Highlights of Tauranga
- Take a guided nature tour in the Bay of Plenty
- Experience Tauranga's growing art scene at the Cargo Shed creative arts market
- Take a family day out in one of Tauranga's amusement parks, or enjoy dolphin-watching out on the harbour
Wellington, nicknamed "Windy Wellington", is the capital city of New Zealand. Boasting a compact and charming downtown which is diverse in it's architectural styles and also ideal to explore on foot. From Mount Victoria, rising above the city, catch glimpses of ships sail through the harbour and see the city light up as the sun goes down. The city is well known for having a "cafe culture", being home to countless intimate restaurants and coffeehouses.Highlights of Wellington
- Take a ride on the iconic Wellington cable car for a picturesque view of the city
- Discover the wildlife of Wellington in the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary
- Take a tour of the Weta Cave museum and discover the magic of films like Lord of the Rings & more
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
Adelaide lies on the coast of South Australia and is known the wines produced in the region. The city is full of reminders of its history, from the colonial architecture to the museums of the North Terrace. You are always close to nature in Adelaide, and you can choose to swim with dolphins in Glenelg, explore the picturesque villages in the Adelaide hills or even just relax in the spacious green parklands. With a wide-range of festivals such as Adelaide Fringe and an emerging arts scene; Adelaide is quickly earning a reputation for itself as an Australian cultural hotspotHighlights of Adelaide
- Explore the extensive range of hidden eateries located along Adelaide's side streets
- Visit the magnificent Adelaide Botanic Garden
- Take a trip to wineries in Barossa Valley and Clare Valley
Airlie Beach acts as the main hub for trips to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Airlie Beach is known as a popular nightlife spot with a host of clubs and bars. Port of Airlie boasts a boating marina along with a range of accomodation offerings and trendy eateries, which guests to enjoy al fresco dining. Every Saturday there are a number of markets offering fresh produce as well as local crafts, providing a great opportunity to experience the culture like a true local. An excursion to the nearby Conway National Park is highly recommended.Highlights of Airlie Beach
- Explore the tropical rainforest and waterfalls at Conway National Park
- Sample some fresh seafood at one of the eateries along the marina
- Take a trip to the Whitsunday Islands
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
Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest city and has played an important role in New Zealand's rich history. The city features a particular combination of culture, wildlife and architecture. Dunedin Street Art Trail is a unique initiative whereby, an increasing number of blank walls are becoming the canvases of international street artists. The trail currently takes 90 minutes to complete. Dunedin is also home to the world's steepest street, Baldwin Street which is also the location of the world-famous Jaffa-Race, which involves 25,000 sweet treats being rolled down the street simultaneously.Highlights of Dunedin
- Cycle up the Otago Peninsula and experience panoramic views across the city
- Challenge yourself to walk along the world's steepest street
- Learn how wine is made at central Otago vineyards
The Bay of Islands is located in northern New Zealand and is one of the most celebrated holiday destinations in the country. Consisting of 144 islands, this is a landscape of lush green meadows, azure bays and, of course, marked sheep. The Bay of Islands is a maritime playground with the option of snorkelling, kayaking and swimming, all amongst an abundance of wildlife such as penguins, dolphins, whales and more. The stunning 'Hole in the Rock' formation is a must-see when in the Bay of Islands and is sure to impress.Highlights of Bay of Islands
- Discover fascinating wildlife, pupose-sunk shipwrecks and more while diving
- Take a cruise to meet the local dolphins and also discover the beautiful islands
- Visit the historic Waitanga Treaty Grounds
A stunning blend of vertical cliff faces and magnificent waterfalls, Milford Sound is one of the most breathtaking locations in New Zealand. One of the best ways to experience it is on a boat cruise, sailing in the dark waters below. Scenic flights are also available so you can witness the beauty from above and also get a sense of the sheer scale of the landscape's stunning features. For those who enjoy hiking or trekking, the Milford Track is the ideal way to experience Milford Sound, winding your way up through some of the world's most astonishing wilderness.Highlights of Milford Sound
- Drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound along one of the highest and most scenic higways in New Zealand
- Discover fur seals, dolphins and more on a boat trip
- See the mountaintop glaciers from a small plane or helicopter
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
Napier, on New Zealand's North Island is the primary export seaport for North-Eastern New Zealand. It is known for being an Art Deco city, as much of the city was rebuilt in this style after an earthquake in 1931. The best way to explore downtown Napier is by partaking in a guided walk of the center which takes place daily. Napier makes use of the region's fertile alluvial soils by being home to many vineyards, producing a fantastic array of fine wines. The National Aquarium of New Zealand can be found in Napier and showcases how extraordinarily diverse the sealife of the South Pacific can be.Highlights of Napier
- Walk around the city and admire the preserved Art Deco buildings
- Take a tour of the many boutique wineries in the area while sampling delicious wines
- Meander through the Napier farmers' market to discover some artisan foods
Nestled in Oceania, Australia, along with the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands, holds the title as the world’s sixth-largest country and 12th largest economy. With diverse landscapes, sundrenched beaches, beautiful harbours, cosmopolitan cities and more, an Australian cruise inspires and excites. CruiseAway offers amazing luxury cruises to all the most sought-after destinations in Australia, and also offers customers the unique chance to explore more remote landscapes with virtually untouched landscapes and exotic wildlife. There’s a range of departure ports around the country, each offering a city full of life and opportunity so that you can begin your cruise right. You can cruise anywhere in the world with the vast selection of itineraries CruiseAway has on offer, no matter where you’re starting off.
Ports in Australia
Experience 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 200 years. 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, making sure to be stop by Milford Sound. With its close proximity to Australia, and a breath-taking landscape, now is the time to cruise NZ. Don’t wait for your cruise to begin, begin your adventure on land by choosing Sydney as your starting point.
For 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. Melbourne hosts some of Australian’s most iconic events, such as the Australian Open, Melbourne Cup, Fashion Week and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. There’s never a dull moment in this exciting city. Cruising from Melbourne will start your holiday with a bang!
With friendly locals and a 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. Brisbane offers something for everyone, whether 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. To cool off you might find yourself on Australia’s only beach located in the middle of a city. Streets Beach is the perfect place to relax and have a drink or go for a swim in the clear blue waters. From Brisbane you can choose between a local cruise around Australia and New Zealand, or adventure to Asia and discover the Philippines, China and Japan.
Perth - Fremantle
Fremantle is the port city 30 minutes from Perth, the capital of Western Australia. With its mix of alternative and arty types, Fremantle has a feeling like no other. Whether you’re there a few days before you depart or if 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, where you’ll find lively cafes and some of the best amber ales in Australia from the micro-breweries in the area. Take the short journey to Perth to discover a city with an interesting blend of modern art and infrastructure, mixed with the natural beauty of one of the world’s biggest city parks. Without setting foot outside of Perth you can learn about Aboriginal history, explore bushland trails and wander through urban villages.
CruiseAway offers other Australian ports like Cairns, Adelaide and Darwin. All these cities are incredible starting points before you set sail on a cruise holiday you won’t forget. With best price guarantee and a range of itineraries to choose from, you’ll find the best deal on your dream cruise with CruiseAway. Our cruise experts are waiting to advise you on how you can make your trip special, so why not book now!
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