Australia and New Zealand Cruises 2019 - 2020
What better way to explore the Land Down Under than on an Australia & New Zealand cruise?
The vibrant cultural capital of Australia, Sydney is a must-see city for anyone visiting the Land Down Under. From the silhouette of its iconic opera house perched on the edge of the water to the idyllic green hills of the Blue Mountains sprawling from the city, Sydney is guaranteed to capture your heart. With its pristine beaches, landmark architecture, and charming islands, you may never want to leave Sydney Harbor - but venture outside the city and you'll be rewarded with a world of incredible nature just waiting to be discovered.
A colorful subtropical city, Brisbane is the perfect gateway to both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. The capital of Queensland, it’s a cultural hub full of hip bars, charming art galleries, and museums. To truly take in the city, climb the nearby Kangaroo Point cliffs, where you’ll be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of the Brisbane city skyline. If you’re staying a bit longer, there are plenty of nearby islands, forests, and vineyards just waiting to be explored.
Once a Victorian seaside resort, Melbourne has evolved into a hip capital of culture where the party never stops. Its world-famous arts scene means it’s home to multiple exhibits and festivals each year. History buffs won’t want to miss out on historical landmarks such as Flinders Street Station, an Art Deco cinema called The Astor, or the Old Melbourne Gaol, a former prison for convicts. Those more interested in the 21st century will delight in the numerous art galleries, cocktail bars, and cafes just waiting to be discovered. And to keep its residents fueled up for all-night parties and high energy festivals, Melbourne reportedly has the best coffee in the world.
Located in Australia’s only truly tropical region, Darwin is a melting pot of cultures and creatures. Its proximity to southeast Asia mean it’s full of Asian culture and cuisine, and you won’t want to miss the bustling markets serving up authentic international cuisine. The adventurous Aussie spirit is alive and well too, and you can channel your inner Crocodile Dundee as you explore the rivers and wetlands by boat in hopes of catching a glimpse of Darwin’s famous saltwater crocodiles. And the area has a fascinating history, from aboriginal cultures to colonization to World War II.
Located in the shadow of Mount Wellington, Hobart is Tasmania’s largest and oldest city. Booming with tourism, the town boasts a buzzing waterfront area overflowing with shops, restaurants, and an enormous town market, Salamanca Place. The town center offers a plethora of dining, drinking, and shopping options, including a budding craft beer scene and several galleries featuring local art. Those looking to get away from it all may enjoy a scenic drive to the summit of Mount Wellington, or an excursion to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.
Tucked away on the coast of South Australia, Adelaide is truly a hidden gem. Known as the “City of Churches,” its affluent history means you’ll find plenty of historic spires and lush green parks interspersed throughout its metropolitan center. But gone are the days of being posh and stuffy – this up-and-coming capital is rapidly gentrifying, and it’s become one of the best areas in Australia to eat, party, and drink.
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.
The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is a paradise for outdoor explorers. With picturesque islands dotting its waters, magnificent rainforests just a short distance inland, and miles of sweeping beaches in between, you’ll truly experience the best that Australia has to offer. From hidden coral cays to secret forest swimming spots, Cairns is also one of the best places in Australia to get your feet wet – so don’t forget your bathing suit!
Burnie is a city with an approximate population of 20,000 which lies in North-West Tasmania. Burnie is known as being a "town of makers". A trip to the Makers' Workshop is highly recommended, here visitors can expect to find a number of studios where local craftspeople demonstrate their unique skills. There is also a gift shop on site where visitors have the opportunity to purchase products produced locally in Tasmania. Visitors to Burnie can also enjoy a number of outdoor spots such as the popular Burnie Park.
The capital of Western Australia, Perth is a city of contrasts. While the skyscrapers of its business district are at the economic heart of the city, its cultural heart lies in its beautiful beaches, diverse bars and restaurants, and quirky cafes. This walkable, livable city has plenty to do and see to keep visitors entertained, all while maintaining its laid-back Aussie vibe.
Yorkeys Knob is a small beach community located in Queensland on the East coast of Australia. It lies just 20 km north of the city of Cairns. Yorkeys Knob is known as a great tourism destination, offering tourists sunshine, sandy beaches as well as a beautiful marina with scenic views. Half Moon Bay Golf Club offers one of the most impressive golf courses in North-Eastern Australia. Yorkeys Knob also acts as a great base for trips to the Great Barrier Reef and the attractions of Cairns, while also offering guests a peaceful setting.
Dusky Sound is a remote fiord located in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, not far from Manapouri. The fiord itself comprises mainly of lush green forests and rocks. Dusky Sound is steeped in history, with Captain Cook having spent five weeks here in 1773, while the first ever European-styled house and boat to be built in New Zealand were built nearby. Visitors can expect to find mountainous territory with multiple valleys and forests. Other activities include fishing, kayaking and just simply taking in the breath-taking views.
Margaret River is a small town in Western Australia, located south of Perth. It is famous for its craft breweries, boutiques and surrounding wineries. Beaches and surf breaks line the nearby coast.
The Tasmanian Port Arthur is located South-East of the Tasman Peninsula. Port Arthur is connected to the mainland by a 400m long land bridge, known as 'Eaglehawk Neck'. The former convict settlement is now a World Heritage site, home to a museum which shows visitors what life was like for convicts in one of Australia's most infamous prisons in the 19th Century. Guided tours are available day or night, as well as cruises to the Isle of the Dead, a cemetary for prisoners. A visit to Port Arthur is sure to leave visitors with a host of new knowledge.
Thursday Island in northwestern Australia belongs to the administrative district of Torres Shire in Queensland and has more than 2,600 inhabitants. The island enjoys a tropical climate with an average temperature of 29 degrees Celsius. Among the attractions including the Thursday Island Torres Strait Museum, the Cathedral of All Souls and the pearl farming operations on the island.
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