Exploring Australia & the Far East
Diverse Australian cities combine with picturesque Indonesian islands and a marvellous modern metropolis to create a tempting menu of destinations serving up an eclectic mix of highlights, from iconic landmarks and cultural delights to beautifully unspoilt landscapes and breathtaking beaches, which are sure to invigorate and inspire you throughout your holiday.
In the ‘Land Down Under’, your incredible voyage kicks-off in the legendary city of Sydney. [ReadMoreMob]Simply settle in to life on board Black Watch, or perhaps use your time to take in Sydney’s world-famous attractions. You could climb the Harbour Bridge and marvel at the instantly recognisable Opera House; or even visit Bondi Beach to revel in one of Australia’s most photographed scenes. A call at Burnie follows, for a rare chance to explore a Tasmanian gem revered for its arts, culture, vibrancy and beautiful beachfront, before Melbourne awaits with its range of architectural styles and must-visit attractions, such as the Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Zoo. Up next is Albany, providing a fascinating insight into Australian history and an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Australia’s first European settlers, with visits to the replica of Brig Amity, the Albany Gaol and Patrick Taylor Cottage. Meanwhile, Fremantle is your gateway to Perth, where you can uncover fantastic galleries and museums and impressive contemporary architecture, suburban beaches and pretty parklands in ‘Australia’s sunniest city’. [ReadMoreDesk]
Continuing onwards to Asia, the diverse island scenes of Indonesia – the world’s largest archipelagic country – await your discovery. Two days of exploration on Java Island will present a picture book of contrasting sights and experiences. A visit to Surabaya affords an opportunity to delight in the city’s mix of modern skyscrapers and Dutch-style canals and colonial buildings; and explore the Arab Quarter and one of Asia’s largest Chinatown districts, while Semarang is the starting point for tours to the sensational, UNESCO-listed Borbodur Temple, surrounded by stunning volcanic landscapes. There’s also a call at Weh Island, boasting jungle smothered interiors that are ripe for exploration, inviting white sands and warm, clear waters alive with marine creatures, such as manta rays, whales and dolphins. In between your Indonesian island explorations, spectacular Singapore, a city of soaring cityscapes, bright lights, busy commercial districts and striking temples, offers an exciting change of pace. An overnight stay allows time to take in the sights, visit the gorgeous Gardens by the Bay, enjoy High Tea at the famous Raffles Hotel, and much more.