Iconic Australia with Sydney New Year
An abundance of Australian icons await you on this unforgettable exploration of the land ‘Down Under’. Visits to a collection of coastal towns, cities and islands on three sides of Australia will offer chances to seek-out famous native wildlife and natural wonders; relax at quintessential beaches; discover iconic landmarks; and even be part of one of the world’s greatest New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Your time on Australia’s west coast kicks-off in Broome, a beautiful resort town surrounded by picturesque bays, lush mangroves and miles of pristine beaches, before you head south to Fremantle for tours to Perth, Australia’s sunniest city.[ReadMoreMob] Take the short trip into Western Australia’s capital for a blend of modern city highlights, including fantastic galleries and museums and impressive contemporary architecture, suburban beaches and pretty parklands.[ReadMoreDesk] For a look into Australia’s fascinating history, you’ll also visit Albany for an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the first European settlers with visits to the replica of Brig Amity, the Albany Gaol and Patrick Taylor Cottage. A sail along the stunning south coast follows, taking in tranquil Kangaroo Island, where you can see wild kangaroo, wallabies, koalas and rare sea lions in their natural habitat, and stopping overnight in Melbourne. You’re in for two rewarding days in the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’. Perhaps take time to admire the mix of architectural styles on display, ranging from European-inspired art-deco spires to imposing skyscrapers; explore the Royal Botanic Gardens; visit Melbourne Zoo the oldest Zoo in Australia; and learn of the city’s famed sporting heritage at the magnificent Melbourne Cricket Ground.
After a call at Hobart, capital of rugged Tasmania, you’ll begin your memorable journey along the east coast as 2019 ends. Calling into Sydney on New Year’s Eve will offer you the chance to experience all the excitement of the city’s legendary festive celebrations, including the spectacular fireworks display that illuminates the midnight sky high above the Harbour Bridge. Your extended stay allows time to climb the Harbour Bridge, visit the iconic Opera House, relax at Bondi Beach and much more, too. Heading north, it’s on to Brisbane, boasting an exquisite cityscape of colonial sandstone structures stood alongside modern glass skyscrapers. A boat tour along the Brisbane River is a relaxing and memorable way to see the sights here. Boudicca will then take you on an epic scenic cruise of the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef. The sight of 400 coral species, over 1,500 species of tropical fish, and various other species fauna and flora is sure to delight and inspire as your ship heads for Townsville, where you can see marine life from the Great Barrier Reef up-close at Reef HQ. Townsville is also ideally located for tours to Magnetic Island, home to the largest colony of wild Koalas. Finally, there Cairns, gateway to lush rainforests such as Daintree – the oldest rainforest in the world.