There's so much more to Australia than BBQs on the beach, cork-trimmed hats and blokes called Bruce. A cruise to Australia will take you on a journey of discovery, yes that's a bit of a cliché, but in this case, it's also true.[ReadMoreMob]
As an island, country and continent Australia will astound you with its coral reefs, deserts, mountains, forests and multicultural cosmopolitan cities.Calling at locations such as Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns and Townsville, you'll be able to explore the different corners of this diverse country to discover its flora and unique fauna (especially koalas, kangaroos), gorgeous weather, beaches, mountains and history.
Once you've seen famous sights such as Sydney harbour, Australia Zoo, the Great Barrier Reef and Bondi Beach you'll be ready for some fantastic Aussie wines, delicious food and of course, the traditional BBQ. [ReadMoreDesk]
Australia's laid back pace is infectious and you'll soon find yourself easing into their relaxed culture, taking your time to absorb all that the country has to offer.Whether you enjoy culture, the great outdoors or you just want to experience the famous Australian hospitality, your Australia cruise holiday will show it has far more to offer than the stereotypical boomerangs, bush tucker and cricket.
The Gold Coast
Located some 41 miles south of Brisbane, the glorious Gold Coast is a city which attracts millions of visitors every year and is known the world over for its long sandy beaches. The Gold Coast is renowned for its almost year-round sunshine and impressive beaches, and at its heart lies Surfers Paradise, the centre for tourism and entertainment, and which at peak times attracts around 20,000 visitors a day.
Follow in the footsteps of Steve Irwin
One of Australia’s most famous sites, Australia Zoo features over 1,200 animals and daily shows. Founded by the late Steve Irwin, the zoo is home to native mammals such as Tasmanian devils and wombats. The Irwin family ensure that his legacy lives on today.
Enjoy an unforgettable day in Byron Bay
A coastal town in the north of New South Wales, Byron Bay has become one of Australia's most popular destinations due to its combination of culture and natural beauty. Within the hinterland is the sacred Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens.
With around 14 miles of soft white sand, Cable Beach is, for many, the main draw Broome. The water is warm and calm with only gentle waves. Its name harks back to 1889, when a long undersea telegraph cable connected northwest Australia to Indonesia, opening up communication to the world. These days it is synonymous with sunset camel rides.
Without the discovery of pearl shells here in the 1800s, Broome might not even exist – that’s how vital the industry has been to the town. You can visit a working pearl farm and take a two-hour boat tour (AUD$90) of its aquatic beds and learn about the industry's astonishing and often brutal history.
Australia’s indigenous culture is one of the oldest in the world. Experiencing ancient Aboriginal traditions, from watching a dance performance to playing the didgeridoo, is a great way to learn more about this fascinating and diverse heritage.
Lying just 19km off the coast, Rottnest earned its curious name in 1696, when Dutch explorer William de Vlamingh mistook the island's marsupial population for common rats and named it Rottnest, which translates to 'rats’ nest’. Having a photo taken with a ‘rat’ – today known as a Quokka – is one of the main highlights for visitors. Elsewhere, the island is blessed with picturesque scenery and fascinating marine life, as well as some of the world's finest beaches and bays.
Kings Park & Botanic Gardens
Perth’s Kings Park and Botanic Gardens is visited by over six million people per year and is one of the world’s largest inner city parks. A stunning collection of Western Australian flora can be found here. The grounds are also popular for picnics, walks and cultural and ceremonial events.
Fremantle Prison was used as a place of incarceration for 136 years, before its decommissioning as an operating gaol in 1991. The now empty prison – with its solitary cells and gallows – is a monument to punishments uncomfortably recent.
The Tasmanian devil is a carnivorous marsupial of the family Dasyuridae. It was once native to mainland Australia and is now only found in the wild on the island of Tasmania.
A paradise of pink granite peaks, secluded bays and abundant wildlife. This area is home to the picturesque Wineglass Bay.
Part of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area, this mountain is surrounded by ancient rainforest and smooth glacial lakes. Stunning scenery makes this one of Tasmania's most visited places.
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most scenic coastal touring routes, spanning 243 kilometres of coastline. It offers breathtaking panoramic views as it winds along clifftops, across spectacular headlands and through a magical mix of beaches, river estuaries and rainforests. Highlights include the Twelve Apostles and Loch Ard Gorge.
Yarra Valley is the birthplace of Victorian winemaking and a region passionate about cuisine too. Numerous villages are surrounded by rolling hills and lush pastures, all set against a backdrop of blue mountains.
Wildlife abounds on Phillip Island, less than a two-hour drive from Melbourne. Line the observation boardwalks at Phillip Island Nature Park at dusk to see the daily parade of little penguins as they race up Summerland Beach to their burrows. Over 4,000 of the 32,000 little penguins living in the waters around Phillip Island have their burrows around Summerland Beach.
Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, Australia
Kangaroo Island Wildlife
The 18 kilometres of ocean that separates Kangaroo Island from the mainland has protected it from predatory species such as foxes and rabbits. Therefore native animals and plants are in abundance, and delicate ecosystems have remained unchanged for thousands of years. Kangaroos, tammar wallabies, Rosenberg’s monitors, koalas, echidnas, Australian fur seals, long-nosed fur seals and more roam free across the island.
The Seal Bay Conservation Park on the Island's south coast is the only place in the world where you can walk among endangered Australian sea lions. A 900-metre wooden boardwalk allows visitors to see these animals both on the sand and in the surf, or you can take a guided 45-minute tour on to the beach itself. There is also a two-hour tour with fewer people.
Flinders Chase National Park
This wild, protected park features iconic natural landmarks such as Admirals Arch, shaped by the powerful Southern Ocean, and the sculptured granite boulders known as the Remarkable Rocks. Other attractions include wild beaches, the Rocky River, vast wilderness areas and cultural heritage sites – including two lighthouses.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
One of the most iconic sights in Sydney, the magnificent Harbour Bridge is not to be missed. Known affectionately as the Coathanger by locals, this architectural wonder, which opened in the 1930s, is the world’s largest steel arch bridge – its painted surface area is equivalent to 60 football fields.
Sydney Opera House
Another must-see for any visitor to Sydney is the beautiful Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the arts venue was completed in 1973 and is renowned for its unique design of a series of shell-like sails.
Declared a World Heritage Site in 2000, the stunning Blue Mountains are situated to the west of Sydney, near Katoomba. Australia’s Grand Canyon gets its blue haze from rays of sunlight striking oil from nearby Eucalyptus trees and small drops of moisture.
One of the world’s most famous beaches, Bondi is home to stunning golden sands and inviting turquoise waters. Located approximately seven kilometres from Sydney, Bondi, which is the most photographed beach in Australia, is also the most popular in the region.
The world's largest living coral aquarium, this is considered one of the top aquariums in the South Pacific and is home to thousands of marine creatures in addition to the huge coral reef exhibit.
A wildlife park located in Nome, these 25 acres of natural bushland are home to koalas, kangaroos and wallabies as well as a whole host of other wildlife.
Magnetic Island’s relaxed lifestyle, abundant wildlife and easy access to the Great Barrier Reef make it a worthwhile attraction. A 25-minute ferry ride from Townsville, it sits within the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, albeit with a rocky landscape that differs from the usual tropical rainforest found on many of the Great Barrier Reef islands. Magnetic Island has less rainfall than the Wet Tropics to the north and the Whitsundays to the south