Get Inspired / Australia Australia Cruising: The Sights and Seas of the Land Down Under Tourism and Events Queensland Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Australia Australia Cruising: The Sights and Seas of the Land Down Under story by: Inspire Magazine Iconic landmarks, bucket list worthy events and a stunning selection of some of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders: phenomenal possibilities await just a quick cruise over the ditch. Australia’s smörgåsbord of adventures are waiting. Blissfully meander the nation’s coastal waters while relaxing in luxurious facilities and indulging in fi ne dining as you float from one incredible experience to the next. Best of all, as Kiwis, we’re perfectly positioned to get amongst it. Click here for all Cruise Inspire deals Faced with the impossible task of choosing which cities and landmarks to leave out, the advantage of cruising is that it allows for a wide range of experiences on one journey. Visit the major port cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth and see all the iconic attractions, while also venturing further inland and exploring highlights such as wineries and lush national parks. Or delve into the stunning marine park, the Great Barrier Reef. A single, skilfully crafted itinerary can offer you the best of a number of destinations while you enjoy the attentive service and all-round indulgence that cruises are renowned for. There are opportunities for long or short cruises, themed sampler cruises and even some tailored for events such as the Melbourne Cup, Australian Open or Australia Day. So whether you’re wanting to relax and unwind, unleash your inner adrenaline junkie or satisfy your Aussie event fix, all the options are yours to choose from. UNLOCK AN ARRAY OF AUSSIE TREATS There's so much to explore when you arrive at Australia's charming port cities. Uncover the wonder of UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Tasmania's Port Arthur, Fraser Island, the Great Barrier Reef and the Blue Mountains, or take a camel ride along Broome's bewitching Cable Beach at sunset. From Newcastle, discover the gourmet delights of the Hunter Valley, brimming with lush vineyards. Then a couple of hours from Adelaide is Kangaroo Island, another foodie's paradise, with locally made honey, cheese, olive oil and freshly caught crayfish. Here, you can also gaze upon the wonder of sea lion colonies and penguins waddling from the sea to their shoreside burrows come nightfall. The coastal port of Cairns provides easy access for excursions to the Great Barrier Reef, while Port Douglas is regarded as the base from which to explore the northern areas of the reef and rainforest of Daintree. Cruise itineraries circumnavigating the continent will include a visit to the country’s tropical capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin as well as the Western Australia port of Geraldton, the hub of the mid-west region and world-renowned for its host of water sports. At Margaret River, explore intriguing limestone caves and wander along the dramatically beautiful coastline, or sip upon a coffee at a beachside café. WHEN TO PUT THE SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE You can cruise around this beautiful nation year round, though you'll have the greatest choice of ships, departure dates and itineraries between the peak months of November and April. For the Great Barrier Reef or Western Australia's Kimberley region, the winter months of June to August are often ideal with more moderate temperatures. No matter what your travelling style, or who you are holidaying with, you can explore your dream Australian destination with a cruise to suit. Treat yourself to this special experience and explore our neighbour’s lands and seas like never before. There are plenty more cruises in the sea! To find out more about making a splash in Australia, visit houseoftravel.co.nz, give us a call on 0800 838 747 or come and say G’day instore. Check out all Inspire Magazine - Your Gateway to Cruise articles or click here for Australia Cruise Inspire Deals. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? 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