Australia Cruises are a great way to discover the beauty of the coastal areas of “the land Down Under”. With 29 possible ports of call between Australia New Zealand, and Tasmania, you have the chances to visit some of Australia’s best cities, venture into wildlife parks, and explore the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, all on the same cruise.

Depending on the length of Australia cruise you choose, you can experience the Pacific Ocean not just around Australia but as far as Hawaii, Samoa, and Fiji. Cruises from Australia often include ports of call in New Zealand and New Caledonia as well. Some cruise lines offer cruises anywhere from 14 to 70 days. The standard length is 12 to 14 days. Most cruises from Australia depart from Sydney, Auckland, or Brisbane.

Views of Magnificent Coastline

Both people who are experienced cruisers and those who are going on their first cruise enjoy Australian cruises because there is more to see than just miles of ocean. Views of magnificent coastline are the norm and the shore excursions offer cultural activities, wonderful restaurants, and snorkeling or scuba diving in the many coral reefs along the coast of Australia.

There are a variety of Australian cruises that sail between Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. While sailing and going ashore in this area, passengers can see everything from geysers, thermal pools, fjords, and glaciers to rivers, beautiful white sandy beaches, and lush tropical forests.

Some typical ports of call on Australia Cruises include:

· Hobart – This Tasmanian city is considered one of that area’s best destinations. The city is friendly and exciting and offers much to do. It has a natural harbour that sits at the base of Mount Wellington where visitors can see supply vessels from the Antarctic as well as fishing boats coming and going.

· Brisbane – As part of the Gold Coast, Brisbane is home to some of the best beaches in Australia. A shore excursion here could include hikes through Lamington National Park, a beautiful rainforest and views of wildlife at Lone Pine Sanctuary.

· The Whitsunday Islands – This island chain lies in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and is an ideal spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. Since there are only eight inhabited islands, there is always the chance to have a pristine beach almost completely to yourselves.

· Port Arthur – This port of call was originally a prison in the early 19th century. Today it is a Historic Site and features beautifully landscaped gardens and a number of restored houses among the ruins.

Cruises from Australia provide a wide array of activities while not at sea. The sites and activities available run from the cosmopolitan to wilderness adventures and relaxing on the beach in the waters.

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