Australia Cruises

Spend the cruise of a lifetime ‘down under’…

A vast continent of red lined in vivid green, Australia is a place of great contrasts. The sprawling inhospitable inland regions are sparsely populated, with the Outback enjoying a mysterious and almost mythical status in the local culture. Most of Australia’s population is concentrated along its coast, and as a cruiser, you’ll be well-placed to explore these touchstones of local civilisation. From the biggest cities to the magnificent reefs, there’s so much to discover on your cruise to Australia.

Helpful Tips to Know Before You Go

  • Some regions you might want to include on your itinerary have attendant best times to cruise. Kimberly cruises, for example, will generally only operate during its dry season of April to September, and for overall Australia cruising, October to April tends to be most popular. The hottest months will be Australia’s summer, from December through to February.
  • Australian summer tends to be busiest for tourism here, given it falls over a major holiday, so those wishing to avoid crowds in their port time may want to book at another time of year.
  • Cruisers wishing to visit the Great Barrier Reef will find that many ships cruising along the coast will provide day trips out to the reef, but for the best guided tours it’s often best to set out from a port of call like Cairns.
  • Try to pick an itinerary that lets you spend as much time ashore as possible. There’s a great deal to experience in Australian ports and cities, and for the larger cities in particular you’ll want as close to a full day in port as you can manage.
  • The currency in Australia is the Australian dollar. Make sure to arrange to have some Australian cash ahead of time to use in your ports of call.
  • Bring sun protection, especially if cruising in Australian summer. Any suncream you bring should be reef-safe, to help protect the biodiversity of the waters, particularly the Great Barrier Reef. Sun hats, covering clothing, and plenty of water are strongly recommended.

Things to Do

  • Marvel at scenes of natural beauty. From the great waterfalls and tropical rainforests of the Kimberley to the stunning beaches along much of Australia’s coast, this continent earns its reputation as an impressive one. Towering cliffs and mountains make for incredible scenery, and fantastic photo opportunities.
  • Discover amazing wildlife. Visit wildlife sanctuaries and zoos to glimpse famous Australian fauna like koalas, kangaroos and wallabies, witnessing an array of exotic birds in the skies wherever you go.
  • Explore the Great Barrier Reef. One of the great natural wonders of the world, this magnificent reef draws in travellers from all across the world to see it, and no cruise to Australia would be complete without getting a look for yourself. Let the vibrant colour and abundant marine life here amaze you.
  • Party with the locals. A laid-back and friendly culture awaits in many Australian cities, with plenty of clubs and bars to discover. Those who like to meet the locals and enjoy some time on the town will have a great time.
  • Learn local culture and history. The Aboriginal people of Australia are many and varied, with a long history in this magnificent continent. Learn about them and about the myriad settlers who came to Australia in the past centuries in a variety of museums and galleries.
  • Combine your Australia cruise with a New Zealand cruise. Exploring the seas of Australasia is an unforgettable experience, and these two regions pair together very well, giving you plenty of variety in landscape and culture to explore.
  • Spend time on a great beach. The Australian sun is warm and the beaches are beautiful, with gorgeous ocean water to cool off in. What more could a beach-lover ask for?

Why Book With Kenwood Travel

With our long history of crafting the perfect holidays for our customers, we’re excited to apply our expertise to your voyage. Whether you have an itinerary in mind already or are looking for advice on what to pick, our cruise specialists are ready to help, taking care of every little detail so that your Australia cruise will be smooth sailing all the way. Enjoy ATOL and ABTA protection on your cruise to Australia for extra peace of mind, and get ready for the voyage of your dreams.

Ports of Call & Places to Explore

Sydney

Sydney

A must-have on any Australia itinerary, Sydney is renowned for its breathtaking harbour, where the city itself first began. Home to the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge, there’s so much to discover before you even head further into the city. For unforgettable experiences here, catch a performance at the Opera House, take photos at the Bridge, and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere.

Melbourne

Melbourne

Standing as the second-largest Australian city, there’s plenty to occupy you in Melbourne. Those who appreciate a bird’s eye view can take in fantastic scenery from atop the Eureka Tower, poised on the Melbourne Observation Deck for the best possible view of the surroundings. Take a cruise up the Yarra River for a look at the local scenery, or stop by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to discover a breathtakingly beautiful haven of greenery and flowers.

Cairns

Cairns

A small city compared to others on the continent, Cairns is renowned for its fast access to some of Australia’s greatest natural wonders. Take the Skyrail Rain Forest Cableway into the lush rainforest beside Cairns, stopping in at Kuranda at the end, or hike into the rainforest to see it on foot. The Great Barrier Reef is easily accessed from boat trips at the pier, too – and if you want to explore the city, expect plenty of clubs and bars.

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Undoubtedly a fixture on most any Australian itinerary, the Great Barrier Reef is called one of the great natural wonders of the world, and for good reason. The sprawling coral reefs and their myriad inhabitants provide endless wonders for divers and snorkellers alike, with an explosion of colour and life wherever you look. Accessible from multiple ports and areas, no cruise to Australia would be complete without appreciating this magnificent marine marvel.

Perth

Perth

Called the capital of Western Australia, this city’s streets buzz with colour and vivacity. A blend between the historical touches of the 19th century buildings and the architecture of a modern city, you’ll find music and delight on every street, with live music and buskers thriving in Perth’s artsy atmosphere. Fantastic for party-goers and beach-loungers alike, this is one of Australia’s greatest ports.

Tasmania

Tasmania

Situated at the foot of Mount Wellington, the views of the mountains and ocean here are sure to take your breath away. A hotspot for history buffs, the nearby Ridson Cove is like a perfectly preserved piece of the past, dating back to 1803 when it was first – and briefly – settled. Visit Salamanca Place to see Georgian and Victorian architecture that once played host to a great deal of commerce in the 1830s.

Darwin

Darwin

Surrounded by sea on three sides, Darwin boasts spectacular ocean views with a great deal to discover. Nearby is the Kakadu National Park as well as a number of other parks, providing fantastic hiking opportunities, and in Darwin itself you can visit the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory to read about Australian and Aboriginal history, and of course enjoy the art. An aquarium, aviation heritage centre, historic jail, and more are available to tour.

The Kimberley

The Kimberley

The region comprised by this name is a vast tropical desert rife with mountains, dramatic waterfalls, and particularly impressive wildlife. Visit areas like Talbot Bay and its famous ‘horizontal falls’, the distinctive red cliffs of the Prince Regent River, and more. This remote wilderness could fill a full itinerary all on its own, and as a stop on your voyage it certainly won’t disappoint.

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