Australia is considered to be a unique destination because on the one hand, it has modern coastal cities, while on the other, it has a vast wild center which will make you feel like you have gone back in time. There are various reasons why this country is frequently voted as one of the top cruise destinations in the world. Some of these include abundance of beaches, never-ending summer weather, scenic natural beauty, and iconic landmarks. Tourists mostly visit the East Coast of Australia as this is where many of the attractions are located. Further away is the wild landscape of the South Coast, the city of Perth on the West Coast, and the rugged Outback.
There is so much more to Australia than just Sydney and Melbourne! An Australian cruise visits some of the other port cities and offers you the opportunity to travel inland to national parks, shopping districts, wineries, and tourist attractions. Apart from these, there are UNESCO World Heritage natural and historic sites, indigenous attractions as well as vast mountain ranges. Whether you are an adrenaline seeker or are looking for a relaxed cultural experience, Australia offers you the best of both these worlds.
Truth be told, you can go on an Australian cruise all year round. But if you want a range of choices in the vessels, departures, and itineraries, then the “Wave Season” that lasts from October to April is the ideal time to visit. Summers here can be extremely hot, so if you are planning to visit anytime between December to February, do not forget to pack sunscreen, shorts, and wide brimmed hats. Even though the winters here are chilly, you do not need any thermal wear or snowshoes.
If you are planning a cruise ‘Down Under’, there are a number of destinations throughout the country that should not be missed. Here is a list of ten best cities to visit when you are on an Australian cruise.
One word that is often associated with Sydney is brash because it is known to be unbending, in-your-face and loud. There are so many things that you can do while here. For example, wander through the beautiful botanic gardens, saunter across the Harbor Bridge, or visit the iconic Sydney Opera House which is a world-famous performing arts center. If you have time, explore Manly by taking a ferry down the harbor. If you are in the mood to shop or are looking for a bite to eat, this city has numerous designer shops and department stores as well as upscale restaurants and quaint pubs. You can also make use of the full day shore excursions, which take you beyond the city to the famous Hunter Valley wine district that stretches for 4000 acres, or the Blue Mountains (UNESCO-listed) which are renowned for their magnificent waterfalls.
Did you know that Adelaide exports nearly one-third of Australia’s wine? This is what makes the vineyards in this city a must-see attraction on your Australian cruise. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, visit the Kangaroo Island which is a sanctuary populated with kangaroos, sea-lions, koalas, and wallabies. You can also sign up for a nocturnal walk at the Warrawong Sanctuary to see some of the bettongs and bandicoots emerge. This city is a delight for shopaholics with its locally-made wood-crafts, ceramics, and paintings. White opals, some of the most desirable gemstones in the world, are mined in this city. Wine connoisseurs can also make daytrips to the well-known wine districts of McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley which are located just outside this city.
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