One of the largest cities in Australia, with its iconic harbour-front, scenic mountain vistas, white sandy beaches, and exquisite food, it’s easy to see why Sydney is such a popular destination.
Many of Australia’s top sites and cities lie along its picturesque coastline, meaning a cruise to Australia is a perfect way to sample the best of what the country has to offer. From cosmopolitan cities to awe-inspiring natural beauty, Australia is a land packed with regions, each one shaped by the cultural heritage and history of the country.
Cruises to Australia began in what many refer to as the ‘Golden Age of Cruising,’ in the 1950s. While once an excursion reserved for the rich and famous, or a chance for a new life for immigrants from the UK after World War II, as more and more cruise lines emerged, cruises to Australia became a popular holiday option for all manner of guests. Cunard ships have been visiting Australia for decades, and today Queen Elizabeth's visits are a popular sight for many locals on the Australian coast.
Each region has untapped potential for exploration with a cruise to Australia. Here are just some of the highlights you can expect throughout your voyage.
Australia boasts some of the most stunning natural topography that Mother Nature has to offer, and a visit at any time of the year will provide pleasant weather if a little interchangeable in the summer months.
The Australian summer, these months are filled with sunny, warm days - ideal for spending time lounging on the soft white sands. The tropical north can see some heavy rain during the wet season (November to April) and temperatures in the arid outback can soar.
See the landscape transform from lush green to brilliant hues of orange, sapphire red, and shimmering gold as the temperatures cool. It can be a little wet in the tropical north, but the Gold Coast, Byron Bay, and the Sunshine coast still boast plenty of dazzling sun.
During the Australian winter, it’s common for the south of the country to experience snow, with ample opportunities for skiing in the Australian Alps. Northern parts of the country still enjoy warm days with low humidity and excellent water temperatures – ideal for exploring.
Sunny days and cool nights characterise Australian spring, with wildflowers in full bloom, creating a spectacular display of colour across the country.