If you are considering a cruise to Australia, check out this week’s guest post by Sophia Smith, an Australian based beauty, lifestyle, and travel blogger. In her post, she highlights some of the top things to do in popular ports of call while visiting the land Down Under.
Australia is one of the world’s top cruise destinations. It owes this fact to the year-round summer weather and some of the most scenic ports. Beyond these urban hubs, it offers opportunities to venture inland to vast mountain ranges, cultural and historical sites, UNESCO World Heritage attractions, and to experience adrenaline raising sports and activities. With so many popular ports of call, here are some of my recommendations for the Top Things to Do on an Australian Cruise.
Top Things to Do on an Australian Cruise
Famous for its vibrant nightlife, Brisbane offers half-day and all-day tours that will keep you busy during your visit. Discover the city’s historic centre, with prominent buildings like City Hall and Parliament House, by coach, then take a dining cruise along the Brisbane River. Be sure to take a selfie from Mt Coot-tha Lookout also. If you are travelling with kids, perhaps you will want to visit one of the theme parks along the Golden Coast or the zoo to cuddle koalas at Lone Pine Sanctuary. Natural attractions include Mt. Tamborine and the rainforests of the Canungra Valley.
Top Things to Do on an Australian Cruise – Brisbane
Stroll down the birthplace of modern Sydney, The Rocks, and discover all the heritage buildings, art galleries, and museums on a self-guided tour. Climb the Harbour Bridge, visit the Opera House, and take a panoramic shot from Lady Macquarie’s Chair. Just a stone’s throw away, you can find some of the world’s top department stores, designer shops, and swanky restaurants.
Sydney is one of the world’s best known destinations for a good reason, but if you’d rather skip the hubbub of a metropolis, there is plenty of wildlife to experience nearby as well – after all, you are in Australia. The nearby Blue Mountains tours promise plenty of powerful walks and views.
Top Things to Do on an Australian Cruise – Sydney
Australia’s second-most populous city boasts its non-convict heritage. It also proudly bears the title of the sporting capital of the world. Some of the sporting attractions include a tennis Grand Slam tournament, a Formula One Grand Prix, the world’s tenth largest sporting venue (Melbourne Cricket Ground), and an annual marathon race. If sports aren’t your thing, you might opt to explore the rich gastronomic and winery options in the city or take a day-tour to Phillip Island to see delightful Fairy Penguins.
Top Things to Do on an Australian Cruise – Melbourne
The southernmost metropolis of Australia is increasingly becoming a more popular stop on many Australian cruises. The beautiful harbour preserved much of the original 1800s architecture, which tells the story of rich colonial heritage. The imposing Mount Wellington looms over the back of the harbour and provides dramatic scenery. If you are in good shape, take one of the many mountain biking tours available into the heart of the island.
Top Things to Do on an Australian Cruise – Mount Wellington
At a mere 500m by 150m, this sandy island in the middle of the Coral Sea is the only permanently inhabited island in this territory. However, do not expect to find any schools or homes here. A weather monitoring station is the only structure on Willis Island, and it is home to a few weather observers who live there for six months at a time. The island is a scenic cruising site. As ships pass by, narrative talks are provided about the many species of seabirds and turtles that inhabit the tiny island and the thriving coral reefs around it.
Top Things to Do on an Australian Cruise – Willis Island
At the end of the day, you will find that there are few ocean cruise destinations as fulfilling as Australia. Australia offers busy city squares, delicious restaurants, top of the notch zoos, wildlife treks that can compare only to African treks, and of course, ample space to cruise around its islands, beautiful coastline, and idyllic landscapes. Australia is really one of those places best seen with a cruise.
Have you visited Australia on a cruise? Do you agree with Sophia’s list? What are some of your Top Things to Do on an Australian Cruise? Drop us an anchor below to tell us about your experiences traveling Down Under.