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Australia and New Zealand Cruises

Australia and New Zealand Cruises

Australasia is a popular destination explored by luxury and small ships and traditional paddlesteamers. Experience diverse cultures, marvel at magnificent scenery and visit cosmopolitan cities on a relaxing holiday down under.

From tropical rainforest, vast expanses of desert and breathtaking fjords to exciting cities, Australia and New Zealand have something to offer everyone.

Cruise Collection 2020 / 2021 / 2022

  • Great Barrier Reef Cruise

    Coral Expeditions
    Coral Expedition 2
    Snorkeling on the Reef 7 Nights Cruise Only from £2175pp Exclusive Blue Water Package from just £3495pp!

    Join this Australia Great Barrier Reef Cruise and discover the idyllic islands, marine life and reefs of the east coast

  • Komodo and the Australian Coast

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Viking Orion
    Bali 16 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £5790pp Gratuities Included!

    Discover the natural wonders and abundant wildlife of Indonesia and Australia on this 16-night cruise from Bali to Sydney, calling at the legendary Komodo. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions

  • Grand Kimberley Coast

    APT Luxury Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Kimberley Coast 14 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £7395pp Save £600pp PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water Discount!

    Cruise Australia’s remote Kimberley Coast, an ancient land shaped by the powerful forces of nature, on this luxury expedition cruise holiday featuring exciting Zodiac excursions, exclusive Signature Experiences plus return flights from the UK

  • Culinary Expedition Cruise with Nobu Matsuhisa

    Crystal Cruises
    Crystal Endeavor
    Bali, Indonesia 16 Nights Cruise Only from £14179pp Save £1640pp!

    Join celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa on this special culinary expedition cruise exploring Indonesia with its stunning temples, and the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef

  • Paddlesteamer Cruises on Australia Murray River

    Captain Cook
    Murray Princess
    Murray river 7 Nights Cruise Only from £1000pp
  • Best of New Zealand

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Le Laperouse
    Milford Sound 9 Nights Cruise Only from £4413pp Exclusive £50pp discount!
  • Australia and New Zealand

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Viking Orion
    Sydney 16 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £6590pp Gratuities Included!
  • The Kimberley Coast

    Coral Expeditions
    Coral Discoverer
    Mitchell Falls 16 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £6699pp
  • Australia and New Zealand Splendour

    Regent Seven Seas
    Seven Seas Navigator
    Bay of Islands 22 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £6995pp Exclusive Blue Water Package with 3-night Sydney hotel stay and 3-night Auckland hotel stay!
  • Essential Kimberley National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Choice of Ships
    Darwin 12 Nights Cruise Only from £7075pp
  • South Pacific Sojourn

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Viking Orion
    Sydney, Australia 31 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £9490pp Gratuities Included!
  • 12-ngt Bali&western Australia Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Pursuit
    Bali 12 Nights Cruise Only from £1514pp Save up to 40%!
  • 12-nt Bali & Western Australia Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Journey
    Fremantle 12 Nights Cruise Only from £2345pp Save up to 40%!
  • 17-night Australia & New Zealand Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Pursuit
    Dunedin 17 Nights Cruise Only from £2782pp Save up to 40%!
  • 15-night New Zealand & Australia Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Journey
    Wellington 15 Nights Cruise Only from £2897pp Save up to 40%!
  • 14-night Australia Intensive Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Pursuit
    Adelaide 14 Nights Cruise Only from £2936pp Save up to 40%!
  • 15-night New Zealand Intensive Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Journey
    Dunedin 15 Nights Cruise Only from £3028pp Save up to 40%!
  • 18-night Australia Intensive Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Pursuit
    Brisbane 18 Nights Cruise Only from £3032pp Save up to 40%!
  • 15-night New Zealand & Australia Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Journey
    Milford Sound 15 Nights Cruise Only from £3162pp Save up to 40%!
  • 16-night New Zealand Intensive Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Pursuit
    Bay of Islands 16 Nights Cruise Only from £3337pp Save up to 40%!
  • 17-night New Zealand & Australia Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Pursuit
    Napier 17 Nights Cruise Only from £3521pp Save up to 40%!
  • 18-night Australia & Bali Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Journey
    Bali 18 Nights Cruise Only from £4450pp Save up to 40%!
  • 16-night New Zealand Intensive Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Journey
    Auckland 16 Nights Cruise Only from £5591pp Save up to 40%!
  • 17-night Australia Intensive Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Journey
    Brisbane 17 Nights Cruise Only from £5740pp Save up to 40%!
  • 16-night Australia/new Zealand Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Journey
    Wellington 16 Nights Cruise Only from £6003pp Save up to 40%!
  • 17-night New Zealand/australia Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Journey
    Milford Sound 17 Nights Cruise Only from £6115pp Save up to 40%!
  • 16-night Australia Intensive Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Journey
    Fremantle 16 Nights Cruise Only from £6683pp Save up to 40%!
  • Tahitian Traditions

    Regent Seven Seas
    Seven Seas Navigator
    Bora Bora 15 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £8659pp
  • Balinese Celebration

    Regent Seven Seas
    Seven Seas Explorer
    Bali 17 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £9829pp
  • Explore Australia

    Regent Seven Seas
    Seven Seas Explorer
    Cairns 18 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £10249pp
  • 15-night Tahiti & New Zealand Voyage

    Azamara
    Azamara Journey
    Auckland 15 Nights Save up to 40%!
  • Hidden Treasures of Australia

    Silversea
    Choice of Ships
    Sydney 18 Nights

About Australia Cruises

Australia

Swim with a kaleidoscope of tropical fish on the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site visible from space, explore the magnificent Sydney Opera House and marvel at the glowing red sandstone of Ayers Rock.

Sample superb cuisine in the city of Melbourne, or discover Sydney with its historic Rocks district, the famous surfers’ paradise of Bondi Beach and the breathtaking Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains.

Discover the aboriginal culture of the Kimberley coastline in north-west Australia, from the cosmopolitan city of Darwin, named after the famous naturalist Charles Darwin, to the white sandy beaches of Broome. Explore the World Heritage Site of the Bungle Bungles, the beautiful Gwion Gwion rock paintings near Vansittart Bay and the scenic Hunter River. The vineyards of the Hunter Valley are renowned worldwide for producing superb wines.

Enjoy a paddlesteamer cruise on the Murray River which boasts spectacular scenery, from sandstone cliffs to emerald lagoons and home to an abundance of wildlife from sulphur crested cockatoos to pelicans.

From Australia, you can cruise to the historic city of Hobart in Tasmania and visit the Mount Field National Park, home to the Tasmanian Devil.

New Zealand

Cross the Tasman Sea to discover New Zealand, known as the 'Land of the Long White Cloud' in traditional Maori culture.

Explore New Zealand’s North Island, from Auckland to the Art Deco style buildings of Napier and the vibrant capital city of Wellington. Marvel at the famous Hole in the Rock as you explore the Bay of Islands, discover the geysers and thermal springs of Rotorua or visit the fruit-growing area of Tauranga.

Discover the breathtaking Milford Sound fjord and soaring mountains of Fjordland National Park on South Island. Alternatively, explore Dunedin, home to New Zealand’s only castle, Larnach Castle and the Flemish-Renaissance-style Dunedin Railway Station. The city of Christchurch, backed by the Southern Alps and the idyllic islands and tranquil bays of Marlborough Sounds are also worth a visit.

Sydney Opera House Milford Sound Rotorua geyser

Australia Highlights

Adelaide

The graceful city of Adelaide lies on the coastal plain between Gulf St. Vincent and the Adelaide Hills. It's a metropolis of over one million people, with the wide, tree-lined avenue and Victorian and Edwardian architecture of Rundle Mall, parkland, world-class shopping, and the highest number of restaurants per capita of any Australian city. Adelaide is also the gateway to the rugged beauty and wine-growing region of the Limestone Coast.

Albany

Albany has a natural harbour where you can tour the old Whaling Station, now a museum. The first settlers were convicts who arrived on the Brig Amity, and there is a replica in the harbour. The Amity Trail takes in the historic buildings of Albany, including the 19th-century wattle-and-daub 'Patrick Taylor's Cottage' and the courthouse. Whale watching tours operate in the summer, and there are numerous Blowholes to see in Torndirrup National Park.

Auckland

Auckland is highly-ranked in international quality-of-living surveys, and its nickname, 'City of Sails' comes from the large number of yacht-owners in the population. Shoppers head for the Golden Mile or the up-market area of Ponsonby, well-known for its restaurants. Visit Antarctic Encounter to experience a re-creation of Scott's 1911 expedition and for views of the city, go up the 1076-foot Sky Tower, or climb the extinct volcanic cone of Mount Eden.

Brisbane

Portside Wharf is the destination for all but the largest cruise liners visiting Brisbane and facilities include a visitors' centre with a shorebird roost built for migratory birds. Brisbane is a relaxed, riverside city with 26 miles of beaches along the Gold Coast, prestigious boutiques along Edward Street and a thriving caf' culture. Wildlife lovers will enjoy visiting the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and the rain forest of Lamington National Park.

Burnie

This port on the north-west coast of Tasmania is the gateway to the Cradle Mountain National Park and its rain forest, crags and glacial lakes. There is an indoor reconstruction of a 19th-century street at the Pioneer Village Museum and the gardens of Annsleigh contain a miniature thatched cottage and a working watermill. In the surrounding countryside are the spectacular Guide Falls and impressive views from Roundhill Lookout.

Cairns

Cairns is Australia's busiest cruise port, situated in the heart of the city and offering visitors shops, restaurants and tours to the Great Barrier Reef. It has a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere, with broad, tree-lined esplanades and a backdrop of mountains and farmland. Besides the spectacular reef, nearby places of interest include the beaches, steam railway and forest-top cable car of Atherton Tablelands, and the hippie town of Kuranda close to Barron Falls.

Cairns (Australia)

Darwin

Darwin is surrounded by the wild outback and is one of Australia's most modern cities, having been rebuilt twice since World War II. It is famous for its exotic restaurants serving up buffalo, kangaroo and crocodile, and the Asian night-market at Mindil Beach. The Museum of Arts and Sciences has an excellent collection of Aboriginal art and artefacts. Beyond Darwin is Kakadu National Park and the leaping crocodiles along the Adelaide River

Freemantle

Fremantle is the port for Perth and has a large fishing fleet. In Fishing Boat Harbour, which hosted the 1987 America's Cup, is the famous Kailis Fish Market Caf', founded in 1928. Freemantle Arts Centre houses an exhibition tracing the history of Western Australia from its convict days. An enjoyable way of touring the city is to take a replica tram, perhaps stopping to visit the Old Prison or Cappuccino Strip, lined with bars and cafes.

Great Barrier Reef (Australia)

Cruises along the Great Barrier Reef usually included glass-bottomed boat trips above the coral, and opportunities to swim and snorkel, spotting some of the 1500 species of tropical fish the reef supports. Other wildlife includes humpback whales, the Green Sea Turtle, giant clams, rays and more than 200 species of birds. There are many uninhabited islands along the reef which may be visited on cruise itineraries.

Great Barrier Reef

Lyttelton

This pretty town beneath steep cliff walls is the port for Christchurch on South Island, and is separated from the city by Port Hills.Lyttelton was the starting point for Scott and Shackleton's Antarctic expeditions; the local museum has some interesting exhibits from that era. Banks Peninsula is well-known for its gourmet restaurants and culinary schools, and is close to Akaora's penguin colony.

Melbourne

Cruises visiting Melbourne will arrive at Station Pier, where there are shops and good local transport links. Melbourne is a graceful and cultured city with parks, gardens, boutiques and antique shops. Sights include the Gothic architecture along Collins Street, pretty St Kilda in the bay, and the Eureka Skydeck 88, reached by elevator for views of the city and bay. The atmospheric Gold Rush town of Sovereign Hill has well-preserved miners' homes and public buildings.

Melbourne (Australia)

Sydney

Arriving in the port of Sydney, take the escalator to the top deck to take in the famous view of the Opera House. There is much to see in the vibrant city of Sydney, including Bondi Beach, the fashionable Rocks area and Tuaranga Zoo across the harbour. The grand Queen Victoria Building and the Strand Arcade are upmarket shopping destinations. Harbour Bridge climbs are available, crossing catwalks to the summit for views of the Blue Mountains.

Sydney (Australia)

Wellington

Wellington is the hilly capital of New Zealand, overlooked by Mt Victoria. It has a lively waterfront, lush botanical gardens and fine Victorian architecture, including the Gothic St Paul's cathedral. The Te Papa Museum interesting exhibitions and permanent displays tracing the history of New Zealand. The Wellington Cable Car departs from Lambton Quay, climbing to the Botanic Gardens and the new Carter Observatory, the prosperous suburb of Kelburn Village and cafes.

Wellington (New Zealand)