Australia’s vast northeast state dazzles for many reasons, not least the astonishing diversity in its many ecosystems. A highlight of a Queensland cruise is the Great Barrier Reef, the longest reef system on Earth, where vibrant corals are home to thousands of species, and turquoise seas are swirled with drifts of pure white sand.
You won’t want to miss the luxuriant greenery of the Daintree Rainforest, the rolling vineyards of the Granite Belt behind Brisbane, or a chance to spot indigenous creatures in the wild. Queensland has a vibrant culture, too, with traditional art, music, culinary skills and storytelling kept alive by the various Aboriginal peoples who have lived here for millennia. Join a tour to learn about their close affinity with the land, with a chance to play the didgeridoo, throw a boomerang, and try “bush tucker”. Discover the magic of Queensland on a luxury cruise to Australia with Celebrity Cruises.
This incredible reef system is the largest in the world and is home to a spectacular display of coral, plus a multitude of fish species and other sea life, from dolphins and whales to sea turtles. Snorkel, sail, gaze through a glass-bottomed boat, or try your first dive in the warm, clear water. Or take to the skies and fly over the forested Whitsunday Islands, scattered across the aquamarine sea, while keeping a look out for the famous, almost perfectly shaped Heart Reef.
Lively Brisbane is the gateway to the shimmering Gold Coast, popular with surfers due to its excellent wave breaks, and loved by beachgoers for its miles of sandy shoreline. Combine a trip to the beach here with a journey further afield, perhaps to the arty town of Mount Tamborine, or the national parks in the hilly hinterland, where you can hike, admire plunging waterfalls, and cool off in shaded creeks.
The vast expanse of the ancient Daintree Rainforest lies just north of Port Douglas. Take off on an eco-adventure to spot crocs lurking in the wild, and see kangaroos and koalas at the Wildlife Habitat. Marvel at the endless jungle-fringed beaches of wild Cape Tribulation, where rainforest and ocean meet, and sample traditional Aussie cuisine in a forest lodge.
Explore the sensational colors and creatures of the Great Barrier Reef on a cruise to Queensland. Itineraries last for between 10 and 13 nights and sail either round-trip from Sydney or one-way between Sydney and Singapore.
Cruise the coast of Queensland on a stylish, contemporary ship, perfect for life in the tropical sunshine. Relax by the pool, try a class in the gym, head to The Spa for a treatment, and enjoy cocktails at the Sunset Bar. Solstice-series ships offer the delightful Lawn Club, where you can lie back on the grass, challenge friends to a game of croquet, or tuck into a picnic.
On Edge-series ships, head for the Magic Carpet and feel the sea breeze on your face in this open-air lounge and restaurant cantilevered over the side of the ship. Upgrade your experience and choose The Retreat for suite accommodation, access to a private sun deck, and dining in the elegant and exclusive restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat.