When cruise-traveling to the ports of the “land down under” let Australia shore excursions be your lodestar to the most awe-inspiring sights, sounds, scents, and scenes.
Australia cruise excursions that originate from the port of Sydney’s Circular Quay show off some of the city’s main attractions. The Sydney Sea Life Aquarium is a celebration of Australia’s diverse marine life, including the famous dugong, a manatee relative. Visit the Sydney Tower Eye observation deck from which you’ll see panoramic views of Sydney’s landmarks and coastline. At Australian Wild Life Zoo, snap a picture with the country’s unofficial mascot, the koala bear.
Docking at Melbourne, there are sightseeing excursions around the cosmopolitan city, as well as seaside communities, including Torquay, the surfing capital of Australia, and the beach town of Anglesea, where you might just see a kangaroos or two.
Booking Australia shore excursions on a port of call at Adelaide offers cruise travelers a chance to discover the city on a guided tour and visit the South Australia Museum to delve into the history of Australia’s Aboriginal culture. Go wining and dining on a trip to the McLaren Vale, the birthplace of wine in South Australia, visiting and sampling at the wine estates of Rosemount and d’Arenber.
Enjoy one of nature’s most incredible landscapes on an excursion to Cape Le Grand National Park at Esperance. In addition to incredible granite outcroppings and wild coastline, see the world’s only full-size replica of England’s Stonehenge, and lounge on a beach where kangaroos like to laze.
Airlie Beach, Queensland, is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and a gateway to Australia shore excursions that let you experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site, taking you directly from your ship to Great Barrier Reef Park for the snorkeling adventure of a lifetime. If sun, sand, and simply fabulous seaside views are your choice, board a luxury helicopter for an amazing excursion to Whitehaven Beach, a four-mile long stretch of beach on Whitsunday Islands.
When arriving at Newcastle, New South Wales, on Australia’s east coast, you’ll immediately see why Port Stephens area is nicknamed “the blue water paradise,” as it boasts over 19 miles of white-sand beaches. Scenic jaunts take you to beaches where you can swim, hike, snorkel, or parasail. On an eco-friendly cruise to Nelson Bay, spot dolphins frolicking in the waves.
While in port at Brisbane, animal lovers of every age will thrill to an excursion to Australia Zoo, witnessing the animal conservation efforts started by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and carried on by the zoo’s Wildlife Warriors.