From the City to the Sea: Australia’s Top Cruise Attractions

When you’re looking for a family cruise around Australia, there are many options to choose from for the perfect vacation with the kids. Australia is regularly voted one of the world’s top cruise destinations, due to the sun, the beaches and the stunning and iconic views that you otherwise would only see on postcards. The scenic Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef; scenic views that you and the kids can share and will remember forever. But Australia is so much more than Sydney, it is obviously a major tourist attraction, but cruises will enable you to see a multitude of beautiful sights all in one trip, from Melbourne to Brisbane. Coastal cruises open up a number of new and exciting cities to explore beyond the various ports and harbors, and beautiful scenery to take in beyond the cities. So take a peek at some of these top places that are always worth a stop on any Australian cruise.

Sydney:
Sydney is obviously a first choice, and is often top of the list of places in Australia people want to see. With most cruises it will be the first or last port, due to the number of attractions and sights people will be eager to see. It is also a popular starting or ending place for cruises travelling onto New Zealand. As Australia’s largest city, it obviously has many gems within in and on the coast, with its charm ranging from its stylish urban metropolis to its beautiful natural wonders. The top sights will obviously begin in the port, with the stunning Sydney harbor, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Checking out one of the world’s most famous beaches is also an incredibly popular choice in Sydney. Especially with the kids, a day on Bondi Beach should definitely not be missed out! It is an incredibly busy beach and reflects true laid back Australian culture of relaxation while catching some rays. You can also walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach, where you can catch the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, stretching out before you as far as the eye can see.

Melbourne:
With Sydney focused on busy urban style, Melbourne reflects a more low-key, traditional feel with all attractions centralised rather than scattered across the city. The city holds much sporting history, so if the kids love sports of any kind you are guaranteed to find something to keep them occupied. You can find the Melbourne Cricket Park (MCP) as well as the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit.

Brisbane:
For an independent day trip, Brisbane is a perfect cruise stop, due to the fact that literally everything is within walking distance. While there is plenty for you to see, such as the city’s South Bank, the riverfront and some of Australia’s best beaches for children, there is also great options for the adults. Brisbane is a top choice in Australia for wine tasting. Australia is now an internationally renowned wine-producing nation, with vineyards scattered around the entire country. Brisbane however, holds a fine sample of Australia’s wineries. Across the country you will find thousands of variations and blends, but in Brisbane you will find the beautiful simplicity of red wines, white wines, sparkling wines fortified wines and desert wines. It is a perfect place to mix fine wine with fine Australian cuisine, as an additional adventure on your Australian cruise.

Great Barrier Reef:
Alongside the Sydney and Melbourne experiences, the Great Barrier Reef will be another top choice and is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Just off the coast of Queensland, you will find the Reef in the Coral Sea. It is a perfect activity for kids, as they will love seeing some of the sights of one of the world’s most famous reefs; they will definitely be excited for a Finding Nemo experience! There are many activities to choose from at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park; the chance to snorkel and scuba dive at the reef is the most popular choice and can provide the most unforgettable moments. You will capture the most magical sights, bursting with colourful corals and underwater sea life. You also have the chance to go as deep or shallow into the water as you wish; there are still beautiful coral gardens to be seen in the shallow waters. You will often have marine biologists on-board to teach you all about the reef and its wildlife.

Article written by Julie Cowen.