Australasia features the rugged islands of New Zealand, the diversity of Australia, the jungles of Papua New Guinea and tropical Indonesia (Bali). Normally part of a world cruise itinerary, there are now a growing number of ships serving the region. You can visit Bali, Darwin and the North End, the Barrier Reef, photogenic Sydney and similarly all the major cities of Australia and NZ.
Australia North and East
Starting or ending in Singapore or Hong Kong, cruises will visit Indonesia (often Bali) and the virgin rainforest of Papua New Guinea, afterwards going to Darwin to explore the wonders of the Kakadu National Park. Travel eastwards and around Cape York to Australia’s west coast to find Cairns and the incredible nearby Great Barrier Reef. Here you can take day and longer cruises to the reef and its islands. To the south is Brisbane and nearby the wonderful beaches of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts. Sydney must be one of the world’s best arrival ports – pass through the Heads into a magnificent harbour and farther on sail towards the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Cruises between Australia and New Zealand offer the opportunity to circle the North and then South Islands. Cruises from New Zealand leave from Auckland, whereas cruises from Australia leave from Sydney or Melbourne. Circle New Zealand to visit the Bay of Islands, Tauranga for the Rotorua Thermal Reserve, Wellington, Christchurch and Milford Sound, the jewel of Fiordland National Park. These cruises will often call at nearby Tasmania for its mountains, forests and wildlife.
Cruise from Melbourne cross the Great Australian Bight calling at Adelaide, the city of churches and also Fremantle for Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Up the eastern coast, past great reefs and beaches head to Broome and afterward Darwin to complete the journey.
When to Visit?
Most cruises take place in the northern winter (while it is summer in the south) when cruise ships take world cruises or are relocated to the region. Temperatures will be warm to hot according to the latitude. Because of this, local cruises of The Barrier Reef are offered year round.