Cruise information for Australia and the South Pacific. The Great Barrier Reef and The Kimberley

Many Australians go cruising to places like the Great barrier Reef, the Pacific Islands or the fabulous Kimberley region for their annual holidays. There are so many advantages of a cruising holiday that it makes a lot of sense. The best thing about it is that you only pay once and your trip, accommodation and all meals are included in the tariff. You also know where you are going and when you will get there and as there are so many itineraries available you can always find something that will fit with your holiday dates. All around Australia, there are cruises available to take you to see some thing that you have always wanted to see.

From Sydney there are several cruise liners that start and end their voyages there. This makes it really easy as there is plenty of cheap flights in and out of Sydney from all over Australia and if you need overnight accommodation in Sydney prior to your departure there is plenty available at all budget levels. Most of the cruise liners that operate out of Sydney have trips to the South Sea Islands and New Zealand. There are also some luxury liners now operating out of Brisbane and Perth. In Queensland there are more cruises than you could ever hope to go on. The Whitsunday Islands are a magnet for tourists wanting to spend a few days on the water either on a fully crewed ship or on a bare boat yacht charter. Further north, in Cairns, there are cruises to the Great Barrier Reef and coastal cruises on large liners. The Lizard island region to the north is popular as well as the island group to the south that includes Hinchinbrook Island, Bedarra Island and Dunk Island.

Around the top end through Darwin the cruise to the Tiwi Islands is really popular and some of the fishing and sailing cruises on smaller craft are fantastic. The Kimberley region in Western Australia is largely inaccessible except by boat. Some of its most spectacular features can only be seen from a cruise ship or charter boat. The Prince Regent River, King Sound, Collier bay and the outer islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago should be a part of every tourist's Australian itinerary. Further south, the Ningaloo Reef area and the Abrolhos Islands are also popular cruise destinations. In Tasmania, the West Coast world heritage regions and the south east wilderness regions can only be accessed from the sea. This is one of Australia's most special places and a cruise along the Gordon and Franklin River systems is awe inspiring.

If you have a holiday coming up to Australia, make sure that you include some of the special cruises to the Kimberley region in Western Australia, the Great Barrier Reef or the fantastic Pacific Islands, that are available.


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