Taking a cruise around Australia, New Zealand or any of the many beautiful islands of Polynesia are popular bucket-list voyages. With so many bustling port cities, beautiful beaches and iconic landmarks to experience, a cruise is the ideal way to explore Australasia.
Australia and New Zealand are home to native cultures, with Aboriginal culture in Australia and Maori in New Zealand - both which stretch back thousands of years. This continent is a varied landscape – from harsh deserts and snow-capped mountains to dense rainforests and busy cities. Each region has different exceptional sights to offer visitors.
The popular nations of Australia and New Zealand offer adventure and up-close encounters with the fascinating endemic local wildlife, such as kangaroos, wallabies, quokkas, potoroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils and even penguins!
The islands of the South Pacific in Polynesia bring the ancient traditions of the local people together with natural beauty. And French Polynesia has the unique blend of Polynesian culture, traditions blending seamlessly into modern life, with French style and panache - making this part of the world truly irresistible.
Thursday Island, Queensland
Sydney, New South Wales
Tourism is the lifeblood of Cairns (pronounced Caans). The city makes a good base for exploring the wild top half of Queensland, and tens of thousands of international travelers use it as a jumping-off point for activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling trips to the Barrier Reef, as well as boating, fishing, parasailing, scenic flights, and rain-forest treks.It's a tough environment, with intense heat and fierce wildlife. Along with wallabies and grey kangaroos in the savannah and tree kangaroos in the rain forest, you'll find stealthy saltwater crocodiles, venomous snakes, and jellyfish so deadly they put the region’s stunning beaches off- limits to swimmers for nearly half the year. Yet despite this formidable setting, Cairns and tropical North Queensland are far from intimidating places. The people are warm and friendly, the sights spectacular, and—at the right time of year—the beachside lounging is world-class.