Australia’s 5 Best Cruise Destinations

Planning a holiday? Cruises remain an excellent option for anyone looking to enjoy a relaxing holiday without breaking the bank. A cruise holiday is unlike any you’ll find on land, from exotic holiday destinations to a jam-packed calendar of at-sea events and onboard activities.

To help you find your dream holiday destination, we’ve rounded up our top 5 picks of places to visit on a P&O cruise. We’re all about exploring Australia and getting to know the wonders right in our own backyard. Sample delectable delights on a foodie trip to Kangaroo Island or dive into crystalline waters in Cairns. Every one of our Australian cruise destinations gives you a chance to see our beautiful country like never before.

So what are you waiting for? Read on to discover our shortlist of the 5 best cruise destinations to add to your itinerary.

1. Cairns & Port Douglas

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s best tropical cruise destinations. Because where else will you find crystal-clear waters, vibrant marine life, and coral reefs in virtually every colour imaginable?

Departing from Brisbane or Sydney, P&O’s Barrier Reef Discovery Cruises take you to Cairns, where you can Shore Tour to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Dive headfirst into adventure with a selection of Shore Tours. You can swim and snorkel through schools of tropical fish along the outer reef, then hop aboard a semi-submersible vessel for a complete view of the stunning reef gardens through panelled glass windows. It’s all possible with P&O Cruises.'

If escaping the winter months is your idea of bliss, then the north of Australia is easily the best winter cruise destination.

2. Airlie Beach

Slip into a sea of tranquillity at Airlie Beach, one of the many picturesque islands of the Whitsunday archipelago. Cruise from Brisbane or Sydney on the Barrier Reef Discovery, or join our Whitsundays Cruise from Brisbane and take advantage of our shore tours to explore this untouched paradise.

If you want to relax and take in the scenery, Airlie Beach is an amazing cruise destination for kicking back. Its central township is brimming with character, and Cannonvale Beach and Shute Harbour are just waiting for incredible holiday snaps.

3. Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is one best places to cruise and one that foodies and nature lovers can’t afford to miss. Lying just off the South Australian mainland, P&O cruises to Kangaroo Island depart from Melbourne and Adelaide aboard the Southern Getaway. With the potential of dolphin, sea lion and seabird sightings, this an unmissable trip for wildlife enthusiasts and nature photographers alike.

4. Hobart

Sitting at the mouth of the River Derwent, Hobart has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s leading destinations for historic architecture and breathtaking landscapes. But it’s also fast emerging as new art and a cultural hotspot, as you’ll soon discover on our Taste of Tasmania cruise.

For an unforgettable experience, book our Taste of Tasmania Cruise departing from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Explore Hobart, get to know the city’s long history and its centuries-old architectural sandstone gems, or meet native wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, wombats, and echidnas.

5. Tangalooma - Moreton Island

Head up north to the Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island in Queensland for an excitement-filled holiday experience you can dive straight into. Whether you’re looking to become one with nature or get your adrenaline running, Tangalooma - Moreton Island is the ultimate cruise destination for you.

Go all out on a massive 10-night Barrier Reef Discovery Cruise from Sydney. And for something slightly shorter but just as eventful, book into a 4-night P&O Cruises Short Break from Sydney to Tangalooma Island Resort.

Keep an eye out for sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, and much more. If you fancy a snorkel, swim down to the depths of the undersea world with a Shore Tour.

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See Australia like never before on a P&O cruise

Look to your own backyard for some fantastic Aussie attractions. Book a cruise with P&O, explore Australian cruise destinations and book in for P&O Shore Tours that help you see our country in a different light. From discovering new regions to relaxing onboard your cruise ship, experience a holiday like no other with P&O Cruises.

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