Combining travel, accommodation and a host of added extras at one low price, it comes as no surprise that cruises have become a popular option for holidaymakers across Australia. Travelling to destinations across the country, and the globe, it can be difficult to decide which cruise to choose, so we’ve put together our top picks of cruise destinations that you can reach from Sydney. From the shores of New Zealand through to some of Australia’s beautiful capital cities, there are plenty of great destinations to choose from!
Well suited to a quick escape from the bright lights of Sydney, a Moreton Island cruise offers the perfect excuse to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. Scattered with beaches, lakes, sand dunes and forest, and offering a wide variety of activities such as sand tobogganing, dolphin feeding, whale watching, fishing, snorkelling, the unspoilt sand island is far from the worries of modern life.
Encompassing a host of beautiful cities and scenic destinations, cruises to New Zealand are a great way to travel overseas without the hassle of international flights. Travelling to popular spots such as Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Milford Sound before returning to Sydney, it’s easy to see some of the country’s best sights and enjoy a taste of traditional Maori culture along the way.
Stopping at ports including Hobart and Port Arthur, cruises to Tasmania are the perfect excuse to discover the apple isle’s beautiful scenery, fascinating history, and enviable food and wine scene. Travelling from Sydney to Tasmania and back again in five or more nights, there are plenty of opportunities to kick back and enjoy the experiences offered by Australia’s most southerly state.
Taking just four nights to depart Sydney, travel to the Mornington Peninsula and return again with a cruise to the Victorian region ideal for a short break. Mornington boasts more than 50 cellar doors and a wide array of fresh food producers, making it an ideal destination for food lovers. The Mornington Peninsula’s sandy beaches, local markets and famed hot springs are also well worth exploring during a visit to the region.
Renowned as Australia’s unofficial cultural capital, Melbourne is just a quick two night cruise from Sydney, with the short cruise offering a great alternative to flying to the Victorian city. Relax and unwind aboard before disembarking and exploring the city’s vibrant dining, shopping and comedy scenes. Join another cruise back to Sydney, set off to another destination or purchase a flight to Sydney and return to the harbour city in under two hours.
Travelling one way to the Queensland capital, Sydney to Brisbane cruises are a great alternative to flying, particularly for those looking to savour their journey. Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane offers plenty to see, do and experience. Explore the city’s dining scene, spend time shopping or see the city from a different side during a scenic cruise along the Brisbane River.
Whether you only have a few days to spare, or are simply looking to enjoy a taste of cruising, themed cruises are great option to consider. Departing Sydney, three night cruises are perfect for a long weekend and boast a wide selection of themes, from comedy through to food and wine. While the cruises may not dock anywhere during their journey, they do provide the perfect opportunity to escape the stresses of everyday life.
Island hopping from country to country, a cruise to the Pacific Island is a great way to see the best of the region in a relatively short period of time. Docking at New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuatu, other picturesque island nations, a Pacific Island cruise provides the opportunity to see some of the world’s best beaches, dine on delicious local food and experience a handful of diverse cultures.