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Cruising Australia: Destinations you won’t want to miss

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Photo by Corey Leopold via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo by Corey Leopold via Wikimedia Commons.

It’s been called the shining star of the southern hemisphere. It offers upscale sophistication, rugged outdoors, pristine beaches, and everything in between–all within a culture you can’t help but love.

A cruise to Australia makes it easy to explore the best of all the continent offers, whether you’re interested in catching a performance at the Sydney Opera House or cuddling a koala bear. No matter which destination you choose, remember to protect your cruise trip with travel insurance so changes in your travel plans don’t spell vacation ruin. Other than that, just take the time to research some of Australia’s top destinations and choose your favorites.

Sydney

One of the top ports for cruise ships on Australia’s welcoming coasts, Sydney is a likely stop for just about any Australian cruise, and for good reason. If you like sophisticated, stylish cities, you’ll love Sydney. If you just want a beach with crystal-clear waters, you’ll love Sydney. If you’re up for a taste of the outdoors, you’ll love it here, too.

The Sydney Opera House is a must-see for any trip to Sydney. Even if you’re not up for watching an opera, you’ll love the view from the sprawling building’s reception area. For a taste of the outdoors, hit a coastal trail with breathtaking views; the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is an easy 6 km route. You’ll see aboriginal rock carvings and picture-perfect views around every turn. Getting around in Sydney is easy — it’s well laid out for walking, or you can grab a taxi to the destination of your choice.

Hobart, Tasmania

Another popular port of call, Hobart is a little town with a big character and a colorful history. There’s a reason Lonely Planet listed Hobart as one of its Top 10 Cities in 2013. Offering everything from top-notch gourmet indulgences, free bike tours for art lovers, unique wine tastings, and incomparable views, Hobart is a key player in Australia’s arts scene. But it didn’t start that way. The city was founded in 1804 as a clearinghouse for Irish and British convicts.

Want to get out of town? Take a hike to the top of historic Mount Wellington for awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscapes.

Adelaide

A beautifully inviting port on Australia’s southern shores, Adelaide is marked by wide open spaces, elegant stone colonial-style architecture, and youthful energy. Adelaide is a fantastic gateway into South Australia’s rugged outback.

If you’re up for a bit of wildlife viewing, a trip to Kangaroo Island makes a perfect quick trip. You could see koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, and even penguins on a day trip to this beautiful island. Want to see a different kind of wildlife? Bring your scuba gear along and enjoy a couple of fantastic wreck dives. The Portland Maru and the Loch Vennechar are both fascinating dives teeming with aquatic life.

Adelaide’s central markets make a great stop for fresh produce, cheeses, and other specialties, and are a must for the culinary connoisseurs on the trip, so take the time to stop in and enjoy a taste of South Australia’s finest delicacies!

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