13 Night cruise departing from Melbourne to Sydney onboard Star Breeze.
Feel the pulse of Australia in Melbourne; wander cobbled laneways to discover local art, artisan coffee, and local distilleries. The Barossa Valley outside Adelaide beckons you to taste your way through Australia’s wine country while Kangaroo Island’s Remarkable Rocks and Admiral Arch offer opportunities to see wildlife roam free against an incredible backdrop. While at sea watch for blue whales as gannet dive deep in pursuit of underwater prey. Visit Port Arthur’s museum—once a 19th century penal settlement, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in the picturesque harbor of Hobart tucked beneath Mount Wellington and prepare your senses for the lively Salamanca Market and old growth forests at the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness. Pink granite peaks and Wineglass Bay are the pride of Freycinet National Park; swim, snorkel, and see black swans. From Launceston, venture to Cataract Gorge for panoramic views and return to Tamar River to sip sparkling wine. Phillip Island’s sunset penguin parade is truly a sight to see, as are the Australian fur seals and koalas. The wildlife journey continues in Eden, known for its Killer Whales. The swan song in Sydney brings a bustling harbor, and of course, the iconic Opera House.
Highlights of this cruise:
The capital and most populated city of the state of Victoria, Melbourne is located on the large natural bay of Port Philip. The abundance of parks and gardens here has resulted in Melbourne being referred to as Australia’s “Garden City.” The Story of the Kelly Gang, the world's first feature film, was shot in Melbourne in 1906 and On the Beach was filmed here in 1959. The city’s delightful mix of architecture includes the UNESCO-listed Royal Exhibition building, the Venetian-gothic style Old Stock Exchange, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Flinders Street Station.
Adelaide is the gateway to some of Australia’s best wine country and is pleasantly dotted with historic buildings, botanic gardens and lush parks. This is home to the award-winning Cleland Wildlife Park where many of the animals are free-roaming. A wonderful shopping experience can be found at the Central Market and the Adelaide Art Museum house an extraordinary collection of indigenous art.
Kangaroo Island, Australia
Kangaroo Island is home to the Seal Bay Conservation Park, protecting a colony of Australian Sea Lions. Must-sees on the island where wildlife roams free include Remarkable Rocks and Admiral Arch.
Portland, Australia 12 apostles pillar
The only gannet colony on mainland Australia resides in Portland.. Blue whales feed on the local krill from November to May and there are numerous koalas, emus and kangaroos. The Great Ocean Road here spans 249 miles of breathtaking views and the sight of the 12 Apostles world-famous limestone pillars.
Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia
At its location on the Tasman Peninsula, small, hidden Port Arthur was a 19th century penal settlement that is now an open-air museum. The ruins here include the large penitentiary and the shell of the Convict Church, which was built by inmates. Port Arthur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Australian Convict Sites group.
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Be prepared for an island setting of stunning landscapes, old-growth forests, picturesque harbor and the rugged Mount Wellington in Hobart’s background. Hobart offers excellent local produce, interesting Tasmanian wines and eclectic art in the galleries. The capital of Tasmania is not only an Antarctic gateway, but also the gateway to the UNESCO Tasmanian wilderness.
Freycinet National Park, Australia
Freycinet National Park is full of natural assets, pink granite peaks, secluded bays, including iconic Wineglass Bay, white-sand beaches and an abundance of birdlife including black swans. Swimming, snorkeling and diving are all excellent activities in the pristine waters here.
Launceston is famous for its Cataract Gorge offering walking trails, panoramic views, sculpted gardens and a chairlift. It is the second largest city in Tasmania and sits by the lovely Tamar River and boast some delicious sparkling wines, as well as Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The Queen Victoria Museum present exhibits of Tasmanian history in a 19th century railway workshop.
Phillip Island, Australia
The biggest attraction of tiny port Phillip Island is the daily Penguin Parade at sunset when the little penguins come ashore. There is also a large colony of Australian fur seals and there are koalas and birds in the mangroves along Cape Woolamai. The Phillip Island Circuit is also well-known for its motorcycle and car racing track.
The heart and soul of Eden is its location on Twofold Bay, the shore-based whaling station there and Old Tom, the legendary killer whale whose story is told at the Eden Killer Whale Museum. Eden remains a working port so rest assured the seafood eaten there will be the freshest around. Eden is a popular whale watching site and whales migrate to and from the Antarctic twice a year.
Best known for its distinctive harbor-front Opera House, which is a UNESCO site, Sydney is viewed as not only one of the most expensive cities in the world, but also one of the most livable. The metropolis surrounds the world’s largest natural harbor and covers about 44 miles. Sydney’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk offers a 360 degree view of the city and surrounding area. Other sites to see include the Royal National Park, the Royal Botanic Garden, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge
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