Set your sights on a P&O Cruise and discover the wonder of many close to home destinations. Ocean vessels bound for the South Pacific are always popular with Aussies eager to explore the sun soaked islands. And while it may hard to resist the lure of idyllic destinations like Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji, there are a number of equally impressive Aussie destinations worth exploring. Here are our top picks for a close to home P&O cruise.
P&O’s Pacific Pearl regularly makes its way from Sydney to the sunny shores of Queensland’s Moreton Island. This hidden gem plays host to pristine beaches with an incredible 98% of the island being hailed as national park. It is the perfect spot for snorkelling and diving, sand tobogganing or quad biking. Perhaps the biggest drawcard is the chance to hand feed wild dolphins that visit the shores each evening. To truly appreciate the picturesque surrounds, opt for a scenic helicopter flight or go parasailing high above the waves below.
Nestled on the coast of South Australia, Port Lincoln is a highlight for guests onboard Pacific Eden. This fascinating city wears the title of Australia’s seafood capital, so expect to sample sumptuous cuisine along with award winning wine. Popular shores excursions include handfeeding large southern bluefin tuna, the fifth fastest fish in the world or swimming with playful sea lions. Take a visit to the Maritime Museum or get back out on the water and enjoy a romantic cruise through the beautiful Boston Bay.
Make your way from Fremantle to Broome and explore her beautiful beaches. Appreciate the breathtaking coastline with a scenic hovercraft tour or see the city sights from an open top bus. Cable Beach is sure to capture your attention, so make room for a romantic evening of canapés on the shore as you watch one of the best sunsets. Shopaholics will relish a Broome shopping tour which will begin at Willie Creek Pearls, home to one of Australia’s largest collections of pearl jewellery. A camel ride across the sandy shores of Cable Beach at sunrise or sunset is also a must.
Port Douglas is the perfect stop on Pacific Jewel’s Barrier Reef Discovery. This laid-back town offers suburb Pacific Rim dining and is famous for its stunning four mile beach. Take a day tour to witness the spectacular Mossman Gorge as you explore the beautiful Daintree National Park. Have a special lunch with the lorikeets at Wildlife Habitat or take a relaxing walking tour through the peaceful village and discover many hidden gems along the way. An afternoon at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is a must for animal lovers and nature enthusiasts.
Enjoy a cruise to the pristine shores of Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Highly touted for its incredible natural beauty, the island is home to Vivonne Bay which has been consistently rated as one of the world’s best beaches. You will also find Australia’s largest colony of sea lions and a host of beautiful animals including kangaroos, echidnas, fur-seals and a whole variety of bird species. The island is known for its gourmet food and wine with plenty of culinary delights to satisfy even the most ravenous traveller.
P&O Cruises depart from ports right around Australia all year long. Each ship in the P&O fleet features fantastic accommodation and excellent facilities for all ages from delicious dining to spacious swimming pools and lavish day spas.