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Ideas for a Day in Australia’s Top Cruise Ports

29th August 2016

Close-to-home cruising could see you visiting Australia’s best ports as you sail your way around your own backyard. Whether you’re stopping in one of these destinations during your cruise or perhaps before it even begins, you could enjoy the sights and sounds of Australia’s most popular cities.


 Sydney is a popular cruising port to depart from.

Cruises to and from Sydney will arrive and depart from the Overseas Passenger Terminal found at Circular Quay. You’ll be perfectly positioned to explore many of the city’s world-famous landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Roam the pristine gardens of Hyde Park or why not stop for a leisurely lunch at one of Sydney’s celebrity chef restaurants? Take a ferry over to Taronga Zoo on the north shore or if you have a little more time on your hands, make your way to Sydney’s beautiful beaches, such as Bondi or Coogee.


The Port of Melbourne is conveniently located at Docklands, just 4 kilometres from Melbourne CBD. A short 10-minute drive could have you right in the heart of the city, where you can enjoy Melbourne’s best retail therapy. Why not climb the Eureka Tower for jaw-dropping city views from the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform? Visit Federation Square, explore the National Gallery of Victoria or venture down one of the famous laneways for a tasty bite. Chapel Street is Melbourne’s mecca for shopping, dining and nightlife, while Lygon Street dishes out Italian eats.

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 Step off your boat to explore Brisbane for a day.

A stop in Brisbane will see your ship pull up at Portside Wharf in Hamilton. A 20-minute taxi ride will take you into the city, where you can dine by the water along Eagle Street or shop ‘til you drop on Queen Street. Soak up the sunshine with a visit to South Bank, home to the world’s only inner-city man-made beach. Choose to go sky-high on the Wheel of Brisbane for glittering city vistas or brave the Story Bridge Climb for a unique view. Don’t leave without browsing the treasures at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.


Fremantle offers a nice beach port away from the city. Fremantle offers a nice beach port away from the city.

Most cruises arriving to and from Perth will stop at Fremantle. The port city is located just 14 kilometres south-west of Perth, but before you make tracks to Western Australia’s capital, stick around and see what Fremantle has to offer. The city’s legendary café culture can be experienced best on the Cappuccino Strip, while the Fremantle Markets are perfect for picking up handmade souvenirs. A swift ferry ride could also have you enjoying the gorgeous beaches of Rottnest Island where you may even spot a quokka.


Adelaide cruises dock at Port Adelaide, located 13 kilometres northwest of the city centre. Make your way into town and admire the impressive collection of works at the Art Gallery of South Australia or visit the South Australian Museum. You’ll find beautiful flora on display at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, or go shopping in Rundle Mall. Glenelg is a charming seaside city located just 10 kilometres from the city, home to an abundance of restaurants, and is the perfect place to see or even swim with wild dolphins.

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