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The Best Australian Events You Can Sail To In 2018 and 2019

22nd December 2017

P&O know how to get into Australians’ hearts by combining two things we love: national events and cruising. From music festivals to national holidays, forget the logistics of transport, accommodation and juggling dates and locations. Why not cruise instead? You not only get the main events, but comfortable accommodation, with private balcony suites, around the clock service, plus plenty of varied dining options and endless entertainment at your fingertips. What’s not to love? Here’s a roundup of iconic Australian events you should book a cruise to.


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2018 Holden State of Origin

Get into the spirit of Origin with a four day celebration sailing from Sydney to Brisbane and back. Along with main meals and entertainment, the cruise package includes ticket and transfers to and from the State of Origin game, NRL legends onboard for Q&A sessions and photo opportunities, and an abundance of football entertainment and state-dedicated bars. Whether you’re a NSW or Queensland fan, this is the ultimate footy fan cruise.

Melbourne Cup

The race that stops the nation is so much more than a one day event. Set sail from Brisbane on a seven day cruise to experience the glamorous spring racing carnival in all of its glory. Onboard you can expect an array of delicious dining and entertainment, including Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill, and exquisite seafood at Shell & Bones, open-air cinema, live comedy and stage shows. With two days in Melbourne, your cruise includes a general admission ticket to Flemington Racecourse plus transfers between the ship and racecourse.


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Australian Open Tennis

Everyone loves summer days and nights glued to the Australian Open. That thwack of the ball and the grunts of the players are such Aussie summer sounds aren’t they? Take your spectating from the couch to centre court with a five night cruise from Sydney to Melbourne and back. Two days in Melbourne mean you’ll get two Day Sessions and one Night Session admission to the Australian Open, including transfers between the ship and Melbourne Park. Catch up with tennis personalities onboard, revel in tennis themed entertainment and get stuck into the all-inclusive meals and live shows.


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Australia Day in Sydney

Where better to celebrate Australia Day than on the sparkling Sydney Harbour? Cruising from Brisbane to Sydney on a six night sail, you don’t just get to enjoy Sydney, but three of Australia’s beautiful summer locations. Your first port of call is Newcastle, where you can enjoy a boutique wine tour through the Hunter Valley, uncover local haunts in town, or explore the city’s beautiful beaches. Next up, you’ll have two days moored in Sydney to explore, with a three hour cruise on the harbour at sunset on Australia Day – cocktail in hand on the upper deck anyone? On the return journey enjoy a day at Moreton Island, one of the world’s largest sand islands. Snorkel ship wrecks, helicopter high above the sand dunes or feed wild dolphins, before cruising back into Brisbane first thing in the morning.

If you’re already in Sydney, but want to do something a little different for Australia Day, why not board a three night “cruise to nowhere”? Get into the Aussie Day spirit with a day of entertainment and activities at sea, before taking prime position in the harbour for the Australia Day evening of festivities.


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Dark Mofo 2019

Hobart’s Dark Mofo winter solstice festival has become an iconic fixture on the national arts and culture calendar. With 2018 cruises already sold out, secure your spot on the five night roundtrip cruise from Sydney in 2019. Enjoy Hobart’s myriad attractions and paddock to plate eateries during the day, followed by gourmet feasts, live music, art, film and light shows from 4-10pm each day. You’ll be in Hobart for two full days to explore, with a return ferry ride and entry to the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), plus a priority pass to the Dark Mofo Winter Feast. 

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