The ports of Australasia have always been common features on world cruise itineraries and the region is becoming an increasingly popular destination in its own right. It serves as a perfect winter cruise destination for European travellers as tropical Indonesia and the northern Australian coast are fabulous all year round. One of the most iconic travel destinations in the world, Australia is famous for its world-class marine life, stunning beaches, diverse landscape and unique wildlife. Across the water, New Zealand boasts some of the most rich and beautiful landscapes in the world and the amalgamation of European and Maori cultures makes this a charming and amiable country.
Sydney Harbour is one of the most famous in the world; cruise passengers are perfectly situated to fully experience its cosmopolitan and thriving café culture, iconic sites and Botanic Gardens.
Up the east coast of Australia lies the Great Barrier Reef, another one of the country's major attractions. Stops at ports such as Cairns, Lizard Island and Stanley Island all allow passengers ample opportunity to explore the magnificent coral reef, and sit in comfortable proximity to tropical rainforests, teeming with exotic flora and fauna.
However, the south coast and Tasmania have Australia's most lush and fertile landscapes and as such the areas are home to a great number of vineyards and wineries.
Round on the west coast, the wilderness of the Kimberley region boasts some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent, with a contrast of arid, rugged landscape and powerful waterfalls. As remote as it is huge, the Kimberley remains a somewhat unfrequented travel destination in Australia; Orion Expedition Cruises visit the region and their cruise is perfect for passengers looking to get off the beaten track.
New Zealand has a number of ports for a country of its relatively small size. The North Island is more cosmopolitan, with the vibrant harbour cities of Auckland and Wellington at either end of the island. The town of Napier is notable for its fine art deco architecture and variety of museums and galleries and sits at the gateway to New Zealand's primary wine region.
The South Island, by contrast, has fewer flourishing port towns, but more breathtaking scenery. Milford Sound, in the heart of Fiordland National Park, is a grand and beautiful site of rolling valleys, plunging waterfalls and granite rock faces.
For passengers looking for a more culturally stimulating tour, ports in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia serve as gateways to some of the historic fortress sites, reminiscent of ancient Chinese empires.
Popular ports of call in Australasia include Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Hamilton Island, Hobart (Tasmania), Kimberley Region, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Townsville, Australia; Hong Kong; Bali, Banda Island, Komodo Island, Padang and Sumba Island, Indonesia; Akoroa, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Kaikoura, Lyttleton, Milford Sound, Napier, Stewart Island, Tauranga and Wellington, New Zealand; Madang, Rabaul and Tingwon Islands, Papua New Guinea; Manila, Philippines; Singapore.
The most common destinations for cruises to the region are Australia's east coast, including Sydney and the coastal waters off Queensland, and New Zealand. An increasing number of lines run cruises along the west and north coasts of Australia, frequently making the trip further north to include the Asian countries on the cruise itineraries. Orion Expedition Cruises offer some unforgettable experiences of the Kimberley region of west Australia.
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