What to do and see in 48 hours when cruising in Australia

Jul 14 2016

Australia is a vast country of enormous contrasts. From the contemporary cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to the expansive outback, mountain ranges, wine regions and smaller ports of Darwin, Australia is often dubbed as one of the top cruise destinations in the world. With a number of cruise types to choose from that sail to Australia, there is something for everyone’s budget and preference. Due to the vastness of the country, and if your budget allows, adding a land tour to the interior regions will finish off your cruise holiday perfectly.


By land or sea, Sydney is one of the most visited cities in the world, and offers visitors the opportunity to experience world class golden sandy beaches day in and day out. With only 48 hours in this beautiful city, a definite must is also Port Jackson and the Sydney Opera house. History buffs can also get their fill at the Government House, St Mary’s Cathedral and the various museums in the city. For an exciting day out visit Shark Island, Bronte Beach, Shelly Beach, and the Sydney Harbour National Park.


Melbourne is a little wetter and a little cooler than the east and west coast of Australia, and offers visitors a fantastic look into Australia’s cultural and artistic scene. With magnificent restaurants, art galleries, and exciting attractions for the whole family, Melbourne is a definite city to visit on your next cruise. From funky street art, to bustling laneways and alleys for exploring and picking up a souvenir or two, to kids attractions and the Melbourne Star observation wheel, there is something for the whole family to enjoy when cruising to this beautiful Australian city.


With the mining boom in Perth over the last few years, the city has grown tremendously and offers visitors a chance to experience another side to Australia. If you dart into Perth for 48 hours, make sure to visit Cottesloe Beach for a swim in the warm Indian Ocean, and visit the iconic old pavilion right on the beach. History and cultural buffs will also love the Aviation Heritage museum, St Mary’s Cathedral, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.


Cairns is a small city on the north-east coast of Australia and is considered the visiting point for the Great Barrier Reef. One of the natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is a haven for scuba divers and snorkelers, and this alone would fill your 48 hours in Cairns. However, the city also offers a scenic day out on the Kuranda scenic railway, Skyrail rainforest cableway, the Daintree National Park and more.

Australia is one of the world’s best and most popular cruise destinations, offering breath-taking, white sandy beaches, unique wildlife, and exciting contemporary attractions suitable for the whole family. Whether you circumnavigate the continent, explore a single coastline, or cruise to only a few ports, Australia is a destination to visit for any cruise fanatic. So speak to your Cruises International consultant today to find out more about booking your cruise to the mesmerising continent of Australia.