Aerial view of Great Barrier Reef

Enjoy Cruising in Australia and the South Pacific

Take to the southern seas on your next Australia vacation, and experience an epic adventure on the waters Down Under. Cruising in Australia and its surrounding areas in the South Pacific, are incredible ways to explore, with spectacular small cruises designed to unveil the hidden jewels of the region, while providing all the comfort of great service and high-end amenities.

The calm, clear waters of Australia are teeming with fascinating wildlife and natural wonders, and on a small cruise ship, the travel possibilities are endless. Cruising in Ausralia and navigating its rivers, islands, reefs, and backwaters on a small expedition vessel, allows you to swim, snorkel, and scuba dive among the fish and coral of the Great Barrier Reef, explore secluded tropical islands and deep fjords, and see the timeless landscapes of the remote Outback. In the land where adventure was invented, you’re certain to get a unique and unforgettable cruising experience.

Sail Australia’s Longest River
Did you know that you can cruise through the southern Outback on an inland paddlewheeler? The famous Murray Princess was specifically built for the Murray River – the longest and most important river in Australia. Take a 4, 5, or 8 day Outback riverboat adventure and travel from historic Mannum (near Adelaide), up the beautiful Murray River, and back. While aboard the largest paddle boat in the southern hemisphere, you’ll stop in historic Edwards Crossing and Craignook, and sample impressive Riverland food and wine. You’ll also take an adventurous backwater wildlife tour, learn about the River’s significance to the indigenous people at Pomberuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre, and join the Captain and crew for an entertaining Captain’s Dinner and Dance. While cruising along the river, keep your eyes out for spectacular Australian wildlife. There’s nothing quite as exciting as spotting wild kangaroos, emus, and crocs from the comfort of an on-board spa, bar, or dining saloon.

Murray Princess cruise on Murray River, Australia
Murray Princess cruise on Murray River

Sail the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most awe-inspiring natural sites in Australia, and it’s the only natural wonder on earth that’s visible from outer space. Climb aboard one of the award-winning Coral Princess Cruise expedition liners to explore the hidden jewels of the area’s coral reefs and islands. Take a glass bottom boat ride and watch a kaleidoscope of sea life swirl below your feet. Snorkel, scuba dive, or swim with dolphins, and relax on golden sandy beaches. While aboard these awesome Australia cruises, you’ll feast on the finest Australian wine and produce.

Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef with Coral Princess
Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef with Coral Princess

Northern Territory and Beyond
Small ship expedition cruises to remote Northern Australian areas reveal magical hotspots that few others have experienced. Cruise stunning Cape York, amazing Arnhemland, and the magnificent Kimberley region. Departing from Cairns, Darwin or Broome, multi-day Australia cruises in the Northern Territory are an idyllic way to explore exclusive private islands, magnificent coral reefs, tropical resort paradises, indigenous rock art and ancient rainforest trails.

Kimberley region in Australia's Northern Territory
Kimberley region in Australia’s Northern Territory

Cruisin’ Like A Kiwi
Discover breathtaking fjords, charming towns, and modern metropolises on small ship cruises in New Zealand. One of the best places to enjoy a New Zealand cruise is in Milford Sound, a spectacular fjord located in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. Surrounded by towering cliffs and a deep, lush rainforest, this fjord is the most well known in all of New Zealand.

Several overnight cruise itineraries show visitors the exquisite scenery of Milford Sound and the Tasman Sea. Onboard nature guides will help you to explore the many waterfalls and rainforests that the trip passes through. Travellers are able to kayak around the Sound and check out its pristine Fjordland forests, penguins, and bottlenose dolphins. You can even get up close and personal with fur seals relaxing on the rocks.

Passengers photographing Milford Sound's beautiful scenery, New Zealand
Passengers photographing Milford Sound’s beautiful scenery

Cruise the Exotic South Pacific
Venture further and take a South Pacific cruise around Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and Fiji. These four islands are part of some of the world’s most exotic and rarely visited regions, and they’re legendary for their romantic atmosphere, fascinating traditional culture, and sparkling seas.


Our Downunder brochure is packed with first-rate land and cruise itineraries. You can also visit our website at for more Australia and South Pacific vacation ideas!

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Meg Boyd
Meg Boyd

Downunder Product and Marketing Manager - Melbourne-born Meg arrived in Canada in January with no winter coat, one suitcase, a one week booking at a youth hostel, and a sight-unseen job offer at Goway Travel. She thought she’d stay for a year – that was 12 years ago! Never one to shy away from adventure, Meg has been in the industry for 23 years and has journeyed extensively through Europe, Asia and North America. Meg’s heart however belongs to the South Pacific, including New Zealand, Fiji, and her native Australia.

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