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Cruise Your Own Backyard – Easy (and Beautiful) Cruises Passing You By

Posted January 19th, 2018

There’s no denying that the easiest cruises are the ones that sail right on by, along our ocean-fringed doorstep. And we Aussies sure are spoilt for choice!

Australia is blessed with the kind of scenery that millions of other travellers flock here to soak up every year, and close by, there are even more isles, islands and ports that prove exciting and easy to get to – plus earn you an extra stamp in your passport.

It doesn’t get any easier than stepping on – and off – the cruise ship right here in Australia (if you live in a capital city, you’re laughing). Alternatively, cruise to some exotic paradise from Aussie shores and then fly home. Or do it the other way round.

The options are endless.

Curious as to the possibilities? Here’s a glimpse at the kind of cruises passing you by – nice and close to home – that take in beautiful and interesting stops along the way. 

Short And Sweet  (+ no passport required!)


Sydney > Moreton Island > Sydney 

Why we love it:  

Because it's the perfect quick getaway at sea, with four nights on board to wind down, check out the facilities and enjoy the entertainment. But you still get to step off in beautiful Moreton Island – the world's third-largest sand island, home to crystal clear lakes, rare wildlife and ribbons of white sandy beaches (and easily one of Australia's best kept secrets!). This is the perfect intro for first-time cruisers.

Tropical Queensland Always Pleases (+ no passport required!)


Brisbane > Airlie Beach > Cairns > Port Douglas > Willis Island > Brisbane

Why we love it:

There's absolutely no better way to take in the Great Barrier Reef and Tropical North Queensland than on a cruise. The great weather also makes it fitting for a year-round escape complete with snorkelling, sunny days and beautiful islands forever looming on the horizon. Better yet, there are stacks of options departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns.

See Our Southern Shores (+ no passport required!)


Melbourne > Adelaide > Kangaroo Island > Hobart > Port Arthur > Burnie > Melbourne

Why we love it:

Forget flying or driving! Tick off three capital cities in one cruise, while still stopping in at some other key ports for a taste of Aussie history, wildlife and flavours. Kangaroo Island is a sure higlight – offering the perfect change of pace en route, where nature flourishes and the panoramas promise to astound. 


Sydney > Port Arthur > Hobart (Overnight) > Wine Glass Bay & Oyster Bay (Scenic Cruising) > Sydney

West Australian Gems (+ no passport required!)


Fremantle > Geraldton > Broome > Exmouth > Fremantle

Why we love it:

Western Australia calls for long distances to be travelled to see some of its most iconic and stunning sights. Do it by cruise and you won't even notice the time pass by as you live it up on board. From wandering Broome's famous Cable Beach to diving in to swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, there are many gems to experience along WA's remote coastline.

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To Beautiful Islands Nearby


Sydney > Mystery Island > Port Vila > Lifou Island > Noumea > Sydney

Why we love it:

It’s not far, but you’ll still need your passport to get a piece of the paradisiacal tropical islands of the South Pacific. It's just like you see on the postcards: swaying palms, blue lagoons, white beaches and all. Experience jungle trekking to waterfalls and snorkel and dive some of the best coral havens in the world. There are many South Pacific Island cruises regularly departing from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney - of varying lengths and visiting different islands. Don’t have a passport? What better reason is there to finally take the plunge!


Sydney > Tadine > Easo > Luganville > Port Vila > Mystery Island > Noumea > Isle of Pines > Sydney

See The Beauty Of The Solomon Sea


Cairns > Conflict Islands > Kiriwina Island > Rabaul > Gizo Island > Honiara > Cairns


Because this cruise is a little different to the obvious, opting to take in the islands of the Solomon Sea. Travellers who do will be rewarded with unique cultural experiences and traditional village encounters, spectacular scenery and some of the best diving on the planet; Gizo has some of the clearest waters and best corals in the world, with World War II relics to be spottted too.

From Honolulu to Home


Honolulu > Kona > Apia > Suva > Dravuni, Fiji Islands > Lautoka > Easo > Tadine > Sydney, Australia

Why we love it: 

Because on top of cruising via a beautiful lineup of picture-perfect islands on this itinerary, there so much more you can do before you even step on board. Why not arrive a week early and explore more of the Hawaiian Islands before a leisurely cruise home?

Say Hello To New Zealand


Sydney > Melbourne > Hobart > Milford Sound (scenic cruising) > Fiordland National Park (scenic cruising) > Port Chalmers (Dunedin) > Akaroa (Christchurch) > Picton > Wellington > Napier > Tauranga (Rotorua) > Auckland


Why fly when you can cruise! Unpack once, have fun on board and see the best New Zealand has to offer, in style. Enjoy scenic cruising into Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, admire the French-infused streets of Akaroa and explore Wellington and Auckalnd and beyond!


Melbourne > Fiordland National Park (Scenic Cruising) > Dunedin (Port Chalmers) Akaroa > Wellington > Gisborne > Tauranga > Auckland > Melbourne

Get A Taste of Asia


Singapore > Phuket > Langkawi > Penang, Kuala Lumpur > Bali > Fremantle


It's ideal for the experienced cruiser who knows what to expect on board, but wants to step off in new cultural destinationed filled with delicious food, interesting and buzzing cities, ancient sites and World Heritage Listed treasures while cruising gorgeous white sand shores. 


Hong Kong Ocean Terminal > Sanya > Ha Long Bay > Da Nang > Nha Trang > Phu My > Sihanoukville > Laem Chabang > Ko Samui > Singapore Harbour Front

For more info and deals on cruises close to home, contact a Cruiseabout cruise expert on 1300 769 228 or visit us in-store today.


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