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Expedition Cruises: Spotlight on Australia

Posted February 25th, 2015

Both the Dutch and the British had their turn exploring the vast Australian continent by sea in the 17th and 18th century. Now it’s your turn. Sail the seas around Australia on an expedition cruise and experience the trip of a lifetime. Expedition cruises are about both the journey and the destination – getting there is almost half the fun – and are usually organised on smaller-sized vessels. However, this isn’t always the case, as some cruise lines operate larger ships on some of their expedition cruises. But whatever the size of the ship, one thing’s for sure: on an expedition cruise, you’ll get to visit a part of the world that few people reach, and no doubt you’ll have a number of experiences that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

APT's ms Caledonian Sky offers amazing expeditionary sailings.


Australia is a popular destination for expedition cruises, because you can explore places that you otherwise probably wouldn't think to go to. Here are just a few things you can do on an expedition cruise Down Under.

Snorkel in Montgomery Reef

It’s not hard to see why an increasing number of tourists are flocking to the beautiful waters just off the Kimberley Coast in Western Australia. Covering an area of approximately 270 square kilometres, Montgomery Reef is Australia’s largest inshore reef, and home to an abundant array of marine life, including sea turtles, manta rays, black tipped reef sharks, dugongs and octopi. Colourful sponges, corals, sea grass beds and crabs line the bottom of the reef, just begging to be snorkelled. If you’ve ever wanted to scuba dive, Montgomery Reef is the perfect place to get your feet wet – literally!

Get up close and personal with crocodiles in Darwin

Not many people venture to sultry Darwin, Australia’s smallest and northern most capital city. Virtually a stone’s throw away from Indonesia and the rest of South East Asia, the city is blessed with a tropical climate and an average yearly temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. When not at the beach swimming in some of the warmest waters in Australia, or filling your stomach at one of the many fantastic restaurants and cafes that line the esplanade, why not try your luck at feeding some saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove – right in the heart of Darwin city? It’s an experience of a lifetime. Just don’t forget to bring your courage with you.

Have an experience of a lifetime in Darwin!

Spot wildlife along Australia’s southern coastline

The vast topography of Australia teems with all sorts of animal life, from land dwellers like the kangaroo, koala and wombat, to those that live in the sea, such as whales, seals and penguins. Taking a cruise along the southern coastline of Australia between Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide will bring you up close and personal with a number of fascinating and beautiful creatures. Spot whales on their migratory journey in Eden. Or take a walk along the coastline and watch penguins pay a brief visit ashore. Head to Portland and be entertained by playful seals. Or step back on land on Kangaroo Island and discover why the island is known as Australia’s Galapagos (hint: more than 90% of South Australia’s marine plants and animals aren’t found anywhere else in the world).

Beautiful Kangaroo Island

Inspired? Excited? Ready to see what expedition cruising is all about? Then contact one of our friendly staff on 1300 954 661 to book your Australian cruising adventure today.

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