If you're looking for a way to escape winter in the northern hemisphere, perhaps a cruise down under would make a nice vacation. While we're fighting snow flurries, Australia and New Zealand are enjoying sunny summer weather.
Since Australia is a big place, there are numerous climates and areas to explore. You can find everything from bone-dry deserts to snow-capped mountains to towering fjords to coral reefs when you're visiting the continent.
Australia Cruise Highlights
- Snorkeling or SCUBA diving at the Great Barrier Reef
- The world-famous Sydney Opera House
- Taking a trip into the fabled Australian Outback
- Seeing kangaroos and koala bears in their natural milieu
- Exploring the famous Ayers Rock
- Wine-tasting excursions that visit local vineyards and wineries
- If Australia sounds like your cup of tea, book well in advance because there aren't as many cruises heading down under as in the Caribbean, and good cabins sell out quickly.
- If you're leaving from North America, you'll lose a day going over the International Date Line, plus the flight itself takes a day, so you'll need to leave at least two days before the cruise is scheduled to begin (more is better so you have time to get over jet lag and relax).
- Cruises are usually 12 to 16 days.
- The prime Australia cruise season is from October to March.