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Cruising Article – 2012-08-09

Hot spots to visit while traveling Down Under on your Princess Cruise

Australia, Sydney

Whether you've always wanted to explore the natural wonders of Australia or want to get away from it all, there's no better way to do so than on a Princess Cruise. There are Australian cruise vacations for everyone, whether you intend on traveling with your entire family or your significant other.

While on your Australia cruise, there are several sites worth visiting that can help you get your fill of the local culture. There's something for everyone, including those travelers who want to get up close and personal with Mother Nature, as well as those who want to see the architectural marvels in Sydney. Here are some locations you can visit while your cruise is docked on the shores of beautiful Australia.

Sydney Opera House

Construction on the Sydney Opera House began in 1957 and finished in 1973, according to the venue's official website. Although it took years to complete, the opera house is perhaps the biggest icon of Australia today. Designed by Jorn Utzon, the structure appears to be shell-like, creating a sleek modern structure that is recognized by people around the world. While docked in Sydney, consider catching a show at the opera house for a memorable visit.

Manly Beach

If you're more interested in catching some rays while on your Australian cruise, you might want to visit Manly Beach. This expansive area has numerous shops and dining areas for those who want to experience true Australian culture. It's also possible to sign up for tours around the location to view Manly on bike or foot, depending on how much exercise you want to get while you're visiting.

Sydney Aquarium

If you're on an Australian cruise vacation with children or want to enjoy some of the country's natural creatures, you may want to make a stop at the Sydney Aquarium. Everything from massive sharks to seadragons can be seen at the aquarium.

Throughout the venue, there are exhibits set up to showcase dozens of animals that call Australia home. For example, the Shipwreck area houses animals that are natural to the southern oceans of Australia, while the Mermaid Lagoon has dugongs that often turn up on the coastline of the country. There's truly something for everyone to see while visiting the Sydney Aquarium.