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Cruising Article – 2012-10-09

Australia cruise offers up Sydney's most exciting destinations

Sydney, Brisbane, Australia, Port Douglas, Willis Island

Travelers looking to explore the wonders of the Southern Hemisphere and Pacific rim will be sure to have the time of their lives sailing on a Queensland cruise to Brisbane, Australia. This majestic voyage will take vacationers up the exotic coastline of Australia to Port Douglas and Willis Island for scenic Pacific cruising before returning home. You'll be sure to soak up plenty of sun and marvel at the Great Southern Land's magnificent destinations, but perhaps the most exciting destination on your Australian cruise will be your port of call - Sydney.

Sydney Opera House
The largest and oldest city on the continent, Sydney is brimming with energy and adventure just waiting to be unlocked. As you sail into the bay and pass by Harbour Heads, you'll find it difficult to tear your gaze away from the stunning architecture of the Sydney Opera House. Built in 1973, this defining structure in the Sydney skyline was designed by famous Danish architect Jorn Utzon. Today, it is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world and stands as the cultural and artistic heart of Australia - hosting events ranging from rock concerts to operas, visual art exhibits and symphony orchestras.

Harbour Bridge
As you move past the opera house, you'll be sure to spy the Sydney Harbour Bridge connecting the city's central business district and the North Shore. Don't be surprised if you hear the local Aussies referring to this bridge as the "coat hanger" because of it holding the record as the world's widest long-span bridge and tallest steel-arch bridge. If you’re feeling adventurous, sign up for a shore excursion to climb the upper span of the bridge’s arch. 

Bondi Beach
If you want to feel the soft sand between your toes at some point on your Australian cruise vacation, you'll want to head down to Sydney's most beautiful and beloved slice of surf, Bondi Beach. This local hotspot is perfect for kicking back with a book or learning to hang 10 with the best of them while enjoying some of the best surfing conditions in the world. And when you're feeling a little hungry later in the day, you can just pop over to the nearby Campbell Parade, where you'll find a vibrant district of cafes, bistros, tapas bars, burger shacks and more.

The Blue Mountains
Of course, there's no reason to limit your Sydney visit to the city itself. Just beyond the metropolis lies the stunning Blue Mountains, a natural formation of sandstone cliffs, thick forests and breathtaking waterfalls where you could lose yourself for days on end. You can even catch a bird's-eye view of the landscape from the inside of a cable car spanning the mountainous peaks.

Click here to find a cruise if you're looking to escape completely® on an Australian adventure rife with beautiful landscapes, a buzzing urban scene and a taste for the arts.