Off-The-Blade Ports of Call on an Australia and New Zealand Cruise

Traveling to Australia and New Zealand on a cruise offers you unparalleled views of some of the most remarkable landmarks. From Sydney Opera House to Kangaroo Island’s Remarkable Rocks and Fjordland National Park, there’s no better way to experience these incredible landscapes!

While many itineraries highlight the vibrant cities and islands of the east coast, there are also several that venture away from the tourist crowds to discover some lesser-known corners of this remarkable country.


Sydney, Australia and New Zealand’s vibrant city, is a popular cruise stopover. Situated along the coastline, it’s an easy place to explore on foot.

Adelaide and Melbourne, as well as many lesser-known destinations, can be explored from here.

Experience an extraordinary journey aboard a small ship. Oceania offers various cruises that will take you to some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s remotest corners.


Brisbane, the largest city in Queensland, offers an exciting mix of urban living and cultural explorations. This warm and welcoming capital has become a popular destination for both visitors and residents alike.

Brisbane boasts a number of museums and galleries, such as the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Museum. Furthermore, there are plenty of unique experiences for people of all ages in Brisbane.

The city boasts an excellent public transport system with buses running throughout the day and night. A tip for travelers is to travel off peak as these services tend to be quieter and more likely to have a seat available for you.


Cairns is an idyllic region boasting world-heritage listed destinations, stunning tropical islands and exciting Great Barrier Reef tours. No matter if you’re an adrenaline junkie or prefer a more laid back approach to travel – Cairns has something to suit everyone’s holiday style!

Experience an epic day trip to the Frankland Islands, a wilderness archipelago of five uninhabited islands. Enjoy scenic cruises along Mulgrave River, an unforgettable stay on Normanby Island, guided marine naturalist walks and unforgettable reef adventures!

Cairns is just a short drive away from Kuranda, an idyllic rainforest village that looks like it could have come straight out of a movie. Here you’ll find unique market stalls and mouthwatering street food in this vibrant destination.


Australia and New Zealand boast a few lesser-known ports that may not even be accessible by cruise ship, yet offer an authentic glimpse of their natural splendor and cultural diversity. These places deserve special mention when planning your itinerary for exploring these two nations’ coastlines.

Windstar Cruises is offering several inaugural port calls this season, such as Kangaroo Island on their 13-night Star Breeze voyage from Melbourne to Sydney. Additionally, this itinerary visits several Southern Hemisphere ports like Phillip Island, Tasmania and Hobart.


Cruise to Tasmania and be immersed in a world of pink granite mountains, sparkling beaches and wild landscapes. On some remote island you may even get lucky enough to witness Humpback Whales, Orcas and Blue Whales swimming in the ocean!

Tasmania may not be well known to other Australians, but it’s a haven for eco-tourists. Because it’s isolated from mainland Australia, Tasmania boasts many animals and plants that are either rare or extinct elsewhere in Australia.

People who visit Tasmania often express the desire never to return. While I understand this sentiment, it can be challenging to put into practice.

New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand cruises offer a diverse range of experiences for anyone seeking an exciting solo journey, to visit remote Indigenous communities, or get up close and personal with wildlife like polar bears and walruses. No matter what you’re after – an Australia or New Zealand cruise has something perfect for you.

Experience the breathtaking colors of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, explore dramatic fjords or sip wine at some of its renowned vineyards across both countries. Travel during shoulder season (October-November or March-April) for optimal weather conditions and fewer tourists – ideal for an unforgettable couples getaway!

Experience an unforgettable journey to Akaroa, the film set of “The Lord of the Rings.” Guests will also have a chance to explore Maori culture in Rotorua.