Luxury Close to Home Cruises

While the world is certainly your oceanic oyster on a cruise holiday, there’s no need to travel to a far-flung locale to enjoy the indulgence, relaxation and amenities of a luxury liner. There are plenty of cruise holidays closer to home where you can take to the open water for a day trip, overnight jaunt or slightly longer vacation in your own backyard of Australia with a variety of reputable cruise companies.

Australia boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and it’s all on our doorstep. A cruise along Sydney Harbour or island-hopping around the Whitsundays is all within reach for a relaxing vacation within a limited timeframe. You can choose to see capital cities from the water, indulge in a food and wine cruise in some of our dedicated gastronomic regions like the Barossa Valley, experience indigenous culture and art in the Top End, or see the rugged coastline of Western Australia.

Aside from the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and idyllic Whitsunday Islands, you can also explore the history and wilderness of Tasmania, take your bite of the Great Australian Bight, cruise the eastern seaboard and visit the untouched beauty of Norfolk Island. Onshore excursions can see you taking in the cosmopolitan nightlife of the capital cities or wandering isolated beaches to your heart’s content.

Being girt by sea means Australia has a treasure trove of islands, inlets and coastline to explore, not to mention inland rivers and wetland areas. A cruise offers a mix of the natural and luxurious where the gentle motion of the water is a relaxing rhythm to fall asleep to within the confines of your 5-star accommodation onboard. Cruising is also a gentler way to travel with wide open spaces, sparkling waters and balmy breezes to smooth your way to relaxation.