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Discover the remote corners of Australia on a small ship cruise with Adventure Life. The cruises we feature are aboard small expedition ships engineered especially for cruises in Australia where you can snorkel from the ship and accommodate less than 50 passengers, or larger luxury-class expedition ships that will take you beyond Australia to the South Pacific and Asia. Your journey will give you the chance to snorkel in the world's biggest coral reef, the vibrant Great Barrier Reef, or witness the rugged landscapes of the Kimberley region of the country, home to the signature King George Falls. As you get to know the Outback, you will see Aboriginal rock art indigenous to the vast desert in Kakadu National Park. The untamed wilderness of Cape York or pristine islands like Tasmania are also staple parts of many Australian cruises.
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Fun Facts about Australia
You might know that Australia's nickname is the "Outback" and that it is full of kangaroos, but what else do you know about the "land down under"? Test your trivia knowledge here:

How many people live in Australia?
According to the 2012 census, 22 million.

What is the capital of Australia?
Canberra. Contrary to popular belief, Sydney is not the capital city, although it is the largest city.

How many cities are there in Australia?
Despite the fact that it is the world's 6th biggest country by land size, it only has 45 major cities (population over 30,000). 

What does the Latin word "australis" mean? 
Australis means literally means south in Latin.

What is the name of Australia's reef system (the biggest in the world)?
The Great Barrier Reef.
Highlights of Australia
Tucked between the Pacific and the Antarctic, Australia claims a unique geography both on land and in the water. Our tours highlight the tropical region of this country, offering explorers a diversity of adventurous opportunities to snorkel, hike, and share in the local culture that has developed on this island continent:
  • Explore the Kimberly region of Australia, including its expansive arid plains, where waterfalls and desert critters abound.
  • View well-preserved Aboriginal paintings at Raft Point and Bigge Island.
  • Snorkel in the rainbow of marine life of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Hike through various national parks, like Kakadu National Park
  • Explore the famous and mighty Horizontal Waterfalls by zodiak. 
  • See the reefs from above in a glass-bottomed boat.
  • Meet local artisans.
  • See the animals of the area, like koalas, wallabies, and kangaroos.

Australia FAQs

Do I need a visa to travel to Australia?

You must have a valid passport and a visa or Electronic Travel Authority at the time of entry into Australia.

Is tipping customary in Australia?

For servers: 10-15 percent of the bill.
At hotels: Porters can get $1/bag; concierge can get $10-20 for favors; housekeeping might get $1/day.
Guides and drivers: $5-20 based on whether you got private service and how good it was. 

What is Internet access like in Australia?

Australia is a developed country with access to high-speed WiFi in the bigger cities that you will visit - especially in hotels and public spaces like restaurants or cafes - but if you are on a cruise on the open water or a camp or lodge in the outback area, don't count on having internet so isolated from the rest of modern Australia.

Can I use my cell phone while in Australia?

If you want to use your cell phone in Australia while you are in the more developed parts of the country, like major cities, then you can purchase a SIM chip that you can replace in your smartphone. However, do note that most of our itineraries spend days in the most isolated corners of the country where you will not get a signal

Do I need power adapters in Australia?

You will need plug adapters and step-down converters for your devices if they are 110v and not compatible with Australia's 220-240v. The outlets in Australia are three slanted flat prongs (AS-3112).

What are the toilets like in Australia?

Most of Australia and all of the cruise vessels of the area feature modern flushing toilets. If you are in the more remote rural areas, then you may have to use a latrine.

Are credit cards accepted in Australia? Will I be able to find ATMs?

Yes to both. While you are in the major cities (for at least several days on most tours) you will find businesses that accept cards and ATMs where you can withdraw money. In the backcountry where there are less available, there also aren't many things to buy. Our tours are all-inclusive so you only really need to budget for souvenir and before and after-trip expenses.

Should I purchase travel insurance?

You should always purchase travel insurance for vacations; it just might save you thousands of dollars. Check out TravelGuard's deals on the Once You're Booked page.
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