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A cruise to the northern Pacific coast of Australia is unlike any other vacation. With all the delights of the tranquil South Pacific and that uniquely Australian charm, your experience in the sun-kissed "land down under" will be unforgettable. There are just a few ships that cruise this area, but each one offers a decadent mix of elegance, comfort, and engaging itineraries. These 50 top-rated Australia cruises in 2024 will visit Australia's most popular destinations, including the arid and enchanting desert region of Kimberley, home of the notorious "outback"; the vibrant and colorful Great Barrier Reef; fantastic landscapes that feature impressive waterfalls; and opportunities to meet and participate in the indigenous Aboriginal cultures of this ancient island continent. Adventure Life's Australia cruise specialists can help you plan the perfect Australian cruise. Contact us to get started planning your trip now
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Waterfall in the Australian outback
$9,225
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Cape York & Arnhem Land

Cairns - Darwin - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Experience the unique Arnhem Land
  • Explore the Cobourg Peninsula
  • Witness the Tiwi people's culture
  • Snorkel across Lizard Island
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Darwin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
This magnificent 12-day voyage takes you across the top of Northern Australia and experience cultures unchanged for centuries, world-renowned Indigenous art centres, and some of the continent’s most remote islands. Visit remote Bathurst and Melville Islands and learn of traditional Tiwi …
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Travelers learning how to scuba dive.
$3,650
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Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns to Cairns - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Swim and snorkel Lizard Island
  • Discover the pristine Ribbon Reefs
  • Learn about Cook’s landing
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Cairns
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
This 8-day South Pacific cruise includes a full day to discover two different sections of the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, considered to be the most colorful and pristine reefs found anywhere along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the wonderful fringing reefs off Lizard …
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King George River Gorge, Kimberley, Australia
$9,260
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Australia's Iconic Kimberley

Darwin to Broome - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Le Laperouse
  • See the Warton stones
  • Learn prehistoric art
  • Explore Kimberley
  • See the birds
Starts / Ends:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Variable
Start your 11-day expedition cruise in Darwin.See mangrove forests wheresaltwater crocodileslive. Ravel at King George River and the majestic Twin Falls. Feast your eyes on the magnificent Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea where the corals are claimed by a rich biodiverse environment. Amaze at the …
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Nightcliff Jetty, Darwin, Australia
$8,760
Save $6000
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The Kimberley

11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Experience the tidal phenomenon
  • Visit Lacepede Island Nature Reserv
  • Witness Montgomery Reef
  • Marvel at the King George Falls
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
The Coral Adventurer hosts this 11-day the wonders of Kimberley voyage.View the mysterious Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) and Wandjina rock art and learn about theancient cultures of the Indigenous people.See crocodiles, humpback whales, rock wallabies, sea turtles, and birdlife as you cruise along the …
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$6,990
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Abrolhos Islands & the Coral Coast

13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Discover Abrolhos Islands
  • Explore Shark Bay
  • Enjoy cultural sites
  • Visit Ningaloo Reef
Starts / Ends:
Fremantle / Broome
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
This 13-day expedition explores Western Australia’s wild and largely untouched coast, with its contrasting coastal palette of rich red sands and turquoise sea. With a fascinating maritime and Indigenous history – from the Malgana people of Shark Bay to the exploratory journeys of …
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Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly
$6,995
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Kimberley Explorer: Expedition Cruising Australia's Iconic Kimberley Coast

11 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Visit King George River
  • Explore four Australian Bays
  • Experience birdwatching in Lacepede
  • Enjoy diverse wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Enjoy a wonderful 11-day voyage along Australia's rugged and isolated coastline and explore the magnificent King George Falls. Talbot Bay and the world's only horizontal falls, considered "one of the greatest wonders of the natural world," await you as you continue your journey. …
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Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly
$7,385
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Best of the Kimberley and Tiwi Islands

11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Experience the Horizontal Waterfall
  • Marvel at the King George Falls
  • Learn about ancient rock art
  • Witness Montgomery Reef
Starts / Ends:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Helicopter Tours, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
This 11-day sailing experience onCoral Discoverer brings you to the wonders of the Kimberley coast.Wonder at the unique tidal phenomenon of the Horizontal Waterfalls, marvel at the80 meter high King George Falls, and watch for abundant wildlife as you travel and reach Broome.The Kimberley Region is …
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Wineglass Bay in Tasmania
$5,420
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Coastal Wilds of Tasmania

11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Hike to Wineglass Bay
  • Learn about Maria Island’s history
  • Visit Port Arthur
  • Admire the Tasman Peninsula
  • Observe unique wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Hobart / Hobart
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Australia’s island state poised at the edge of the world where the Southern, Indian and Pacific Oceans collide. Tasmania’s pristine World Heritage wilderness and national parks teem with native wildlife, where rugged mountain ranges meet the sea with soaring coastal cliffs and …
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Explore the beautiful coastline of northern Australia
$9,225
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Cape York & Arnhem Land - Art Themed

Cairns - Darwin - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Experience the unique Arnhem Land
  • Explore the Cobourg Peninsula
  • Witness the Tiwi people's culture
  • Explore Lizard Island
Starts / Ends:
Darwin / Cairns
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 12-day cruise aboard Coral Discoverer from Darwin through the Tiwi Islands, Arnhem Land, and Torres Strait. Begin with experiences at Tiwi Designs, exploring the oldest and most diverse art centers in Australia, and continue to Maningrida, where visits to the Arts Centre, Djomi Museum, …
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Explore the wonder of coral reefs
$6,815
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Citizen Science on the Great Barrier Reef – Turtles & Rays

Brisbane - Cairns - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Explore Mon Repos Turtle Center
  • Visit Heron Island Research Station
  • Discover the Restoration Program
  • Assist rehabilitate injured turtles
Starts / Ends:
Brisbane / Cairns
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on an 11-day cruise aboard the Coral Discoverer featuring Citizen Science on the Great Barrier Reef focusing on turtles and rays. Explore Lady Elliot Island, a coral sanctuary with Project Manta research. Visit Mon Repos Turtle Centre for Loggerhead turtle nesting and hatchlings. Heron …
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Swimming with sharks
$8,085
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The Kimberley

11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Zodiac to King George Falls
  • Explore Hathaway's Hideaway
  • Visit green turtle breeding grounds
  • Watch the Montgomery Reef \\\\\\"ri
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Experience all of the icons of the Kimberley Coast over 11 unforgettable days cruising between Darwin and Broome.Covering more than 400,000 square kilometers (an area three times larger than England) and home to a sparse population of just 30,000 residents, the Kimberley region of northwest …
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Sealife at Manuar Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
$11,760
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West Papua, Raja Ampat and Micronesia

Darwin - Yap - 17 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Discover Banda Niera
  • Hike to the summit of Pindito Peak
  • Experience ancient traditions
  • Swim at the famous Jellyfish Lake
Starts / Ends:
Darwin / Yap Island
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 17-day cruise from Darwin to Yap aboard the Coral Geographer, tracing from Australia through the Spice Islands, Raja Ampat, Palau, and Micronesia and concluding in Yap. Experience traditional welcomes, stunning landscapes like Kitikiti Waterfall, iconic sights such as Wayag's …
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Take in the unusual beauty of the Australian coast
$7,815
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Torres Strait and Cape York

Cairns - Horn Island - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Explore the Torres Strait Islands
  • Snorkel at Davie Cay
  • View rock art at Stanley Island
  • Visit Lizard Island
Starts / Ends:
Cairns / Thursday Island
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Variable
With almost 300 islands dotted across the narrow stretch of water between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the people of the Torres Strait Islands have a distinct and vibrant culture. An expedition by small ship is the ideal way to access these remote regions, visiting uninhabited sand cays, remote …
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An overland journey takes us into the highlands of Sulawesi to the remarkable Tana Toraja
$9,665
Savings
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In the Wake of the Makassans

Darwin - Makassar - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Encounter funeral rituals
  • Gaze out Kelimutu National Park
  • Walk in tracks of Komodo Dragons
  • Hike to the summit of Padar Island
  • Explore Takabonarate Marine Park
Starts / Ends:
Darwin / Makassar
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Embark on a 15-day cruise to Makassar, retracing the historic paths of the Makassan trepangers from the 16th century. Explore lesser-visited islands, witness Phinisi boat building in Tana Beru, and visit Lamalera's traditional whaling village. Encounter Komodo Dragons, dive into Takabonarate …
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King George River Gorge, Kimberley, Australia
$9,599
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Kimberley Expedition: Waterfalls & Wandjinas

Darwin - Broome - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Seabourn Pursuit
  • Explore Darwin's rich history
  • Visit the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels
  • Witness ancient Wandjina rock
  • Experience Broome's beaches
Starts / Ends:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set off on an exciting 11-day Kimberley expedition cruise with Waterfalls & Wandjinas aboard the Seabourn Pursuit traveling from Darwin to Broome. Begin in Darwin, a city steeped in history and culture. Explore the Museum and Art Gallery, Bicentennial Park, and the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels. The …
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The unusual red color of Broome, Australia
$9,270
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Australia's Iconic Kimberley

Broome To Darwin - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Le Laperouse
  • See the Warton stones
  • Learn prehistoric art
  • Explore Kimberley
  • See the birds
Starts / Ends:
Broome / Darwin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Variable
Start your 11-day expedition cruise in Broome. SeeHunter River to check out mangrove forests wheresaltwater crocodileslive. Head on toKing George River and the majestic Twin Falls. Feast your eyes on the magnificent Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea where the corals are claimed by a rich biodiverse …
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yachts swept past Coral Discoverer
$3,605
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A Yachtsman's Cruise

Sydney to Hobart - 7 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Trail the yachts on a coastal cruis
  • Visit Adventure Bay on Bruny Island
  • Stroll through the race village
Starts / Ends:
Sydney / Hobart
Activities:
Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
Experience the nautical tradition that is the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Embarking in Broken Bay on December 26th, soak in the excitement at the start of the race fromCoral Discoverer. Watch the fleet sail past as you hear expert commentary from your onboard Special Guest Lecturer Sue Crafer. We …
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Common Wombat Grazing, Maria Island, Tasmania
$10,195
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Coastal Tasmania: Untamed Wilderness

Roundtrip Hobart - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Douglas Mawson
  • Trek along Tasmania's coastal track
  • Visit islands and archipelagos
  • Encounter fur seal colonies
  • Witness albatross or gannets
Starts / Ends:
Hobart / Hobart
Activities:
Small Ship Sailing, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Variable
On this 11-day Coastal Tasmania: Untamed Wilderness Cruise roundtrip from Hobart, Australia aboard the Douglas Mawson, explore Tasmania's natural beauty and hidden gems. Hike along some of Tasmania’s best coastal tracks, through a variety of landscapes from coastal heath to temperate …
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