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Top Australia Cruises & Tours in 2023

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Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly
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Take a cruise to Australia in 2023 on one of our hand-selected small ships exploring the best of Broome, Darwin, King George River, Vansittart Bay, and Lacepede Islands. The most popular activities and experiences on small ship cruises to Australia in 2023 are small ship cruises, wildlife viewing, snorkeling, hiking, and village visits. Explore Australia's hot spots during the day and sail port-to-port on your comfortable small ship without repacking your suitcase. Savvy travelers know that small ship cruises offer an excellent balance of fewer crowds and access to small port towns, harbors, and coves that large cruise ships simply can't visit. Our cruises to Australia in 2023 range in price from $3,715 to $66,910 for expeditions of 8 to 23 days. Contact one of Adventure Life's expert Australia trip planners for help planning a seamless cruise to Australia in 2023.
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Travelers learning how to scuba dive.
$3,715
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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 in:
Cairns / Cairns
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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
$11,800
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The Great Australian Adventure - Darwin to Broome

11 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Meet members of aboriginal groups
  • Discover the King George Falls
  • Visit the Hunter River Region
  • Observe Australia's exotic wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Escape to a land of thunderous waterfalls, winding canyons of sandstone, and dazzling wildlife. Encounter famed wildlife like saltwater crocodiles, whales, and sea eagles, before witnessing the Horizontal Falls unleashing its raw power. Perhaps you will take an exhilarating flight over the Bungle …
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Enjoy the beautiful Kimberley Coast
$11,800
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The Great Australian Adventure - Darwin to Broome

2022 - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Meet members of Aboriginal groups
  • Discover the King George Falls
  • Visit the Hunter River Region
  • Observe Australia's exotic wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Escape to a land of thundering waterfalls, winding canyons of sandstone, and dazzling wildlife. Encounter famed wildlife like saltwater crocodiles, whales, and sea eagles, before witnessing the Horizontal Falls unleashing its raw power. Perhaps you will take an exhilarating flight over the Bungle …
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Nightcliff Jetty, Darwin, Australia
$7,580
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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 Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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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$7,180
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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 in:
Fremantle / Broome
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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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Swimming with sharks
$8,700
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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 \\"rise\\
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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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Wineglass Bay in Tasmania
$5,265
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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 in:
Hobart / Hobart
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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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The Kimberley's coastal waterfalls.
$16,710
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16-day Solar Eclipse 2023: Indonesia to Australia's Kimberley – with Smithsonian Journeys

16 Day Itinerary aboard Le Laperouse
  • Enjoy villages of Baucau.
  • View King George River
  • Behold the Solar Eclipse
  • Engage with Smithsonian Journeys
Starts/ Ends in:
Bali / Broome
Activities:
River Cruise, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board Le Lapérouse, designed to explore the natural wonders of eastern Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and the Kimberley region of Australia, and has been specially adapted to include observation of the total eclipse of the sun that will occur on April 20, 2023.

Set sail from fabled Bali and discover …
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King George River Gorge, Kimberley, Australia
$8,670
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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 in:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Land & Sea Exploration, River Cruises, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Start your 11-day expedition cruise in Darwin. See mangrove forests where saltwater crocodiles live. 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 …
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The unusual red color of Broome, Australia
$9,710
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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 in:
Broome / Darwin
Activities:
Land & Sea Exploration, River Cruises, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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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Admiring the Solar Eclipse
$9,645
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The Solar Eclipse Expedition

Darwin to Broome - 14 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Snorkel and dive at Scott Reef
  • Experience riding on a Zodiac
  • Encounter marine life
  • Witness King George River
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This exceptional expedition aboard the Coral Adventurer provides an unobstructed view of the rare hybrid solar eclipse from the remote Ashmore Reef. Enjoy the phenomena with champagne and canapés as our astronomy experts are on hand to answer questions. Visit renowned landmarks along the …
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$7,180
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Abrolhos Islands & the Coral Coast

13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Discover Abrolhos Islands
  • Explore Shark Bay
  • Enjoy cultural sites
  • Visit Ningaloo Reef
Starts/ Ends in:
Fremantle / Broome
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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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Scenetic Two Peoples Bay
$6,400
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Across the Great Australian Bight

14 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Hike coast of Cape & Point Ann
  • Stroll through the Jewel Cave
  • Climb Cape Leeuwin lighthouse
  • Visit Lucky Bay's kangaroos
Starts/ Ends in:
Fremantle / Fremantle
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Whale Watching
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy guided hikes over vast and quiet beaches on this 14-day cruise onboard the Coral Geographer, including Cape Arid National Park, Cape Le Grand, and Bremer Bay. Discover secluded sea lion nesting sites among the scattered islands and outcrops of the Recherche Archipelago, and follow the snorkel …
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Relax in the magnificent beaches of Fiji
$6,520
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Fiji to Bali

17 Day Itinerary aboard Paul Gauguin
  • Enjoy Dili's fine beaches
  • Explore Espiritu Santo's sceneries
  • Visit the historical Guadalcanal
  • Take a stroll along Samarai Island
  • Admire the mosaic façade
Activities:
Local Market Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Urban Exploration, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take a westward voyage deep into the Far East on this one-time, one-of-a-kind itinerary. Embark The Gauguin in the “Sugar City” Lautoka, the heart of Fiji’s sugarcane-growing region — and sail to exotic ports in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and …
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Breathtaking landscapes of Antarctica
$25,620
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Scott & Shackleton's Antarctica - Ross Sea Expedition

Dunedin - Hobart - 23 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Spot incredible wildlife
  • Explore unique flora and fauna
  • Follow the paths of explorers
  • Marvel at pristine ice formations
Starts/ Ends in:
Dunedin / Hobart
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
An exciting voyage awaits those who dare to set foot in the rarely-visited Ross Sea and follow in the footsteps of legendary polar explorers. Set sail from Dunedin, New Zealand, and head south toward Antarctica to cruise the Ross Sea to learn about this interesting region, its history, and its …
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Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly
$7,550
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Australia's Iconic Kimberley: Darwin - Broome

Darwin - Broome - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Experience tropical city Darwin
  • Discover wildlife at Wyndham
  • Explore ancient rock art
  • Witness unique Horizontal Falls
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Helicopter Tour, Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
From Darwin to Broome, embark on an 11-day expedition cruise exploring the wild and grandiose landscapes of the Kimberley. In one of the most picturesque parts of the region, the Hunter River, see wild mangrove forests where saltwater crocodiles live along with many species of birds. The highpoint …
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Snorkel the coral reefs of Indonesia
$21,540
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Iconic Melanesia: New Guinea, Sepik River & the Solomon Islands

Bali to Brisbane - 19 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Cruise in Sepik Rive
  • Witness the traditional communities
  • Encounter traditional ceremonies
  • Learn about Papua's history
Starts/ Ends in:
Bali / Brisbane
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Set sail from Bali on an expedition to explore Indonesia's diverse cultural tapestry and picturesque tropical islands. Explore the entirety of this island nation's eastern half—Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. See areas that few outsiders have ever had the opportunity to …
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Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly
$11,800
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The Great Australian Adventure - Broome to Darwin

11 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Explore the Buccaneer Archipelago
  • Visit King George Falls
  • Join in traditional local rituals
  • Observe unique Australian wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Broome / Darwin
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Discover the treasures of Western Australia - from the pocked landscape of the Bungle Bungle Range to the roaring exuberance of the Horizontal Waterfalls. This voyage is for the adventurous and offers endless extraordinary experiences – from soaring above Mitchell Falls in a helicopter to …
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