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Boudicca, Iconic Australia with Sydney New Year ex Benoa to Cairns

  • Departs Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
  • 12th Dec 2019
  • 28 nights
  • Boudicca
  • Prices from Request*
Boudicca, Iconic Australia with Sydney New Year ex Benoa to Cairns

28 Night Cruise sailing from Benoa to Cairns aboard Boudicca.

An abundance of Australian icons await you on this unforgettable exploration of the land ‘Down Under’. Visits to a collection of coastal towns, cities and islands on three sides of Australia will offer chances to seek-out famous native wildlife and natural wonders; relax at quintessential beaches; discover iconic landmarks; and even be part of one of the world’s greatest New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Your time on Australia’s west coast kicks-off in Broome, a beautiful resort town surrounded by picturesque bays, lush mangroves and miles of pristine beaches, before you head south to Fremantle for tours to Perth, Australia’s sunniest city. Take the short trip into Western Australia’s capital for a blend of modern city highlights, including fantastic galleries and museums and impressive contemporary architecture, suburban beaches and pretty parklands. For a look into Australia’s fascinating history, you’ll also visit Albany for an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the first European settlers with visits to the replica of Brig Amity, the Albany Gaol and Patrick Taylor Cottage. A sail along the stunning south coast follows, taking in tranquil Kangaroo Island, where you can see wild kangaroo, wallabies, koalas and rare sea lions in their natural habitat, and stopping overnight in Melbourne. You’re in for two rewarding days in the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’. Perhaps take time to admire the mix of architectural styles on display, ranging from European-inspired art-deco spires to imposing skyscrapers; explore the Royal Botanic Gardens; visit Melbourne Zoo the oldest Zoo in Australia; and learn of the city’s famed sporting heritage at the magnificent Melbourne Cricket Ground.

After a call at Hobart, capital of rugged Tasmania, you’ll begin your memorable journey along the east coast as 2019 ends. Calling into Sydney on New Year’s Eve will offer you the chance to experience all the excitement of the city’s legendary festive celebrations, including the spectacular fireworks display that illuminates the midnight sky high above the Harbour Bridge. Your extended stay allows time to climb the Harbour Bridge, visit the iconic Opera House, relax at Bondi Beach and much more, too. Heading north, it’s on to Brisbane, boasting an exquisite cityscape of colonial sandstone structures stood alongside modern glass skyscrapers. A boat tour along the Brisbane River is a relaxing and memorable way to see the sights here. Boudicca will then take you on an epic scenic cruise of the breathtaking Great Barrier Reef. The sight of 400 coral species, over 1,500 species of tropical fish, and various other species fauna and flora is sure to delight and inspire as your ship heads for Townsville, where you can see marine life from the Great Barrier Reef up-close at Reef HQ. Townsville is also ideally located for tours to Magnetic Island, home to the largest colony of wild Koalas. Finally, there Cairns, gateway to lush rainforests such as Daintree – the oldest rainforest in the world.

Highlights of this cruise:

Benoa, Bali
With its beautiful rice fields watered by shallow rivers and forests with many kinds of flora and fauna, Bali is one of Earth's most idyllic places. The friendly locals create a warm, inviting atmosphere, encouraging you to explore the many attractions that the island has to offer including incredible temples, rugged coasts and sandy beaches.

Fremantle, Australia
An extrovert city with a dynamic skyline. Visit nearby Fremantle (the city’s superbly restored Victorian port) which boasts immaculate gardens and parkland – and 20 miles of Indian Ocean ‘Sunset Coast’ beaches. Northwards is the Nambung National Park and its Pinnacles Desert, where ancient limestone pillars rise from the sand dunes.

Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. The city’s elegant tree-lined boulevards, extensive parks and gardens, colourful trams, rich cultural programmes and art-deco high-rises set the scene in this classy, vibrant community.

Stylish, art-loving Melbourne is wonderfully cosmopolitan, and is proud to be recognised as Australia's sporting and cultural capital. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is home to Arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex, while the National Gallery of Victoria has stunning Australian and indigenous art. Melbourne's liberal, bohemian and progressive personality means it was ‘hipster’ long before the word became a ubiquitous label.

The city centre is defined by the modern Federation Square development, with smart plazas and chic bars and restaurants all well-situated by the Yarra River. The breadth of shops and markets, not to mention the huge variety of cuisine available – Greek, Italian, Maltese, Thai, Vietnamese and more – is a mouth-watering prospect for any visitor.

The inner city is probably the most European of any in Australia: the leafy Collins Sreet was coined as the 'Paris End' in the 1950s. The city's well-ordered grid also adds a flavour of New York in this extraordinary destination. The Royal Botanical Gardens and Melbourne Zoo are two other attractions that are worthy of discovery.

Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia is one of the world's most exciting, must-see modern cities. Home to the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House – two of the most iconic cityscapes on Earth – the capital of New South Wales has a visual wow factor that most other cities can only dream of.

Defined by the rugged Pacific coastline that surrounds it, Sydney is a timeless, cosmopolitan metropolis that is easy to fall in love with. The imposing Darling Harbour, plus the smaller Circular Quay Port are the hubs of waterside life, with the revered Royal Botanic Garden nearby. For the more adventurous, Sydney Tower’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs.

Compared with its Australian counterparts, Sydney is loud and brash. It has glamour and casualness in equal measure: there is a balance between the beach culture found on Bondi Beach and the fine dining and vibrant nightlife found in Kings Cross and Oxford Street.

Museums and memorials abound and include The Australian Museum, which opened in 1857 with the purpose of displaying the natural wealth of the colony, and the modern Museum of Sydney, which details the city's development. The Anzac War Memorial in Hyde Park is a public memorial dedicated to the achievement of Australia's armed forces in World War I.

The neoclassical Greek frontage of the NSW Art Gallery underlines the prominent and gregarious role art has in Sydney society. Major international exhibitions regularly arrive here and there's an outstanding permanent collection of indigenous art. And everything that’s best in contemporary Australian cuisine can be found at Circular Quay and The Rocks.

For those wanting to escape the city and go off the beaten path, the spectacular Blue Mountain or the Australian Bush offer spectacular sights and experiences. Sydney Harbour National Park protects large swathes of bushland, while Botany Bay’s history and connection to Britain is a big draw.

Cairns, Australia
Cairns is the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north, and is a stylish city renowned for its sultry climate and laid back ambience.The city used to be popular with visitors who came in search of gold, but now they visit to discover something even more precious: the Great Barrier Reef. The unmissable coral reef is easily accessible via boat trips from the city.

Cairns is also home to the beautiful Wet Tropics Rainforest. The best way to see this natural wonder is to take the Kuranda Scenic Railway – it goes north from the city, over bridges and through tunnels carved from the cliff-face and to the village of Kuranda. From there, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway goes on a 7.5km trip, carrying passengers in glass-sided gondolas above the rainforest canopy, with a couple of stops en route to explore the forest floor.

The focal point of Cairns itself is the Esplanade, a two kilometre boulevard along the shore with cafés, bars, piazzas, fine historic buildings and a swimming lagoon that makes up for the lack of beach. The Tanks Art Centre and nearby Flecker Botanical Gardens are worth uncovering, while the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park recounts stories of indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait people through music and dance.

Map of Cruise
Cruise Itinerary
Date Activity Arrive Depart
12/12/19 Benoa, Bali, Indonesia Late Night
13/12/19 At sea - -
14/12/19 At sea - -
15/12/19 Broome, Western Australia EarlyAM LatePM
16/12/19 At sea - -
17/12/19 At sea - -
18/12/19 At sea - -
19/12/19 Perth (Fremantle), WA Australia EarlyAM Late Night
20/12/19 At sea - -
21/12/19 Albany, Western Australia EarlyAM EarlyPM
22/12/19 At sea - -
23/12/19 At sea - -
24/12/19 Kangaroo Island, South Australia EarlyAM Late Night
25/12/19 At sea - -
26/12/19 Melbourne, VIC, Australia EarlyAM
27/12/19 Melbourne, VIC, Australia LatePM
28/12/19 At sea - -
29/12/19 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia EarlyAM LatePM
30/12/19 At sea - -
31/12/19 Sydney, NSW, Australia LateAM
01/01/20 Sydney, NSW, Australia
02/01/20 Sydney, NSW, Australia LatePM
03/01/20 At sea - -
04/01/20 Brisbane, QLD, Australia EarlyAM LatePM
05/01/20 Great Barrier Reef & Coastal Islands, Queensland, Australia Late Night
06/01/20 Great Barrier Reef & Coastal Islands, Queensland, Australia Late Night
07/01/20 Townsville, Queensland, Australia EarlyAM LatePM
08/01/20 Cairns, Queensland, Australia EarlyAM
09/01/20 Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise line's discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.
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