Cruise Australia

Written by Sarah Provost
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If you think you'd like to cruise Australia, you're not alone. In recent years, travel to the Antipodes has been booming, and it is fast becoming a favorite destination for cruise lines. Australia offers striking landscapes and exotic animals, yet the language is English and the customs familiar.

Australia is a huge country, as big as the United States, but its population is less than 20 million. Because so much of the interior ("the outback") is uninhabitable desert, most of the population lives in a narrow strip along the coastline. These cities, such as Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, burst with the raw energy of a young country. Yet much of Australia outside the cities seems like an almost prehistoric landscape.

Cruise Australia and Discover a Land of Contrasts

You'll want to see the Sydney Opera House, for instance, as a stunning example of contemporary architecture. Yet not far from the Opera House there are unspoiled beaches and settlements of Aborigines, the oldest surviving human culture, which has lasted more than 50,000 years. Ayers Rock is a sacred site for the Aborigines, a desert spot that calls to spiritual tourists from around the world. And then there's the legendary surf, which calls to dudes from around the world even more clearly! The Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and a prime reason to cruise Australia.

The best time to cruise Australia is between October and May. Since it is literally on the other side of the world, the torrid summer months are December, January and February. That's when the blokes and sheilas get ready to party with beer and barbie, and they're waiting for you to join them!


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