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11 days - Deep Dive Down Under: The Great Barrier Reef & Beyond [Melbourne to Cairns]

 
 
11 days - Deep Dive Down Under: The Great Barrier Reef & Beyond [Melbourne to Cairns]
Starting from $4,599*

Melbourne to Cairns


Ship: Star Breeze


Departure Date :

Feb 17 2021

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Melbourne, Australia
Departs 04:00 PM
"Melbourne is consistently voted one of the world's most livable cities—and for good reason. This is Australia’s cosmopolitan heart with cutting-edge art and architecture, historic galleries, attractions and museums, plus a dizzying range of restaurants, bistros, markets and bars. It's renowned for its sporting culture, home to the esteemed Melbourne Cricket Ground and Australian rules football teams. The famous laneways of Melbourne bustle with hidden bars and eateries, while myriad beaches and parks allow for the ultimate outdoor lifestyle and active things to do. It’s a melting pot of cultures and a city of gourmands who demand excellent food and find it everywhere—from modern Australian cuisine and delicious Asian fusion fare to low-key cafés serving the best coffee you’ve ever tasted."
Melbourne, Australia
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Sydney, Australia
Arrives 01:00 PM Departs 11:59 PM
"If you want a snapshot of Australia's appeal, look no further than Sydney: The idyllic lifestyle, friendly locals and drop-dead natural beauty of this approachable metropolis and its attractions explain why the country tops so many travelers' wish lists. But Sydney is more than just the embodiment of classic antipodean cool—the city is in a constant state of evolution. A list of what to do in Sydney might start with the white-hot nightlife, with its new cocktail bars and idiosyncratic mixology dens. Inventive restaurants helmed by high-caliber chefs are dishing up everything from posh pan-Asian to Argentine street food, while the famous dining temples that put Sydney on the gastronomic map are still going strong too. The famed harbor is among the top sights—home to twin icons the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is the stepping-off point for some of the city's best cultural attractions and sightseeing. In one day you can sail around the harbor, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera house and climb the bridge, with time to spare for people-watching over a flat white at a waterfront café."
Sydney, Australia
 
 
Day Sydney, Australia
Arrives 12:01 AM Departs 05:00 PM
"If you want a snapshot of Australia's appeal, look no further than Sydney: The idyllic lifestyle, friendly locals and drop-dead natural beauty of this approachable metropolis and its attractions explain why the country tops so many travelers' wish lists. But Sydney is more than just the embodiment of classic antipodean cool—the city is in a constant state of evolution. A list of what to do in Sydney might start with the white-hot nightlife, with its new cocktail bars and idiosyncratic mixology dens. Inventive restaurants helmed by high-caliber chefs are dishing up everything from posh pan-Asian to Argentine street food, while the famous dining temples that put Sydney on the gastronomic map are still going strong too. The famed harbor is among the top sights—home to twin icons the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is the stepping-off point for some of the city's best cultural attractions and sightseeing. In one day you can sail around the harbor, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera house and climb the bridge, with time to spare for people-watching over a flat white at a waterfront café."
Sydney, Australia
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 04:00 PM
"Once a sleepy fishing village, then an earthy-crunchy surfer hangout, Mooloolaba has poshed up along with the other towns along Australia’s Sunshine Coast. But despite being one of Queensland’s top holiday destinations, Mooloolaba manages to balance the chic boutiques with plenty of subtropical unspoiled beaches. The origin of the town’s mouthful of a name is unclear: It comes from the Aboriginal words mulu (snapper fish) or mulla (red-bellied black snake). About 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Brisbane, it sits between the Coral Sea and the Glass House Mountains. Fittingly, two of its biggest attractions celebrate the wildness beyond the town’s boundaries: Sea Life Mooloolaba and Australia Zoo, which is still run by the family of ""Crocodile Hunter"" Steve Irwin. The Esplanade, running along the city’s main beach, looks to manmade pleasures like art, fashion and organic farm-to-table cuisine. Yet across the channel, the rugged beauty resumes with a headland park and lighthouse, followed by even more sweeping and glorious coastline. "
Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
 
 
Day Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
Arrives 11:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Long, sinuous Fraser Island stretches off the Queensland coast north of Brisbane. It is a unique ecosystem, inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992. The island was originally named Great Sandy, for the simple reason that its surface consists almost entirely of sand dunes. The sands reflect some 72 colors, mostly shades of red and yellow. It is the only place in the world where mature rainforest grows on sand dunes. The island’s interior has extensive forests of majestic kauri pine and fossil fern forests. In the 19th century, the island was extensively logged. Satinay trees were especially valued, being resistant to marine borers. Satinay timbers were used in construction of the Suez Canal and as far away as London. Another unique feature of the island is its lakes. There are some 40 perched lakes suspended in the dunes, as well as so-called window lakes and barrage lakes. Boomerang Lake is the world’s highest perched lake, 130m above sea level. At 190 hectares, Boomanjin Lake is the world’s largest perched lake. McKenzie Lake is particularly renowned for its clear waters and white sand beaches. Speaking of beaches, Fraser Island has a very special 75 Mile Beach of packed sand that is used as a highway, with all road regulations enforced: the speed limit is 80 kph and autos must give way to airplanes taking off or landing! Wildlife on the island totals 47 mammals including dingoes and brumbies, the feral horses surviving from imported Arabian and Clydesdales imported for the logging trade. In the seas off the shining white beaches, dolphins, dugongs, turtles, and seasonally. whales are seen. There are also 79 reptiles and 354 species of birds here. The dunes move constantly, propelled by wind, and in some places have enveloped whole forests or communities.
Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
 
 
Day Middle Percy Island, Australia
Arrives 02:00 PM Departs 07:00 PM
Tiny Middle Percy Island is well-known in yachting circles for its long-standing tradition of hospitality and is one of the few places left in Australia where seafarers can freely go ashore and explore. The first structure in sight is an A-frame covered in signs and souvenirs from passing boats. Note: this call includes a wet landing. No other cruise line comes to this beach and we’re able to work with local operators to make this special event come to life. Sign up ahead of time for a Signature Expedition to explore this area with our onboard experts by kayak or Zodiac.
Middle Percy Island, Australia
 
 
Day Airlie Beach, Australia
Arrives 06:30 AM Departs 01:00 PM
Located on the Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach is also home to the well-known Whitsunday islands. This relaxed resort town is also home to one of the most famous beaches in the world – Whitehaven Beach, only accessible by sea or air. Find the Airlie Beach Lagoon or the award-winning Fish D’Vine & the Rum Bar.
Airlie Beach, Australia
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
Arrives 8:30 AM Departs 06:30 PM
Port Douglas is known for sitting adjacent to two UNESCO sites, the world’s largest reef system, Great Barrier Reef and the biodiverse Daintree Rainforest. It has delightful beach resorts and popular Macrossan Street, lined with boutique shops and restaurants. Swim in crystal-clear Mossman Gorge, crocodile watch at Daintree River, relax on the palm-fringed golden sands of Four Mile Beach or snorkel the Low Isles and the outer reef.
Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
 
 
Day Cairns, Australia
Arrives 07:00 AM
"The gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the tropical north of the country, Cairns sits on the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland. This laid-back city is popular with travelers who depart from here for days of sailing, diving, snorkeling and trekking through nearby parks—a celebrated launching pad especially for those who want to explore the reef, the Daintree Rain Forest and other attractions of this part of Queensland. And what better place to start one's adventure? The residents of Cairns are welcoming, the beach life fantastic and the climate consistently sunny and warm. Wend your way due east of Cairns, and you'll find yourself on the Great Barrier Reef, the world's longest coral reef and also the world's largest living organism. Famously visible from outer space, it's often been described as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The Kuranda Scenic Railway is a different sort of wonder—an engineering marvel from the 19th century that passes through rain forests on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites before reaching the village of Kuranda. Green Island, a 6,000-year-old coral cay, is an easy day trip from Cairns with opportunities to snorkel and swim; Port Douglas, an hour north of Cairns, is a favorite with visitors thanks to its top-notch restaurants, art galleries and boutiques. Finally, hop on a six-person cable car known as the Skyway Rainforest Cableway for a bird's-eye view of the stunning natural appeal of the region. "
Cairns, Australia
 
 
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