Australia Small Ship & Expedition Cruises. Discover Kimberley, Tasmania & the Great Barrier Reef with Wild Earth Travel.
Australia is big, bold and full of contrasts. Enjoy bright blue skies, immense red deserts, sun-bronzed beaches and vast green wetlands. Come and experience the kaleidoscope of brilliant colours this country proudly showcases.
The continent of Australia is known for being one of the flattest, hottest and driest places on earth. But despite this, there are an astounding variety of terrains and environments on this island nation. While large areas of Australia are deserted, there are also tropical rainforests, alpine snowfields, dense bushland, beaches, gorges, lakes and rivers to be found. Australia’s national parks are home to many unique species of birds and mammals. Kangaroos, koalas and wombats are not found in the wild anywhere else in the world. Boasting many stunning white sand beaches, Australia has a coastline like none other. From busy Bondi to surfing icons like Bell’s Beach and Tasmania’s stunning Wineglass Bay, there are endless places to swim, surf, snorkel and paddle.
Despite Australia’s large landmass, most people tend to live in urban, coastal cities. Faster-paced cities like Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne and regional satellite cities hold most of the population.
Outback towns have a unique flavour and a distinct way-of-life. Things are slower here and due to smaller populations, space is plentiful with most locals relying on agriculture for a living. Venturing away from cities to visit the outback of Australia is highly recommended as it gives travellers the chance to see a different side of the country.
With a strong history of immigration, modern Australia is made up of people from many different cultural backgrounds. This mix makes Australia an endlessly fascinating place to visit. From the ancient, spiritual ways of the first nations population to the wide array of faiths, foods and festivals on display in the big cities, Australia is a cultural melting pot.
In every corner of Australia, you'll find unique experiences and attractions sure to deliver the most memorable holiday you've ever had. Some of the most popular destinations include:
The Great Barrier Reef. Home to the diverse marine life of the most vivid colours, the Great Barrier Reef offers the opportunity for a great adventure. Whether you explore the stunning Whitsunday Islands, trek the ancient Daintree Rainforest or relax on luxurious tropical islands such as Hayman and Lizard, a day on the reef is all about the unforgettable nature that surrounds you.
Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island, 13 kilometres off the coast of South Australia, is brimming with native animals, artisanal food and epic rock formations. There's enough to do here to fill your days, but don't forget to follow the local's leave and simply enjoy the fresh air, beautiful food and unique wildlife.
Ningaloo Reef. Ningaloo Marine Park is a World Heritage-listed site found halfway up the West Australian coastline. The crystalline water harbours the world’s largest fringing reef. It's a 260-kilometre long coral reef swarming with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and the elusive whale shark. Nowhere on Earth do these majestic creatures reliably congregate in such large numbers as here.
Tasmania. Tasmania is home to untamed rivers, ancient pine trees and giant sand dunes. Challenge the infamous Franklin River on a white-water rafting expedition or cruise down the majestic Gordon River. Hike past 1,000-year-old Huon pines in one of the world's last temperate rainforests for a true taste of this rugged corner of Australia. Considered one of the country's last wilderness frontiers, the region's convict, logging and mining past has helped to shape the social fabric of this region.
Kimberley. Three times larger than England and with a population of less than 40,000, the Kimberley region – spread over Australia's entire north-western corner – is one of the world's last wilderness frontiers. Here you'll find prolific wildlife, majestic canyons, freshwater swimming holes and several outback stations, as well as one of Australia's greatest 4WD road trips. Despite the area's remoteness, it's also a place of great food, luxury accommodation, friendly locals and one of the most romantic beach towns on Earth.
If you’re after a small ship cruise or an expedition ship cruise to Australia Wild Earth Travel can help you find a trip of a lifetime. We are ready to guide you through our range of different options with impartial advice so you can experience the very best of this unique destination. Our team are all passionate expedition & small cruise ship travellers and our knowledge and stories come from our personal experiences.