16 NIGHT AUSTRALIA TOP END CRUISE ADVENTURE STARTS HERE

Sydney , Australia | Brisbane , Australia | Cairns (Yorkeys Knob) , Australia | Darwin , Australia | Benoa , Bali | Port Hedland , Australia | Geraldton , Australia | Perth (Fremantle) , Australia

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A five-course epicurean extravaganza at Chef's Table. A stage-side spectacular of song and dance in City of Dreams. Movies by the pool and mini golf right on deck. Radiance of the Seas® transports you to far-off discoveries on land and at sea.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Sydney, Australia

DEPARTS:
4:30 PM
WALKING ON

SUNSHINE

Circular Quay is where you'll find the Opera House, museums such as the Art Gallery of NSW and some of the best restaurants in the city. A short walk will take you to the historic George Street district, while top-tier shopping can be found in the historical Queen Victoria Building. A 45-minute ferry ride will take you to the heart of Manly Beach when you cruise from Sydney.

View of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay with the Skyline in the distance in Australia
Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia
Boats docked on the pier at Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia

Circular Quay is where you'll find the Opera House, museums such as the Art Gallery of NSW and some of the best restaurants in the city. A short walk will take you to the historic George Street district, while top-tier shopping can be found in the historical Queen Victoria Building. A 45-minute ferry ride will take you to the heart of Manly Beach when you cruise from Sydney.

View of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay with the Skyline in the distance in Australia
Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia
Boats docked on the pier at Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia
Things To Do

in Sydney

The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

Go in Circles

Circular Quay is the perfect place to start exploring Sydney. You can find the Opera House here, and Harbour Bridge is within walking distance. Stride into one of the many walking and pub tours that leave from here. Just 20 minutes away, you can stretch your legs on the iconic Harbour Bridge walk, the first of its kind in the world.

People enjoying Manly beach in Sydney, Australia

Get Manly

Bondi Beach gets all the attention, but Manly Beach in the Northern Beaches is a bit more local. The Corso is lined with shops and restaurants, including local favorite, Hugo's. If surfing is your thing, this is the place to be. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a fantastic way to soak in the city's coastline.

The Gap at Watsons Bay in Sydney, Australia

Walk Watsons

Hop on the ferry or one of the regular buses that go to Watsons Bay to enjoy the scenic hike around South Head. During your journey, you'll enjoy views of Sydney Harbour, North Head, the historic Hornby Lighthouse and, of course, the sapphire-blue Pacific Ocean. The Gap offers breathtaking views of the sea from the rocky cliffside.

A plate of fresh Sydney rock oysters

Local Cuisine

With all the water surrounding you, it's no surprise seafood takes center stage on many plates in the city. Head to Sydney Fish Market for giant Sydney Rock oysters or classic fish and ships. Stop into a local pie shop for a traditional Australian meat pie, or explore Sydney's international side with udon or ramen noodles at a Japanese noodle bar, or seek out shrimp dumplings in Chinatown.

An opal ring displayed on a stone

Shopping

There are plenty of shopping malls in the heart of the city, including Westfield Mall, Pitt Street Mall and the wonderful Queen Victoria Building, which is now a shopping mall featuring top designers. Seek out cutting boards made from local camphor laurel — they're not only beautiful but also have natural antimicrobial properties. During your Sydney cruise vacation, look for jewelry made from opal, the national gemstone of Australia.

INSIDER TIP

Central Sydney is extremely walkable, so take the time to explore the little streets close to Circular Quay.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Things to Do

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Brisbane, Australia

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

SUNNY SIDE UP

You won't run out of things to do in Brisbane's city center. South Bank is a can't-miss — head there and relax by the man-made lagoon, stroll through a weekend markets, peruse the museums and galleries and grab dinner at one the hip restaurants. A short walk across the Brisbane River will bring you to Queen Street Mall, the city's premier shopping district.

Aerial view of Brisbane, Australia and the Brisbane river
a beach in Brisbane, Australia
View of the South Bank ferris wheel in Brisbane, Australia

You won't run out of things to do in Brisbane's city center. South Bank is a can't-miss — head there and relax by the man-made lagoon, stroll through a weekend markets, peruse the museums and galleries and grab dinner at one the hip restaurants. A short walk across the Brisbane River will bring you to Queen Street Mall, the city's premier shopping district.

Aerial view of Brisbane, Australia and the Brisbane river
a beach in Brisbane, Australia
View of the South Bank ferris wheel in Brisbane, Australia
Things To Do

in Brisbane

The South Bank artificial beach in Brisbane, Australia

Head South

You can't miss South Bank when in Brisbane. Take in the view from the Wheel of Brisbane, the city's version of the London Eye. Stroll through the Arbour, a walkway awning with expertly curated plants and flowers. Take a dip at Streets Beach — Australia's only inner-city man-made beach — before heading to one of the neighborhood's upscale eateries.

A panoramic view from Mount Coot-Tha lookout in Australia

Get a 360 View

See Brisbane from several different perspectives. Check out the wide-angled view from Mt Coot-tha Lookout, then face your fears and do the Story Bridge Adventure Climb. Next, see the sunset from Kangaroo Points Cliff Park, or hop on a free CityCat ferry for skyline views from the Brisbane River.

The Misty Glasshouse Mountains in Australia

Get Wild

Take a drive north to the Sunshine Coast — you'll find not only pristine beaches but also the untouched beauty of the region's hinterlands. Get onboard a Brisbane cruise to experience the volcanic peaks of the Glasshouse Mountains, or walk through the rock pools of Gardners Falls.

Hiroshima style Japanese pizzas on a flat top

Local Cuisine

It's always patio season in Brisbane. For the best riverside dining, check out Eagle Street Pier, which is bustling with city workers once the clock strikes 5 p.m. And don't miss Eat Street Northshore, a wharf that becomes a hub for forward-thinking street food on Friday and Saturday nights, where you can get a slice of Japanese pizza or a dessert of decadent churros.

A young couple shopping at a market

Shopping

Queen Street Mall is Brisbane's biggest shopping street. Meanwhile, James Street is lined with boutiques stocking some of Australia's favorite designers. For a unique souvenir, purchase a handmade treasure from Collective Markets in South Bank with Australia cruises. The market is made up of stalls where artisans of everything from jewelry to home decor set up shop.

INSIDER TIP

Take advantage of the free CityCat ferries on the Brisbane River.

DAY 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Romaine lettuce tossed with radicchio, herb croutons and cheese. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

Romaine lettuce tossed with radicchio, herb croutons and cheese. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

Things to Do

Hot Lasagna
Giovanni's Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.

Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining
Chef's Table

AS VIP AS CAN BE

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course, menu and wine tasting.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Performer in the Jazz Bar Lounge Performing for Guests

Performer in the Jazz Bar Lounge Performing for Guests

Things to Do

Two couples at Music Hall Enjoying the Live Bands
Live bands

THEY'RE PLAYING YOUR SONG

Pick the genre you please and you're likely to find a band of talented musicians onboard to match, from live jazz to cover bands, quartets, Latin, and acoustic performers across the fleet nightly.

Mystery Dinner Theater

DINNER AND A MYSTERY

Reserve your spot at this funny dinner whodunnit starring our professional cast of highly suspicious characters— and you. Will you be the first to solve the murder?

DAY 6 - TENDERED

Cairns (Yorkeys Knob), Australia

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
WHERE THE RAINFOREST

MEETS THE SEA

There's a lot you can experience with a single day in Cairns. Take half-day trip to Green Island, where you can snorkel along the outer Great Barrier Reef. Or, you can head to the rainforest at Kuranda and visit the region's best beaches nearby at Palm Cove and Trinity Beach. Otherwise, stay in Cairns and relax at the Esplanade Lagoon before doing some souvenir shopping.

View of the beach at Palm Cove in Cairns, Australia
People snorkeling in Green Island, Australia
Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia

There's a lot you can experience with a single day in Cairns. Take half-day trip to Green Island, where you can snorkel along the outer Great Barrier Reef. Or, you can head to the rainforest at Kuranda and visit the region's best beaches nearby at Palm Cove and Trinity Beach. Otherwise, stay in Cairns and relax at the Esplanade Lagoon before doing some souvenir shopping.

View of the beach at Palm Cove in Cairns, Australia
People snorkeling in Green Island, Australia
Aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia
Things To Do

in Cairns (Yorkeys Knob)

Two people snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia

Dive the Reef

Experience the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world's seven natural wonders. Take a half-day snorkeling tours to the outer reef via jet boat. There are also brief daily snorkeling trips to picturesque Green Island available.

The Esplanade Lagoon man-made pool in Cairns, Australia

Laze by the Lagoon

The Esplanade Lagoon is a man-made pool on the foreshore. With its sandy edges and saltwater from the Trinity Inlet in Cairns, it's the city's most visited attraction. While you're here, stroll on the boardwalk, where you'll find fitness equipment, playgrounds and volleyball courts.

Palm trees lining Palm Cove beach in Australia

Beachy Keen

If you want to swim in the sea, hop on a public bus and head to the region's northern beaches. Palm Cove is the most popular outer Cairns suburb, with luxurious resorts, beautiful beaches and boutiques. Trinity Beach is a more local alternative.

A grilled Kangaroo steak on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Cairns offers an array of upscale and casual eateries specializing in everything from international fare to Australian classics. Fill up on local prawns and oysters at a harborside seafood spot. During your Cairns cruise, you can find top-tier Thai food and Korean food. Get adventurous with updated takes on Australian indigenous flavors, like char-grilled kangaroo sirloin with chili glaze.

An assortment of Koala bear stuffed animals for sale

Shopping

The Pier offers the best waterfront shopping experience in Cairns. Specialty shops at The Pier include Wild Sugar, a bright and bold women's clothing range by Cairns designer Sajeela Jamie. Along Abbott Street, you'll find several stores that stock Cairns-specific souvenirs, including kangaroo leather products and items inspired by the local rainforest.

INSIDER TIP

As Cairns is geared toward tourists, hiring a vehicle isn't necessary thanks to organized tours and public transport.

DAY 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

VY, Voyager, revite, public rooms, revitalization, Schooner Bar, bar, restaurant, dining, drinks,
Quill & compass, pub, promenade, bar,  radiance of the seas, RD, guitar player, entertainment, onboard activity, lounge, bartender, revitalization, english pub

VY, Voyager, revite, public rooms, revitalization, Schooner Bar, bar, restaurant, dining, drinks,
Quill & compass, pub, promenade, bar,  radiance of the seas, RD, guitar player, entertainment, onboard activity, lounge, bartender, revitalization, english pub

Things to Do

QN, Quantum of the Seas, public spaces, Schooner Bar, piano, entertainment, lounge, dining, drinks
Schooner Bar

THE SCHOONER THE BETTER

There's always a crowd gathered around the piano at The Schooner Bar, one of our signature bars and a guest favorite. Drop by to take in the nautical theme, and stay to join in with the piano sing-alongs while enjoying your favorite cocktail.

onboard or on board,  bar,  people drinking alcoholic drinks in onboard or on board Wig & Gavel; Gavel Pub,  mariner of the seas, voyager class, MA
English Pub

PINTS AND POURS FOR EVERY SHORE

Meet your mates for a pint. This is an authentic English spot to enjoy British racing decor while you sip UK-inspired cocktails, scotch, whiskeys and ales, of course.

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Things to Do

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 9 - DOCKED

Darwin, Australia

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM
EXPLORE THE

TROPICAL TOP END

Start your Darwin adventure by walking the Heritage and Cultural Trail, which takes you past early settlements and sacred sites of the native Larrakia people. Learn more about the city's World War II history at the Darwin Military Museum and Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility. Then, head to Crocodylus Park to get friendly with the local crocodiles, and learn more about them in the park's Crocodile Museum.

A pier at the popular Darwin waterfront in Darwin, Australia
View of the Florence Falls in Australia
The rocky landscape of Kakadu National Park in Australia

Start your Darwin adventure by walking the Heritage and Cultural Trail, which takes you past early settlements and sacred sites of the native Larrakia people. Learn more about the city's World War II history at the Darwin Military Museum and Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility. Then, head to Crocodylus Park to get friendly with the local crocodiles, and learn more about them in the park's Crocodile Museum.

A pier at the popular Darwin waterfront in Darwin, Australia
View of the Florence Falls in Australia
The rocky landscape of Kakadu National Park in Australia
Things To Do

in Darwin

A water lily pond at the Botanical Garden in Darwin, Australia

Keep It Cool

Cool off from the midday tropical heat with a dip in Darwin's man-made Wave Lagoon. Or head to the breeze and shade of the Darwin Botanical Gardens, where you can stroll among orchids and bromeliads under the cover of rain trees.

Two crocodiles in a river in Darwin, Australia

Hang Out With Crocs

The Northern Territory and crocodiles go together like kangaroos and Australia. Crocosaurus Cove is home to some of Australia's largest saltwater crocodiles and the world's biggest Australian reptile display. Adrenaline junkies can choose to swim with the crocs via the Cage of Death, the world's only crocodile dive.

An example of aboriginal art in Australia

Museum Hop

The Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory offers exhibits on natural science, Cyclone Tracy, indigenous and Australian art, paleontology and World War II. Check out the Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility, with exhibitions on the company's history and the Bombing of Darwin Harbour. Finally, drop into the Darwin Military Museum for some national history.

A grilled barramundi steak on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Dining in Darwin means tropically inspired cuisine savored over ocean views. Head to the waterfront at East Point Reserve, where you'll find plenty of harborside restaurants. Cruise to Darwin and try local banana prawns with green mango salad or grilled fresh-caught barramundi with watercress salad. Don't miss the otherworldly croissants and baked goods at Alley Cats Patisserie.

An assortment of different boomerang souvenirs in Australia

Shopping

The perfect Darwin souvenir could include a jewelry purchase from Paspaley Pearls, which produces the world's most rare and valuable pearls. Alternatively, visit Paperbark Woman, a store that stocks clothing, bags, accessories and home wares designed using textiles produced by indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders. Traditional boomerangs and other aboriginal artifacts make great souvenirs.

INSIDER TIP

Darwin experiences a tropical climate, so people wear shorts year-round.

DAY 10 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Romaine lettuce tossed with radicchio, herb croutons and cheese. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

Romaine lettuce tossed with radicchio, herb croutons and cheese. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant.
Welcoming dining room with special dishes & spectacular wines. Fine dining at the best vacation cruise restaurant Chefs Table

Things to Do

Hot Lasagna
Giovanni's Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.

Lobster & Alaska king crab main entree, served at the Elegant Chefs Table restaurant. One of the best cruise line fine dining
Chef's Table

AS VIP AS CAN BE

Located in an intimate, exclusive spot onboard, this private epicurean experience for a limited number of guests, treats you to a five-course, menu and wine tasting.

DAY 11 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Performer in the Jazz Bar Lounge Performing for Guests

Performer in the Jazz Bar Lounge Performing for Guests

Things to Do

Two couples at Music Hall Enjoying the Live Bands
Live bands

THEY'RE PLAYING YOUR SONG

Pick the genre you please and you're likely to find a band of talented musicians onboard to match, from live jazz to cover bands, quartets, Latin, and acoustic performers across the fleet nightly.

Mystery Dinner Theater

DINNER AND A MYSTERY

Reserve your spot at this funny dinner whodunnit starring our professional cast of highly suspicious characters— and you. Will you be the first to solve the murder?

DAY 12 - TENDERED

Benoa, Bali

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
EXPLORE BALI'S

QUIET SIDE

Use your stopover in Benoa to enjoy the splendor of Nusa Dua, home to some of Bali's most pristine beaches and a great spot for surfing or watersports. Then, get to know the local traditions: Check out the white stone architecture of the Hindu temple Pura Dalem Ning Lan Taman Beji and the intricate, colorful designs of Coa Eng Bio Buddhist temple.

Manta Bay or Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida Island, Bali, Indonesia
Hang out spot on the beaches of bali with pillows and lights
The Vihara Satya Dharma in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

Use your stopover in Benoa to enjoy the splendor of Nusa Dua, home to some of Bali's most pristine beaches and a great spot for surfing or watersports. Then, get to know the local traditions: Check out the white stone architecture of the Hindu temple Pura Dalem Ning Lan Taman Beji and the intricate, colorful designs of Coa Eng Bio Buddhist temple.

Manta Bay or Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida Island, Bali, Indonesia
Hang out spot on the beaches of bali with pillows and lights
The Vihara Satya Dharma in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
Things To Do

in Benoa

View of the Nusa Dua Beach on a sunny day in Bali, Indonesia

Beach Bali

The beaches at Nusa Dua are known for being some of Bali's cleanest and most beautiful, as well as its least crowded. Relax in the white sands at Pantai Geger — the water temperatures here are among Bali's warmest. Then, take the boat out to Turtle Island, where you can see the area's cutest aquatic animals in a protected conservation area.

Uluwatu Temple Pura Luhur in Bali, Indonesia

Say Your Prayers

You don't need to be religious to feel divine upon arriving at Uluwatu Temple, a famous oceanside Hindu shrine that's only a short drive from Benoa. Gawk at the scenic views you enjoy from the top, or make friends with the mischievous monkeys who call the temple grounds home.

A sculpture depicting Indonesian history in a local Bali art museum

Learn Local Culture

Speaking of Balinese heritage, stopping in Benoa also puts you in easy reach of the Pasifika Museum with your Bali cruise. Here, you can discover artwork both from renowned local Balinese artists and notable European immigrants, as well as historical artifacts from the greater South Pacific region.

Traditional Seafood Satay and Rice in Bali, Indonesia

Local Cuisine

Hindu Bali is notable as the only island of an otherwise Muslim Indonesia. That means that pork is served, and Babi Guling — whole roasted pig, Balinese-style — is the traditional preparation. But other great eats aren't far away, either. Try satay, grilled meat skewered and served with an accompanying sauce: Seafood versions like prawns are popular here. Vegetarians can enjoy tofu dishes or sayur mesanten, veggies braised in coconut milk.

Traditional henna and arts on the crafts in Bali, Indonesia

Shopping

Benoa doesn't have a central shopping area, so you'll need to visit the gift shops of local hotels for the best souvenir shopping. Popular choices include Melia Bali and the Goodway Hotel, where you can buy colorful Batik fabric or traditional Balinese incense during your Bali cruise.

INSIDER TIP

Don't underestimate the size of Bali. While destinations like Kuta and Ubud appear to be close to Benoa, unpredictable driving conditions mean it's best to stay relatively closeby.

DAY 13 - AT SEA

CRUISING

LIGHTS OUT NIGHTS OUT

VY, Voyager, revite, public rooms, revitalization, Schooner Bar, bar, restaurant, dining, drinks,
Quill & compass, pub, promenade, bar,  radiance of the seas, RD, guitar player, entertainment, onboard activity, lounge, bartender, revitalization, english pub

VY, Voyager, revite, public rooms, revitalization, Schooner Bar, bar, restaurant, dining, drinks,
Quill & compass, pub, promenade, bar,  radiance of the seas, RD, guitar player, entertainment, onboard activity, lounge, bartender, revitalization, english pub

Things to Do

QN, Quantum of the Seas, public spaces, Schooner Bar, piano, entertainment, lounge, dining, drinks
Schooner Bar

THE SCHOONER THE BETTER

There's always a crowd gathered around the piano at The Schooner Bar, one of our signature bars and a guest favorite. Drop by to take in the nautical theme, and stay to join in with the piano sing-alongs while enjoying your favorite cocktail.

onboard or on board,  bar,  people drinking alcoholic drinks in onboard or on board Wig & Gavel; Gavel Pub,  mariner of the seas, voyager class, MA
English Pub

PINTS AND POURS FOR EVERY SHORE

Meet your mates for a pint. This is an authentic English spot to enjoy British racing decor while you sip UK-inspired cocktails, scotch, whiskeys and ales, of course.

DAY 14 - DOCKED

Port Hedland, Australia

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
3:00 PM

HEDLAND-VENTURE

A day in Port Hedland is the perfect opportunity to take a walking tour. The Visitors Center has self-guided maps for street art and historic trails. Check out the West End neighborhood, where you can pop into the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery to get a look at the work of local artists. To learn more about the mining industry here, there are guided tours of BHP's Nelson Point facility, too.

A Hakea tree during twilight in Port Hedland, Australia
Pretty Pool, a popular swimming hole in Port Hedland, Australia
Aerial view of Port Hedland, Australia

A day in Port Hedland is the perfect opportunity to take a walking tour. The Visitors Center has self-guided maps for street art and historic trails. Check out the West End neighborhood, where you can pop into the Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery to get a look at the work of local artists. To learn more about the mining industry here, there are guided tours of BHP's Nelson Point facility, too.

A Hakea tree during twilight in Port Hedland, Australia
Pretty Pool, a popular swimming hole in Port Hedland, Australia
Aerial view of Port Hedland, Australia
Things To Do

in Port Hedland

Australian aboriginal art in Port Hedland, Australia

Walk With the Arts

Pick up a self-guided street art walking tour guide from the Visitors Center to find the best murals in Port Hedland's West End neighborhood. Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery's collection includes work from indigenous, local and national artists and photographers. Spinifex Hill Studios is the town's only Aboriginal art center.

Sand piles and cargo ships at Port Hedland, Australia

Follow the Heritage Trail

The Cultural and Heritage Trail takes you by Port Hedland's most historical sights. You can pick up a self-guided map from the Visitors Center and visit places like the old St. Matthews Church, SS Koombana Lookout and Don Rhodes Mining Museum. The route goes primarily by the shorelines, so you'll have great views of the Indian Ocean along the way.

Bulk Fuel Tanks in Port Hedland, Australia

Industrial Interest

Learn more about Port Hedland's important shipping and mining industries through the Visitors Center's organized tours. They do Seafarers Center Harbor and Port Facility tours, as well as a BHP tour — one of the world's leading iron ore producers. The best port view is also from Marapikurrinya Park.

Curried Crab Fry from Port Hedland, Australia

Local Cuisine

The Esplanade Port Hedland has a beautiful garden courtyard. Their brunch dishes include cinnamon French toast and banana and chocolate chip pancakes. For lunch, try the seafood red curry or slow-braised ox cheek. Cruise to Port Hedland and head to Heddy's Bar and Bistro for crispy prawns and salt-and-pepper squid.

Traditional aborigine ornamental boomerang from Port Hedland, Australia

Shopping

The Visitors Center is truly a must-visit stop in Port Hedland. It stocks locally-made products and Port Hedland keepsakes, such as boomerangs and books. The Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery has jewelry and home wares, and Spinifex Hill Studios has an extensive local Aboriginal artwork collection for sale, too.

INSIDER TIP

Port Hedland has a tropical climate, so it's summer weather year-round.

DAY 15 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch
Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas

Things to Do

Man Climbing Down the Rock Wall
Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Family Playing Mini Golf on Liberty of the Seas
Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 16 - TENDERED

Geraldton, Australia

ARRIVES:
9:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
THE COOL KID

OF THE CORAL COAST

Get your adventure underway by exploring Geraldton on foot. Start at the HMAS Sydney II Memorial — the site honors the sinking of its titular ship with a sculpture garden designed for quiet contemplation. Visit St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral, a modern church that blends French Renaissance and California Mission styles. Walk along the Foreshore to the Esplanade, and take in the vista at 360-degree viewing platform. Then, get some sun, sand and surf at Champion Beach.

Scenic red and white Moore Lighthouse Point on blue sky in Geraldton, Western Australia
Perspective view of St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral with Twin Towers and Dome with blue sky in Geraldton, Western Australia
The dome of soul of the HMAS Sydney II Memorial in Geraldton, Western Australia

Get your adventure underway by exploring Geraldton on foot. Start at the HMAS Sydney II Memorial — the site honors the sinking of its titular ship with a sculpture garden designed for quiet contemplation. Visit St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral, a modern church that blends French Renaissance and California Mission styles. Walk along the Foreshore to the Esplanade, and take in the vista at 360-degree viewing platform. Then, get some sun, sand and surf at Champion Beach.

Scenic red and white Moore Lighthouse Point on blue sky in Geraldton, Western Australia
Perspective view of St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral with Twin Towers and Dome with blue sky in Geraldton, Western Australia
The dome of soul of the HMAS Sydney II Memorial in Geraldton, Western Australia
Things To Do

in Geraldton

Leaning tree by the road near Geraldton, Australia

Put It in Drive

Learn more about Geraldton's Aboriginal history by following the Yamaji Drive Trail. Fortunately, a lot of the trail is located in Geraldton, so it's great for walking, too. Or head 20 minutes outside the city to Greenough, a historical settlement that's known for its leaning trees along the Brand Highway.

The dome of soul of the HMAS Sydney II Memorial in Geraldton, on hill in the middle of town, Western Australia

A Site to Remember

Historians call the loss of HMAS Sydney II one of Australia's greatest naval tragedies — the ship disappeared without a trace during World War II. At the center of the calming, contemplative layout overlooking the water is a dome erected on seven pillars representing the states of Australia, and the Wall of Remembrance bears the names of the 645 people who died in the sinking.

A railway jetty in Geraldton, Australia

Fun on the Foreshore

Start at the Esplanade's 360-degree viewing platform, then walk along the Foreshore to Town Beach, Yamaji Art Centre, Geraldton Water Park or the Museum of Geraldton, where you see local history and maritime exhibitions.

Boild rock lobster is local cuisine in Geraldton, Australia

Local Cuisine

The Coral Coast is known for its Western rock lobsters, and you can find plenty of spots serving up the local delicacy in Geraldton. Head to the Esplanade for the full rock lobster experience — it's best enjoyed alongside ocean views. Geraldton also has lots of hip eateries serving internationally inspired modern dishes like tea-smoked duck pancakes or pork belly with coconut, ginger and chili.

Australian leather hats made of kangaroo leather and cowhide

Shopping

Purchase a souvenir from the Aussie Shop, which stocks both Australian and Geraldton souvenirs, including t-shirts, magnets, books and even kangaroo skin hats. Alternatively, you can check out Chimere Pearls — they sell handcrafted jewelry made with pearls sourced from farms on the nearby Abrolhos islands.

INSIDER TIP

Geraldton is one of the world's windsurfing capitals, so dress appropriately for unexpected gusts.

DAY 17 - Arrival Day

Perth (Fremantle), Australia

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SUNNY SIDE

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Before you leave Perth, take a day trip to experience more of what Western Australia has to offer. From Fremantle, it's only a 25-minute ferry ride to Rottnest Island, which is home to beautiful beaches and quokkas, a cute and curious native Australian animal. Or, you can check out the Swan Valley and Margaret River winemaking regions and taste your way through Rieslings and Chardonnays on the vineyards.

Aerial view of the Perth skyline
Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Australia
Palm trees in Kings Park

Before you leave Perth, take a day trip to experience more of what Western Australia has to offer. From Fremantle, it's only a 25-minute ferry ride to Rottnest Island, which is home to beautiful beaches and quokkas, a cute and curious native Australian animal. Or, you can check out the Swan Valley and Margaret River winemaking regions and taste your way through Rieslings and Chardonnays on the vineyards.

Aerial view of the Perth skyline
Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Australia
Palm trees in Kings Park
Things To Do

in Perth (Fremantle)

An underground tunnel in Perth, Australia

Jailhouse Rocks

Fremantle Prison is Australia's most intact former convict establishment. After 140 years in operation, it only closed its doors as a maximum security jail in 1991. Fremantle Prison opened to the public one-year later and welcomes thousands of visitors annually. There are interesting tours daily and interactive exhibits, too.

Famous monument in King Park in Perth, Australia

Be King for a Day

Perth's Kings Park is bigger than New York's Central Park. Visit its 750-year-old boab tree, walk over the treetops on a suspended bridge, see the State War Memorial, take photos of the Swan River and skyline or do one of the various daily free walking tours on offer.

An aerial viw of Leighton Beach with lots of beach goers enjoying the day in Perth

Get Some Beach Time

Perth and Fremantle's beaches are known for their turquoise waters and gentle waves. Cottesloe Beach is one of the most popular, and it has many waterfront cafes and restaurants. Leighton Beach is another picture-perfect option, while City Beach is the closest beach to Perth's city center.

Roasted tiger prawns on the barbecue

Local Cuisine

Around Perth, you'll find lots of restaurants specializing in the fruits of the locals waters. Seek out Exmouth tiger prawns, Cervantes lobster and Bremer Bay abalone. But you'll also discover that modern Australian food is all about fun. During your Perth cruise, grab a salted caramel popcorn milkshake from Whisk. Or try the Chinese-style steamed bun filled with barbecue pulled pork at Pleased to Meet You.

Find didgeridoos while shopping in Aboriginal museums in Australia

Shopping

City Gifts and Souvenirs stocks the largest range of gifts in Perth. Purchase Australian-made wallets, postcards or even a toy quokka. Creative Native is an Aboriginal Art Gallery and Emporium. They stock contemporary and authentic indigenous paintings, didgeridoos and boomerangs, as well as clothing, gift and home wares.

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