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Shore Excursions in Australia

By Viator, September 2014

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Australia is no stranger to cruise ships. With 259 pulling into Sydney Harbour alone this season, you can bet the country has plenty of shore excursions that keep visitors coming back for more.

While a full list of shore excursions in Australia would take all day to get through, we’ve compiled some of the most loved and some of the most undervalued activities to help you decide what to experience in this great big land down under.

Sydney Bridgeclimb is the quintessential Australian urban experience. Photos of Sydney Harbour with the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are some of the most famous views in the world. See the splendour of Sydney Harbour from a different angle as you climb up above the crowds and take in the view from the top of the Bridge. Our pick for the most underrated experience? Taking a day trip up to the natural wonderland of the Blue Mountains.

Heading South, a private city tour of Melbourne is one of the best ways to see this vibrant city on a shore excursion. The 4-hour tour takes you to some of the best sights and hidden attractions the city has to offer. Another popular shore excursion in Melbourne is visiting the Healesville Animal Sanctuary and getting up close and personal to Australia’s unique wildlife.

To the north of Sydney, cruise ships heavily frequent Newcastle, Brisbane and Cairns. One of the best shore excursions from Newcastle is a day trip Hunter Valley wine country. Brisbane shore excursions include trips to the Australia Zoo and Gold Coast theme parks. Of the ports north of Sydney, however, Cairns is one of the most popular for the opportunity it provides to get out to see the reef. Visit the pontoon or take a trip out to the spectacular Green Island.
 
Rounding out Australia’s best cruise ship destinations are Darwin, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. Shore excursions from Darwin include day trips into the surrounding national parks – hands down the best spots to see in the area. A day spent on a crocodile cruise, however, is not to be discounted. Cruise ships arriving in Perth dock at Freemantle, making it an easy and popular location to tour.

Adelaide is a less frequented city by cruise ships, which is a benefit for those who do stop there. Take advantage of lesser crowds on a shore excursion into the Barossa Valley wine region, or spend the day exploring Kangaroo Island. Hobart, the capital of Australia’s wilderness state, is best experienced by getting out of the city. Shore excursions that include a glimpse of Tasmania’s wilderness are incredibly popular, but don’t discount the history to be seen on a Hobart walking tour.

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Melbourne Shore Excursion: Healesville Sanctuary and Puffing Billy Steam Train

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 5 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Melbourne, you’ll be picked up at the port and taken inland to check out the Healesville Sanctuary and the Puffing Billy Stream ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.61

Melbourne Shore Excursion: Private City Tour

While your ship's in port in Melbourne visit the highlights of the city on a private 4-hour tour with an expert guide. Your guide will accompany you to ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.38

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney and Bondi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

See the sights of Sydney and Bondi while you’re in port in Sydney with a hop-on hop-off tour. Travel in an open-top double-decker bus, and see the best of ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 24 hour pass

From USD $34.65

Cairns Shore Excursion: Green Island by Helicopter and Cruise

Soak up the sun on Green Island when you’re in port in Cairns, and experience the Great Barrier Reef from the air and the sea. Flying in a helicopter from ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $388.98

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney BridgeClimb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge on a shore excursion that’s not to be missed – the BridgeClimb is the ultimate Sydney experience that’s got everyone talking! While ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $188.86

Sydney Shore Excursion: Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip

Explore the Blue Mountains National Park–including Wentworth Falls, Jamison Valley, Echo Point, the Grose River Valley, and the Three Sisters–with an ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $171.53

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Take a guided walking tour of Sydney Opera House while your cruise ship is in port to experience one of the world’s most famous performing arts centers. Plus, ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $32.05

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Tower Restaurant Buffet

For a complete overview of Sydney when your cruise ship docks in port, enjoy lunch at the panoramic Sydney Tower Restaurant. Be wowed by the sight of Sydney at ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.65

Perth Shore Excursion: History of Fremantle Walking Tour

When your ship docks in Fremantle, take a shore excursion for a walking tour through the dynamic port city–known for its historical sites, well-preserved ...  Read more

Location: Perth, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.65

Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Thrill Ride: 30 Minutes

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Feel the need for speed on this full-throttle jet boat shore excursion from Circular Quay! Blast off on Australia's most popular jet boating adventure. See ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: 30 minutes

From USD $51.98
$64.97 Save $12.99

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