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A Sydney to Tasmania cruise is the perfect way to discover the rugged outdoors and fascinating history and culture of Australia’s island state. Departing from Sydney, these five-night cruises combine two serene days at sea, where you’ll get to enjoy all of the luxurious amenities and entertainment venues on board, with port stops in Hobart and Port Arthur, depending on your itinerary.
Spend your overnight in Hobart exploring the city’s unique art scene, award-winning restaurants, and sprawling artisanal markets. Venture out to the countryside, where you can sample local wine blends or interact with kangaroos and koalas. In Port Arthur, walk around the ruins of a former penal colony turned UNESCO World Heritage Site, or experience the wonder of Mother Nature at natural landmarks like the Remarkable Caves and Crescent Bay.
Before departing on a Sydney to Tasmania cruise, spend some time in Australia’s dynamic capital. Known for its gorgeous cityscapes and picturesque harbor, Sydney seamlessly mingles natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture. Visit famous landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Tower Eye. Catch a wave at Bondi Beach, a golden-sand haven with oceanfront restaurants and bars. Or make your way through Sydney’s vibrant culinary scene, tasting eclectic dishes with influences and ingredients that hail from all over the world.
The scenic peninsula of Port Arthur was once the site of Australia’s most infamous penal colony. Today, the sprawling ruins of this former prison complex are one of Tasmania’s most popular tourist destinations. Walk around this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about the site’s history and infamous residents. Or venture further out and explore beautiful bays and natural landmarks like the Remarkable Caves, a sandstone rock bridge that faces the ocean.
Explore the port city of Hobart during your overnight in this bustling Tasmanian city. Stroll alongside the city’s thriving waterfront, stopping in its restaurants, museums, cafes, and pubs. Admire the spectacular view of the city from the Mount Wellington Lookout, which towers more than 4,100 feet in the air. Or stop by a local animal conservatory and spot cuddly local species like kangaroos and koala bears.
Learn all about the unforgiving history of Port Arthur, a historic penal settlement where Australia’s most-feared convicts were once sent to serve their lengthy sentences. Take a ghost tour of the eerie premises and stop by significant buildings like the Separate Prison, where unruly inmates underwent complete isolation, and the Isle of the Dead, a cemetery for more than a thousand prisoners who perished at Port Arthur.
See Tasmania’s most famous animal, the Tasmanian devil, at a sanctuary that takes care of this endangered species. Not only will you get to see these small mammals up close, but you’ll also have the opportunity to meet furry koalas and hand-feed kangaroos.
Discover Tasmania’s wine country during a visit to its stunning vineyards and wineries. Sample local varieties or pair a glass of crisp white wine with a plate of freshly harvested oysters, another regional delicacy.