The sights and attractions of the lands ‘Down Under’ have to be seen to be believed. We cruise on the small and comfortable Black Watch and sail from highlight to highlight. We’ll sightsee cities with magnificent skylines, rated as the most desirable places in the world to live. We’ll walk amongst diverse landscapes evoking mythical worlds and visit spectacular sights with geysers, gorges and golden beaches. We’ll sail the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia.
This holiday begins with an overnight hotel stay in Auckland at the beginning of the cruise and an overnight in Cairns before the return flight.
Our unique shore walks and excursions include:
Auckland: We spend two days in New Zealand’s largest city, spectacularly located between two oceans, exploring this modern metropolis and also walking in the Waitakere Ranges National Park with more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest and coastline.
Rotorua: With a local guide we take a hike in the Waimangu Valley before visiting the geothermal area with its jaw dropping geysers and Maori heritage
Wellington: We use a local guide to explore the world’s ‘coolest‘ capital with its vibrant arts scene and active outdoor lifestyle before relaxing on one of the capital’s many beaches.
Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds: Black Watch cruises through some of the most spectacular scenery in and Dusky Sounds the world. Be sure to have your binoculars and camera at the ready for viewing bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, and penguins as you glide through some of the world’s most incredible natural wonders.
Sydney: Two full days in Sydney give us time to fully explore this wonderful city, including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Manly Beach and the Sydney Harbour National Park.
Brisbane: With a local guide we explore the Gold Coast beaches and flora & fauna of the forests, with some of the best views of New South Wales.
Great Barrier Reef: We have two full days cruising this World Heritage listed site with Barrier Reef the opportunity to scuba dive, fish or take a sail boat trip from Hamilton Island.
Cairns: Our final stop, where we explore the city of Cairns, Port Douglas and the beautiful Cooya Beach. Here we’ll catch and cook our own lunch before overnighting at a beachfront hotel.