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6 Must-See Southern Australia Cruise Ports

6 Must-See Southern Australia Cruise Ports

Southern Australia is a destination on your doorstep just waiting to be discovered.

Be fascinated by historical mining towns, wowed by wildlife wonderlands and captivated by unique landscapes only available on a south coast cruise.

Plus, for a festive treat you could opt to do your Christmas shopping in Melbourne or Hobart.

Take a look at our destination highlights below, to give you some inspiration for when your holiday dreams can become a reality again.


A thriving city by the sea, Portland was the site of Victoria's first permanent settlement back in 1834, with the town quickly prospering due to the fishing and agricultural industries.

Wander through the streets and you'll find over 200 buildings of historic significance and beautifully maintained heritage buildings, many of which are made from bluestone.

Visit the Maritime Discovery Centre for a fascinating insight into Portland's long seafaring history and then climb aboard the Portland Cable Tram for a trip through the Botanic Gardens, the Powerhouse Vintage Car Museum, WWII Memorial Lookout Tower and the Cable Tram Museum.

For a wonderful wildlife treat, be wowed by over 600 fur seals whilst out on Cape Bridgewater, see the incredible petrified forest and then head to Cape Nelson for a glimpse of whales at play.

If it's retail therapy you desire, pop to Percy Street with its many retail outlets and eateries spilling over into Bentinck Street which overlooks the town's marina and the expansive sands of Nuns Beach.


If you like seafood, Port Lincoln is for you. The city on South Australia's Lower Eyre Peninsula, is home to Australia's largest commercial fishing fleet, with some of the freshest and most sought after seafood in the world.

A visit to the oyster farm near the port is a must where you can taste fresh oysters harvested on the very same day.

Visit Coffin Bay National Park to marvel at some of the world’s most pristine beaches, an abundance of wildlife and native floral displays.

Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Port Lincoln and its surroundings and learn how this small coastal town has more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in Australia.


Once best known for its industrial roots, Burnie has experienced a renaissance in recent years and is now a vibrant and creative city on Tasmania’s north-west coast.

Take a downtown stroll to find an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and cafes and enjoy the coffee, cheese, seafood and whisky that this small port town is now famous for. You can also enjoy the area’s arts and crafts with many museums and workshops based throughout the town.
An iconic feature of the Tasmanian landscape is beautiful Cradle Mountain. A combination of lakes, forests, fauna and stunning scenery means an optional tour here would certainly be a highlight of your trip.

Visit the Maker’s Workshop, where you'll be given a tour of Australia’s largest handmade paper studio, Creative Paper. View full-size paper sculptures and a range of wonderful paper products including the most unusual ‘Roo Poo Paper’ incorporating a special kangaroo by-product.


Kangaroo Island is a nature lover's paradise and one of Australia's most beautiful cruise ports. Alongside the marsupials that gave this fantastic destination its name, you'll also find sea lions basking on the sandy beaches and pelicans soaring over the lagoons.

KI is the third largest island off the coast of mainland Australia and provides a photo opportunity around every corner. You'll find towering cliffs, green plains, dense bushland and impeccably clear waters as you explore this true gem in South Australia's crown.

Visit Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Distillery, the only one of its kind in South Australia, or for an award-winning botanical based experience, visit KI Spirits to learn how they produce their contemporary gins and for some tasty samples.

As you tour around the island, be sure to sample local cheeses and bush honey, freshly caught seafood, and delicious locally grown produce.


Located on the north western end of the Yorke Peninsula, Wallaroo is a town that has a fabulous legacy of fascinating old buildings, houses, churches and the ruins of the once famous copper smelters.

Take a leisurely stroll into town and pass the Old Town Hall, the railway station, and the Cornucopia Hotel, before arriving at the Old Post Office. This historic building has been converted into the Wallaroo Heritage and Nautical Museum, and houses thousands of artifacts acting as a record of Wallaroo’s history.

Ride the train at Moonta Mine Railway and learn all about the former mining operation. You'll go past the ore sorting floors and the reservoir and you'll learn all about the history of the mine and its importance during its heyday.


Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city and successfully blends the beach with the metropolis.

Popular attractions include the Old Geelong Gaol, the botanic gardens and a vast number of museums and galleries for you to enjoy.

Don’t forget to admire the Baywalk Bollards that are scattered along the waterfront and depict characters who have played a part in Geelong’s past and present.

Stroll along the waterfront, visit the Geelong Museum of Motoring, spend the day at Victoria's largest water theme park, or explore the Geelong wine region, which is just 30 minutes' away by taxi.

In March 2020, CMV was selected as one of South Australian Tourism Commission's Tourism Champions after an exciting cruise season in SA. Take a look at some of the southern gems visited earlier this year onboard Vasco da Gama

As you can see, a cruise along the southern coast of Australia can offer a number of different experiences, activities and photo opportunites.

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