If you think you know all there is to know about Australia, think again. Part two of our series on the spectacular Circumnavigation of Australia Grand Voyage highlights several intriguing destinations perhaps only recognized by name.
The multi-cultural coastal town of Broome will be one of the many stops in Western Australia and notable as a holiday destination. The white sands and turquoise blue Indian Ocean waters of Cable Beach make the area a popular draw, and visitors can enjoy everything from riding a camel at sunset on the beach to learning how South Sea pearls are made. Thanks to the year-round warm temperatures, dining al fresco (particularly on the beach) is recommended and be sure to sample the local favorites, Mango craft beer and smoked barramundi. Dinosaur trails (the proof is in the rock footprints), snubfin dolphin sightings and Aboriginal walking tours await.
And if it’s adventure you are looking for, Darwin, the capital city of the country’s Northern Territory, is just the place. Saltwater crocodiles are on display at the Crocosaurus Cove (fearless visitors can view them face to face in the “Cage of Death”). And while we are on the subject of crocodiles, the local grilled crocodile can be found on the menu. Commune with nature at Kakadu, the world’s largest terrestrial park or swim in the city’s numerous lush lagoons (Sweets Lagoons and Berry Springs Nature Reserve) and the cascading waterfalls found at Litchfield National Park. History buffs will enjoy Darwin’s fascinating involvement during World War II at the Darwin Military Museum and catch the multimedia Defense of Darwin Experience.
Located on the northwest coast of Tasmania, Burnie is a vibrant, cultural beachside city concentrated on the arts – everything from art galleries and a contemporary museum to textile, glass, handmade paper, whiskey and cheese-making that has given the city its well-earned name “City of Makers.” Here you can find Australia’s largest whiskey distillery, Hellyers Rd Distillery. Open to the public, visitors can see how an award-winning single malt whiskey is made (tastings available) and view the scenic pastoral lands of the Emu Valley that also houses some 22,000 plants at the Rhododendron Garden. A look at the past can be found at the Pioneer Village and Museum where life at the turn of the century is recreated. Here you can view vignettes from an old butter factory, carpenter and chemist shop and the Wellington Times Printery.
South Australia’s capital of Adelaide offers a variety of cultural and natural history activities. Aptly named the “City of Churches” due to its architecturally rich church buildings, Adelaide also offers great shopping, food, art, and the occasional kangaroo and koala sighting. Chic boutiques can be found in the city’s East End district at Rundle Street along with arts and antiques on Magill Road. Foodies will not want to miss the delicacies at Adelaide Central Market while 42,000 works of colonial and contemporary art can be viewed at the Art Gallery of South Australia. And the Adelaide Zoo is also home to Australian sea lions, Aldabra tortoise, Tasmanian Devil and the exotic Sumatran Tiger.
Explore these wonderful destinations with 59 FREE Shore Excursions, plus, enjoy three extraordinary overnights in Cairns, Bali and Melbourne. Unique experiences await on this voyage of a lifetime.