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The Best Time to Take an Australian Cruise

Cruising with Carnival® to Australia is a great vacation plan for travelers of all ages. World-famous for its diving, surfing, wildlife and metropolitan culture, Australia is a blast year-round. The “land down under” is a big area and our Australian cruises make time for you to discover some hidden gems as well as popular destinations. From beautiful islands and vibrant cities to colorful reefs teeming with sea life, you’ll definitely find what you are looking for on one of our Australian cruises.

a wide view of the sydney city skyline with the sydney opera house

With so much to see and do while exploring the Australian continent, be sure to consider the following factors while planning your trip. Taking some time to plan ahead, gives you more time to focus on your vacation later. Here are some things to think about before you go:

Plan for Your Best Weather

The Australian continent boasts some of the most stunning, natural topography Mother Nature has to offer. It’s a destination designed for enjoying the outdoors and you will definitely want to plan ahead for the weather.

Keep in mind that Australia’s seasons are opposite of those in the northern hemisphere, so June to August is Australia’s winter season. The winter climate is however generally pleasant and not too chilly, making it perfect for exploring the city. From December to February it’s summertime in Australia. The hotter weather typical of this season is ideal for beaches, snorkeling and surfing!

Whichever season you choose, you’ll be able to take advantage of all that Australia has to offer with Carnival’s selection of cruises.

mount wellington in hobart, tasmania in australia

Who Are You Traveling With?

A cruise to Australia can be a memorable experience for anyone, from families to adults and groups. If you are not traveling with children and you don’t need to worry about school vacations, consider taking a cruise in November. This is when you’ll find the most departures to all our Australian cruise destinations. And don’t forget, the weather will be splendid this time of year, too.

If you are traveling with children, consider taking a holiday cruise during their school’s winter break. After all, the kids will never forget celebrating Christmas in shorts and a t-shirt—remember, in Australia it’s summer in December! And rest assured, no matter who is in your travel gang, we have exciting shore excursions to choose from that everyone is sure to love.

let it snow holiday party onboard a carnival ship

Getting to Your Port

Carnival cruises to Australia depart from some of the country’s most vibrant and lively destinations, like Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. Make the most of these locales by flying to your port of call a day. That way, you can take in the sights in these world-class cities, even before boarding your Carnival cruise. Whether it’s sparkling beaches and iconic architecture in Sydney or wineries along the Yarra River in Melbourne, you’ll be glad you took the time to explore these stunning ports.

From the Great Barrier Reef to Tasmania and everywhere in between, any one of our Australian cruises is bound to be an unforgettable adventure. Just choose the best date and time for you to set sail and remember, we have cruises departing year round, so the fun never stops!

carnival splendor sailing across the ocean

What better way to explore Australia than on a cruise aboard Carnival Spirit or Carnival Splendor, with fun surprises around every corner. Just pick your destination and departure dateand before you know it you’ll be kicking back in the Outback without a care in the world.

All aboard!