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Australia Small Ship Cruises for Reef, Outback & Wild Coasts

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AdventureSmith’s Australia small ship cruises visit far-flung locales to dive deep into local culture, vast landscapes and the unique wildlife that make Australia famous. Whether you choose to cruise the northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef or all the way down to Tasmania, we have an Australia small ship cruise itinerary to show you true adventure.

Aboard small Australian cruises you’ll hike remote beaches, explore outback wilderness and snorkel reef locations not accessible to day tours or larger ships. Plus, all our small cruise ships are Australian flagged, meaning they are owned, operated and crewed by Aussies. Enjoy the local cuisine, wine and famed hospitality on an immersive Australian cruise.

Small Ship Cruises Australia

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Australia is the smallest continent and yet the largest island in the world. Its coastline covers 37,119 miles, making it prime for small ship cruising. Australia small ship cruises are the best way to actively explore nature and culture up close, in an intimate setting away from tourist crowds. Join us in small ship cruising around Australia to experience this great country with ease and unique access. Our Australian cruises are incredibly diverse in their range.

Visit Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, a 1,400-mile strip of coral that covers a total area of 133,000 square miles. Our Western Australia small ship cruises focus on the Kimberley, one of the world’s last wilderness frontiers famed for its canyons and freshwater swimming holes. In the Northern Territory, explore the “Top End,” culture-rich Arnhem Land and Cape York. And from Victoria, visit the locals’ favorite island of Tasmania, aka “Tassie.”

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Australia Small Ship Cruises
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AdventureSmith’s Australian cruises let you experience this big, wild country in an active, efficient way. From the famed Great Barrier Reef to the remote Kimberley, let our experienced team guide you through the wide array of Australia small ship cruises and expedition ships. Why cruise Australia with us?

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Work with one dedicated U.S.-based specialist to purchase & prepare for your Australia cruise.

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We can match you with trusted Australia small cruise ships, all intimate at under 150 guests.

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Our relationships with reputable Australian cruise operators result in tried & trusted cruises.

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Snorkel, scuba dive, hike… guides & gear are included while small ship cruising Australia.

Australia small ship cruise passengers walk on the shoreline with the ship at anchor in the bay and two skiffs in the water

Australian Cruises 2024 & 20245

Australia cruises are in full effect. Australian cruises in 2024 and 2025 feature genuine Australian hospitality, plus wildlife and iconic landscapes that have made Australia famous.

Sail farther on 2024 Australia cruises, along western Australia and south Australia. Expect a lot more departures to choose from going into 2024 since the Australia cruise season now lasts all year long.

Cruise Australia’s Isolated Coastline In Style

Sail far beyond the reach of what most Australia cruises see. Our Australia small ship cruises sail isolated coastlines, national park and remote reef, all in a safe, unique, exciting and carefree way. Australia cruises with AdventureSmith take you hiking on a walkabout, kayaking, diving, snorkeling and more. You’ll experience the Great Barrier Reef’s most remote reef alongside skilled naturalist guides, sail safely along the remote Kimberley coastline’s towering waterfalls or head south to cruise around Tasmania.

Our team is here to assist you choose your Australia cruise and manage all the logistics that come with planning international travel today. Our worldwide expertise and U.S.-based customer service are the perfect match to pair you with the top immersive, small cruise ships in Australia.

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“Our Australia small ship cruises focus on wildlife, remote reef and culture.”


Small Ship Cruises Australia

Temperature & Rainfall

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 79 79 77 73 66 62 60 64 68 72 75 77
Avg. Low (F) 66 66 64 59 54 48 46 48 52 57 60 64
Avg. Water Temp (F) 74 75 75 72 69 66 66 65 65 66 68 71
Avg. Rainfall (Inches) 4.0 4.6 5.2 5.0 4.6 5.2 3.8 3.1 2.7 3.0 3.0 3.0

Feel the Breeze on Australian Coastal Cruises

Even in the heat of the summer, you’ll feel the breeze aboard our small cruise ships in Australia. Australia’s varied environments, ranging from desert to tropical, make for a diverse climate perfect for year-round travel. From Kimberley cruises in Australia’s fall and winter to Great Barrier Reef and Tasmania cruises in Australia’s summer, AdventureSmith has an Australia small ship cruise for nearly every travel season. Note that the climate data above is for Sydney, Australia. Keep reading for more climate averages for other popular ports on our Australia small ship cruises.

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Small Ship Cruises Australia

Learn why remote small ship cruising and snorkeling are some of the best ways to see the Great Barrier Reef and its famous coral in this detailed family trip review from AdventureSmith's founder.
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Small Ship Cruises Australia

An AdventureSmith cruise expert goes aboard in Australia to write this ship review of the 120-guest Coral Adventurer. Read about her favorite features and cabin insights.
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Small Ship Cruises Australia

An AdventureSmith traveler details why you should cruise the Kimberley, the remote and rugged coastline in Northwest Australia.
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