Four Days In Australia Aboard The Dawn Princess
A Visit To Hobart, Australia
From Sydney, the Dawn Princess sails south to Hobart, Tasmania, the second oldest city in Australia. The more than 90 historical buildings here create a charming old town atmosphere, contrasted beautifully by the contemporary esthetics of the city’s wharf.
The crossing to Hobart is an ideal time to enjoy the activities and entertainment offered aboard ship. Three swimming pools, a gym and spa, eight cafes and restaurants, children’s clubs, an Internet center, and sports courts are just a few of the options available. Upon arrival in Tasmania, the ship will dock in the beautiful deep water harbor of Hobart, where adventures aplenty await on shore.
A highlight of Hobart, Salamanca Market is a great place to start the Tasmanian experience. Here guests will find artisans working at their crafts and selling their wares, as well as restaurants and shops that add to the ambiance of the market. It is a popular place for locals and tourists alike, and is housed in 19th century warehouses originally built to accommodate the whaling industry which once thrived in Australia.
Behind Salamanca Market is Battery Point, the historical core of this colonial city. From there, a fifteen minute walk brings one to Hobart’s famous Botanical Gardens, sub-Antarctic gardens unlike any other botanical display in the world, and well worth a visit.
Hobart has its share of world class museums and galleries as well. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, and the Museum of Old and New Art offer art and artifacts telling the history of this part of Australia.
Visitors may also tour the oldest brewery in Australia, as well as the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory. Both offer free samples.
On the horizon, Mount Wellington can be seen standing guard over the city. There are buses to take visitors to the summit. Once there, they can stroll and enjoy panoramic views of Tasmania, spectacular views unmatched elsewhere in Australia.
After a full day of Tasmanian adventures, its back to the ship for a fun-filled evening. Nightclubs, shows, the casino, and even movies under the stars beckon aboard ship. Early next morning the ship arrives at Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia.
Melbourne, Australia’s Second Largest City
Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia, and has an impressive collection of Victorian-era architectural structures. Visitors may tour the city center, and the Golden Mile. There one finds government buildings, galleries, cafes, boutiques, venues offering live music, and many opportunities to shop. The Docklands, a new, trendy area with waterside cafes and fashionable boutiques, is also a favorite of cruise ship passengers.
The city boasts the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the historical Carlton district, it has seven main galleries, including a children’s area, and three rotating display facilities.The Melbourne Museum features a broad range of exhibits about Australia and the world which surrounds it.
The Yarra River flows through the center of the city, and has beautiful walking paths along its shores. Southgate, on the south bank of the Yarra, offers a promenade with cafes, and an arts and craft market which opens on Sundays only. Those who prefer to explore the countryside may consider a trip to Philip Island. Upon crossing a bridge to exit Melbourne, a ninety minutes journey by car offers an opportunity to experience the “Penguin Parade” and other native wildlife encounters, or to take a steam train tour of the beautiful countryside. Along the way, a relaxing picnic lunch at the Royal Botanic Gardens is a wonderful option. The gardens are considered among the finest botanical oases in the world.
For sports enthusiasts, Melbourne sits at the center of paradise. Australian Rules Football, the Melbourne Cup horse races, games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Australian Open tennis tournament, Formula One Grand Prix Racing, and Rugby are the main sporting events here. They attract visitors to Australia from all over the world. A check of the schedules is advised, to see what events will be taking place during the ship’s visit to Melbourne. Cruise guests may also enjoy a visit to the National Sports Museum, the only museum in Australia which is dedicated exclusively to sport.
A cruise is an inexpensive way to experience Australia, while enjoying every minute of the journey. No need to worry about hotel reservations or restaurants, and the shipboard entertainment caters to every member of the family. A four-day cruise from Sydney to Melbourne via Tasmania is an amazing way to explore some of the most interesting sights in the southern hemisphere.
We thank Skedaddle Car Hire, the road travel experts in Australia, for this guest post. If you’d like to know more about any destinations in Australia, head to Skedaddle’s page and explore their guides to each tourist town and major city.
This piece was edited by Andrew Kruglanski, of Cruisin Susan Cruise Blog.
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