11 Night South Pacific Cruise on Voyager of the Seas from Sydney, Australia Vanuatu Luganville Coast
The 11 Night South Pacific Cruise from Sydney, Australia visits Mare, New Caledonia; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Luganville, Vanuatu; Mystery Island, Vanuatu; Lifou, Loyalty Islands; Sydney, Australia. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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11 Night South Pacific Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Voyager of the Seas
Day 1 - Sydney, Australia
Day 2 - 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Mare, New Caledonia
Day 5 - Port Vila, Vanuatu
Day 6 - Luganville, Vanuatu
Day 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Day 9 - Lifou, Loyalty Islands
Day 10 - 11 - Cruising
Day 12 - Sydney, Australia
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Vanuatu Luganville Coast
Forest and Coast of Luganville Vanuatu
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11 Night South Pacific Cruise

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Leaving from
Sydney, Australia
Onboard
Voyager of the Seas
Day Port
1
Sydney, Australia
Departs at 4:30 PM
2 - 3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
Mare, New Caledonia
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
5
Port Vila, Vanuatu
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6
Luganville, Vanuatu
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7
Cruising
Day at sea
8
Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9
Lifou, Loyalty Islands
Tendered from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
10 - 11
Cruising
Day at sea
12
Sydney, Australia
Arrives at 6:30 AM
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Your ship Voyager of the Seas

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Voyager of the Seas
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Voyager of the Seas, Anchored
Voyager of the Seas anchored
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Voyager of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas® has plenty of surprises to fill your wandering with wonder. Onboard you'll find junkanoo-jamming parades on the Promenade, Far East flavors at Izumi, and thrills on every deck, from wave riding on the FlowRider® surf simulator to late night spins around the ice-skating rink.

DISCOVER ADVENTURE ON EVERY DECK

Raise the thrill factor on the Rock Climbing Wall and hang ten on FlowRider®. Lace up your skates and put your adventure on ice, or tee up for a game of mini golf. This is your epic getaway, and you decide how to seize the day.

GOURMET GLOBETROTTING

This is one epicurean adventure your taste buds will thank you for. Savor sizzling steaks at Chops Grille℠, or indulge in a five-course foodie feast at Chef's Table. Fresh-rolled sushi awaits at Izumi, and family-style favorites will satisfy your cravings at Giovanni's Table.

SHOWS THAT HIT EVERY HIGH NOTE

Settle in for a show filled with songs from classic movies in Music in Pictures, and wander down the Great White Way in Broadway Rhythm & Rhyme. On this ship, every act is epic.

Amped Up Adventure

The newly amped up Voyager of the Seas® is packed with more ways to play on your South Pacific getaway. Gear up for a glow-in-the-dark laser tag face-off in Battle for Planet Z℠ and catch a wave on the FlowRider℠ surf simulator. Take a flavor-filled journey to the exotic Far East at Izumi and find your element with rustic Italian dishes served with a contemporary flair at Giovanni’s Table.

Day 1: Sydney, Australia

Day 1
Sydney
Australia
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Sydney, Australia, Circular quay and opera house
View of the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay with the Skyline in the distance in Australia
Things to do in
Sydney
Departs at 4:30 PM
You won't have any trouble filling up an itinerary in Sydney — there's a wealth of sights, sounds and activities here to delight adventurers of all stripes. Visit one or all of the city's three iconic landmarks: the Sydney Opera House, the massive arched Harbour Bridge and white-sanded, crescent-shaped Bondi Beach. Get your culture on at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with works from ancient tribal Australia to medieval Europe to modern times. Cruise to Sydney and check out the North Head Cliffs at Manly Beach, which offer panoramic views of the bay and the skyline, or go snorkeling along the underwater nature trail at secluded Gordon's Bay to spot starfish and sea urchins.
Sydney, Australia, Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

Go in Circles

Circular Quay is the perfect place to start exploring Sydney. You can find the Opera House here, and Harbour Bridge is within walking distance. Stride into one of the many walking and pub tours that leave from here. Just 20 minutes away, you can stretch your legs on the iconic Harbour Bridge walk, the first of its kind in the world.
Insider tip
Central Sydney is extremely walkable, so take the time to explore the little streets close to Circular Quay.
Sydney, Australia, Manly beach
People enjoying Manly beach in Sydney, Australia

Get Manly

Bondi Beach gets all the attention, but Manly Beach in the Northern Beaches is a bit more local. The Corso is lined with shops and restaurants, including local favorite, Hugo's. If surfing is your thing, this is the place to be. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a fantastic way to soak in the city's coastline.
Insider tip
Taronga Zoo is filled with indigenous animals (and yes, you can pet a koala). This zoo's biggest secret is that it has one of the best views of the city.
Sydney, Australia, The Gap at Watsons Bay
The Gap at Watsons Bay in Sydney, Australia

Walk Watsons

Hop on the ferry or one of the regular buses that go to Watsons Bay to enjoy the scenic hike around South Head. During your journey, you'll enjoy views of Sydney Harbour, North Head, the historic Hornby Lighthouse and, of course, the sapphire-blue Pacific Ocean. The Gap offers breathtaking views of the sea from the rocky cliffside.
Sydney, Australia, Fresh Rock oysters
A plate of fresh Sydney rock oysters

Local Cuisine

With all the water surrounding you, it's no surprise seafood takes center stage on many plates in the city. Head to Sydney Fish Market for giant Sydney Rock oysters or classic fish and ships. Stop into a local pie shop for a traditional Australian meat pie, or explore Sydney's international side with udon or ramen noodles at a Japanese noodle bar, or seek out shrimp dumplings in Chinatown.
Sydney, Australia, Opal ring
An opal ring displayed on a stone

Shopping

There are plenty of shopping malls in the heart of the city, including Westfield Mall, Pitt Street Mall and the wonderful Queen Victoria Building, which is now a shopping mall featuring top designers. Seek out cutting boards made from local camphor laurel — they're not only beautiful but also have natural antimicrobial properties. During your Sydney cruise vacation, look for jewelry made from opal, the national gemstone of Australia.

Day 2 - 3: Cruising

Day 2 - 3
Cruising
At Sea
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Woman Putting with her Family
Family Playing Mini Golf Onboard
CAN'T MISS FAVORITES
Allure of the Seas Mini Golf Course
Allure of the seas, Dunes, golf, games,

Mini Golf

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Day 4: Mare, New Caledonia

Day 4
Mare
New Caledonia
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Mare, New Caledonia, Coastal view
Coastal view of Mare, New Caledonia
Things to do in
Mare
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
As the southernmost Loyalty island, Mare is the first to welcome the sun's golden rays in the morning. Untouched by the outside world, the island holds a wild beauty supported by environmentally sustainable tourism. The landmass itself is formed from layers of coral, and the entire island is honeycombed with secret freshwater lagoons, grottoes and sinkholes. Cruise to Mare and head to Yejele Beach to walk the white sands and wade in the aquamarine waters punctuated by colourful coral. Descend into Trou de Bone, a limestone cave leading to lush gardens and a natural pool. Or check out the Yeiwene Yeiwene Cultural Centre to learn more about the indigenous Kanak culture and see the stone ruins of the Hnaenedr wall, which dates back to 250 AD.
Mare, New Caledonia, Rocky coast
The rocky coast on Mare, New Caledonia

A Legendary Leap

Head to Wakone called to see Le Saut du Guerrier – the Warrior's Leap. According to island legend, warrior Here Hnor was once cornered here by his enemies, and to escape, he made a daring seven-metre leap over to the other side of the cliff. Soak up the history as you stand in the same spot as the warriors of old.
Insider tip
Many of the main sights are unmarked – chat up a local to point them out to you, or hire a guide to take you around.
Mare, New Caledonia, Tropical fish and coral
Tropical fish and coral off the coast of Mare, New Caledonia

Crazy for Coral

At the Shabadran Terraces, layers of coral form an expansive reef under turquoise water and crashing waves. Every so often, water rushes through blow holes, exploding into the air with a rainbow spray. Reach the terraces with a short drive through swaying coconut trees or a two-hour hike.
Insider tip
English isn't widely spoken in Mare, only French, so keep a phrase book handy.
Mare, New Caledonia, Sea turtle in shallow water
A sea turtle swimming in shallow water

Turtle Time

Head to the La Baie des Tortues at high tide to find a wealth of turtles milling about, casually munching sea grass as they go. After checking with a local, you can swim with these gentle creatures in their natural habitat during your cruise.
Mare, New Caledonia, Chicken shish kebob
Multiple chicken shish kebobs with a bowl of salad on the side

Local Cuisine

For the best eating on Mare island, head to the casual beach-side huts. Settle down and indulge in a few brochettes – island-style skewers of chicken grilled over a fire. Eager to share the catch of the day, locals will offer you freshly caught lobster and crab platters with a rustic charm.
Mare, New Caledonia, Wooden turtle sculptures
Wooden turtle souvenir sculptures

Shopping

There are a few small market stalls where you can find little handicrafts and keepsakes. Experience Kanak fashion and get your hair braided in a traditional native style by one of the local women. You can use Australian dollars on the island to pay for any goods you want to buy. Cruise to Mare and bring home a tribal turtle sculpture for good luck.

Day 5: Port Vila, Vanuatu

Day 5
Port Vila
Vanuatu
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Port Vila, Vanuatu Mele Cascades Waterfalls
Mele cascades waterfalls at Port Vila, Vanuatu
Things to do in
Port Vila
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
In Port Vila, Vanuatu's energetic capital, you'll be greeted by friendly Bislama-speaking locals and street-side markets. Walk around the centre of town – you'll see a touch of French influence still remains in the form of bistros and murals. Cruise to Port Vila to explore the hidden waterfalls of the Mele Cascades, tucked away in the Mele village rainforest with plenty of gently sloping hiking trails. Check out Mama's Market, the cultural hub of Vanuatu, where you can sample local bananas or shop for traditional island handicrafts. Or take the 10-minute boat ride out to Pele Island: Here, you'll find picturesque beaches shaded by palm trees overlooking turquoise waters that are prime for snorkelling.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Wooden Tam Tams
Two wooden tam tamsin from tree trunks in Port Vila, Vanuatu

One for the History Books

The history of Port Vila alone is impressive – add that to the story of the entire South Pacific, and you've got the Vanuatu Cultural Centre. It houses one of the most extensive collections of South Pacific artifacts on the planet. Outrigger canoes, photos, videos and traditional sand drawing exhibitions await.
Insider tip
Public buses are cheaper than taxis and don't follow a set route. Just tell them where you want to go.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Meele Cascades Waterfalls
Slippery path with guide ropes at Meele Cascades Waterfalls in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Natural Heat Remedy

It gets pretty hot and sticky on a tropical island. Do like the locals do and cool down at the Mele Cascades Waterfall. At 45 metres high, the spray alone is refreshing. A bus ride and a brief walk up the valley gets you to this spectacular feat of nature.
Insider tip
The local language is Bislama. It is loosely based on English and can be deciphered with a little effort.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Hideaway Island
The beautiful tropical Hideaway Island by Port Vila, Vanuatu

Find the Perfect Hideaway

A quick drive and a water taxi trip will bring you to the tiny Hideaway Island. Jump right in and snorkel in crystal clear waters teeming with rainbows of fish. Jump onboard a Port Vila, Vanuatu cruise to swim to the world's only underwater post office, and post a waterproof postcard to your friends back home.
Insider tip
Water taxis are a great way to get a unique view of the town without breaking the bank.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Traditional Fried Pancakes
Traditional Fried Pancakes in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Local Cuisine

For cheap eats, go to Mama's Market, where you can sample taro root pancakes, Vanuatu French fries – delicious flakes of coconut deep fried and salted to perfection – or traditional lap lap, grated yam and banana cooked with coconut cream in an earthen oven. Or dine al fresco along the waterfront: Modern eateries serve up French-inspired takes on local fish and grass-fed beef, which is some of the world's best.
Port Vila, Vanuatu Wooden Tam Tams Totem Process
Woodem Tam-Tams spiritual totems being created in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Shopping

Along Wharf Road in the centre of town, you'll see the charming Vanuatu Handicraft Market. Here, local vendors sell authentic Vanuatu wooden carvings, as well as prints and other crafts. If you're looking for something a bit more tailored during your cruise, pop in at the nearby Pandanus shop, which supports local creators.

Day 6: Luganville, Vanuatu

Day 6
Luganville
Vanuatu
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Vanuatu Luganville Sealife
Vanuatu Luganville Coast Underwater Sea Life
Things to do in
Luganville
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Although Luganville is the second largest city in Vanuatu, locals maintain a near-perfect harmony with nature. Known for its one extra-wide road (a remnant of a WWII base), this is the perfect spot for a little exploration during your vacation. Scramble up rocks and make your way through leafy jungles to find Luganville's natural blue hole and hidden caves. Visit Vanuatu to take it easy at Unity Park — the center of town — while you browse "Kastom" handicrafts and sample crunchy banana chips sweetened by the sun. Cruise to Luganville, Vanuatu, where you can feel the warmth of locals welcoming you to the South Pacific.

DIVE THROUGH HISTORY

At the so-called Million Dollar Point, tons and tons of U.S. military equipment was dumped after the war. Dive down and be humbled at how nature is reclaiming the metals with thriving coral gardens. When the tide goes out, you can see hundreds of curious metal objects littering the beach.
Insider tip
Public transport is limited in Luganville. If you plan on going outside of the town center — hire a taxi or join a tour.
Vanuatu Blue Hole
Crystal Clear Waters in Vanuatu's Blue Hole

ONWARD AND UPWARD!

The trip to the Millennium Cave is not quick — but it's certainly worth it. Visit Vanuatu and follow a guide through a rainforest, climb up bamboo ladders, scramble over rocks and find the hideaway cave. To get home, float down the river surrounded by stunning, untouched nature.
Insider tip
It's handy to carry some cash with you for marketplace purchases.
Vanuatu Luganville Wooden Tams
Vanuatu Luganville Local Wooden Tams Being Carved

MORE THAN MUSIC

Head to Leweton Village for a demonstration that'll blow you away with authenticity. Watch women expertly mold the sounds of water into "Water Music," dance spiritedly with locals and learn how to start a fire from scratch. A pure reflection of Vanuatu culture and lifestyle.
Insider tip
Dives are only available for those who have completed a PADI license.
Vanuatu Luganville Kumara
Vanuatu Luganville Kumara Sweet Potatoes at the Local Market

LOCAL CUISINE

Tuck into Vanuatu favorites like the coconutty lap-lap or just-grilled seafood caught early that morning. The Market Meal Booths are always popular, consistently winning cruisers over with fresh, fast and cheap meals. Choose a booth, order a dish and sit down at one of the cozy rustic tables. You won't be disappointed!
Vanuatu Luganville Local Market
Vanuatu Luganville Local Market Colorful Dresses

SHOPPING

While Luganville market has plenty of fresh produce, Mama Handicraft & Souvenir Shop at the east end of town is where you can find the largest variety of locally made "Kastom" crafts. Cruise to Luganville, Vanuatu to browse island clothing, turtle jewelry, carvings, dyed clothes and woven bags to take back home.

Day 7: Cruising

Day 7
Cruising
At Sea
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Raddiccio Caesar - Giovanni's Table
Romaine lettuce tossed with radicchio, herb croutons and cheese. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant.
FOR FOODIES
Focaccia della Casa - Giovanni's Table
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

Giovanni's Table

A casual Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.
Johnny Rockets Burgers and Hot Dogs
Delicious Burger and Hot Dogs with a Soda Pop

Johnny Rockets®

With a family-friendly uncomplicated menu that offers all-American good food and is reminiscent of simpler days, you'll feel like you stepped back in time to an era of sock hops, soda fountains and drive-in cinemas.

Day 8: Mystery Island, Vanuatu

Day 8
Mystery Island
Vanuatu
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Mystery Island, Vanuatu Beach Palm tree
The beach with palm trees in Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Things to do in
Mystery Island
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Uninhabited and untouched by modern society, Mystery Island will make you believe it wouldn't be so bad to be a marooned sailor in an old storybook. You'll find no electricity, roads or telephones here. A comfortable 30-minute walk will take you on a self-guided tour of the entire island. Only accessible by cruise ship and the nearby inhabitants of Aneityum, you'll truly get to experience life on a deserted island. Cruise to Mystery Island and explore the white-sand shoreline and its warm waters – go for a snorkel and see an incredible underwater world untouched by human influence.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Underwater Sea Life
View of underwater sea life in Mystery Island, Vanuatu

Go on a Coral Safari

Because Mystery Island is so secluded, the coral is exceptionally healthy and the fish plentiful. Whether you are swimming or snorkelling, you'll pass clown fish, parrot fish, barracudas and majestic sea turtles. You might even be lucky enough to glimpse a seahorse.
Insider tip
There are no hire shops on this island, so bring your own snorkelling gear. It's worth it.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Aerial View Paddle Boarding
Woman on a stand up paddle boat over turquoise waters

What's SUP?

Hop on a quick boat ride to the nearby inhabited island of Aneityum for a little adventure. From there, you'll be given a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and a quick beginner's lesson on how to use it. Enjoy the remainder of your time by SUPing around the lush bay in cool island style.
Insider tip
AUS and VAV are accepted, but notes are not. Make sure you only bring coins.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Beach Boat Sticks
A beach paradise with a wooden boat in Mystery Island

Embrace the Escape

Unlike most of your other stops, this island is unfrequented and small – give yourself permission to slow down. Take a break from the real world and take in the shimmering turquoise ocean with your Mystery Island cruise. Dig your toes into the white powdery sand, and breathe in the warm, tropical air.
Insider tip
If you are interested in local culture, you can take a quick trip to the nearby Aneityum Island.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Grilled Lobster
Grilled lobster on the beach

Local Cuisine

The inhabitants of the nearby Aneityum come to the island to prepare food and entertainment for visitors. They serve traditional Vanuatuan food, which is simple and delicious. Cruise to Mystery Island and tuck in to freshly caught grilled lobster for lunch, and treat yourself to island banana pie for dessert.
Mystery Island, Vanuatu Sarongs
Sarongs for sale on the beach

Shopping

Along the beach, you can find small market stalls set up by locals. They sell postcards, sarongs and traditional trinkets. For a more cultural experience, have your hair braided by one of the local women or enjoy a traditional Vanuatu massage on the beach.

Day 9: Lifou, Loyalty Islands

Day 9
Lifou
Loyalty Islands
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Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Cliffs of Jokin
View of the water surrounding the Cliffs of Jokin on Lifou Island
Things to do in
Lifou
Tendered from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
The largest of three islands in the diverse Loyalty Island coral archipelago, Lifou is surrounded by secluded coral reefs, limestone grottoes and powdery white beaches. The locals protect their coral reefs with reverence — head to Jinek Bay to find some of the world's most beautiful and untouched coral gardens. Cruise to Lifou and take a dip in the natural pool at Jinek, surrounded by steep cliffs, or go snorkeling with the vast array of tropical fish. Stroll the village of Easo, and visit the Notre Dame de Lourdes church, dating back to 1898 — its cliff-top perch is the perfect spot for views of the coral sea.
Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Reef fish
An assortment of reef fish in the ocean

Rainbow of Fish

Jinek Bay is a marine reserve, a natural swimming pool and a delightful aquarium. In its aquamarine waters, you'll snorkel among 2,000 varieties of fish darting around the pristine coral reef. Each visitor makes a donation that goes towards the upkeep of this natural marvel.
Insider tip
Respect the culture of the island, and always ask before entering a beach, grotto or hut.
Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Easo Beach
A beach at Easo in Lifou, Loyalty Islands

Wander the Water's Edge

Lifou's beaches are long stretches of postcard perfection. Sand as soft as talc powder and oceans as blue as the lapis lazuli will tempt you to stay forever. Luengoni Beach is a prime spot to work on your island tan. If you want to do some exploring, take a special tour of the nearby limestone caves.
Insider tip
Chemicals in sunscreen can harm baby coral, so make sure you wear coral-safe sunscreen.
Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Traditional hut
A traditional hut on a beach on Lifou, Loyalty Islands

Get Cultural

Native culture still thrives in Lifou. The Melanesian people on the island follow a meaningful traditional way of life in harmony with nature. Find out more about their culture by visiting one of the traditional huts — while most are private, a few are marked with signposts that invite visitors to view them, including one on the route to Notre Dame de Lourdes church.
Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Grilled fish in banana leaf
Grilled fish in a banana leaf

Local Cuisine

Try the native dish bougna, a melt-in-your-mouth combination of crab and island yams cooked to perfection in banana leaves during your Lifou cruise. The dish is sometimes served with chicken instead of seafood and often contains sweet fruits like taro or pawpaw. The marketplace is near the port and is the perfect place to grab lunch on the go.
Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Colorful necklaces
An assortment of colorful necklaces for sale

Shopping

At the open-air marketplace, you'll find vendors dressed in traditional island garb selling native creations. The local culture is called Kanak, and they create beautiful tribal masks and jewelry you can take home as a keepsake. While you shop, grab a freshly hulled coconut to stay hydrated island-style.

Day 10 - 11: Cruising

Day 10 - 11
Cruising
At Sea
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Man Doing Air Trick
Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider
SUN DRENCHED DAYS
Instructor Jumping on Flowrider
Man Jumping Mid Air on Flowrider

FlowRider®

Grab your board and get ready for 100,000 litres of rushing amazingness headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 12-metre-long FlowRider® surf simulator.
Solarium Sunset Whirlpool
Solarium Sunset Whirlpool

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

Day 12: Sydney, Australia

Day 12
Sydney
Australia
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Sydney, Australia, Aerial View
Aerial view of Double Bay in Sydney, Australia
Things to do in
Sydney
Arrives at 6:30 AM
You won't have any trouble filling up an itinerary in Sydney — there's a wealth of sights, sounds and activities here to delight adventurers of all stripes. Visit one or all of the city's three iconic landmarks: the Sydney Opera House, the massive arched Harbour Bridge and white-sanded, crescent-shaped Bondi Beach. Get your culture on at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with works from ancient tribal Australia to medieval Europe to modern times. Cruise to Sydney and check out the North Head Cliffs at Manly Beach, which offer panoramic views of the bay and the skyline, or go snorkeling along the underwater nature trail at secluded Gordon's Bay to spot starfish and sea urchins.
Sydney, Australia, Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

Go in Circles

Circular Quay is the perfect place to start exploring Sydney. You can find the Opera House here, and Harbour Bridge is within walking distance. Stride into one of the many walking and pub tours that leave from here. Just 20 minutes away, you can stretch your legs on the iconic Harbour Bridge walk, the first of its kind in the world.
Insider tip
There are a surprising number of interesting museums in Sydney, including the Maritime Museum, which explores the seafaring history of the city.
Sydney, Australia, Manly beach
People enjoying Manly beach in Sydney, Australia

Get Manly

Bondi Beach gets all the attention, but Manly Beach in the Northern Beaches is a bit more local. The Corso is lined with shops and restaurants, including local favorite, Hugo's. If surfing is your thing, this is the place to be. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a fantastic way to soak in the city's coastline.
Sydney, Australia, The Gap at Watsons Bay
The Gap at Watsons Bay in Sydney, Australia

Walk Watsons

Hop on the ferry or one of the regular buses that go to Watsons Bay to enjoy the scenic hike around South Head. During your journey, you'll enjoy views of Sydney Harbour, North Head, the historic Hornby Lighthouse and, of course, the sapphire-blue Pacific Ocean. The Gap offers breathtaking views of the sea from the rocky cliffside.
Sydney, Australia, Fresh Rock oysters
A plate of fresh Sydney rock oysters

Local Cuisine

With all the water surrounding you, it's no surprise seafood takes center stage on many plates in the city. Head to Sydney Fish Market for giant Sydney Rock oysters or classic fish and ships. Stop into a local pie shop for a traditional Australian meat pie, or explore Sydney's international side with udon or ramen noodles at a Japanese noodle bar, or seek out shrimp dumplings in Chinatown.
Sydney, Australia, Opal ring
An opal ring displayed on a stone

Shopping

There are plenty of shopping malls in the heart of the city, including Westfield Mall, Pitt Street Mall and the wonderful Queen Victoria Building, which is now a shopping mall featuring top designers. Seek out cutting boards made from local camphor laurel — they're not only beautiful but also have natural antimicrobial properties. During your Sydney cruise vacation, look for jewelry made from opal, the national gemstone of Australia.

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