P&O Destinations

Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is 'great' in every single way. You can swim, snorkel, dive and cruise this living phenomenon. One of the world's seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef is World Heritage listed and rich with intricate coral gardens, tropical fish, molluscs, reef sharks, dolphins and turtles.

P&O shore tours allow guests to experience this amazing and unforgettable area. Board a high-speed catamaran, then get up close & personal with the reef, swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving.

You can take a P&O shore tour and visit the Great Barrier Reef from either Airlie Beach, Cairns or Port Douglas. Check out the 7-night Barrier Reef Discovery cruise from Brisbane or a 10-night cruise from Sydney. Additionally, from Brisbane, take a P&O Short Break to Airlie Beach.

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Hobart is a charming little city with a big personality & some sea salty charm. It has one of the finest deep-water harbours in the world, filled with ferries, fishing boats, ships & yachts. Coupled with a colourful waterfront precinct peppered with markets, new craft-beer bars, cafes & restaurants.

Explore on foot by wandering around the famous Salamanca Markets, Battery Point and Sandy Bay. Alternatively join a P&O Shore Tour to Bruny Island or the Tahune Forest in the Huon Valley.

P&O cruises to Hobart on the 8-night Taste of Tasmania cruise from Sydney, Adelaide & Melbourne.

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Cairns is a modern & vibrant city, known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas and the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest.

Bounded by the glorious Coral Sea on one side and lush rainforest hinterland on the other, Cairns promises a cruise holiday experience, grounded in the unparalleled beauty of Australian nature, both on land and at sea.

Experience spectacular reefs, ancient rainforests & golden beaches blended with an alfresco dining scene full of cafes, restaurants and bustling markets.

P&O cruises to Cairns all year round. Join the 7-night Barrier Reef Discovery cruise from Brisbane or the 10-night cruise from Sydney.

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Port Douglas QLD

Port Douglas is a beautiful coastal gem, nestled on the Coral Sea about an hour north of Cairns. Once a sleepy port for local gold mines, this coastal QLD town has emerged as an unmissable cosmopolitan cruise destination. Rich in both culture and natural beauty, Port Douglas is the perfect bridge between the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage listed, Daintree National Park.

Make the most of your time in Port Douglas on a P&O Shore Tour. See the sights by riverboat, catamaran, coach, stretch limo, or on foot.

Visit Port Douglas on a P&O Barrier Reef Discovery cruise departing from Brisbane (7 nights) and Sydney (10 nights). You’ll also visit idyllic Airlie Beach and Cairns.

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Sunset Photo Tips

Do you have a keen eye for photography? Have you ever captured that kaleidoscope of colours that only an ocean sunset can deliver?

If you are a dedicated Cruiseling, you know just how spectacular the combination of the sun & sea can be.

Kevin Boag, as well as being one of our favourite Hotel Directors, is a skilled amateur photographer.

He takes us through some tips & tricks for taking a perfect sunset shot, whilst he relaxes in Koh Samui Thailand, during our cruise pause.

Short Breaks

P&O Short Breaks are the ideal quick getaway that will make you feel like you've been on a complete holiday without all the stress of planning one.

P&O offers a large range of Short Breaks between 2-4 nights and take you to some of Australia’s premier destinations, including the beautiful Whitsundays and Moreton Island - Tangalooma. Or, if you're after something a little more gourmet, try Kangaroo Island, Port Lincoln or Eden. Enjoy side-splitting comedy on a themed Comedy Short Break or bring out the big hair and shoulder pads on an '80s themed Short Break.

When you’re ready to get away, we can help you find a cruise. There really is something for everyone!

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Local Australian Cruises

At P&O, we truly believe that there’s no place quite like home.

We have an incredible range of local cruises designed to show you the many treasures that exist in our own backyard.

From the Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach & sunny Cairns in QLD to Great Oyster Bay, Burnie & Cradle Mountain in Tasmania. Discover the magic of Port Douglas or hidden treasures of Moreton Island, Tangalooma. There is surprise & delight around every corner.

Now, more than ever, is the time to plan a cruise holiday, where you don't have to stray too far from home.

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Airlie Beach

Cruising is a great way to disconnect & spend quality time with family & friends.

While we may not be able to cruise now, we can certainly start planning our future cruises, and exploring our own beautiful Australian backyard is perfect for this.

In Airlie Beach QLD, discover one of the seven natural wonders of the world, dive into clear waters or just soak up the relaxed vibe. It is the perfect spot to explore the Whitsundays; a stunning 74-island archipelago that spans the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. From the moment you arrive, you will discover why water lovers worldwide call it '100 Magic Miles'. Cruise to Airlie Beach from Brisbane or Sydney on the Great Barrier Reef Discovery Cruise. Additionally, from Brisbane, take a P&O Short Break.

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Tangalooma Moreton Island

Become a tourist in your own backyard, and discover Tangalooma Island Resort on stunning Moreton Island, the 3rd largest sand island in the world, located in tropical Queensland.

An area famous for its eco-tourism and abundance of local wildlife, Moreton Island is one of Australia's natural treasures.

P&O Cruises offer a wide variety of on-shore activities that allow you to experience this amazing slice of paradise. Tangalooma Island Resort has a unique wild dolphin up close & personal, hand-feeding experience. Plus for the closet adventurers, tobogganing down impossibly high sand dunes, parasailing, quad biking or snorkelling the island’s famous shipwreck, are activities accessible to all P&O guests.

Available as a 4-day P&O Short Break or part of the Barrier Reef Discovery itinerary, both cruising from Sydney, a P&O Tangalooma Moreton Island cruise is not be missed.

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