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Cruise Port: Adelaide, Australia

Cruise ships arrive at the Adelaide container terminal about eight miles from Adelaide’s CBD.

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Cruise Port: Melbourne, Australia

Cruise ships dock at Station Pier in Port Melbourne. A very large terminal awaits, much of which must be traversed on the journey to shore.

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Cruise Port: Auckland, New Zealand

All cruise ships come into Waitemata Harbor at the edge of the city center. The Princess Wharf next to the Hilton Hotel is a usual site of disembarkation but you may find yourself at the Jellicoe Wharf, with containers all around.

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The area is very scenic but offers no dockage for large ships.

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Cruise Port: Sydney, Australia

Small ships go to White Bay located inside the Sydney harbor Bridge. It has no amenities and limited transportation opportunities so you will have to take a taxi or shuttle bus into the city.
If your ship is large like the Queen Mary 2 and can’t fit under the Sydney Harbor Bridge, consider yourself lucky because you will probably dock at the Overseas
Terminal at the Circular Quay, a center of activity and an excellent place from which to explore Sydney.

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Cruise Port: Picton, New Zealand

Our mega-cruise ship pulled into the commercial dock in the small town of Pickton located in the Marlborough Sound on the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand. The landscape is mountainous with lush vegetation.

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Cruise Port: Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound is not a port but it is a destination for cruise ships so I am including it in the port reports. The good news is that Milford Sound is a spectacular site and can be enjoyed without leaving the ship. It is part of New Zealand’s largest national park, Fiordland, located on the west coast of the South Island.

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Cruise Port: Brisbane, Australia

There are two cruise ports in Brisbane: for the ships that fit under the Gateway Motorway Bridge there is the Portside Wharf located near a shopping center, bars and restaurants; larger ships, like the Queen Mary II, have to dock at the container port at least a 30-45 minute bus ride from town. The terminal building at the container port is simple and limited.

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Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach is the port utilized by large ships that want to stop in the Whitsunday Islands.

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Cruise Port: Darwin, Australia

Cruise ships come into the Wharf Precinct of Darwin located about a 15 walk from the town center.

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