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Ferries to Australia

Australia covers 7.69 million square kilometres in the southern hemisphere, comprising the mainland, Tasmania Island and hundreds of smaller islands around its coast. The population of 24 million primarily resides on the eastern seaboard, with the majority of its landscape composing wide open plains known as ‘the outback’.

Divided by six states, it’s also the sixth largest country by land area and highly urbanised, offering a mix of towering cityscapes and untouched wilderness. The main cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth all sit on the coast, while the most popular islands include Tasmania, off the coast of Victoria; the Whitsundays, in Queensland; and the Tiwi Islands, just north of Darwin.

Sydney finds itself on the majority of Australian brochure covers, with its iconic opera house recognised around the world, climbable Harbour Bridge affording unrivalled views over the city, and famous beaches. The second largest city, Melbourne is the sporting, shopping and cultural centre of Australia, giving off a European feel with its Victorian-era buildings, tram networks and high-end restaurants.

The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s most well-known natural features, is Cairns. Situated in the north east, it’s been noted as the world’s first tropical fruit wine region and offers easy access to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation.

A land of natural wonders, also including the enormous sandstone monolith in Northern Territory known as Uluru, Australia’s unique wildlife is one of its most defining features. Capturing the hearts of most visitors is the kangaroo, but other fascinating species include the duckbill platypus, koala, dingo, wallaby and wombat.

Australia has numerous offshore islands and archipelagos which are hugely popular for both foreign tourists and domestic holidaymakers, so the country’s ferry networks are well-established and span across the whole coastline. Arguably the most popular excursion is to the Barrier Reef, with daily crossings to and from mainland Queensland, while longer crossings also link Tasmania with Melbourne.

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Australia reviews

  • "Return trip ex Sorrento > Queenscliff"

    We pre-booked our trip via their on-line service and found it very easy to use. It ensures you have a place for your vehicle on the ferry. The staff at the ticket were courteous, friendly and very helpful even when we changed our minds at the last moment. Would highly recommend using this ferry service.

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  • "Excellent and Considerate Service"

    I had occasion to change both ferry times on the return booking and this was agreed to without any problems. Both ferries were well appointed and clean and the staff were both friendly and efficient. I will certainly use them again.

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  • "Brillant Ferry trip"

    We were very impressed with the ferry to the Whitsunday Islands, very efficient, clean and a fun way to reach destination. We even saw Whales during the crossing.

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  • "Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island "

    Great crossing. The crew were very friendly and helpful and the seating was comfortable.

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