Best places to cruise in November

With summer knocking on our doors, we suss out the best places to hit the water in November.

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International travel is allowed but it's not the same for international cruising. That doesn't mean you can't hop on a small luxury cruise for a few hours or a few days to explore your local waters.

These hotspots have sunny decks, arresting landscapes and are sailing throughout November.

Top places in Australia to cruise to in November

Beach in Rockingham.

1. Rockingham

The marine adventures outside of Perth are seemingly endless. If you've ticked Rottnest Island and Shark Bay off your list already, check out Rockingham. Cruises take you out onto the water for a chance to swim with wild dolphins. Magical? We think so.

  • Departures from: Perth.
  • Why November? Although the dolphins hang around Rockingham throughout most of the year, November is ideal to play with them since the water is nice and warm.

Book a dolphin cruise in Rockingham

Couple taking a photo on a boat.

2. Noosa Everglades

Love that relaxed feeling you get from a scenic cruise? Noosa Everglades has serenity cruises where you'll be surrounded by calm waters, native birds and thousands of plant species. To make sure your energy levels are kept up to see it all, cruises can include food and drinks.

  • Departures from: Noosa Heads and Noosaville.
  • Why November? It's still spring when the region is lush and the wildlife is highly active. The weather makes it pleasant to stay on the deck all day long too.

Book a serenity cruise through the Noosa Everglades

Broughton Island, Port Stephens.

3. Broughton Island

Hail that sunshine and take a road trip from Sydney to Port Stephens for a much-deserved couple of days off.

Choose to cruise around Broughton Island and in return you'll be taken by its sheltered coves, colourful marine life and snorkelling opportunities. This is a great choice for families. But then, when is Port Stephens not?

  • Departures from: Nelson Bay.
  • Why November? November to April is peak season around Broughton as the weather is picture-perfect and warm enough for swimming and snorkelling. Keep your peepers peeled for its resident dolphins which are there year-round.

Murray River

4. Upper Murray

Now that Victorians are able to travel freely throughout the state, those with an itch to cruise can scratch it along the Murray River. River cruises sail down this iconic Aussie waterway starting in Echuca. Spend your days learning about the history of the river, listening to the calls of river birds and tucking into Aussie scones by day and Aussie barbeques by night.

Short land tours are available throughout the multi-day journey to riverside towns such as Barmah.

  • Departures from: Echuca.
  • Why November? If that glorious 26ºC+ weather doesn't win you over we don't know what will.

Top overseas places to cruise in November

International cruise ships have been banned from Australian waters until at least 17 December. Keep these on your radar for when international travel is permitted again.


1. New Zealand

Rolling plains, magical fiords and soft sandy beaches welcome you on a cruise around New Zealand.

With summer knocking on its doors, New Zealand comes into its own in November. You can view its striking scenery while cruising along its magnificent coastline as the weather heats up.

November is one of the cheapest months to cruise the nation, edging just outside peak season with numerous cruises navigating the country's best spots, including Fiordland National Park and Picton.


2. Fiji

For sun-kissed, beach-blessed islands, look no further than the pristine islands of Fiji.

You'll be on Fiji time from the moment you step off the boat as you and your worries sail away to a paradise that's honestly not that far away.

Trips vary from 8 days to over 30 days in length and can be simple return journeys to and from Fiji or more extensive travels that include Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, New Zealand and more.

  • Departures from: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
  • Why November? October and November offer an incredible balance of sunny days and off-peak prices. Crowds are at bay, giving you ample room to explore and enjoy without feeling rushed.


3. Hong Kong

Experience the perfect pamper from cruise port to cruise port by taking off to Hong Kong.

Conditions for exploring and experiencing the Asian territory of Hong Kong are perfect between October and December.

With November in the heart of that picture-perfect time period, you won't find a better time to hit its shops, clubs and tourist attractions.

  • Departures from: Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.
  • Why November? Being autumn in Hong Kong, November offers minimal rainfall, pleasant temperatures and mild humidity.

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