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How to get that global travel feeling here in Australia

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These are the ways you can cure that global FOMO with a cruise trip Down Under.

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In the last 12 months, Aussies have had the luxury of thoroughly exploring their own backyard. Now, with many of us itching for a getaway of international proportions, cruising might just be the answer.

From getting that once-in-a-lifetime exploration of crystal clear waters to feasting on the flavours of distant lands, these are the cruising itineraries that give you a taste of global wanderlust without having to leave home.

Experience Bora Bora without paying mora mora

It's one of the most sort-after holiday destinations in the world, Bora Bora. But just because international travel is temporarily on hold, doesn't mean that Australia can't fit the holiday-bill.

Yes, that's right, we're talking about the one and only Whitsunday Coast. With crystal clear waters, uninterrupted blue skies and luxury at every turn, it's no surprise that Queensland's tropical north is a hub for local and international visitors.

So what's one of the best ways to explore it all? Via cruise of course. Some of our favourite itineraries include:

Whitsunday Coast

Indulge your tastebuds in Italian flavours with Luke Mangan

While posing in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is briefly paused, enjoying the post-sightseeing cuisine isn't – courtesy of Luke Mangan.

Set sail and treat your palette to wild mushroom arancini, bruschetta, pan-fried gnocchi, lobster agnolotti and Frangelico anglaise.

Keen to have a taste? The Salt Grill by Luke Mangan can be found aboard the Pacific Adventure, which foodies can take to the next level with the Sapphire Coast Food Festival sailing.

Viva Las Vegas with a bit of Elvis

Get your rock 'n' roll on in Las Vegas without having to leave the country. We think the Tribute to the King sailing is sure to make you feel a million miles from home.

Departing from Sydney, guests of this particular itinerary can expect nights filled with themed parties, karaoke, trivia, concerts and fantastic line-ups.

It doesn't stop there either, once the curtain is closed continue the fun with a visit to the ship's casino. Try your hand at games of blackjack, roulette, poker, electronic table games, bingo and scratch cards.

Cape Pillar, Tasmania

Find Irish inspiration with a Tasmanian getaway

It turns out that Ireland and our very own Tasmania have more in common than you might think. So if you've been eagerly waiting for that Irish getaway, this might just be for you.

Your journey begins with a trip to Cape Pillar, which holds a striking resemblance to Ireland's Giant's Causeway. A morning spent taking in the views from the incredible cliff formations can be followed by a tour of the Cascade Brewery just outside of Hobart.

That's not all Tassie has up its sleeve either. Get amongst nature and take in the water views via the Alexandra Suspension Bridge which happens to emulate Ireland's Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

Getting the package deal to Tassie is made simple with this Taste of Tasmania itinerary.

Unwind with a complete Thai spa experience

Sit back, relax and let your masseuse transport you to cultures abroad. Just because we can't see Thailand for ourselves, that doesn't mean we can't indulge in the leisure that it offers.

Featured exclusively on P&O's Pacific Explorer is the Elemis at Sea Spa which gives guests the option of:

  • 75-minute Thai Herbal Poultice Massage
  • 50-minute Thai Coconut Poultice Massage
  • 50-75-minute Bamboo Massage

Ready to rejuvenate your body with a slice of Thai? Climb aboard the Kangaroo Island, Classic Short Break or New Year's Eve sailings.

Hahndorf, South Australia

Say guten tag! to South Australia

Quietly nestled in South Australia's Adelaide Hills is an abundance of German influence. What if we told you that artisanal cuisine and walking down German streets is closer than you think?

Well, towns such as Hahndorf, Lobethal and Springton offer you just that – from German-inspired architecture to traditional dishes.

We also couldn't forget about the wine country. Be sure to enjoy a crisp glass (or two) of reisling in the magnificent Barossa Valley before the end of your getaway.

Sound like it's up your ally? The Southern Getaway cruise takes you right to the action and beyond.

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