About cruise tourism in NSW
Cruise tourism refers to holidays that are based entirely or partly on a cruise. It enables travellers to spend time at various destinations throughout their trip and enjoy local experiences.
NSW is the home of cruise in Australia with the cruise industry generating a total expenditure of $1.55 billion into the tourism industry. In 2019, cruising to regional ports in NSW grew by 35 per cent and generated $25 million. (Port Authority of NSW, 2019).
The Australian cruise season generally runs from October to April. International ships typically sail north for the Northern Hemisphere summer, while some Australia-based ships continue to operate in Australian waters.
When cruise ships visit NSW ports during cruise season, passengers can book shore excursions, enabling them to explore the destination with local guides and try local experiences.