(9:30 a.m. AEST) — Australia has yet another new cruise destination: World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, located off the southern Queensland coast.
P&O Cruises today announced it will next year make two calls to the port, with Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden — the two latest additions to the fleet — calling on April 3 and December 12 respectively.
Fraser Island, one of 15 regional destinations in Australia pioneered by P&O in recent years, is part of the line’s soon to be released cruise program for its five-ship fleet in 2016.
The first two Fraser Island cruises will be on Aria’s roundtrip itinerary from Brisbane in April and on Eden’s roundtrip cruise from Sydney in December. Both cruises are being conducted in conjunction with Kingfisher Bay Resort, which offers a eco-friendly 4WD tours of the island along its beaches and 1500km of tracks.
“Fraser Island’s Indigenous inhabitants gave their island home a name that means paradise and our cruise passengers will have the opportunity to discover this for themselves,” said Ann Sherry CEO of Carnival Australia, which operates P&O.
Queensland Minister for Tourism Kate Jones welcomed the announcement and said it was great to see cruising expand to another part of the state, following recent announcements of Mooloolaba, Hamilton Island and Gladstone ports.