We can cruise at home and have glorious choices: rust-red Kimberley gorges; reefs and sapphire-sea islands in Queensland; forest-draped bays in misty Tasmania.
Cruise fans are bursting to get onboard again - and the cruise companies are doing all they can to make that happen safely.
It is a testament to the nation's ability to contain the coronavirus and resume operations at a time when many other countries are still struggling.
In the clearest sign yet that the cruise drought is ending, a fresh fleet of ships is set to sail out in 2021.
Emerald Azzurra, new for Emerald Cruises in January 2022, has recorded strong bookings for its inaugural season.
An epic world cruise set to depart Sydney in January 2023 has sold out in just one day.
International cruising remains in the doldrums but Australia's success in containing COVID-19 has already seen domestic small-ship cruises back in business.
The enforced pause has provided time for an embattled cruise industry to rethink and regroup.
If your travel ideals have changed during isolation, an expedition cruise in the Kimberley might just the thing to ease you back into the big wide world.
This luxury ship feels more like a billionaire's yacht.
Think hosting a dinner party is challenging? Try creating thousands of meals a day, every day of the year, aboard a moving cruise ship...
Every night is "lobster night" on this food-focused cruise.