Now that you’ve retired from the workforce and have all the opportunities to do what you want, you’re ready to take the trip of a lifetime.
If you’re planning to take a tour across Australia, here’s a list of 5 top destinations to visit for retirees. Whether you’re ticking off 10 or 100 places off your bucket list, make sure you include the ones below.
1. Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
It’s difficult to think about an Australian travel bucket list without considering a visit to the Great Barrier Reef.
Extending for more than 2,300 kilometres east of the Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef is home to more than 1,625 different kinds of fish. You can view this amazing natural wonder in a variety of ways, such as from the air, on a boat, or by donning a snorkel and getting up close to the reef and the many fascinating creatures that live there.
2. Red Centre – Northern Territory
The Red Centre is home to some of Australia’s most revered Aboriginal sites as well as plenty of remarkable scenery comprising arid plains, mountain ranges, and rocky gorges.
The main town to visit is Alice Springs, from which you may travel to see some of Australia’s most breathtaking natural landmarks, such as Uluru (aka Ayers Rock), Kings Canyon, the West MacDonnell Ranges, and the Larapinta Trail. Alice Springs is reachable by road in a car, via bus, or by air. The Ghan passenger train service that traverses from Adelaide to Darwin makes regular stops at Alice Springs.
3. Margaret River, Western Australia
For those who love a glass of vino, Margaret River in Western Australia is well worth a visit, and there’s so much more to see and do here beyond wine tasting. Margaret River, which is south of Perth and located near the ocean, also provides seasonal whale watching and wildflower walks.
The longest jetty in the southern hemisphere is located in Busselton, a coastal town that’s only a 40-minute drive away. The region is also known for its world-class surf breaks if surfing is your passion. Even if you no longer wax the board, you can still enjoy watching the locals demonstrate to tourists the right way to do it.
Tired of the hustle and bustle of city life? Then kick back, relax and get a boat or plane and head to Tasmania. While there, you can then explore Australia’s southernmost state in your car, caravan or preferred mode of transport.
Its stunning beauty, rich history, and delicious food and wine make this state a must-visit, especially if you appreciate being in nature. After all, a substantial section of Tasmania is wilderness that’s part of the World Heritage List.
5. Canberra, ACT
Canberra, the capital city of Australia, has quickly grown to be known for its rich cultural diversity and trendy lifestyle offering. Both young people and retirees enjoy Canberra’s galleries and museums, which include the following:
- Australian War Memorial
- National Gallery of Australia
- National Portrait Gallery
- Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
If you’re still working on your Australian travel bucket list, know that this is just the tip of the iceberg.
There’s so much more to enjoy about this great country, and you’ve got all the time in the world to do it.
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