Rated within the top ten countries that offer the best cities for senior tourists, Australia is home to a number of beautiful local destinations perfect for a relaxed summer holiday. In fact, the index found that, “Half of the top ten most spacious cities analyzed reside in Australia”. These included Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. With its vast, open spaces, great summer weather and relaxed atmosphere from state to state, the country is filled to the brim with opportunities no matter how far you want to travel or which activities you’d like to try out. If you and your partner or family are thinking of taking a local trip this summer, here are some top spots to put on your list.
The Great Barrier Reef
Well known as one of the seven wonders of the world, The Great Barrier Reef is a must for those who haven’t experienced it, or who haven’t been in a long time. With the largest coral reef in the world, it is a marvel of nature, home to golden beaches and clear blue skies. Despite being known most for its underwater activities, The Great Barrier Reef has so many options for the older generation. From whale and dolphin spotting, to beach walks and capturing the magnificent crystal clear waters from above during a helicopter or seaplane ride, this is marine life at its best.
Filled with quaint seaside resorts, the Sunshine Coast is a unique stretch of Australia’s east coast, home to picture-perfect beaches, forests and lakes. As such an expansive area, it can be difficult to choose which resort town to unwind in, but one place that should be on the top of your list is Noosa. With inviting beaches, diverse national parks and a rich arts and culture scene, Noosa offers an abundance of relaxing activities perfect for unwinding at the end of the year, or revitalizing oneself in the new year. Take a stroll through the botanical gardens at Lake Macdonald and enjoy a range of seaside hotels and restaurants on offer, it’s the perfect coastal getaway.
Hasting Street is arguably one of the greatest tourist destinations in Noosa. It’s home to some amazing cafes and restaurants overlooking the picturesque beaches, and it has the most spectacular national park where you can see the crystal clear waters from high up. Take a stroll through the national park to see some of Australia’s wildlife, such as Goannas and Koalas.
Located on the coast of New South Wales, Byron Bay is another seaside spot ideal for a local holiday destination. Summer markets, walking tours through Mount Warning National Park, luxurious spas and of course its marine life make Byron Bay a must-see destination. Between May and November, visitors are spoilt with views of the whale migration from the icy Antarctic ocean to the warmer waters off Queensland’s coast. Views are ideal from the Cape Byron Lighthouse, built over 200 years ago and easily accessible by car or foot. Byron Bay also has some incredible surf beaches and a spectacular hinterland. If you’re travelling with a caravan, Byron Bay offers several caravan and camping sites from one end of the coast to the other.
For the wine enthusiasts, Margaret River is one of Australia’s premium wine-making regions a mere three hours drive south of Perth, with over 200 vineyards dotted throughout the area producing some of the country’s best wines. The area isn’t only known for its wine producing capabilities though. Catch the magnificent wild flowers during the springtime, as over 2500 species colour the countryside in shades of blue, green, yellow, red and white. August to November is the best time of year to experience the wildflowers in full bloom, so take a walk through the coastal trails, rivers, forests and even caves.
For older Australians who need a break, these destinations can’t be overlooked. If you’re the full-time carer of a loved one, many of these destinations offer relaxing, tranquil surrounds. Why not consider taking some time out for yourself by arranging some respite care for your loved one? Or better still, bring them with you if they’re still able to manage the travel, and make it a couples getaway.