Australia is so full of bucket-list-worthy destinations that it is difficult to know where to start. For the older travellers amongst you, a relaxed approach to this adventurous country might be preferable. There’s no need to rush around to each and every city. Instead, take your time, relax, and enjoy your Australian adventure by visiting these five must-see attractions. It is important to go at your own pace and take in the natural wonders Australia has to offer without any pressure. Along with Acorn Stairlifts, Australia’s leading stairlift specialists, let’s have a look at the top picks.
The Great Barrier Reef
As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef isn’t to be missed! This incredible destination boasts the world’s largest coral reef and is truly a beautiful sight to behold. Located in the coral sea, just off the coast of Queensland, the colossal reef is made up of 3000 individual reef systems and around 900 islands. Overall, this natural wonder covers an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometers.
Although snorkeling and watersports are a big appeal for this destination, there are plenty of other ways you can enjoy it if you are looking for a more relaxed approach. The aerial views of the Great Barrier Reef are second to none, and there are many options if you want to view this incredible landscape from the sky. Helicopter or seaplane trips are available for those who can stomach heights. For those who prefer to stay a little closer to the surface of the water, try one of the many boat trip options. As well as viewing the reef close up, this activity might also allow you a glimpse of one of the nearby dolphin pods. There are also many wheelchair friendly cruises that operate on a daily basis — so no need to worry about accessibility!
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is a road trip of bucket list proportions. The scenic views of the dramatic coastline are guaranteed to take your breath away. The beginning of this road trip is easily accessible as it is only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne’s city centre. After that, the trip stretches over 400 kilometers from the town of Torquay to Nelson, a town on the South Australian border.
The most famous and impressive sights you’ll see on this fantastic tip are the twelve apostles. The Twelve Apostles are a rock formation made up of twelve limestone stacks, just off the coast of Port Campbell National Park. Backed by a dramatic skyline, these rock formations are an incredible sight to behold.
There are many stops you could make over the course of this journey. Many tourists divert for a spot of whale and dolphin watching, some visit the famous brewhouse to sample the local craft ale, and others choose to pay a visit to the Narana Aboriginal Culture Centre in Geelong to learn more about the indigenous culture.
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is an unmissable landmark for anyone visiting Australia. It is a recognised UNESCO world heritage site and it is sacred to the indigenous Australian people. The humongous sandstone monolith has a 9.4-kilometre path running around its base, so you can walk around its perimeter if you so choose. This path is well paved and flat, with compacted footbridges, so this is also a great option for wheelchair users.
Alternatively, you could take a guided Uluru dream tour: this consists of listening to the indigenous tell their stories of Dreamtime, which have been passed down through the generations. It is an incredible experience to behold and will be a memory to treasure from you time in Australia.
If you want to get off the beaten track and escape from the bustle of the city, try an idyllic countryside retreat to Mudgee. Only three and a half hours west of Sydney, this countryside haven is easy to access. The region is famed for its rolling hills, fine foods, and vineyards, so it is an excellent place to take a relaxing break.
If you want to see Mudgee from a different perspective, hot air balloon rides are popular activities in this region. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery.
Last, but certainly not least, we have Sydney. This postcard-perfect city is the Capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s biggest cities. It is a tourist hotspot and there is plenty to do for people of all ages, from fine dining, to river cruises, to climbing harbour bridge.
The Sydney Opera House is an unmissable attraction, and perhaps Australia’s most recognised landmark. There are regular tours available which will show you the ins and outs of this impressive building, which is home to theatres, studios, a concert hall, exhibition rooms, and a cinema. The very architecture of this structure is an unparalleled masterpiece.
Sydney is an ideal place for the over-50 tourist demographic as there are plenty of things to see and do in a close proximity. It is a perfect place to enjoy a fine meal while looking out over the incredible harbour view and marvel at Harbour bridge, the largest steel arch bridge in the world.
Undoubtably, Australia has something to offer for everyone, no matter their age. You can choose to go to go at your own pace in this incredible country, and there are no limits to the wonders you can see. Cater your trip to suit your own needs and desires, and you’re sure to fall in love with this incredible country in an instant!