Australia is a vast country, with so many cities, towns and natural landscapes on offer for tourists and locals alike. After retirement, many people choose to use some of their new found freedom to explore Australia via coach tours, caravan and 4WD. With so many options available it can be difficult to narrow down which places to visit, what spots are truly special, what should be on your bucket list?
The Wildflowers of Western Australia
WA is world famous for its wildflower display, with over 12,000 species in the state it’s no wonder why. From August to late October different regions of WA put on a show unlike any other. See fields of colour, everlastings and wreath Leschenaultia in the northern regions, or search for tree-flowers, Kangaroo Paws and Orchids of the southern regions – just make sure you do your research first to ensure you are headed to the right region at the right time. This is one Australian sight that is well worth being on the bucket list.
This tiny island is packed full of things to see and do, making it a necessary stop on everyone’s list. Rolling hills, lush landscapes and towns steeped in history are all within easy driving distance when you visit Tasmania. Hobart has much to explore, including the world famous Salamanca Market, Battery Point and Botanical Gardens. Tour the town of Port Arthur, the historical sight of Australia’s most infamous prison, where between 1830 and 1877 around 12,500 convicts served sentences. No trip to Tasmania would be complete without exploring some of the natural landscapes such as; Tasman Arch, Russell Falls, Tahune Forest and Cataract Gorge. As the smallest state in Australia, Tasmania packs in a lot of bang for your tourist buck.
Cruise the Murray River
The Murray is Australia’s longest river at 2,508 kilometres long. It runs through New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The river is home to a variety of life including; Murray Cod, Macquarie perch, catfish, turtles, crayfish, a wide variety of bird species and many more. By boat is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Murray River. The Murray Princess is the largest inland paddlewheeler in the southern hemisphere, providing a truly unique cruising experience. The Murray Princess travels along the Murray River between Mannum, Murray Bridge and Salter’s Station. Experience the beauty of the river, and its inhabitants while enjoying the charm of this classic river cruiser.
The capital of Australia is surprising. Not just the home of the countries government, the city is bustling with attractions and activities to keep visitors entertained for days. Every spring the grounds of the Commonwealth Gardens bloom and thousands of tourists flock to experience the Floriade Festival. The festival includes; music, entertainment, artistic displays and of course over one million flowers. No trip to the capital would be complete without a visit to some cultural sites and precincts including; Parliament House, the National Gallery, the National War Memorial and the Embassy District. If you haven’t visited the countries capital yet, make sure you add it to the list!
There are so many things to see and do within this great country and these are just a few of the experiences on offer. Casey Australia Tours has been running Australian coach tours for seniors for over 40 years, helping retirees tick experiences off their bucket list, and possibly even helping them add more to the list.