There’s been a strong message within Australia this year to holiday near home, not only to support the communities impacted by the bushfires earlier this year and the outbreak of the coronavirus, but also to appreciate how incredible the Land Down Under really is.
From the picture-perfect beaches on the east coast, to the stretches of red dirt in the centre of Australia and the award-winning wineries in South Australia, it’s a country which really does have it all. While some restrictions are still in place preventing travel between states, there’s hope borders will open soon and more Aussies can travel and experience its beauty.
That’s why Travel at 60 has created several new group tours for the over-60 community so they can sit back and relax and not worry about planning every detail of their next trip. In 2021 there’s guided holidays organised to parts of Western Australia, Tasmania, South Australia and even the beautiful Floriade flower festival which was cancelled this year due to the pandemic. The packages include transport and select meals and experiences. It’s easy, convenient and could very well be the holiday of your dreams!
Tasmania – also known as the Apple Isle – is the ultimate Aussie getaway, with a rich convict history to explore and delicious gourmet artisan produce to tickle your tastebuds. Not to mention the unforgettable locations such as a the stunning Cradle Mountain, the wild Gordon River and the many picturesque coastal townships dotted throughout the island state.
Next year the Travel at 60 community is travelling to the beautiful part of the country on an 11-day adventure. Cruising along in a luxury coach, the group will spend their days exploring the vast countryside, including a wander around Cradle Mountain, a peaceful river cruise down the Gordon River at Strahan and a journey through the absolutely stunning Freycinet National Park.
Travellers will also make their way through Launceston and have free time to cruise down the River Tamar, take a wine tour through the Tamar Valley or visit the historic Beaconsfield Mine. Accommodation, select meals and transport are all included in the price.
Each year in September and October Canberra springs to life, with a colourful array of flowers in full bloom for the spectacular Floriade festival. Unfortunately, this year it was cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, but it will be back in full swing in 2021.
So, for all those keen gardeners out there who are itching for a holiday, it’s the perfect chance to see more of Australia’s capital city. And, there’s even a special Travel at 60 community trip which has been organised. The short and sweet three night getaway includes a day at Floriade where travellers can stroll through the beautiful collection of flowers, but also browse the markets, marvel at the sculptures, take part in workshops and be entertained with live music. The tour also includes a visit to Parliament House and the incredible Corbett Gardens in Bowral, where you can wander through the 75,000 tulips on display.
Although the east coast of Australia gets lots of attention, you can’t forget the south of the country – particularly the incredible Kangaroo Island which was impacted by the horrific bushfires earlier this year. Next year in March the Travel at 60 community is heading that way to help support the local community and experience the beauty of South Australia on an 11-night journey.
The tour starts in Sydney and journeys inland on its way to Melbourne, before dipping down to Australia’s southern coastline and travelling along the Great Ocean Road, over the border and into South Australia and across to Kangaroo Island. Along the way travellers will also get to explore Canberra and stunning country Victoria, which hasn’t been visited by others for some time now due to the coronavirus.
Of course plenty of time will be spent on Kangaroo Island, with a visit to the spectacular Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, followed by a guided tour of Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, which was badly affected by the bushfires, and a visit to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a guided walk among a colony of rare sea lions. Plus, travellers will also get to explore the rolling Adelaide Hills and famous Barossa Valley which is known for its selection of award-winning wineries. It really is a jam-packed adventure!
Western Australia hasn’t welcomed interstate travellers for months due to strict border restrictions following the outbreak of the coronavirus, but everyone has their fingers crossed that will change in 2021. And what better way to explore the western part of the country than with a journey to view the beautiful wildflowers on full bloom in October.
The Travel at 60 community tour takes travel-lovers on a 10-night adventure to see many of the state’s incredible sites and attractions, including the iconic Wave Rock, the gold-rush ghost towns and the bustling city of Kalgoorlie. They will also get to visit the coastal town of Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park, the stunning Stirling Ranges and the must-visit Valley of the Giants tree-top walk and of course see fields of wildflowers making a gorgeous colourful display.
Following this the trip will venture to Margaret River and visit an incredible local winery, before finishing in seaside Fremantle with its colourful markets to explore. For travellers who love the beach, delicious food and wine and spectacular scenery this is the holiday for you!
The great thing about Australia is that the land is so vast and the scenery so spectacular. On the east coast you have the white sandy beaches and crystal clear water, but the in the centre is the outback, with red dirt and sparkling blue skies.
In August next year travellers could experience the beauty of this area of the Land Down Under on an 11-night journey from Darwin to the Kimberley. The incredible holiday includes cruises down ancient waterways, hikes to magnificent waterholes, an exclusive dining experience at a fragrant sandalwood plantation, a magnificent Cable Beach sunset in Broome and much more.
Along the way there will be stops in Katherine for an incredible outback experience show, a visit to Ord River rum distillery and the El Questro Wilderness Park and a cruise with a local guide through magnificent Geikie Gorge, watching for freshwater crocodiles. But that’s just the beginning. There’s lots more to experience along the way that can’t be missed!
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