9 Unforgettable experiences for over 50s in Australia

Holidays to Australia are packed with welcoming retreats, outward-bound adventure, serene coastlines and unmissable wilderness. Whether you’re looking for an island escape or a road trip through the outback, there is an unforgettable experience for everyone. 

Sail the Whitsundays

The heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands are like nowhere else on earth. The best way to enjoy the crystal clear waters and golden beaches of these exquisite islands is to take a day trip on a yacht. The islands are made up of secluded beaches ideal for relaxing, with snorkelling spots aplenty and gorgeous views for those travellers over 50 looking for a memorable getaway. 

Luxury lodge in the Outback

Explore the deep wilderness of Australia’s Outback with a stay in a luxury lodge. Depending on where you stay, you can find lodges that offer private pools, spas and stunning stargazing sessions. Experience all these home comforts in the luxury of your own space while looking out onto Australia’s wildest plains. For an extra special touch, take a helicopter ride over the Red Centre to view sacred rock formations including Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Road trip on the Great Ocean Road

Want to experience one of the most scenic drives in the world? The Great Ocean Road boasts 240km of dramatic cliffs, tranquil beaches and sprawling forests. For a truly unmissable experience for families, couples and solo travellers over 50, hire a car or book a guided tour and cruise down meandering roads with almost vertical cliffs exposing rock formations created millions of years ago. Along the way you’ll pass the iconic Twelve Apostles and quaint seaside villages.

Discover the cultural heart of Australia

The Northern Territory is coated in the rich history and culture of Indigenous Australian that spans over 60,000 years. Here, you can experience ancient rock painting tours led by a local Indigenous guide, giving you a deep insight into the ancient culture. You may even have the chance to hear a Dreamtime Story, passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years. Explore the National Parks across the territory to experience first-hand traditional practices and history.

Luxury island escape

Australia has many islands to discover. But for the ultimate luxury experience head to Lizard Island by the Great Barrier Reef. Hidden within a National Park and enriched with diverse wildlife and secluded beaches, the Lizard Island Resort offers the ultimate luxury experience. Enjoy a range of activities like a calming spa treatment, an exciting snorkelling adventure and a rewarding hike, there’s something for every traveller over 50.

Explore Tasmania

Enter a nature lover’s paradise in Tasmania. Here you can find boutique lodges and fine dining among a rich and diverse habitat. For an unmissable experience in Tasmania, take a scenic flight with a loved one over the Tasmanian wilderness, hike along mountainous trails or visit historic sites that are sure to delight the whole family. Other highlights include Port Arthur, a former convict settlement, located on a scenic peninsula within Tasmania which is one of Australia’s most visited tourist sites. 

Wine tasting in the Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley is South Australia’s award-winning wine region, home to 150 wineries. You could be here for a year tasting each individual wine! Luxury accommodation like The Louise offers world-class dining and private, villa-like suites for the ultimate luxury stay. Wine-tasting tours in this region are perfect for a romantic getaway, a day out with friends, or just on your own. Hosts are happy to share their expertise with guests and explain the wine-making process from start to finish, with a sample included of course.

Explore Australia’s Coral Coast

From Ningaloo Reef and Shark Bay to the Wildflower Country, the Coral Coast in Western Australia is a sight to behold. It spans over 1,250 km of winding roads that look out across the deep blue ocean where you might catch a glimpse of a leaping dolphin or a giant manta ray swooping through the shallows. This extensive drive encapsulates the essence of Australia, taking in aboriginal territories, stunning rock formations, untouched reefs and diverse wildlife. 

Sydney Harbour cruise

No visit to Australia is complete without a trip to Sydney Harbour. Take a cruise to see the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, both iconic landmarks which spring to most minds when you picture Sydney. Tour these famous landmarks in style with friends and family on a luxury cruise. 

Next steps

Australia is home to lush landscapes, captivating culture and a kaleidoscope of experiences for over 50s looking for an unforgettable adventure whether travelling solo, as a couple or with the whole family. These nine experiences are just a taste of what is available and the team at Silver Travel Advisor are on hand to create your perfect Australia holiday itinerary. If you’re ready to start planning, call 0800 412 5678

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