Senior Travel Down Under – Perth and Darwin

Jul 6th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Hey seniors.  Been to Australia yet?  Been to Perth or Darwin?  There are things to see and do in Perth and Darwin…two great spots for seniors to check out. The city of Perth on the west coast of Australia and the city of Darwin to the north form a passageway between them which is of great delight to travelers.  Undertaking a journey on this route would enable one to sample firsthand the rugged beauty of the unusual rock formations not to mention the pristine beaches flanking this north western boundary.  Since the trip would commence in Perth, it would be the Black Swans residing on the banks of the River Swan, along with the inhabitants of Perth, whom one would be bidding adieu only to arrive a few days later at the brink of Timor Sea amidst a cosmopolitan city bearing the last vestiges of being the first pioneer outpost.

A trip to Australia would be incomplete without appreciating its marine life and along the Perth-Darwin corridor this wish is granted through activities like cruising, snorkeling and riding the quad bike at the Coral Bay and Ningaloo Reef.  The land has its own enchantments as well in the form of natural beauty expressed through the gorges, waterfalls and fresh waterholes dotted across the Karijini National Park and the large cattle farms settled in the Pilbara region.

Perth has plenty to do to keep you busy. Considering its westernmost location it is quite modern.
Darwin is a truly tropical city.  A bloody long way from anywhere, it’s the type of town that attracts people who are really trying to get away from it all, and those lured by the stunning scenery right on the city’s doorstep. The prevailing vibe is part far-flung outpost, part tropical resort. It’s an unusual town and one that you should definitely not miss. Need some good suggestions on both? This site doubles up your trip plans. It is quite some distance from Perth to Darwin  This map and video will help with your excursion as well.

In case you have not heard of Perth like my sister-in-law…Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia and the fourth most populous city in Australia. The Perth metropolitan area has an estimated population of 1,696,000 so it is pretty big.  I know that when they launch a space mission, Perth has a major tracking station on site. The metropolitan area is located in the South West Division of Western Australia, between the Indian Ocean and a low coastal escarpment known as the Darling Range.  Perth became known worldwide as the “City of Light” when city residents lit their house lights and streetlights as American astronaut John Glenn passed overhead while orbiting the earth on Friendship 7 way back in 1962.

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia. Situated on the Timor Sea, Darwin has a population of 124,800, making it by far the largest and most populated city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, but the least populous of all Australia’s capital cities.  It is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End‘s regional center.  This city has grown from a pioneer outpost and small port into one of Australia’s most modern and multicultural cities.  Its proximity to Asia makes it an important Australian gateway to countries such as Indonesia and East Timor.  I found it interesting that people hailing from at least 56 countries make up the mellow, modern metropolis of Darwin.  I wondered who counted them.

Experiencing Perth’s wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and easy-going character, some travelers wonder, just where is everyone?  While the lack of big-city bustle has something to do with Perth being the world’s most remote capital city, you won’t find the locals complaining about the lifestyle!  Have a super trip “down under” and do practice that little accent with Gooday Mite! prior to your arrival. jeb



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