Senior Travel to Australia

Jul 12th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I have always been intrigued with Australia.  One of my former students was on a high school basketball team that I coached and is now married and living in Wagga Wagga.  He married a player on a girls team that he helped coach.  Upon one of his return trips home back to Iowa I spent a couple of hours visiting with Mike.  He could not say enough about now being an “Aussie” and he knew that he would now be spending the rest of his life in Australia. 

When one becomes better acquainted with the country, one can better understand Mike’s reasoning. He fell in love with every aspect of the country including picking up a bit of the “aussie accent.”  Picking up the accent will happen to anyone who chooses to live in another country over an extended period of time.  That’s what happened to me when I spent an academic year at the Sorbonne in Paris.  My wife and two small children also picked up the parisien accent as well.  My children aged 5 and 3 were enrolled in a French elementary school.  They became bi-lingual after one year.  The youngest ended up with the best accent and perfect intonation… but that’s for another blog.  Back to travel…

Quantas airlines has a flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane round trip for $578, a savings of up to 60% off regular price.  From JFK, the price is $778.  What a deal! Australia is closer than you think. Flying to Australia from the west coast is only 14 hours, largely the same as flying to most European destinations from the western US. 

Australia is a big country, stretching from the tropics to the roaring forties, and it has a correspondingly wide range of climates. There’s something to suit everyone! Once you arrive in Australia, check out this Australian Guided Coach Tour. All guided coach tours use luxury 5 star coaches that can hold up to 45 people. Onboard features include flat screen plasma TV, DVD player and CD player and toilet. Exact facilities differ slightly between operators but all tour coaches are of luxury standard. Tours can fill up quickly so don’t wait too long to secure your place on board!

Wikitravel has a very nice overview of Australia.  Australia is the only country that has a whole continent to itself. World famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, “the bush”, and “the Outback”, Australia is actually one of the world’s most highly urbanised countries.  Australia travel offers a vast panorama of spectacular sights, natural wonders, cosmopolitan cities, historic towns, and friendly people, from the tropical north to the sub-antarctic islands. The “official tourism website“ provides everything you will need plus it has many photos and information on destinations. Of all the travel destinations on Planet Earth, Australia remains one of the most attractive choices. Surely it offers a wide variety of things to do, sites to see and family attractions of all description, but in this land of dazzling scenery and big blue skies, it’s the charming, friendly faces that make all the difference.

Some may call them weird and wonderful, but many have agreed they’re simply amazing. They are Australia’s unique landscape (and seascape) features found not only in the far reaches of the Outback but also along the more accessible coasts.  I have always found about.com to be helpful and for your trip to Australia, there is no exception. Here you will find aids for things to do, planning the trip, where to go, a free travel newsletter via e-mail, and much more.  

The Great Barrier Reef might be reason enough to plan a trip to Australia. You can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, a living masterpiece so big it can be seen from outer space.  It stretches more than 2,000 kilometres along the Queensland coast, from the mainland towns of Port Douglas to Bundaberg. Hop between the pristine, palm-fringed islands on top, then explore the rainbow-coloured coral islands and marine life below. 

If you’re visiting Australia for no more than three months, traveling with an airline, and you are a citizen of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada or of certain other countries, you may not need an Australian visa. The only times you would need an Australian visa is when you are traveling on a cruise ship, you want to stay in Australia for more than three months, you hold a passport of a country not eligible for an ETA, or if you plan to stay permanently.   jeb



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