Jan 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

It’s a long long way to Tipperary, but…

Seniors, it’s even further to Perth.  Perth, Australia is on the westernmost coast of the country and has become a major senior citizen tourist attraction.  Many of us have never heard of Perth while Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and are cities that make the news. 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 almost 1,700,000.

Australia is a big big country and in much of the territory there is little for senior travelers to see. The western-most portion is all desert and wild camels run loose. Seniors, as you know, for an extraordinary holiday, you need an extraordinary destination. So if you’re looking to step into a world of awe-inspiring beauty and discover experiences found nowhere else on earth, Western Australia is the right place, and this means Perth and the “Golden Outback.”

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 in 1962.  The city repeated the act as Glenn passed overhead on the Space Shuttle in 1998.  Perth is tied for eighth place in The Economist‘s 2011 list of the World’s Most Livable Cities.

So Why Visit Perth, Seniors?

The weather is fantastic, the beaches are clean and uncrowded, and the city, situated on the banks of the Swan River, is in a postcard-perfect setting. Free buses get you around the CBD, central business district,  where you can visit the Perth Mint, Swan Bells Tower, Art Gallery of WA and many more Perth tourist attractions. And there’s a train and bus station right in the centre of town, as well as plenty of accommodation in the form of hotels and hostels.

Perth City Centre is located twenty kilometers inland of the Indian Ocean on the West Coast of Australia.  Perth, a very modern city,  bustles with activity and offers a range of choices for shopping. Perth hills offers rolling hills and valleys of native bushland, wineries and orchards if you enjoy bushwalking and hiking, plus amazing views over the city below.

Barrack Square and The Swan Bells Attract Seniors

The jetties at Barrack Square are the departure point for river, winery and Rottnest Island cruises, as well as ferries to South Perth and Perth Zoo. The vibrant riverside location features public art, cafes, restaurants and a lively bar. Barrack Square is the home to Perth’s Swan Bells Belltower, one of the world’s largest musical instruments. The Belltower houses the twelve bells of Saint Martin in the Fields church, the parish church of Buckingham Palace, and also features a viewing platform and exhibitions. It is open daily from 10am.

Viator finds 33 things to do in Perth, including a day cruise from Perth along the Swan Valley where you will be wined and dined royally. Another hot attraction is the helicopter beaches tour. Perth abounds in places to visit and things for seniors to do . Hop-on-Hope-off tours are always popular in large cities and this one is a great means to take in the city. Perth City Life invites seniors to take a cruise on the Swan or a longer cruise called the Freemantle Explorer.

While the lack of big-city bustle has something to do with Perth being the world’s most remote capital city, seniors won’t find the locals complaining about the lifestyle! You can even bring along your pooch. Perth’s pristine parkland and beaches allow the population to spread out and enjoy what’s on offer. After all, we are talking about a city that has its own dedicated dog beach…How ’bout that? Have a little fun with this Australian Slang Dictionary and impress someone on your adventure to Perth.
G’day mate and enjoy your time down under! jeb

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