With this handcrafted tour, you will experience all four corners of the iconic Australian travel experience. There is lush rainforest, tropical ocean, beautiful red desert, and vibrant cityscape. You can discover it all in just ten very relaxed days. See the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet, connect with Aboriginal culture, dine beneath desert stars, and explore the country’s breathtaking landscapes all at a pace that most suits you.
Port Douglas – Easing Into the Experience and a Welcome Dinner Overlooking the Pacific
It is quiet and blissful in Port Douglas, which is Australia’s favorite town for retirees. Tropical waters stretch out from the golden beach, a thick and beautiful rainforest backdrops the town, and palms sway gently, reflecting the laid-back pace of life here. Today, you will land in Cairns, which is the gateway to Queensland and Australia’s tropical Northeastern coast. Cairns itself has become a little rowdy, plus there is not actually a beach in the town. You will take a one-hour transfer up the coast to Port Douglas, which is a more favorable destination for seniors and a lovely place to ease into an Australian vacation. The afternoon will be at your leisure, and there are some excellent cafes and terraces along the beach for you to try. Tonight’s first dinner will be at a superb little restaurant with views that overlook the rainforest and water.
Port Douglas – Connecting with Aboriginal Culture
Port Douglas – Experiencing the Great Barrier Reef Without Getting Wet
Alice Springs – Traditional Outback Dinner and Guided Southern Stars Experience
Kings Canyon – Exploring Australia’s Red Center
Uluru – More Desert Wonder and Sunset at Uluru
Sydney – Sunrise at Kata Tjuta and Sunset Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise
Sydney – Day Trip to Hunter Valley Wine Country by Helicopter
Sydney – Relaxed Sydney Sightseeing and Opera House Performance
Sydney – Departure
- Experience the underwater wonder of the Great Barrier Reef on a boat tour that does not require you to get wet
- Discover Uluru and watch breathtaking sunsets over the red desert
- Indulge in a helicopter ride to the Hunter Valley for lunch and wine tasting
- Immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture on an authentic tour of Daintree Rainforest and its surroundings
- Explore the outback for two days, including Alice Springs, Kings Canyon, and a guided astronomy tour
- Cruise around Sydney Harbour on a marvelous, sunset dinner tour
- Witness a breathtaking performance beneath the iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House
Senior travelers who are coming to Australia are commonly surprised by how easy it is to see and do a lot without having to rush. Here, you can take your time each morning, travel at a tranquil pace, and not miss out on the iconic elements of an Australian travel experience. Yes, the country may be large and vast, but transport connections are superb, and many activities are carefully-tailored to seniors. So, with this ten-day tour, you can connect rainforests, reefs, deserts, and Aboriginal culture with the modern city. The route has been handcrafted to provide senior travelers with a relaxed vacation and authentic immersion in the places that make Australia so unique and special.
After flying into Cairns, you will spend your first three nights in Port Douglas, which is a small and tropical town that has become the country’s favorite place for retirees. Rainforests provide the backdrop, and a long, golden beach is ideal for getting over the jet lag. On day two, you will travel to the rainforest and meet the coastal Aboriginals to learn about their culture and traditions as well as their use of art as a medium for history. On day three, you travel to the Great Barrier Reef, where you can experience all the underwater wonder without getting wet. A special semi-submersible craft will take you about three separate reefs, which means that you can see a lot more than if you were snorkeling.
On day four, you will fly to Alice Springs for a three-day, desert journey. A red landscape unfolds in all directions, and it holds many secrets for you to uncover. You will spend the afternoon and evening in the outpost town before dining beneath the stars and feeling the outback’s serene beauty. Day five of your vacation will take you to Kings Canyon and a gorgeous lodge that will seem cut off from the world. By then, you will really start to know the desert’s nuance along with the incredible constellations that unfurl each night. Day six offers a personal experience with Uluru and then the domes of Kata Tjuta, culminating your experience with Australia’s red desert.
The best way to tour Sydney is by the Parramatta River. After landing in the city, you will venture on a sunset dinner cruise, passing under Sydney Harbour Bridge and alongside the famous opera sails. Fly by helicopter to the Hunter Valley for a day of wine tasting on day eight. It is Australia’s oldest and most traditional wine region and an excellent place to relax in bucolic surroundings and experience another side of the country’s history. Traditional Sydney sights will be the focus of your final day in Australia, including the Victorian markets. You will not need to walk very far, and there will be a sense of really going behind the scenes, especially at the Sydney Opera House. Here, you will not tour the building but delight in a performance. Just like the rest of this vacation for seniors, the focus will be on experiencing rather than sightseeing. Learn more by seeing how our partner Australia travel agents can customize your dream itinerary for you.
$3,245 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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