>> May 20, 2012
Going on holidays is always great no matter how old you are, but for those of us who are no longer exactly spring chickens, it’s nice to be able to take your time and enjoy your holiday at a more leisurely pace. Never fear -- after all, Australia doesn’t just cater to the young and energised. You will have no problem finding ways to enjoy Australia at just the right speed. The following are some of the great options for more elderly people wanting to get a good look at Australia.
Sydney Harbour Cruises
The best way to see this magnificent harbour is to get on a cruise, sit back and meander around it nice and slowly. There is no point rushing your way around this beautiful waterway and a harbour cruise is a great excuse to treat yourself to a nice meal while you float on one of the world finest harbours. You will also find yourself in the perfect spot for photos of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, so make sure you’ve brought your camera along with you.
Hunter Valley Wine Tours
Australia has some of the best quality wines in the world, so if you don’t mind the occasional drop of red or white and want a relaxing way to spend the day, head to the Hunter Valley and check out some of the world’s best wines. There are lots of excellent accommodation options in the area as well, so why not spend a few days in this magical valley setting?
Of course, you are going to want to find lots of great souvenirs to take home with you, so if you find yourself in Tasmania, be sure to make it to the Salamanca Markets, held every Saturday in downtown Hobart. This is one of the largest and most impressive outdoor markets in Australia and is known for its amazing local produce, as well as its huge array of local art and crafts. If you're in the area, a visit here is mandatory!
Another of Tasmania’s must-do activities. If you are here in late summer, get out to Launceston’s Festivale festival. This is a huge outdoor festival for people of all ages and showcases Tasmania’s finest foods, wines and beer. There is live music, seating and a great atmosphere, so for a great day out where all you need to bring is your appetite and your palate, this is guaranteed to be just what you are looking for.
Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens
One of the jewels of this world-class city is most definitely its gardens, with the huge Botanic Gardens one of the best displays of flowers and plants in all of the country. Situated right beside the harbour, there is no better way to spend the day than to pack yourself a nice picnic lunch and spend a day wandering the gardens or even doing a spot of knitting or reading while you are here. You haven’t seen Sydney until you’ve been to the Royal Botanic Gardens.