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Top Australia & the Pacific Attractions

Embark on a journey of discovery through the diverse landscapes and cultures of Australia and the Pacific. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, our Australian Pacific tours offer a wide range of unforgettable experiences:
  • Witnessing the sunrise over Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the heart of the Australian Outback
  • Cruising through the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef, marveling at its vibrant marine life
  • Exploring the ancient rock formations of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and learning about their cultural significance
  • Discovering the lush rainforests and cascading waterfalls of New Zealand's Fiordland National Park
  • Soaking in the natural beauty of Fiji's Yasawa Islands, with their white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters
  • Immersing yourself in the vibrant culture and bustling streets of Melbourne, Australia's cultural capital
  • Trekking through the rugged wilderness of Papua New Guinea's Kokoda Track, following in the footsteps of World War II soldiers
  • Swimming with dolphins in the sheltered bays of New Zealand's Bay of Islands
  • Sampling traditional Maori cuisine and experiencing a traditional haka performance in Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Exploring the stunning landscapes of Vanuatu's Tanna Island, home to the fiery Mount Yasur volcano
  • Snorkeling among colorful coral reefs and tropical fish in the warm waters of the Cook Islands
  • Discovering the unique wildlife of Kangaroo Island, Australia, including kangaroos, koalas, and sea lions
  • Trekking to remote villages in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, meeting local tribespeople, and experiencing their way of life
  • Exploring the historic sites and cultural landmarks of Sydney, including the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
  • Relaxing on the pristine beaches of the Whitsunday Islands, with their powdery white sand and turquoise waters
  • Embarking on a scenic helicopter flight over the dramatic landscapes of New Zealand's South Island, including Milford Sound and Franz Josef Glacier

Australia & the Pacific Tours & Travel Guide

Australia & the Pacific Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Australia is an excellent choice for mature travelers seeking enriching experiences. As the smallest continent and the sixth-largest country in the world, Australia boasts an array of natural wonders, cultural heritage sites, and iconic landmarks waiting to be explored. 

From the vast expanses of the Outback to the stunning coastline of the Great Barrier Reef, there's something to captivate every visitor.

Many tour operators offer Australia and New Zealand tours as one package. Seniors can select from various modes of transport and touring options such as cruises, land, or train tours to suit different preferences and mobility levels. You can choose guided small group tours with comfortable transportation provided or join self-guided explorations and private custom tours tailored to specific interests. 

Tourist hotspots in Australia and New Zealand usually offer accessibility features to accommodate seniors, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable travel experience for all. 

Top Tourist Destinations in Australia and New Zealand
Embark on a journey of discovery through two of the world's most captivating destinations with Australia and New Zealand tours. These countries offer abundant natural beauty, cultural richness, and unique experiences that appeal to travelers of all ages. 

From the rugged Outback of Australia to the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand's South Island, these countries have no shortage of top tourist destinations for seniors.

Explore the iconic landmarks, vibrant cities, and stunning natural wonders that make Australia and New Zealand truly unforgettable. Here are some of the top tourist destinations you won't want to miss on your tour of these incredible countries:

  • Sydney, Australia: Sydney boasts iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Bondi Beach is a haven for sun-seekers and surfers alike, offering golden sands and turquoise waters.
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia: Dive into the world's largest coral reef system, home to a dazzling array of marine life, including colorful fish, turtles, and vibrant coral formations. Snorkeling or diving here promises an unforgettable underwater adventure.
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia: Witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Uluru, a sacred site for Indigenous Australians. This colossal sandstone rock formation changes color dramatically at sunrise and sunset, creating a mesmerizing sight.
  • Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne is renowned for its cultural diversity, vibrant arts scene, and culinary delights. Explore its eclectic laneways adorned with street art, indulge in world-class dining, and discover hidden gems in its thriving neighborhoods.
  • Queenstown, New Zealand: Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is an adventure enthusiast's paradise — experience adrenaline-pumping activities like bungee jumping, skydiving, and jet boating against stunning alpine scenery.
  • Milford Sound, New Zealand: Cruise through Milford Sound, a breathtaking fjord surrounded by towering cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and lush rainforests. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers unparalleled natural beauty and serenity.
  • Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland, the "City of Sails," is New Zealand's largest city and a melting pot of cultures. Explore its vibrant waterfront, bustling markets, and volcanic landscapes, including the iconic Rangitoto Island.
  • Gold Coast, Australia: The Gold Coast is synonymous with sun, surf, and fun. Its pristine beaches, thrilling theme parks, and vibrant nightlife make it the ultimate playground for travelers seeking excitement and relaxation.
  • Hobart, Tasmania: Tasmania's charming capital, Hobart, is steeped in history and surrounded by natural beauty. Explore its historic waterfront, visit the renowned Salamanca Market, and embark on a culinary journey to savor fresh local produce and seafood.
  • Cairns, Australia: Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Discover its tropical beauty by snorkeling, diving, or taking a scenic railway journey to the lush rainforest village of Kuranda.

Prepare to be enchanted by the diverse experiences awaiting you in Australia and New Zealand, from cosmopolitan cities to pristine wilderness areas.

Senior-Friendly Activities on Australian Tours
As seniors embark on tours of Australia and New Zealand, they often seek activities that offer a blend of relaxation, cultural enrichment, and scenic exploration. These travelers appreciate experiences that cater to their comfort and mobility while providing opportunities for leisurely discovery. 

In response to these preferences, tour operators curate itineraries featuring a variety of senior-friendly activities designed to delight and engage. 

From its red Outback to golden sandy beaches, Australia offers a variety of activities, experiences, and opportunities for adventure for older adults and seniors above 50. Spend time in its thriving, cosmopolitan cities or take epic journeys along its awe-inspiring coasts. 

Swing lazily from a hammock on an idyllic tropical island or take a rugged and compelling tour of the Outback. Cuddle a koala or take in the cultural and culinary delights. Everyone can find something to love when visiting Australia.

Nature and Scenic Exploration
Embark on nature and scenic exploration in Australia, home to iconic wildlife like kangaroos, koalas, and colorful parrots. Drive along coastal routes offering breathtaking views of the Great Barrier Reef and the Twelve Apostles. Wander through lush rainforests and botanical gardens, or relax in peaceful parks.

Experience wildlife encounters and birdwatching excursions, spotting native fauna in their natural habitats—cruise to remote islands and secluded coves for serene exploration. Don't miss the iconic Kuranda Scenic Railway journey, offering panoramic views of the rainforest and Barron Falls. Australia's diverse landscapes promise unforgettable adventures for all travelers.

Cultural Immersion and Heritage
Embark on a cultural immersion and heritage journey tailored for seniors in Australia. Enjoy guided city tours with comfortable transportation, providing insightful commentary on iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building.

Explore renowned museums and art galleries, delving into local culture and history through curated exhibits. Attend cultural performances showcasing traditional music, dance, and storytelling, offering a glimpse into indigenous and contemporary Australian heritage.

Join guided visits to historic sites, heritage villages, and architectural landmarks like the Port Arthur Historical Site and Adelaide's heritage buildings. Capture the beauty of the landscape and local architecture with photography tours, creating lasting memories of your Australian cultural experience.

Food and Wine Tours
Embark on a culinary journey through Australia's vibrant food and wine scene with our specially curated Food and Wine Tours for seniors. As the fifth largest exporter of wine globally, Australia boasts over 2,400 wineries across 65 wine regions, promising an exquisite wine-tasting experience.

Begin exploring the scenic Yarra Valley, where renowned vineyards like Domaine Chandon and De Bortoli Wines await. Indulge in private barrel tastings and discover the secrets of winemaking firsthand.

Continue your gastronomic adventure to the iconic Hunter Valley in Barossa Valley, home to acclaimed wineries such as Penfolds and Jacob's Creek. Delight in structured tastings, food, wine pairing sessions, and hands-on cooking classes featuring local specialties like Kangaroo filet and Moreton Bay Bugs.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of local markets and artisanal producers, sampling fresh produce and gourmet delights. From traditional Aussie meat pies to decadent Lamingtons, our Food and Wine Tours offer a tantalizing taste of Australia's culinary heritage for seniors.

Relaxation and Wellness
Indulge in rejuvenating Relaxation and Wellness experiences tailored for seniors, designed to promote tranquility and revitalization. Begin your journey with soothing relaxation sessions at renowned thermal hot springs or luxurious spa retreats, such as Peninsula Hot Springs in Victoria or Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa in Daylesford.

Cruise along serene rivers, harbors, or picturesque lakes aboard leisurely boat tours, soaking in the breathtaking scenery and calming waters. Explore the exquisite beauty of botanical parks and manicured gardens on guided tours, including the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney and the lush Brisbane City Botanic Gardens.

Unwind on tranquil beach outings, where gentle strolls along sandy shores and peaceful sunbathing await. Engage in revitalizing yoga and meditation sessions amidst serene natural settings, fostering relaxation and mindfulness for a truly enriching experience tailored to senior travelers.

Best Ways To See Australia for Seniors
Exploring Australia's vast and diverse landscapes is made easy for seniors with a variety of transportation options, including cruises. While self-driving can be strenuous, especially over long distances, cruising offers a relaxing and luxurious way to see the country's coastal regions. 

Coach or Bus Travel: For those seeking comfort and convenience, coach or bus travel is an excellent choice, with amenities like air conditioning and adjustable seats. Australia's national coach operator, Greyhound, provides flexible passes for easy exploration.

Train Tours for Seniors: For a truly unforgettable experience, consider embarking on a scenic journey aboard iconic trains like The Ghan or the Indian Pacific. Additionally, guided tour programs often include transportation arrangements, covering bus, train, or air transfers as part of the package.

Australian Cruises: Seniors who prefer the serenity of the sea can join cruise tours for a leisurely way to discover Australia's coastal beauty. With transportation planned and paid for in advance, seniors can relax and enjoy the stunning sights of Australia from the comfort of a cruise ship.

What is the best time to travel to Australia?
Generally, the spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) seasons offer mild weather, making them ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing, especially for seniors. 

Summer (December to February) can be hot and humid in some regions, while winter (June to August) brings cooler temperatures, particularly in the country's southern parts. 

Seniors may prefer to avoid peak tourist seasons, such as school holidays and major festivals like Christmas and New Year, to enjoy quieter and less crowded attractions. Additionally, it's essential to consider specific events and festivals that may align with seniors' interests, such as the Sydney Festival in January or the Vivid Sydney Light Festival in May-June. 

Ultimately, the best time to visit Australia depends on individual preferences, budget, and desired activities.

Australia Tours for Seniors With Limited Mobility
Australia tours for seniors with limited mobility cater to those who may require extra assistance or accommodations during their travels. Seniors should choose tours that match their physical abilities, and Travelstride assigns each tour a physical level to help with this decision.

Seniors typically prefer tours labeled as "Very Easy" or "Easy," which often consist of train tours or cruises and involve minimal physical activity. These tours are designed for comfort and relaxation, with activities that require little to no walking and frequent breaks. Accommodations are typically comfortable, ensuring a restful night's sleep.

Tours labeled with "Medium" physical activity may include activities like camel riding or walking on uneven paths, which may be slightly more demanding. Seniors should carefully consider their mobility limitations when selecting tours to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Wonderful and Varied Adventure

This is an excellent trip with a great variety of activities and adventure. A train into the mountains, biking, hiking, kayaking, glaciers, ocean, rainforest, and po...

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Heide

Oct 2023

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New Zealand's adventure - a Rousing Success

Unexpected wildlife and plant growth, and land features constantly, with breathtaking beauty, and with an air of untouched freshness. Oh, and the cycling was excitin...

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Patti

Oct 2023

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Wonderful and Varied Adventure

This is an excellent trip with a great variety of activities and adventure. A train into the mountains, biking, hiking, kayaking, glaciers, ocean, rainforest, and po...

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Rosamond

Oct 2023

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New Zealand is a must see place. Do it with VBT

3 wonderful local guides that enhance your educational & cultural experience

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Out of 12 VBT tours, this one needs more planning

VBT has always offered wonderful tours. New Zealand is absolutely SPECTACULAR. Our tour leaders were terrific! Their E-bikes are great, except they have no convenien...

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