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Published July 14th 2016
Western Australia for seniors
Western Australia is a huge state covering many thousands of kilometres, making it a prolonged experience to see it all. However as many seniors no longer work, time is something we often have plenty of, and it is well worth the long stretches you have to endure, to see some of this wonderful state.
There is plenty to see and do in Perth, including the beautiful Kings Park overlooking the whole city and river; the Bell Tower which includes the twelve bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Designed by a local architect, the 18 bells have a combined weight of about nine tonnes and views from this building are astounding.
There are easy boat tours along the River, including lunch or sunset tours, all of which are low impact for Seniors.
View of Perth city from Kings Park
There are also the rolling hills of the Swan Valley with many wineries, or if you do not drink, there are about 70 excellent restaurants and cafes which offer all manner of dining. For the sweet tooth, there is the Margaret River Chocolate Company, and scones jam and cream are served in many Cafes. This is an easy day tour as it is just 20 minutes from Perth.
Margaret River chocolate making
There is a dedicated Seniors Cafe right in the heart of Perth city at the Railway Station, where Seniors can go for a meal or various other activities, but if this is not your thing, head up North to the Coral Coast and Monkey Mia which, although a long drive, is pleasant and an easy trip. Watch the dolphins frolicking and come right up to be fed; Drop in to Kalbarri, at the mouth of the Murchison River, and voted top tourist town (for population under 5000) in 2015. Wander around the Red Bluff walk - this depends on your ability to walk; visit Chinamans Beach; play a round of golf or bowls; visit the Seniors Centre; or simply watch the pelicans being fed daily.
Pelicans waiting to be fed
On your way back stop off at Cervantes, about 250 kms from Perth, and see the miraculous Pinnacles - one of nature's wonders. You can walk as little as you want, or spend several hours looking at these fascinating structures.
Rock formations at the Pinnacles
The Perth Mint is well worth a visit and is Australia's official bullion mint which was established in 1899. The Mint is just out of the City, at 310 Hay Street, East Perth.
If you are feeling brave, the Fremantle Prison Torchlight tour operate twice a week at 6.30 pm. Hear the stories of days gone by and cringe at the events, solitary confinement, whipping post, the gallows and the morgue, This takes 1 ½ hours and cost $22 for Seniors and as there are a number of surprises, is not recommended for those with a weak heart!.
Fremantle Prison torchlight tour
Seniors travel free on public transport in Western Australia, and an enjoyable day is a 50 minute train ride down to Mandurah. Here you can catch a bus into the centre which is on the Harbour and take a boat trip to see the Canals of Mandurah and watch the dolphins.