Discovering Australian island escapes…

With more than one in three Seniors more likely to travel domestically compared to two years ago, and only one in 10 more likely to travel overseas,1 SeaLink Marine & Tourism, Australia’s leading marine transport and tourism operator, says the opportunity to holiday within Australia, especially to the many brilliant islands right here, has never been more appealing. 

More Australians over the age of 65 are choosing to explore the breathtaking landscapes and diverse ecosystems of Australian islands making the most of the safety, familiarity and tranquillity that local islands offer. 

Donna Gauci, CEO of SeaLink Marine & Tourism, highlights how senior travellers journeying to Australian islands including, Kangaroo Island, Rottnest Island, Tiwi Islands and Magnetic Island, enjoy this extra peace of mind that holidaying locally offers. 

“Leave the passport at home, forget about baggage limits, the long and costly overseas flights, but still enjoy the experience of heading overseas by exploring unique Australian island destinations where you can even take your own car,” said Ms Gauci. 

SeaLink operates ferry connections to most of Australia’s iconic islands destinations and unparalleled experiences, including the picturesque wilderness of Kangaroo Island in South Australia to the pristine beaches of Rottnest Island, lay back and relax on Magnetic Island, experience the cultural immersion on the Tiwi Islands, savour the tranquillity of Bruny Island or explore the Whitsunday Islands, all without boarding a plane and lining up at customs. 

Another benefit of travelling domestically is remaining in proximity to Australia’s high quality healthcare services, giving senior travellers an overseas experience without worrying about health standards or expectations. 

According to The Travel Trends Reports 2022 by Australian Seniors, 65 per cent of seniors surveyed are wanting to go on holidays to relax with 40 per cent of the preferred holiday experiences to include historical and cultural opportunities and 34 per cent prefer to include wildlife, nature or eco discovery in their holiday experiences.2 

“These Australian Island destinations hold a treasure trove of natural wonders, brilliant cultural experiences and countless opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation,” Ms Gauci added. 

Many of the islands which SeaLink travels to are also pet-friendly destinations, including Kangaroo Island, North Stradbroke Island, Magnetic Island and Bruny Island. This allows seniors to travel with their beloved four-legged companions, including bushwalking, birdwatching and beachcombing, creating unforgettable memories together.