Aussie Adventures for the Adult Gapper
Ever heard the phrase “youth is wasted on the young”? Well whether you agree with this or not, it’s certainly true that the whippersnappers of the world aren’t the only ones entitled to fun, freedom or adventure!
College students and university graduates have long held the crown when it comes to the concept of a gap year or ‘gap travel’ but finally, adults with a yearning for adventure and self-improvement are cottoning on to the fact that they are allowed to take time out to experience the world too. Whether mid-career, post retirement or somewhere in between, we are urging adults everywhere to take stock of their lives get some of those lifetime ambitions under their belts!
The friendly officials in the Australian government allow every aspiring traveller 3 whole months of unrestricted access to the beaches, mountains and deserts of Oz so you’ll have plenty of time to make the most of your freedom. The huge variety of coastlines, landscapes and cultures means that there really is something for everyone, so whether your idea of adventure is road tripping through the Red Centre, sailing around the Whitsundays or fulfilling those John Wayne dreams at an Outback Ranch, spending part of your gap year in Australia could be the perfect ‘itchy feet’ antidote.
Living the Highway Life
Australia’s road network, whilst ENORMOUS is extremely easy to navigate, making road trips one of the most popular ways to experience the fantastic diversity of each Aussie state. Bumpy bus journeys are a thing of the past in Australia – even when cruising down the Stuart Highway in the midst of the desert, and booking onto an organised bus tour will allow you to experience a multitude of places you have never even heard of.
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Improve the cut of your jib
If you’ve never had the opportunity to find your sea legs or just fancy yourself as a dashing sea captain then the clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park offer an idyllic solution. As well as learning the ropes or taking the helm of an exotic Tall Ship, you can also fulfil those dreams of learning to dive or snorkel amongst the world’s most iconic coral reef.
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The phrase ‘camping under the stars’ will never be the same again once you’ve completed the gap year rite of passage and spent a few nights staring up at one of the clearest skies you’ll ever see. Travelling through the Australian Outback is one of life’s great adventures but if camping isn’t one of your fortes then you’ll be pleased to know that the ‘glamping’ trend has well and truly arrived in Australia. If you’re not up for roughing it on the ground there are plenty of campsite ‘cabins’ around to give you that extra element of comfort after an exciting day exploring icons such as Ayers Rock or Kings Canyon.
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It’s impossible to list all of the potential opportunities for the unforgettable experiences and achievements you can fulfil whilst travelling around Australia. We just hope you believe us when we say that there really is something for everyone here and if you’ve been struggling for inspiration on what to do with your life next, we hope we’ve given you a little food for thought…!
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