The best Australian holidays for over 50s
Superb views, the vast array of birdlife, waterfalls and rugged escarpments all attract visitors to this first class venue right on our own door step. A short walk with a rainforest guide, a 4-wheel drive morning tea adventure, spotlighting at night for nocturnal animals and lashings of food are all part of your visit to the guesthouse – surrounded by World Heritage listed Lamington National Park.
Along the south coast of New South Wales, to the border of Victoria, lies the pristine Sapphire Coast region, boasting untouched beaches, abundant natural beauty and marine wildlife. The idyllic and sheltered location of Merimbula is our setting for three nights, allowing time for relaxing and exploring the surrounding regions, from the famous dairy region of Bega to the spectacular Twofold Bay in Eden. Returning home through Victoria's scenic Gippsland Region.
Experience the wilderness of Kangaroo Island, with two nights on the island and time to explore the pristine beaches, fresh produce and incredible wildlife abundant on KI. Walk with New Zealand Fur Seals, explore Flinders Chase National Park, conquer the Remarkables, learn about the Australian Whale industry and tour the Eucalyptus Distillery.
The Blue Mountains region features some of Australia’s most iconic landscapes, including The Three Sisters, Katoomba Falls, Jamison Valley and Jenolan Caves. Explore the sights from every angle – from the tree top lookouts at Scenic World to the oldest open cave system in the world, the Jenolan Caves. The region also features beautiful historical towns, including the preserved village at Carcoar and the city now synonymous with motor racing – Bathurst.
Lord Howe Island is a unique destination inscribed on the World Heritage List for its outstanding natural features. As the tour unfolds you will discover the spectacular landscape with Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird towering above the sea.
Autumn colours of New England are on vibrant display and this tour will show you some of the highlights of beautiful Armidale and the surrounding region. From historic homesteads to the Waterfall Way, Celtic Standing Stones and the Rail Museum in Guyra, relax and enjoy the heritage of this area.
Bright! It’s always the right time of year to visit the beautiful township of Bright, and early autumn is no exception. Resplendent in autumn hues and with the natural beauty of the European trees changing colour before winter, it makes a perfect base to explore Victoria’s High Country.
Travel to Corryong, Victoria at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains for the Man From Snowy River Festival. This festival celebrates the imagery created by Banjo Patterson’s famous poem ‘The Man from Snowy River’ with a unique gathering of mountain riders, poets, artists and lovers of Australian High Country and pioneering spirit.
Join us as we travel to Bundanoon, where the town becomes Brigadoon for a day! This premier Scottish Gathering is a one day event which offers a day full of fun and festivities to witness or partake in distinctly Scottish performances, including some traditional and not so traditional games.
One of the great Australian rail journeys, this 4,352 km journey traverses the breadth of Australia between the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Follow in the footsteps of those who have ventured beyond the city limits to see a land of contrasts: the heights of the Blue Mountains, the barren expanse of the Nullarbor, lush vineyards and vast gold mines.
Explore the lush green beauty of Victoria’s Gippsland Region, from mountain views to the sparkling Gippsland Lakes. Spend two nights at Lakes Entrance, the idyllic coastal location on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach, where the Gippsland Lakes meet the Southern Ocean. Behold the beauty on offer, with highlights including Wilsons Promontory, Buchan Caves, pristine beaches and a sunset cruise on the Gippsland Lakes.
Enjoy three nights on King Island, calcified forests, ship wrecks, Cape Wickham Lighthouse, and King Island Dairy, then fly directly to Flinders Island for this huge National Park, rugged shores and exclusive beaches.
Easter is a perfect time to visit Bright, resplendent in autumn hues with the natural beauty of the European trees changing colour before winter. Spend four nights based at the one motel, with each day holding a new experience in the Garden State’s High Country.
Discover the new creativity sweeping Australia’s country towns and witness how small towns have flourished and become iconic new tourist destinations. This tour travels through country Victoria, following the Silo Art Trail, the largest outdoor gallery in Australia, which stretches over 200km and links six small country towns.
Escape to the Gold Coast Hinterland and discover the beauty and tranquillity of the Tamborine Mountain Plateau. This tour has so much to offer, from the crisp mountain air, superb views, unique experiences and culinary delights, it is sure to be a perfect short break away.
Join us on this beautiful tour to Queensland’s Granite Belt area staying two nights at the stunning Happy Valley Retreat, nestled amongst the hills surrounding the Queensland border town of Stanthorpe. The highlight of this tour is the premier cultural event - Opera in the Vineyard.
Just north of Sydney, the tranquil Hawkesbury River takes a picturesque path past honeycomb coloured cliffs, historic towns, islands, inlets, bushlands and national parks including Ku-ring-gai Chase. Take the time to unwind with cruises on the waterway and tours of the surrounding region, with highlights including Tobruk Sheep Station and the Seven Islands Cruise from Brooklyn.
Since 2012, the rails have been silent, but after an extensive upgrade and restoration, the Mary Valley Rattler now steams along the rails once more. Travelling from the historic Gympie station through the scenic Mary Valley, after arriving in Amamoor the C17 class Steam Engine will then turn around on the restored turntable.
Come and enjoy this short break away in the heart of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Stay three nights at Noosaville’s 5 star RACV Noosa Resort, set on six hectares beside Weyba Creek overlooking a pristine wetlands sanctuary and visit some of the Sunshine Coast’s favourite attractions.
Explore this beautiful area by land and sea on board the unique, pink, amphibious vehicle —The ‘LARC’. This award winning day tour will take in the most amazing unspoilt coastal estuaries, steep sand hills and pristine creeks including Jenny Lind below Bustard Head with its sentinel lighthouse.
Travel to Far North Queensland for a Cape York adventure in a purpose built 4WD tour vehicle. See waterfalls, coral coves and enjoy campfire dinners. Dip your toe in the sea at the tip of Australia, enjoy the remote wilderness, visit old World War II airfields, early gold settlements, huge beef stations and the mine at Weipa.
This tour is specifically designed to maximise time for you to explore Carnarvon Gorge, an oasis in the semi-arid heart of Central Queensland. With Carnarvon Creek running through towering white sandstone cliffs and vibrantly coloured steep-sided gorges, this environmental experience is one of Australia’s natural wonders.
Known as the ‘Sapphire City’ and nestled beside the Macintyre River, Inverell has many gems waiting to be discovered. Inverell boasts a proud pioneering history, beautifully restored buildings, friendly locals, picturesque scenery, country cooking and so much more. Our touring also visits the town of Gilgai for wine tasting and travels through the Southern Darling Downs.
Explore Australia’s breathtaking and majestic heart. From the arid regions of South Australia right through her centre to the once isolated, now cosmopolitan city of Darwin. Travel by coach to Darwin then fly back; or enquire about travelling home on The Ghan, one of the world’s great train journeys.
Few places in the world offer the sense of isolation and ruggedness as Australia’s North West; join us as we explore the spectacular scenery from Darwin in the tropics, through the Kimberleys to the beautiful town of Broome in the west.
Join us on this old favourite, as we explore Western Australia’s coastline travelling from Port Hedland to the beautiful city of Perth. Enjoy first class views of the Indian Ocean, be in awe by nature’s riches as you explore Karijini, Kalbarri and Nambung (the Pinnacles) and view the dolphins at Monkey Mia.
Immerse yourself in the land of The Never Never; millions of years old with opportunities to see some of the most diverse landscapes, flora and fauna in the world. Start at Mount Isa and travel into the Top End, discovering the Thermal Pools at Mataranka, the tranquil lagoons of Yellow Waters and the waterfalls and waterholes at Litchfield National Park.
The Childers Festival of Cultures has grown from 6,000 to more than 50,000 visitors over the two days of festivities. It is the only festival in Queensland where they close the Bruce Highway for a day! Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of different cultures from around the world and enjoy the colour and excitement of the festival.
Discover the unique and lush green land, where rolling hills give way to beautiful bays along the coastline of Western Australia. Vineyards sit against a backdrop of ocean and forest. Absorb the sheer beauty surrounding historic Albany and visit one of Australia’s most famous landforms, Wave Rock.
Set in the azure beauty of the Indian Ocean, just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, lies the island paradise of Mauritius. With its crystal clear lagoons, exquisite beaches, acres of sugar cane, tropical gardens, exciting markets, and amazing history. This cosmopolitan blend of French, British, Indian, Chinese and Creole cultures creates an island of rich diversity in culture, cuisine and history.Duration: 12 Days
Join this fully escorted tour on one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel through a rich diversity of Australian landscapes in the comfort of your private cabin or relaxing in the lounge. Sightsee in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy, the ultimate transcontinental experience.
This time of year, the countryside is bright with colour as a profusion of native wildflowers and wattle put on their spectacular annual show. Visit Girraween National Park with its massive granite outcrops where the large angular boulders and precariously balanced rocks are a sight that continues to draw travellers to this beautiful part of the Granite Belt. Other highlights include visits to a berry garden, jam factory and winery – all specially chosen to tempt your taste buds.
Join us on this fantastic 5 day retreat to Fraser Island, staying in the newly refurbished eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort. Lying just off the coast of Hervey Bay this world heritage-listed island is home to a number of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and is the largest sand island in the world. Famous for its many freshwater lakes, ancient rainforests, coloured sands, 75 mile beach highway, dingoes and the renowned Maheno shipwreck.
A truly iconic road trip from Brisbane to Melbourne, travelling through Newcastle and taking in some of Australia’s best East Coast locations such as Byron Bay, Kingscliff, Wooli, Port Macquarie, Narooma, Lakes Entrance and Wilsons Promontory.
For a limited season, you can walk among the spectacular Field of Light art installation, created from more than 50,000 stems of light, with the shadow of Uluru as your backdrop. Seemingly reflecting the stars in the night sky, the explosion of colour will take your breath away.
Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park features the famous landmark Wilpena Pound, renowned for its natural, cultural and geological significance. Travel the Strzelecki Track to Innamincka, visiting the Dig Tree and then on to Cameron Corner, where three states meet.
Imagine the opportunity to travel remote areas and visit some of Australia’s iconic destinations. If you have the country areas at heart and you are full of adventure, then this tour is certainly for you. Fly from Brisbane to Alice Springs before absorbing the beauty of central Australia.
Tour one of Australia’s most isolated regions and uncover some of the wonders that have been billions of years in the making—ancient landscapes with deep rocky canyons leading to peaceful plunge pools. Visit remarkable National Parks, massive open-cut mines, areas renowned for gold fever of the late 1800s and townships imbued with the area’s secrets.
Travel from Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road and marvel at the sheer cliffs that drop away into the ocean. Wind your way through seaside villages and stop at scenic lookouts to see prominent landmarks the Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and the fallen London Bridge.
The desert landscape of White Cliffs disguises the value that lies hidden underground, one of the richest opal fields on earth. The locals also live underground and your two night stay in the Underground Dugout Motel will be a memorable experience.
If you are searching for a relaxing short break away then this tour is for you. Start with a scenic drive through the ever expanding Glasshouse Mountains enjoying stunning views of the range along the way. Continue on to the 4½ star Oaks Oasis Resort at Golden Beach, Caloundra. Enjoy a visit to Parrots in Paradise, the Bulcock Street Markets and take a sunset dinner cruise on the beautiful Maroochy River.
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Festival is a garden lover’s delight and we are proud to be bringing this 3 day tour back again. The festival is a celebration of flowers as well as food, wine and all things spring. Stop and smell a rose or two at the National Rose Garden, visit stunning award winning exhibition gardens, view splendid displays in the public parks and be entertained by the colourful and creative Grand Central Floral Parade.
Since 1950, Toowoomba has greeted Spring with an infusion of colour and creativity not only in private gardens but also the town’s magnificent parks and gardens. Come and delight your senses in the Garden City as there is no better "blooming place"!
As you travel the southern regions of Western Australia and across the Nullarbor—one of this country’s epic road journeys—you’ll appreciate a land of contrasts. See the beauty in the colourful accents of wildflowers, stark landscapes and enormous mines.
Brisbane is the capital of the sunshine state and gateway to the creative Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the stunning beaches and nature of Stradbroke Island and the magnificent rainforest and drop of Queen Mary Falls. Staying right on South Bank, we are in the perfect position for Brisbane Festival’s Riverfire fireworks display, and close to numerous galleries, museums, restaurants and gardens along the Brisbane River.
September is the perfect time to visit Canberra as it turns on beautiful spring days with clear skies and floral displays. Floral highlights include Corbett Gardens for the Bowral Tulip Time Festival, tulips at Moss Vale, the vast Tulip Top Gardens and of course the flowers and markets of Floriade. The Australian War Memorial is another highlight, along with a bird’s eye view of the city from Mt Ainslie.
The Dandenong Ranges is an area rich in natural beauty. Stay five nights in the one motel and venture out each day. Visit the Tesselaar Tulip Festival featuring over half a million tulips across 25 acres of farmland and activities that reflect the farm’s Dutch heritage. Other highlights include a journey on the iconic Puffing Billy steam train, morning tea at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, and visits to many beautiful gardens.
The Lions Road is unique as a privately built road that traverses the State Border through picturesque Richmond Gap. View the engineering marvel of the Border Loop, visit the car boot markets in Lismore, Summerland House Farm in Alstonville, Cape Byron Lighthouse and Ballina Manor.
Enjoy a five day all coach tour to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney. Travel via our coach along the coastal route on the Pacific Highway with stops at Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie, or alternatively travel via the New
Fly return from Brisbane to Sydney for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, including Gold seating at ANZ Stadium and delicious seafood buffet meal before the evening performance of the Military Tattoo.
See the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney, travelling via coach to Sydney and flying home, or alternatively flying to Sydney and travelling via coach home. The tour offers the best of both worlds to see the spectacle of 1,200 Australian and international performers in Sydney.
Travel in comfort from the Hunter Valley to Sydney, enjoying an extravagent seafood buffet before witnessing more than 1,200 Australian and international performers in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Experience the excitement of Melbourne cup, visit the Eureka Skydeck, ride the famous Puffing Billy, dine out in the Tramcar Restaurant, explore the seaside suburb of St Kilda and cruise the Yarra. All this and more, including five nights in the one motel, ensures the creation of memories that will last a lifetime.
This tour takes you to the scenic Macleay Valley coastline, staying three nights in the sleepy coastal township of South West Rocks, without a highrise in site. Along with giving you a truly restful break, you will also visit Trial Bay Gaol, take in the scenery from Smoky Cape Lighthouse and cruise the calm waters of the Hastings River aboard MV Port Venture.
Treat yourself to this short break away to seek out that perfect gift at the markets. From the vibrant Eumundi Markets, a collaboration of many talented people selling their wares, to the heritage city of Maryborough and the city centre’s colourful transformation during the markets.
Summertime means an abundance of cherries and other delicious stone fruits. Join in the fun and festivities of the ever popular National Cherry Festival in the bustling and picturesque town of Young, ideally located in ‘The Hilltops’ food & wine region.
Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s among the stunning landscapes and beautiful cultural experiences of New Zealand. With coach, cruises and rail journeys, this tour includes a Christmas Day lunch at Walter Peak Homestead in Queenstown, a Haggis Ceremony in Dunedin and a Maori Hangi and Concert to see in the New Year in Rotorua.
Spend Christmas cruising Australia’s most iconic river—the Mighty Murray. Enjoy a seven night cruise with offshore excursions including wildlife discovery, Aboriginal paintings and historical sites, farm tours and visits to the towns for whom the Murray is the life and soul.
Break away for a relaxing week in a luxurious hotel overlooking Mount Panorama. From early gold discovery days, to the prominent identities of Bathurst, to inside majestic historical buildings, to the greatest collection of racing memorabilia, Bathurst will charm you this Christmas.
Embrace the country way of life, letting your hair down for Warwick’s annual New Year’s Eve Rodeo. Spend three days exploring the rich heritage and hospitality of Warwick and surrounds, with highlights including Bestbrook Mountain Resort, Glengallan Homestead, the Warwick Railway Precinct and Abbey of the Roses.
Visit popular coastal holiday spots including Coffs Harbour, South West Rocks, Sawtell, Port Macquarie, Iluka, Yamba and Wooli with visits to the Clog Barn and the Dutch Village, Trial Bay Gaol, North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, and a dolphin cruise
A rich mix of history, cruises and attractions are included in this tour package. Walk in the footsteps of convicts, be awed by the majestic and rugged beauty of its rivers and mountains, or stand still and embrace the peace of Tasmania’s ancient forests.
The Apple Isle is a feast of sensations; join us as we experience the freshest of produce, and some of the most remarkable Tasmanian experiences. Embrace the wilderness cruising on the Tamar and Franklyn Rivers, explore Cradle Mountain and relax in the vast fields of the Lavender Farm. Uncover the history of Port Arthur, Penny Royal and Swansea Bark Mill. This brand new tour has a taste of everything Tasmania.
In the heart of the Granite Belt, Stanthorpe’s cooler climate creates the ideal conditions for fresh produce. Its wineries, apples, berries, stone fruit and olives are some of the best in Australia and are celebrated at the biennial Apple and Grape Festival.
Take a trip getting to know Tasmania’s capital, spending four nights in our hotel, a stone’s throw from Hobart’s Constitution Dock. Uncover the history of Hobart, from the Cascade Female Factory to Joseph Moir’s Shot Tower and the Wooden Boat Centre in Franklin.