The best of Australia for the over 50s
Experience Australia’s southern states in full bloom, from the Hunter Valley Gardens, the spectacular Everglades Historic House and Gardens, Bowral Tulips, Quindalup Gardens and Red Cow Farm. The renowned Canberra Floriade and the Tulip Top Gardens are the magnificent peak of this colourful tour, with other highlights including the Centennial Vineyard, Fitzroy Falls and the historic village of Berrima.
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"!
Train Buffs of Australia, unite! This tour includes trips on eight trains that have been specially chartered by All Australian Journeys. It’s a unique chance to experience some of Australia's precious rail history. Pay tribute to the dedicated volunteers who are preserving these steamy dragons for future generations.
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.
It’s time for a country camping experience – embrace the atmosphere of the Millmerran Camp Oven Festival, with a damper throwing competition, billy boiling competition, horses being shod, sheep shearing and country music. Along the way, admire the industry, produce and folklore of the country on this enjoyable eight day coach tour.
Stay 4 nights at York on Lillydale Resort in Mt Evelyn, located on 4.5 hectares of natural bushland. One of the many highlights of this tour will be a visit to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival featuring over half a million tulips across 25 acres of farmland and activities that reflect the farm’s Dutch heritage.
From the picturesque Manning River to the crystal clear waters of Forster Tuncurry, you will be recharged by the opportunity to relax and visit the local attractions, including the National Motorcycle Museum, Mondrook Gardens, Bago Winery and the impressive Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey.
Every year thousands of people head to Griffith to view and admire the more than 50 larger than life citrus sculptures, created using more than 100,000 oranges, a dedicated project manager and an army of volunteers! At the same time, the Griffith Spring Fest shows off horticulture on varying scales and will provide inspiration to all gardeners.
Experience some of nature’s best on this tour of Phillip Island and Mornington Peninsula, with spectacular scenery, pelican feeding on Phillip Island, march of the penguins and an abundance of wildlife and scenery. Walk the path of champions at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitor Centre, discover Port Nepean National Park at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula and explore the historic precincts and homes in the region.
A world of discovery awaits as you travel to Coonabarabran, the closest gateway to the majestic Warrumbungles National Park and also known as the Astronomy Capital of Australia. With clean crisp country air, delight in visits to Goondiwindi, Pilliga Pottery, Crystal Kingdom and Siding Springs Observatory.
Spring is a beautiful time to visit the Victorian Alps displaying a spectacular array of colour. Based in beautiful Bright, venture each day in a new direction, discovering the remarkable, unforgettable world of spring scenery and panoramic views at Mt Beauty, Falls Creek, Kiewa Valley and the scenic Mt Buffalo area.
Each year, eight gardens around Berry and the surrounding New South Wales South Coast region are selected for their design, plant varieties and creativity. From vast rural landscapes to small cottage gardens in the town, you will enjoy these award winning gardens.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll be spoiled with stunning scenery as you join us on this amazing tour travelling through Victoria’s High Country to the Sea. Explore the High Country towns of Beechworth, Mt Beauty and Falls Creek, before arriving in the ever popular Bright. Continue on to Lakes Entrance, where the Gippsland Lakes meet the Southern Ocean, for a luncheon cruise on the sparkling Gippsland Lakes.
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.
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.
Experience the views from Echo Point across to the Three Sisters, visit Scenic World with access to the Skyway, Cableway, Walkway and Railway and take a guided tour of Jenolan Caves. We will also enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner in Caves House and a nostalgic High Tea at Carrington Hotel.
Discover the magic and charm of Maleny, Montville and surrounding areas on this three day escape. With scenic views, wineries, cheese factory, galleries, craft and clothing shops, markets to browse and delicious food – this tour is sure to be a delight.
Escape to Batemans Bay for six days of touring through scenic New South Wales countryside which takes in highlights such as the Kangaroo Valley and Shoalhaven River and visit the famous Kiama Blowhole. Highlights include Birdland Animal Park, cruise on the Clyde River, Foxglove Spires Gardens and the ABC Cheese factory just to name a few.
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.
Get away to the gorgeous Granite Belt, renowned for the fresh produce grown in the region and as Queensland’s premier wine producing district. Learn about the science that goes into creating award winning wines, tour and taste a selection of fruits and jams that the region is famous for and relax at Aloomba Lavender.
Young, known as the Cherry Capital of Australia, is the place to find the ultimate cherry pie, cherry jam, cherries and ice cream during the National Cherry Festival. Staying in nearby Cootamundra for three nights, pick and buy your own choice cherries, enjoy the annual parade, fudge factory, visit Bradman's Cottage and the Japanese and Chinese Gardens.
Imagine celebrating Christmas in a 5 star spa hotel in the stunning Swiss Alpine village of Grindelwald. Shop at Christmas Markets, explore the gorgeous Swiss Riviera town of Montreux, visit Château de Chillon, the amazing hilltop town of Gruyères and enjoy an exhilarating Alpine ride on the Golden Pass train. We then transfer from Luzern to Munich before travelling to Salzburg to experience a New Year like no other, in a wonderful palace.
Tasmania is an amazing place to visit at any time of the year, but to make it a Christmas and New Year destination is very special. Not only is it steeped in history, Tasmania has some of the most breathtaking natural beauty that Australia has to offer. Highlights of your tour will include a traditional Christmas Day lunch with all the trimmings and New Years Eve celebrations in Hobart.
Feel special as you set out on this delightful Christmas tour to Bellinger Valley situated on the eastern side of the Dorrigo Plateau surrounded by magnificent rivers, mountains and forest scenery. Based for four nights in a tranquil setting amongst seven hectares of landscaped gardens, you will have the opportunity to explore coast to country.
Celebrate the season on this relaxed break away, staying at Kondari Resort in Hervey Bay. Tour the South Burnett countryside, taking in a number of Fraser Coast highlights. Drive through fertile, agricultural land around Nanango, Goomeri, Brooweena and Aramara. Breathe in the fresh, sea air during your visit to the fishing village of Tin Can Bay and the golden beaches of the Sunshine Coast. Image courtesy Tourism and Events Queensland.
Indulge yourself and be thoroughly pampered this Christmas. Join in with all the fun and soak up the luxury at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Brisbane. Ideally located beside the City Botanic Gardens and right on the river, this tour has been especially designed for those who are unable to take long coach tours.
Don’t miss Australia’s largest music festival, the 47th Tamworth Country Music Festival. This year the highlight of our tour is sure to be the Cavalcade as we watch the parade of music stars and groups in their procession along Peel Street. The whole of Tamworth comes alive at festival time, with buskers, open air concerts and air conditioned venues cross town. So plan your trip to mark off your ‘must see’ performers or unearth someone new.
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.
An experience never to be forgotten—all your childhood memories of summer days, crisp cold watermelons and pip spitting competitions come flooding back at the biennial Chinchilla Watermelon Festival. Learn how to grow the world’s tastiest melons on a Farm tour, enjoy the entertainment of a real outback rodeo and spend a full day at the Chinchilla Watermelon Festival. This fabulously fun tour has limited accommodation so don't miss out.
This tour is designed to give you a chance to indulge your senses in Tasmania. With two nights staying at the beautiful Freycinet Lodge, dinner at the Wrest Point Casino revolving restaurant and an exclusive gourmet BBQ dinner at the Bonorong Wildlife Park, it is the chance to explore Tasmania at a more leisurely, indulgent pace.
The King Island Long Table Festival is a farm to feast experience, inspired by a local lad who married his bride. The guests, unfamiliar to each other, worked together to prepare a feast to celebrate. Following in that tradition, local volunteers and visiting chefs display the best of local and Tasmanian produce. While on King Island, take the time to explore this beautiful unspoiled place with its wild rocky coastline and wonderful beaches.
With such a rich history to explore, this specially planned tour travelling through New South Wales will give you ample opportunity to learn about and appreciate all things rail - the engineering marvels, the tenacity of early pioneers and the sheer romance of rail travel.
Witness the most impressive flying displays and exciting aerial acts performed anywhere in the world at the Australian International Airshow, held every second year at Avalon, south west of Melbourne. Feel the hum of the engines as you get up close and personal to some of the most comprehensive aviation displays. Other highlights of the region include the Point Cook RAAF Museum and the ongoing restoration of the only B-24 Liberator Bomber in the Southern Hemisphere.
Imagine strolling through one of Australia’s premier Botanical Gardens on the shore of Lake Wendouree as you take in Ballarat’s internationally famous Begonia Festival. Also included in this colourful tour are visits to Sovereign Hill including the spectacular show Blood on the Southern Cross, Ararat’s Old Gaol and Lunatic Asylum, Cricket Willow, the Chocolate Mill, and the Eureka Centre.
Only a short boat ride from Brisbane lies Moreton Island, where the natural beauty and encounters with wildlife are just part of the everyday experience. Your stay at Tangalooma Island Resort, with its superior facilities and optional activities, offers the perfect base for you to explore the unspoilt beauty of this island.
Beautifully preserved heritage buildings, gold rush and bushranger history, wines and fresh produce characterise the picturesque towns in Victoria’s north east. Spending four nights in scenic Wangaratta, each day we uncover the unique towns of the Indigo Shire that are now popular tourist destinations for a scenic and flavourful escape.
Follow in the footsteps of Australia’s most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly and his gang, beginning in Melbourne at the Old Melbourne Gaol and taking an ‘Underworld’ town tour. Follow the Kelly Trail through significant Kelly sites in Victoria—Mansfield, Beechworth and Benalla, then on to Jerilderie New South Wales where Ned Kelly held up a town for three days. Take in the Aussie spirit, history and humour showcased on this tour.
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.
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.
Follow the path of the Mighty Murray, staying in comfortable onshore accommodation in picturesque villages, allowing you to fully capture the spirit of these Murray River towns. By day, cruise along scenic stretches of the river that sustains the region.
Escape to the picturesque Manning Valley, where coastline and countryside connect to create the ideal location for relaxation and a journey back in time to when early settlers built thriving riverside towns. Enjoy the traditional Tinonee Teahouse and the historical sites of Wingham. Unwind on board the Island Explorer for a luncheon cruise of the Manning River.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore the Riverina region of New South Wales – its heritage buildings, beautiful parks and gardens, the magnificent Murrumbidgee River and the abundance of delightful food, wine and agricultural experiences on offer. Tour Wagga Wagga and become familiar with its famous icons, from sportspeople to wine, RAAF pilots to beautiful floral displays. Discover delightful Junee, including its Roundhouse Museum and Liquorice and Chocolate Factory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrate Christmas on an All Australian Journeys holiday