The best Australian holidays for over 50s
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.
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.
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.
Put on your blue suede shoes for the festivities at the Parkes Elvis Festival. Costume is optional as you swivel your hips with hundreds of Elvis fans. Travel to and from Parkes onboard the Lachlan Valley Railway Blue Suede Express, and find out more about stars of a different kind at ‘the Dish’ in Parkes.
As the song goes "All roads lead to home". Well in this case all roads lead to Tamworth for the annual Country Music Festival. Marking its 48th year, the festival continues to be popular with a wide range of age groups and musical tastes, with something for everyone on offer. Phone today to receive your copy of the full itinerary and see just what is included in each tour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This tour has always been a favourite combining beautiful scenery, flora and fauna, a cruise on Lake Wallis and Nelson Bay amongst the dolphins. You will be in awe as you stroll through the Hunter Valley Gardens. Marvel at the beauty of this part of Australia and enjoy an absorbing visit to the world of the RAAF. All in all, you are in for a relaxing time on this holiday by the sea.
Discover the beauty of two amazing National Parks in two different states on this remarkable tour. Naracoorte Caves National Park is South Australia’s only World Heritage site with its system of 26 caves of limestone formation and the Wonambi Fossil Centre. The Grampians National Park, one of the largest National Parks in Victoria, offers rugged ancient landscapes, breathtaking rocky views of the craggy slopes and sheer cliffs.
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.
North of Melbourne following the might Murray, with local silo art murals, fertile agriculture country this holiday explores the salad bowl of Victoria. Relive the golden days of paddleboats in particular the "All The Rivers Run" at Echuca, learn of the secret air base at Lake Boga home to the Catalina’s during the second world war, this truly is an amazing short break get away.
See little penguins, New Zealand fur seals and Australian sea lions as you stay on the picturesque Kangaroo Island. Taste honey, meet sheep and enjoy the many historical sites on the island. Find out a bit more about Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, soak up German culture in Hahndorf and see the first Lock on the Murray River.
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.
Flinders Island is the largest island in the Furneaux Group and a sight to behold with its rugged headlands, white beaches, green farms, heath, forest, hills, lagoons and the magnificent Strzelecki Peaks. This peaceful destination allows you to soak up the majestic splendour as you travel and admire the abundant wildflowers, hear the song birds, and watch the boats unloading their harvest of the seas.
This holiday takes you to the western “gateway” of Bass Strait where you will find sheer bliss. The island is a beautiful unspoiled place with a wild rocky coastline and wonderful beaches including a penguin rookery where penguins return all year round.
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.
Focusing on the popular Clarence River countryside, this Yamba and Maclean holiday gives you a lovely short break staying in the one motel and heading out each day to explore the surrounding areas. Angourie Rainforest Resort is nestled beside 600 hectares of open forest and prides itself on its eco-friendliness.
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.
If you’re looking for a unique Easter experience, then here it is! The 16th annual Forbes Camel Races will once again be held on Good Friday. The ‘ships of the desert’ promise to deliver an exciting, fun-filled day of camel racing, making for a unique experience.
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 five nights based at the one motel, with each day holding a new experience in the Garden State’s High Country. Discover Mt Beauty, Falls Creek, Kiewa Valley, Milawa Mustards, Brown Bros Winery and the scenic Mt Buffalo area.
A classic event every Easter is the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. See Gladstone come alive with the arrival of the yachts and the excitement of the Gladstone Harbour Festival. Experience some of the race fever during your 3 night stay and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Easter in Gladstone.
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.
It is a memorable experience to attend the National War Memorial’s Anzac Day National ceremony and march. Join together to pay tribute to and remember those who have served, both past and present. This tour also takes us from the humble beginnings of early homesteads and sheep paddocks, through the vision of Walter Burley Griffin for one of the finest purpose built cities in the world.
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.
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.
Travel to the Gold Coast for the Australian Outback Spectacular show—Heartland. Join Reg, Marge and the local community on an ambitious task of mustering their cattle off the farm in an effort to save the stock from the harsh realities of the outback. Breathtaking views from Mt Tamborine, new taste experiences at Tropical Fruit World and some retail therapy at Pacific Fair complete this short break away.
Travel to the Gold Coast for the exciting new Australian Outback Spectacular - Heartland! Join Reg, Marge and the local community on an ambitious task of mustering their cattle off the farm in an effort to save the stock from the harsh realities of the outback.
Follow the coastline from Rockhampton to Cairns hopping between the mainland and island destinations including Great Keppel Island, just a short sail away from Yeppoon; Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island off the coast of Airlie Beach; Magnetic Island out from Townsville and Green Island off from Cairns.
Far North Queensland is a tropical paradise with a diversity which will unfold as you explore the Reef and Rainforest Coast, a spectacular 200km stretch of Coral Sea coastline that includes Cairns, Port Douglas and the World Heritage rainforest areas of Daintree and Cape Tribulation.
The Gulf Savannah is a far-flung region of Queensland characterised by vast tracts of savannah grasslands, lagoons and mangrove-lined estuaries, affectionately known as ‘the outback by the sea’. Highlights in this tour include the Undara Lava Tubes and a sunset cruise on the Gulf of Carpintaria.
Kia Orana – The warm welcome to paradise! Discover the untouched charm of the beautiful Cook Islands, with its idyllic climate, warm welcoming people with the widest smiles, and a pace of life that is sure to rejuvenate. The "Cooks" have so much to offer and the genuinely friendly people are enthusiastic to share their vibrant culture, tropical foods, black pearls, sunsets, island craft and dance.
Outback towns have long carved a reputation for colourful characters and intense community spirit and this tour is sure to highlight this. Discover the stories of strength and persistence shown by the pioneers as we journey through towns such as Roma, Quilpie, Birdsville, Boulia, Winton and Barcaldine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Spend some time in the Southern Forests, Margaret River and Albany, before climbing Wave Rock and crossing the Nullarbor, watching for whales in the Bight.
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Festival is a garden lover’s delight. 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"!
Day tours and short breaks to the Mary Valley Rattler