Holidays for the over 50s
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alice Springs, in the heart of Australia, boasts stunning rugged landscapes, refreshing waterholes and a rich artistic and cultural history. Join us for six days in and around ‘the Alice’, exploring Standley Chasm and Glen Helen Gorge with its views of the West MacDonnell Range and the Alice Springs Desert Park. Discover the Araluen Cultural Precinct which invites you to interact with the people and culture that has shaped the development of Alice Springs.
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.
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.
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.
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"!
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.
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.
Christmas holidays 2018 in Australia with All Australian Journeys
Christmas lights, Christmas carols and festive season events, including New Year's Eve celebrations