Short breaks away for the over 50s
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.
Step back in time and experience the magic of the picturesque Granite Belt as we journey onboard the historic Southern Downs Steam Railway. Our tour, rich in history, takes in the steam locomotive at Timbertown, Trial Bay Gaol, Casino and Tenterfield, where Sir Henry Parkes called for the federation of the colonies.
Experience a trip down memory lane on this short historical tour travelling from Warwick to Wallangarra on the lovingly restored Heritage C17 Steam Locomotive. This unique heritage railway trip enables you to sit back and enjoy the sheer beauty of the Darling Downs and Granite belt.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrate Christmas on an All Australian Journeys holiday