The best Australian holidays for over 50s
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.
Join All Australian Journeys as we travel to our nation’s capital for the Tate Down Under. This year the exhibition showcases exclusive masterpieces from its unsurpassed collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Come and shout yourself to an Easter break in Yamba staying three nights at the one resort. A short drive from the resort is the friendly, wee Scottish town of Maclean nestled along the banks of the beautiful Clarence River. Join us for the 115th Maclean Highland Gathering and see just how much the tartan connection means to the community, with many street signs carrying a Gaelic translation and the light poles painted in tartan clan colours.
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.
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 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.
Take a break to Port Macquarie - visit the Koala Hospital, discover local convict history and relax on a luncheon cruise on Hastings River. Spot the new Snow Leopard and Eric the Crocodile and enjoy the tastes of strawberries, tomatoes and wine tasting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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