Holidays for the over 50's
Spend Christmas in Melbourne and enjoy a dolphin cruise and a paddle steamer cruise. See amazing church murals in Bairnsdale, explore the Geelong waterfront with all its bollards, bag a bargain at the Queen Victoria Markets and the fashion area of Church and Chapel Street. Feast in Acland Street and re-live the glory moments of the MCG. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Melbourne.
While the Snowy Mountains is well known as a snow holiday destination, it has fast become a very popular destination for the summer. Stay in the picturesque Alpine Village of Thredbo and visit other villages including Perisher and Charlotte Pass, looking across to the majestic Mt Kosciuszko.
Christmas 2017 will be a fun week based at Coffs Harbour’s Opal Resort. Explore the region and see dolphins and porpoises, try carob chocolate and buffalo gelato, cruise the Nambucca River and return to nature in Dorrigo. Indulge in a traditional lunch with all the trimmings and take time out swimming in the resort pools or relax with a short stroll to the beach.
Celebrate Christmas this year on the mighty Murray River. Begin at Renmark and make our way through five locks on the journey towards the mouth of the river. Discover the beautiful and dramatic South Australian outback, its unique flora and fauna and the rich legacy of old riverside ports.
The Blue Mountains is a magical place any time of the year and this will be no exception. Explore this iconic region staying five nights in the one motel. Highlights will include the Three Sisters, Jenolan Caves and the breathtaking views from Scenic World, plus guided tours of Bathurst and surrounding villages with a local guide.
This tour will take you to a picturesque slice of Australia, as we traverse part of the Snowy Valleys Way. Travel from Canberra, through Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains, ascend the Alpine Way from Jindabyne to Thredbo Village and visit towns such as Khancoban, Tumbarumba and Tumut. Our journey then takes us to Victoria’s 4th largest city – Bendigo, to explore its historic tramways, pottery and Chinese Museum before concluding our tour in Melbourne.
Kangaroo Island (or KI as the locals call it) is home to stunning wildlife, pristine beaches, fresh produce and spectacular and diverse coastlines. Come with us as we explore this special island with one of the locals.
Commence this beautiful coast and nature spectacular, linking Sydney to Melbourne. The mood is set with so much to see and do as we drive through Nowra, Ulladulla, Mogo, Merimbula, Mallacoota, Lakes Entrance, Foster, Port Albert, Wilsons Promontory and Phillip Island before arriving into Melbourne.
The outback beckons as you commence a tour full of adventure. After arriving in Adelaide, begin your tour exploring the outback of three states – South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Major towns visited include Murray Bridge, Mildura, Hay, Bourke, Lightning Ridge and St George. Imagine the diversity you will experience from the mighty Murray River through to the desert landscapes that surround the opal fields of Lightning Ridge and the highlights in between.
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.
This tour effortlessly combines beautiful gardens, breathtaking scenery and the amazing floral displays at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, with a taste of Australian history at several museums. Enjoy the cosmopolitan lifestyle with ample free time in Melbourne and enjoy many great shopping opportunities along the way.
Cruise the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Great Barrier Reef on board a purpose built reef expedition vessel. Be guided by an expert expedition team of marine biologists and dive instructors, providing you with up close and personal access to the finest locations on the reef, including glass bottom boat cruises, ‘touch tank’ displays and snorkelling or scuba diving. Or simply relax and encounter paradise.
Join us as we travel to the beautiful town of Bright, situated alongside the Ovens River in the heart of Victoria’s High Country. Spend four nights at the Ovens Valley Motor Inn, which will allow us to travel in a different direction each day. Discover the national parks, ascend Victoria’s highest mountains and be in awe of the deciduous trees which will be a blaze of colour, creating a breathtaking scene.
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 Alice Springs and Katherine on included tours that you can arrange with the wonderful Ghan crew once on board.
You will be amazed by the stunning scenery as we travel through Victoria’s High Country. The area has an abundance of European trees which line the streets and the autumn hues create a magnificent spectacle. Staying five nights in the one motel will allow the opportunity to venture out in a different direction each day, discovering the many highlights this area has to offer.
Travel to the Cooloola Region, adorned with lush green hills that stretch to sandy rainforests, a major river system, everglades teeming with nature and a stunning coastline. Alongside the Mary River, the historic city of Gympie is a great base for four nights – don't miss the historic steam train, the Mary Valley Rattler. Moving on to the Southern Barrier Reef, spend three nights with direct beach access at Agnes Water. Explore land and sea onboard The LARC.
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.
Experience country heritage and hospitality during visits to the Cobb & Co at Surat, the Historic Village at Miles and learn of modern cotton farming techniques and how discovery of oil has shaped the Roma region. Relax at Riversands Winery and visit Jimbour House and Gardens.
Follow the coastline from Rockhampton to Cairns hopping between 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.
Experience the rugged mountain ranges of the Warrumbungle National Park, the unique opal mining town of Lightning Ridge, home to the elusive Black Opal and the wildlife of Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This six day tour touches on the amazing highlights and beauty of outback New South Wales.
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. Travel to the Tablelands visiting the Chillagoe Caves, Millaa Millaa Falls, Herberton and Mareeba. Enjoy a cruise on Lake Barrine and ride the Kuranda Skyrail.
Travel to the Gold Coast for the exciting new Australian Outback Spectacular - Salute to the Light Horse High Country Special. Saddle up for a captivating journey to the high country where enchanted whispers and legendary yarns come alive with inspiring stories of Australian characters.
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 Carpentaria.
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.
Experience our unique and vast Australian Outback, travelling through Port Augusta, Leigh Creek, Broken Hill and Bourke, admiring the ever changing landscapes. A highlight of this tour is the opportunity to do an optional flight over Lake Eyre. Enjoy the Back O’Bourke Exhibition Centre, Flinders Ranges, a cruise on the Darling River and the Jeff Morgan Gallery.
Travel from Alice Springs to Darwin along the Explorers' Way, the corridor blazed in the 1860’s by explorer John McDouall Stuart resulting in the Australian Overland Telegraph Line being built. Take in unique and stunning scenery along with some amazing history of our great nation. The balmy Top End temperatures coupled with pristine waterfalls, waterholes and thermal pools offer a relaxing treat
Lake Eyre is normally a dry lake bed, but now and again the rains from Queensland make their way down the Warburton and Cooper River. Along with the water comes hundreds of birds, in particular the pelicans!
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.
Experience the life of the Murray River, following the path of the mighty Murray and discovering the historical significance of this river to the first settlements in Southern Australia. From where the Darling and Murray Rivers meet to where the Murray meets the sea, marvel at the wonderful plant and animal life that are part of this unique ecosystem.
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.
This stretch of coastline north of Perth is home to some of the most remarkable flora and fauna in the country. Combine this with unique landscapes, edged by the clear aqua waters of the Indian Ocean, and you have an unspoilt and uncrowded region, rich in history.
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.
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.
Port Lincoln, on the Eyre Peninsula, is situated on the shore of Boston Bay which opens eastward into Spencer Gulf and claims to be the “Seafood Capital of Australia”. With visits to Streaky Bay, Cowell, Tumby Bay and more, this tour is sure to please.
The Festival is Australia’s biggest showcase of independent entertainers comprising many award winners including Golden Guitar finalists and Star Maker winners and is a must do for fans of the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Image courtesy of Mildura Regional Development
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.
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.
Christmas Tours 2017