The best of Australia 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.
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 us on this three day Christmas getaway to the Gold Coast. Travel through the stunning Numinbah Valley, take in the magnificent 360 degree views of the Gold Coast beaches and hinterland from the Skypoint Observation Deck and relax on board a Luncheon Cruise on Christmas Day. Other highlights include Tamborine Forest Skywalk and a visit to Cedar Creek Estate Winery and Vineyard.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. King Island is famous for fresh seafood, steaks, cheeses and other dairy products, which is why the area is so well known for its gourmet food. The scenery, the history, the hospitality and the fun is just waiting for you.
Sri Lanka’s history dates back more than 2,500 years to create a culture featuring the hallmarks of the ancient monarchy, Buddhist influences, British and Dutch rule and modern day independence. Famous for its tea and coffee plantations, spices, rubber and sugar exports, you will also appreciate firsthand the workmanship and vibrant colour of textiles produced in Sri Lanka. Taste, touch and see the amazing beauty and heritage of colourful Sri Lanka.
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.
Get set for four days of planes, trains and automobiles across the beautiful Lake Illawarra region. Spend two days at the Wings Over Illawarra Festival, displaying both old and new, military and civilian aircraft. Witness manouevers from vintage aircraft to F18 Hornets. Switch transport modes at the Illawarra Light Rail Museum and take a trip down memory lane at the ACT and South Coast Vintage Car display.
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.
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.
Train Buffs of Australia, unite! This tour includes trips on eight trains that have been specially chartered by All Australian Journeys. It’s a unique chance to experience some of Australia's precious rail history. Pay tribute to the dedicated volunteers who are preserving these steamy dragons for future generations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A truly amazing experience awaits you on this tour of the southern regions of Western Australia and across the Nullarbor, still one of this country’s epic road journeys. There will be wildflowers blooming everywhere, contrasted with stark landscapes and enormous mines. Eat amazing food in Margaret River and store up memories of a different kind of life.
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.
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.
Christmas Tours 2017