Aussies have been itching to get out and explore their own country, and thankfully with restrictions eased slightly since the start of the year when the coronavirus outbreak first began, some are allowed to venture past their own postcode. But, even for those who are still stuck at home right now, they’ve been getting their thinking caps on and planning holidays for when they’re allowed to travel.
At the top of the list for many Australians are places where they can soak up the sunshine, and Travel at 60 is helping them get there. The islands off the coast of Queensland are top picks for many over-60s, as is the Sunshine Coast. And there’s options for solo and group travel.
We’ve put together some of the most popular quick and easy getaways for travellers which have been a hit for the over-60 community!
If you’re a grandparent then you’d know first hand how valuable time with the grandkids is and what better way to bond than on a family holiday? Fraser Island is the perfect place to explore with the grandchildren, and currently Travel at 60 has a great deal on offer for a two-night stay at the popular Queensland destination.
As well as getting to stay in fantastic accommodation, the package also includes daily breakfast, return ferry transfers, national park fees and a full day 4WD tour. So, you won’t have to worry about a thing! During the fun day out you’ll visit Fraser Island’s iconic beauty spots such as Seventy Five Mile Beach, Lake McKenzie and the gorgeous Wanggoolba Creek.
Then after much adventuring you can return to your villa which has everything you need including a fully-equipped kitchen, full laundry facilities, a bath and shower and a television.
If you don’t want to take the grandkids along, but still want to explore Fraser Island, perhaps a community tour will suit you better? You could join fellow over-60s on a four-night trip to the island where you can soak up the sunshine, see the iconic sights, and let the busyness of the world fade away.
The value-packed holiday includes a return journey from Brisbane to Maryborough on the Tilt Train, resort accommodation with daily breakfast, two group dinners and daily tours. Over the five days you’ll go on ranger-guided walks, take a trip on the Sea Explorer Marine Wildlife Cruise and have plenty of time to relax in the gorgeous resort.
For a tropical escape, you can spend four nights at the beautiful Magnetic Island off the coast of Townsville in Far North Queensland. It’s just a short 20-minute ferry ride from the city and is the perfect place to unwind all year round.
The resort itself is situated on the water’s edge overlooking the Coral Sea and private marina, and behind you’ll see the mountainous terrain of the island – it’s a picture-perfect backdrop.
During the day you can relax on the beautiful beaches, get up close to Aussie wildlife at the Bungalow Bay Koala Sanctuary and stretch your legs on various walks. Then at night, you can dine by the sea with great food and delicious wine under a canopy of stars above.
The holiday package through Travel at 60 includes your accommodation, full breakfast daily, a discount at the local restaurant and return ferry transfers between Townsville and Magnetic Island.
For an easy and stress-free getaway, you could spend three nights in the beautiful Alexandra Headland on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. It sits between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, but is far less busy than the two big towns – yet still incredibly stunning!
You can pay just $55 per person, per night with this Travel at 60 deal which is a real bargain for such a fabulous getaway. The self-contained apartments are situated just across the road from the patrolled surf beach, so it’s perfect if you want to take a dip! Plus, it’s only a stone’s throw from shops and restaurants.
During the day you could simply relax on the beach, or if you want to do some exploring Alexandra Headland isn’t far from some of the Sunshine Coast’s main sights and attractions including Australia Zoo, Eumundi Markets and the beautiful Glass House Mountains.