The fast-selling Aussie holidays that over-60s are booking

Aug 30, 2020
The Gulf Savannah region in Far North Queensland is a popular travel destination for over-60s. Source: Getty

Travel may not be back on the cards for everyone just yet, but it’s certainly something Aussies are considering whether it be for later this year, in 2021 or just a far off daydream for when restrictions are eased further.

And with international borders likely closed for some time now, adventures around Australia supporting local businesses and tourist areas is the priority. Despite the rules and regulations around interstate travel in some parts of the country, people are still booking getaways and Travel at 60‘s community holidays have been a popular choice.

They involve travelling with a group of like-minded people to different parts of Australia for long and short adventures. Some are relaxing, with days spent soaking up the sunshine in tropical Queensland, while others are jam-packed with pre-organised activities.

Seats are filling fast though and there’s only a few spots left on some trips scheduled over the next 12 months. Baby Boomers can take a trip on the Tilt Train to see turtles in Queensland and even spend Christmas on Fraser Island. Plus there’s a new tour for next year which includes a cruise down the Murray River in South Australia on a historic paddle wheeler — and it looks incredible!

Queensland island and rail explorer

Has Fraser Island always been on your bucket list? Later this year a group of over-60s are heading to the gorgeous island off the coast of Queensland on a four-night adventure.

The holiday includes a return journey from Brisbane to Maryborough on the Tilt Train, resort accommodation on Fraser Island, breakfast each day, two group dinners and select activities along the way.

Travellers will enjoy a ride on the Tilt Train as part of the community tour.

You can go on ranger-guided walks, learn about bush tucker and life on the island, take a trip on the Sea Explorer Marine Wildlife Cruise and explore the untouched paradise of the remote surrounding islands, and of course, spend some time simply relaxing in the sunshine.

Tilt Train and turtles getaway

Perhaps the most popular Aussie trip for over-60s these past few months has been the Tilt Train and turtles getaway. The three-night tour is a quick and easy holiday for Baby Boomers, but you’ll certainly see lots along the way!

Your adventure will begin with a trip on the Tilt Train from Brisbane to Bundaberg where you’ll pass by the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains, Sunshine Coast hinterland, Nambour and Gympie.

Then you’ll have a chance to explore the Bundaberg Rum Distillery and the highlight of the tour — a visit to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre. Here you’ll take part in a ranger-guided tour of the beach and watch the mother turtles come ashore to lay their clutches of eggs (November to January) or see the eggs hatch and the baby turtles make their way to start their journey (February).

Due to its popularity, the Travel at 60 team have created several departures for later this year and in early 2021. But, seats are still selling out fast so don’t wait to book your getaway!

Christmas on Fraser Island

If you want to experience Christmas a bit differently this year, you could head to Fraser Island with like-minded travellers for an easy and relaxing festive season. Forget having to cook a big dinner for everyone and making sure the house is perfectly cleaned because everything will be taken care for you including buffet breakfasts, dinners and lunches — Christmas day included!

Over-60s can relax on the beautiful beaches on Fraser Island during the special community trip. Source: Getty

You’ll also have a fun day out with your new friends on a 4WD island tour and a delicious lunch at Eurong Beach Resort, and stretch your legs with ranger-guided walks around parts of the island. The tour departs on the 23rd of December and ends on the 27th just in time to spend New Year’s Eve with your loved ones.

Gulf Savannah adventure

For those who are planning ahead for next year, the Gulf Savannah adventures are by far some of the most popular community tours right now. There are limited spots left on these two spectacular community trips set for departure in August and September next year — so that’s certainly saying something!

You will travel from Cairns out into outback Queensland.

The 10-night tour takes you across outback North Queensland from Cairns to Malanda, Georgetown, Karumba, Adel’s Grove, Lawn Hill National Park, Normanton and Cobbold Gorge. You’ll cover 1,700 kilometres in total mainly in a special 4WD tour vehicle, but also on the famous Savannahlander train into cattle country. Some of the highlights are witnessing a Gulf of Carpentaria sunset and exploring Burke and Wills’ infamous Camp #119.

The first tour departs in August, and another just weeks later in September.

Marvellous Murray River cruise

For a relaxing getaway you can cruise down the Murray River in South Australia on a special eight-night trip for over-60s. You’ll spend seven nights onboard a historic paddle wheeler, venturing through ancient gorges and red gum forests, past towering sandstone cliffs and to ports, local vineyards and nature trails.

Enjoy a relaxing break on a Murray River cruise. Source: Getty

It’s a 320 kilometre trip in total between Blanchetown and Murray Bridge, but there’s plenty to enjoy along the way including guided nature walks, live entertainment and a Barossa and heritage tour. Plus, as part of the special package, you will get a free night accommodation and breakfast in Adelaide pre-cruise.

This specially organised holiday is set to depart in October next year, so there’s plenty of time to plan ahead!

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