Planning your next getaway? Top holidays for over-60s as chosen by you!

Aug 14, 2020
A cruise down the Murray River or a relaxing stay on Fraser Island are just two popular holiday options for over-60s. Source: Getty

There’s no doubt as seniors that you love to travel – especially once you’ve entered retirement. You generally have a bit more time on your hands and want to relax and unwind, and explore the country (and the world when overseas travel is back on the cards).

There’s so many great places to venture to, from small country towns to the capital cities and everything in between. Each week Travel at 60 receives calls and enquiries from over-60s looking to plan their next getaway, whether it be safely in their own state, or for future adventures once restrictions have eased. And there’s been a few standout trips that Baby Boomers have been interested in.

From adventures throughout Queensland to cruises down the Murray River, and even an overnight stay at a zoo, the holidays are varied to suit different clientele and their travel dreams. To give you some inspiration, we’ve compiled the top deals from Travel at 60 for the past week. You never know, you could find your next getaway!

Tilt Train and turtles getaway

This Travel at 60 community tour is a hot favourite among our over-60s community, with departures selling out quick! In the past few weeks new dates have been released just to keep up with the demand. So why is it so popular?

Well, this special trip is exclusive to over-60 travellers, so you’ll be holidaying with like-minded people and the experience is truly incredible. The package includes return rail travel on the Tilt Train departing from Brisbane, three nights of accommodation in Bundaberg, daily breakfast and a great variety of tours.

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

Perhaps the highlight of this trip though, is seeing nature in action! If you’re travelling in November and December, you’ll see turtles laying their eggs, or if you choose to go a little later in February the baby turtles will be hatching and making their way to the ocean. It’s really an incredible thing to witness.

You’ll also get to visit the Bundaberg Rum Distillery, wander through Bundaberg’s Botanic Gardens and explore the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. If this sounds like your kind of getaway, get in quick, spots are selling out fast!

Overnight wildlife encounter

Want to experience a different kind of getaway? Our Travel at 60 community is loving the unique opportunity of staying at the famous Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra. The zoo is a great place to visit during the day, with plenty of animals to see including lions, monkeys, tigers, zebras and giraffes.

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A stay at Jamala Wildlife Lodge is a unique and exciting experience.

But, for the ultimate experience you can stay overnight in the lodge. The current deal available through Travel at 60 includes one night’s accommodation, a cheetah encounter, two safari tours at the zoo, breakfast and more.

Queensland island and rail community tour

Community trips are big with the Travel at 60 team and they’ve become incredibly popular with senior travellers. Instead of travelling with just your partner or family, you could explore the country with fellow over-60s. It’s all about making new friends and creating great memories.

Currently, one of the most popular community getaways is a four-night Queensland island and rail adventure. It’s a new tour, which takes travellers to the beautiful World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. You’ll also get to experience a ride on the Tilt Train from Brisbane to Maryborough West, plus heaps of fun activities, such as guided walks and a Sea Explorer marine wildlife cruise.

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

If you want even more exciting experiences, you could (for an additional cost) enjoy a full day 4WD island tour. This includes a visit to Lake McKenzie, Wanggoolba Creek, 75 Mile Beach, Eli Creek, the Maheno Shipwreck and Stonetool Sand Blow. Or, if you just want to sit back and relax on the beach you can do that too.

The community trip is set to depart in November so get in quick!

Murray River cruises 

A cruise down the Murray River is a relaxing way to escape the hustle and bustle of the cities, or simply get away from your stressful day-to-day lives. You could hire your own houseboat and make your way down the river, which ventures from Victoria into South Australia, or for the ultimate experience, there’s the option of joining a cruise onboard a historic paddle steamer.

The Murray Princess is a spectacular vessel which departs from Mannum in South Australia and journeys to various small towns including Waikerie, Morgan and Swan Reach. If you’re a South Aussie looking for an easy getaway, it’s the perfect short trip, and currently you can get 25 per cent off select trips, including a three-night cruise on the Murray Princess, or a seven-night cruise.

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Travellers can take in the sights of the Murray River onboard the iconic Murray Princess.

On the three-night cruise you’ll depart on a Friday and enjoy stopovers in Salt Bush Flat, Big Bend and River View Lodge. You’ll also be treated to delicious meals in the dining room prepared by the onboard chef, join guided nature walks, watch a very entertaining typical Australian woolshed show, partake in a small boat wildlife tour, enjoy a riverside great Aussie barbecue and much, much more.

Meanwhile, on the seven-night cruise, you’ll have more time to relax and unwind as the paddlesteamer cruises down the river and have the opportunity to take part in a few more activities during the day such as visits to Caudo Vineyard and the Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre.

A short break in tropical Cairns 

While the south of Australia is battling through chilling temperatures this winter, Cairns is sunny and warm. The tropical city in Queensland’s far north is the gateway to many adventures, including visits to the Daintree Rainforest, the Atherton Tablelands and, of course, the Great Barrier Reef.

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You could book a cruise our to the Great Barrier Reef. Source: Getty

It’s also a favourite destination among our travellers who love the atmosphere of the tropical escape. Travel at 60 has plenty of great deals to Far North Queensland, but for something quick and easy, you could spend four nights in Cairns at the newly refurbished Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort. You’ll receive breakfast daily and be an easy drive to the beautiful surrounds. Think gorgeous beaches, lush rainforests and delicious cuisine at local restaurants and excellent shopping.

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