The sun sinks slowly over the Gulf and the aroma of fresh, sizzling seafood rises in the thick dusk air – this is Australia putting on its best show. Wine in hand, sand between your toes, you’ll be engulfed by the soft pinks and oranges and the quiet whisper of the water against the sand island. Having already covered a fair distance – from hearty, folkloric Longreach, along the Dinosaur Trail and through the dry, rugged expanses of Mesa Country – the serenity of a Karumba cruise in the Gulf of Carpentaria feels like the icing on the cake. But Australian treasures feature in abundance on this Queensland safari, which spans the dusty outback to tropic Cairns in order to show off the full spectrum of our sun-drenched country. And the sunshine state is only the beginning.
When it comes to diverse and yet steadfastly true-blue, home-grown Aussie experiences, Fun Over Fifty offers tours by the green and gold bucketful. The company was born in a laundry on a humble sewing table in 2002, the brainchild of CEO Toni Brennan who drew from extensive managerial experience to build holidays for a niche Queensland market. Now Gold Winners of the February 2017 Australian Tourism Awards and winners of Queensland Tourism Awards several years running, Fun Over Fifty is dedicated to providing the over-50s bracket with a blend of Gold Class, all-inclusive luxury and a healthy dose of hilarity and the unexpected .
While Fun Over Fifty pride themselves on capturing the hearty essence of our ‘wide brown land,’ they also challenge themselves to push the envelope and plunge their guests in the whole palette – be it the shiny whites of Broome’s Pearl Diggers Museum, the pinks of a sunset dinner overlooking The Olgas, the turquoise warmth of a Great Barrier Reef lagoon, or the spectacular orange earth of the Red Centre from the seat of a helicopter.
Much of your travel time will be spent aboard Gold Class coaches with leather reclining seats, plenty of leg room, panoramic windows and a restroom. Accommodation is equally as luxurious – Fun Over Fifty is unique in the way they advertise each night’s accommodation in advance on their itineraries. You can be assured you will receive premium service, their all-inclusive rates encompassing delicious meals, admittance to attractions, on-tour activities and for certain packages, air transfers (check tour specifics). You can also choose a program based on its physical rating, with options for active, mobile travellers partial to a city tour or bush walk, and for those preferring a stress-free, slow pace and easy transfers.
From east to west, top to bottom and state to territory, tours vary in duration, style and destination. Unique modes of transport abound on a Top End tour to Kakadu, on which you will lollop at the rolling pace of a camel safari on Cable Beach, amble through the Kimberley’s Fitzroy River, Kakadu’s Katherine Gorge and South Alligator River wetlands on no fewer than three guided cruises, and soar on scenic joy-flights over the Bungle Bungles and then later over the floodplains and billabongs dotting Arnhem Land’s broad canvas. No route is more bucket list-worthy than the famous railway of The Ghan. Jump on a 10-Day Ghan Tour and glide from the South Australia’s beautiful capital, aptly known as the City of Churches, past the majestic Flinders Ranges, through dry and dusty Mallee Scrub and to the red earth of central Australia’s beating heart – Alice Springs.
Away from the heat and dust of the outback, Fun Over Fifty cover their fair share of Australia’s extensive thread of coastline. Two weeks in Tasmania and you’ll get a taste for the Apple Isle along the foodie trail, with ripe, rich fruit in Launceston, and smoked meats and cheeses on Bruny Island. The sparkling, heady beauty of Wineglass Bay and Cradle Mountain may be magnets for Tassie’s booming tourism, but it isn’t hard to hear the echo of the island’s humble origins at Hobart’s Port Arthur penal settlement or the Morrison Huon Pine timber mill in Strahan. Further north, the paradise of the Great Barrier Reef beckons on a 10-day tour starting in Carnarvon Gorge and ending with a sunny, idyllic haze of bird-watching, reef-walking and private balconies on Heron Island.
A cocktail for the senses, each of Fun Over Fifty’s trips promises a colourful and intriguing immersion in everything that is to love about Australia – its laidback charm, larrikin sense of humour, distinct local flavour, proud Indigenous tradition and abundant natural spectacles. People-driven and focused on connection and personal touches, Fun Over Fifty will launch you into the real Aussie spirit at the core of our sunburnt country.
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