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Escape to Gladstone and the Central Coast - Tilt Train & Touring Package (Brisbane roundtrips, June -Jul 2022)

4.5-star stay + daily touring and activities + return train journey

Join a dedicated group of over-60 travellers for five days of beautiful national parks, historic towns and great company! This getaway is jam-packed with value, with comfortable central accommodation, a generous itinerary of experiences and most meals included. Call 1300 414 198 to secure your place, or read on to learn more...

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About this holiday

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Explore the Eurimbula National Park region in style with a unique "LARC + Lunch" experience

The Starts at 60 community is heading to Gladstone!

Your next perfect holiday is closer than you think! Join a group of like-minded travellers for six days of easy, laid-back fun with new friends.

This exclusive Travel at 60 package includes return journey from Brisbane-Gladstone on the Tilt Train, five nights of 4.5-star accommodation, daily breakfast, daily dinners, and a varied itinerary of tours and activities.

Your host in Gladstone will be Darryl, a local of 40 years (and recipient of "Citizen of the Year" in 2020) with vast knowledge of the region and a wealth of entertaining stories to share. He'll bring the past to vivid life and take you to some great hidden gems on the locals know about.

Inclusions

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Tour includes

  • Return rail on the Tilt Train from Brisbane to Gladstone
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in the stylish 4.5 star Mantra Gladstone
  • Daily touring itinerary with an experienced local tour guide
  • Daily Breakfast, daily dinner and 2 x lunches
  • Transfers between Gladstone railway station to your accommodation

Highlights include:

  • Take the LARC + Lunch Experience: a unique all-terrain day tour
  • Cruise around Curtis Island
  • Cycle or walk the historic rail trail at Boyne Valley
  • Tour the twin towns of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands
  • Visit the famous local Barramundi Hatchery

Read on for the fabulous and fun-filled day-by-day itinerary...

Accommodation

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Standard Room Mantra Gladstone

The award-winning Mantra Gladstone is a stylish and modern 4.5 star hotel within minutes of the Gladstone city centre. The hotel features 60 premium accommodation rooms, secure undercover parking and complimentary internet access. The Superior Rooms feature either two queen beds or a single queen bed, and balcony. Beautifully furnished with modern decor these spacious rooms offer all the comforts a traveller requires. Includes complimentary access to the Yaralla Fitness Centre, internet and movies within the room.

Travel dates

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Choose from three roundtrip departures from Brisbane:

  • 24 - 29 May 2022 - SOLD OUT
  • 7 - 12 June 2022
  • 26 - 31 July 2022

Pricing

  • QLD Pensioner - Twin share $1662 per person / Solo $2050
  • Senior - Twin share $1731 per person / Solo $2119
  • Adult - Twin share $1791 per person / Solo $2179

Are you a Queensland Pensioner? Queensland Pension Concession Card holders are eligible to receive four Queensland Pension rail travel entitlements each calendar year. Utilise these benefits to save more on this great-value package!

Want to avoid the single supplement?
If you're fully vaccinated and willing to share, we can happily pair you with another solo traveller. Subject to availability of another guest of the same gender willing to share.

Call us today on 1300 414 198!

Itinerary

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Please note the following itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Day 1 – Tuesday – Depart Brisbane / Arrive Gladstone

Sit back and enjoy a smooth and comfortable Brisbane-Gladstone ride on the Tilt Train. On arrival you will be transferred from the train station to the Mantra Gladstone, your home for the next 5 nights.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant — the perfect chance to meet the fellow over-60 guests you'll be sharing the adventure with.

  • Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2 – Wednesday - City Sights and Industry

Today we'll take a good look at what makes up the city. We'll travel down to the twin towns of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands, swing past Boyne Smelter Millenium Esplanade and enjoy an optional lunch at Tannum Sands Hotel (own expense). On the way back to Gladstone, we'll visit a Barramundi hatchery which breeds and releases around 200,000 fingerlings per annum into Lake Awoonga. You might even get to feed one of these metre-long fish from the brood stock.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – Thursday - Discovery Coast

Around 90 mins south of Gladstone lies the Discovery Coast, where we'll visit Agnes Water and the historical Town of 1770.

Today we'll take the unique "LARC + Lunch" experience. Board an all-terrain vehicle for a comfortable journey across land and water. Learn about the indigenous history and Captain James Cook’s visit as you venture across two water ways and edge along the beautiful scenery of Eurimbula National Park. We'll hop off on a gorgeous golden stretch of foreshore: a beautifully secluded area where the only footprints in the sand are your own. Lunch will be served under the shade of an old casuarina tree in THE most “beach front” setting you can get!

Later in the day we'll enjoy some ten pin bowling and dining at Central Lane Hotel. This complex is brand new, designed to be accessible to all age groups and fitness levels.

  • Recommend wearing: light resort wear with a hat and sunscreen
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Friday - Boyne Valley

Today is an opportunity to explore the wide-open spaces of Boyne Valley, with a choice of easy and accessible walking and biking options.

The bike option is an easy self-paced way to enjoy the area. Cycle down the gentle slope of a rail trail,passing through historic tunnels, and stop off at various key points for photo ops and audio guide commentary. Bikes and audio equipment are provided.

For those not wishing to ride, it’s a 600m walk to view the first tunnel, from the carpark, where the original track is still in place. We recommend taking stroll to the next tunnel, then returning to the coach for a lift to the Golembil siding, where we'll meet the rest of the group.

Dinner this evening is at Auckland House overlooking the entrance to Auckland Creek and the Harbour. Dine while watching the sun set over Mt Larcom. This place also has its own brewery. The Yellowpatch Larger is a must-try!

  • Recommended fitness levels for cycling: Medium (but it’s an easy ride)
  • Please note: cycling opportunities will depend on weather, as some creeks on the path may flood if raining.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Saturday - Gladstone Free Time + Curtis Island

The morning is yours to enjoy at leisure, with transportation around the city for some retail therapy. In the afternoon take a gentle cruise on the vehicle barge around Curtis Island. There are tea/coffee and bar services on board. Dinner this evening is at Pacinos Restaurant within the Mantra Hotel complex.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 – Sunday - Farewell

Enjoy breakfast prior to an 8am pickup. Board the Tilt Train to head back to Brisbane and wave a fond farewell to Queensland's Central Coast.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast

Questions

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We have secured experienced local guides to show you the best of Queenslands Central Coast.

Please note that Queensland Rail periodically conduct planned and unplanned maintenance to tracks throughout the Queensland Rail network. Disruptions caused by this is out of our control. We will endeavour to advise you as soon as possible of the situation and alternative travel options.

Willing to share?
One of the advantages of taking a dedicated Travel at 60 group is that we have the ability to match solo travellers who wish to avoid the single supplement. Please let us know if you would prefer to share.
(Please note: this option is subject to availability of another traveller of the same gender willing to share. We require all guests sharing to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Please call for more information on 1300 414 198.)

Couldn't find an answer to your question? Ask us!

Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

Minimum of 10 passengers required for tour to proceed.

Non-Refundable deposit of $200 per person is required within 7 days of booking.

Final payment due no later than 45 days prior to travel.