Ian grew up with his family in Brisbane before moving to the Gold Coast in the early nineties. Ian changed careers from the automotive industry to become a Food Sales Representative for a period of 2 years. Ian then studied Business and Tourism, gaining qualifications that led to him and his wife purchasing their own travel agency, later selling this business and starting a business specialising in the group touring market. Once selling this company, they both now run a small B&B. Ian drives coaches for Fun Over Fifty when required and really enjoys going on tour with the groups.
Bucket List: Travelling all the islands of Hawaii for 6 months
Surprising Fact: In my early working life I won the Australasian region Technical Award for Jaguar Automobiles which included an all inclusive holiday to the U.K
Last Book Read: “The Story of Mick Gatto”
Surprising Fact: I am a trained Massuer
Favourite Destination: Red Centre in Northern Territory
Favourite Saying: If you are dealt lemons, make lemonade
Andi has been with Fun Over Fifty since the very beginning! Andi enjoys travelling as she loves surprises and experiencing new things. Andi genuinely enjoys meeting Fun Over Fifty’s guests and learning about their interesting lives.
Best Travel Tip: Make sure you have your wallet and phone when you leave home, everything else can be bought
Favourite Destination: Tasmania
Surprising Fact: I’m an open book, there are no surprises with me!
As a child, Robyn’s family moved extensively all over Australia for her father’s business, before settling on the Gold Coast when she was 15. Robyn and her husband have 2 wonderful sons, plus 1 very feisty Silky Terrier named Archibald BB (for bossy boots). Robyn loves interacting with people and travelling, so being a Tour Hostess is something that Robyn takes great pleasure in doing.
Best Travel Tip: Roll your clothes when packing, this will help to stop crushing and fit more in the suitcase
Bucket List: Backpack through Europe
Last Book Read: “Judge & Jury” by James Patterson
Best Travel Tip: If we want to have a good time, we will. Keep hydrated and most importantly, don’t get in the bad books with your host! (Just kidding…)
Last Book Read: “Fifty Sheds of Grey: A Parody”
Surprising Fact: I am a lot taller than I look!
I have hosted 90 fabulous tours for Fun Over Fifty since I began with the company 6 1/2 years ago and find that I have completely turned my life around. I had been 45 years doing bookkeeping and all forms of office work not quite the same exciting and fulfilling life that I now have the pleasure of enjoying. “Life is good”.
Surprising Fact: I skydive, actually jumping our of a perfectly good plane, for pleasure
One thing you always take on holiday: My raincoat. “Murphy’s Law” then comes into play and I will never need it while I am away.
Favourite Saying: Life is awesome, don’t give up on it, travel for as long as you can no matter what anyone else tells you.
From owning an Australian franchise system, a bookkeeping business and as a certified Soul Coach and Soul Midwife and now a passionate Tour Guide and Tour Host. Just love it !
Favourite Saying: Dare to be different – Have the courage to be vulnerable (my own mantra)
Surprising Fact: I enjoy writing poetry
One thing you always take on holiday: A snuggly scarf
One thing you always take on holiday: Credit card
Surprising Fact: I have 6 beautiful grandchildren, two of which are identical twin girls
Bucket List Destination: To be at Uluru in the pouring rain
I began work in the travel industry in 1989 in a small isolated mining community 800klms from the nearest city. My responsibilities varied from booking holiday travel, loading and dispatching commercial flights to loading live crocodiles on aircraft for relocation. In the past 30yrs, I have worked in many varied roles at the Brisbane domestic and international airports, retail travel agencies, as well as Business Development Manager for an Australian wholesale travel company.
Bucket List Destination: Antarctica, after discovering one of my Scottish ancestors, Birdie Bowers, was the first Scotsman to reach the South Pole.
Favourite Saying: Smile and the world smiles with you
Surprising Fact: I grew up as a barefoot bush kid living in a small remote mining town on the Cape York Peninsula learning to shoot a .22 rifle for protection from wild pigs and crocodiles.
After putting into practise my Degree in Business (Hospitality Management) in locations from Broadbeach Casino to Hamilton Island, I discovered a keen interest in people and processes. This desire to encourage people into their potential, led to Leadership and Character Development work with a US company creating many events. This led into writing Training programs. Was delighted to travel all of Australia and Torres Strait as a Host for the Queens Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games.
Surprising Fact: I have ridden a mountain bike down a volcano
Favourite Saying:Dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them (Walt Disney)
Bucket List Destination:The Serengeti, Tanzania
Fun Over Fifty has Respecting Our Culture (ROC) certification and are committed to operating in ways that respect and reinforce Indigenous cultural heritage and the living cultures of Indigenous communities. We are committed to protecting cultural authenticity and integrity, developing sound business practices, environmental protection and acknowledging Indigenous peoples spiritual connection to the land and water.
Fun Over Fifty holds Climate Action certification and is recognised as a Climate Action Leader. We have incorporated strategic climate change responses across all relevant levels of our planning and operations. We measure and audit our carbon footprint via a creditable system, and have undertaken an advanced level of adaptation, emissions reduction and offsetting. Fun Over Fifty is working towards becoming carbon neutral.
Fun Over Fifty’s Ecotourism certification assures our guests that our products are backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices. Our nature-based tourism experiences focus on leaving minimal impact on the environment and offering interesting ways to learn about the environment whilst using resources wisely, contributing to conserving the environment and helping local communities.
As an Advanced Ecotourism accredited tour operator, Fun Over Fifty’s innovative ecotourism products operate with minimal impact on the environment. We provide opportunities to learn about the environment and are committed to achieving best practice, whilst using resources wisely, contributing to conserving the environment and helping local communities.
Fun Over Fifty has ATAS accreditation and has met strict criteria in order to become nationally accredited. This accreditation means we are the best in the industry; credible, well trained and a professional business. We are required to conduct business in compliance with Australian Consumer Law and in accordance with ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct.