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Bells on the Bay

Queensland

Christmas
Christmas
Coach
Coach

Tour summary

Unpack once and relax over the festive season on this 5 night stay in picturesque Hervey Bay, staying in marina view rooms. We discover the history of Maryborough, unearth Bundaberg visiting the Hinkler Hall of Aviation and delve deep into the heart of the Bundaberg Rum Distillery, meet land animals at the sanctuary and get up close with sea life at the aquarium. Unearth Fraser Islands’ rainforests and sand dunes on a 4WD adventure and enjoy the pinnacle of the tour, a sumptuous Christmas Day celebration lunch with all the traditional fare.

Departure location:
Brisbane
Return location:
Brisbane
Tour duration:
6
days
Physical rating:
2 - Moderate
Departure dates:

22 December 2021

Coach classes:
Gold
Gold
Tour accreditations:
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Bells on the Bay

Tour pricing

Adult Twin Share
Gold
Gold
$
2990
pp
Adult Sole Use
Gold
Gold
$
3775
pp
Deposit:
$600pp. If COVID restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply)
Sole Use:
Green Guest Policy:
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

DEPOSIT

$600pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. Full payment is required 90 days prior to departure.

N.B. This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Tour inclusions

  • Luxury ‘Gold Class’ coach ex Brisbane
  • Travel via Glass House Mountains
  • Visit Q Camel for talk, taste, morning tea and meet the camels
  • Maryborough heritage sights town tour with a local Maryborough Storyteller
  • Unpack once staying 5 nights Hervey
  • Bay on the marina with water views
  • Bundaberg Botanical Gardens
  • Hinkler Hall of Aviation
  • Bargara visit
  • Bundaberg Rum Distillery tour and tasting
  • Fraser Island Cruise and exploration
  • Special Christmas Day lunch with all the festive and seafood trimmings
  • Mix with the wildlife at Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Participate in feeding the sharks and arge reef fish and explore feature tanks at Reefworld Aquarium
  • 16 meals

Additional information

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Included meals:

B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels
Unpack once
Unpack once
Cruise
Cruise
Off-road
Off-road
Boat
Boat
Festival & Event
Festival & Event
Heritage
Heritage
Indigenous experience
Indigenous experience
Local guide
Local guide
Swimming
Swimming
Eco
Eco
Walking component
Walking component
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Itinerary

Departs
Brisbane
Returns
Brisbane

Day

1

Brisbane

Eco
Eco
Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide

Board one of our signature ‘Gold Class’ coaches at Brisbane Coach Terminal on Roma Street, sit back and relax as we make our way to the Fraser Coast. We break near the Glass House Mountains, for a unique farm experience and stunning views. Meet and greet with the cuddly camels, all while you enjoy a delicious morning tea and camel milk tasting session. We continue onto Maryborough for lunch before we collect our local Maryborough Storyteller for a city sights tour of the amazing heritage buildings. Next, we drive a short distance to the coastal township of Hervey Bay to check-in to our hotel situated on the Urangan Marina. Enjoy the lovely water and marina views from your room during our stay.

**Please note: As accommodation is apartment style, there is no service to rooms during our stay.

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Marina View Rooms, Mantra Hervey Bay
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Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

2

Bundaberg

Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience

Today we discover the town of Bundaberg, arriving at the Bundaberg Botanical Gardens for a cuppa before heading to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation. This interactive museum tells the story of the all-too-short life of Australian pioneer aviator Bert Hinkler. Become part of Bert’s story through glide and flight simulators, movie theatrettes, six display aircraft and a vintage motor vehicle. We take a short trip from Bundaberg, stopping along the way at the Hummock lookout, before continuing to the coast to enjoy lunch at the quaint Windmill Café. From here, make our way to the Bundaberg Rum Distillery for a guided tour. After you have spent some time exploring the museum, join a distillery guide on a journey deep into the heart of the Bundaberg Rum Distillery. Once you have experienced the sights and smells of the distillery, you will return to the Bundaberg Rum Tasting Bar, where you can sample some of the top shelf rums.

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Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
Breakfast
Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

3

Fraser Island

Boat
Boat
Off-road
Off-road
Eco
Eco
Local guide
Local guide
Walking component
Walking component

We are off to Fraser Island – paradise! The island has rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths. Our guided tour will tell tales of the tribes that occupied the paradise of Fraser Island at least 5000 years ago. As we discover the world’s largest sand island, our off-road adventure takes us tackling inland bumps and humps through towering Satinay trees, followed by a boardwalk through majestic beauty of nature as rainforests and rare plant life surround the area. We unearth shipwrecks and sheltered bays and take plenty of time to stop and enjoy the view. We also stop off at picturesque Lake McKenzie taking time here for a swim in the water which shines sapphire blue, surrounded with shores of snow-white sand. Late afternoon, we board the ferry back to the mainland and return to our hotel.

**Please note: 4WD tour is not suitable for passengers with back and/or neck injury due to certain parts of the track being rugged and jerky.

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Dinner
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Morning Tea
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Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

4

Hervey Bay

Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Festival & Event
Festival & Event

Merry Christmas! This morning we gather for a light breakfast and special Fun Over Fifty Christmas message. We gather later for transfers to our special Christmas Day lunch venue offering lovely views overlooking the pier. Enjoy a long lunch of celebrations feasting on fresh local seafood and traditional fare. Dinner this evening will be a relaxed affair serving up a light cold cuts dinner via a catering service to our hotel.

**Please note: There are no restaurants available for dinner tonight, so we will gather in the function room where we will graze off platters.

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Dinner

Day

5

Hervey Bay

Eco
Eco

Enjoy leisurely breakfast before boarding the coach, and making our way to the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary, where we get up close and personal with Australian native wildlife. Be greeted by Sally the little Corella, and take a walk through the sanctuary to see genuine Australian fauna. Our afternoon takes us back to the bay taking time at Reefworld Aquarium Hervey Bay. Home to many different marine life, you will delight in taking a stroll around and exploring the beauty that is displayed in the feature tanks where these ocean animals reside. Get hands on and participate in feeding the marine life as the Green Sea Turtles, Sharks and large reef fish are all fed daily.

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Afternoon Tea
Dinner
Included meals
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Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

6

Brisbane

Coach
Coach

Take some time this morning, for a little lie in or walk along the marina. We relax over one last breakfast before check-out and departure. Board the ‘Gold Class’ coach and depart Hervey Bay, stopping in Gympie for a leg stretch and cuppa. As we make our way toward Brisbane, we stop to enjoy a surprise farewell long lunch. Sit back and enjoy a two-course sumptuous meal while spending time with new friends. Back on the road and homeward bound, we arrive at the Brisbane Coach Terminal at approximately 4.30pm.

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Dinner
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Morning Tea
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Afternoon Tea
Dinner

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How do I book this tour?

To book this tour, all you need to do is get in touch with us. We will take your details and reserve your place over the phone. We can also answer any questions you may have and give you all the information you need.

How much luggage can I take?

Our coach tours have a baggage restriction of 17kg per person (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards. You can also bring one small, soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm wide, 30cm high, and 15cm thick that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.

What do the fitness ratings mean?

Each of our tours has a fitness rating which describes the level of physical activity involved with the tour. These ratings are very important when choosing your tour to ensure it's right for you.  Our fitness ratings are:

  • 1 Easy
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  • 3 Active/moderate
  • 4 Highly active
What is the average size of tour groups?

Our Gold Class coaches have a seat capacity of between 44 and 46, but we cap Gold Class tours at 40 guests per tour. Our Diamond Class tours have a capacity of just 26 guests. Other tour types may have different capacities depending on the transport and destination. Please get in touch with our team if you have any questions about a specific tour.

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

In most cases, yes we can. We can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise us at time of booking, and we can confirm with our suppliers and restaurants.

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