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Independant Trips

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment!   Hilaire Belloc 

Independant Trips

The Albany Creek National Seniors branch has an active social environment. Each year a number of long weekend getaways and short break holidays trips are recommended for members and friends. These trips are independent of the club, but are mainly attended by branch members. These independent trip are not sanctioned by National Seniors and are not regarded as an official National Seniors event for insurance purposes.

The initial focus was to have getaways within a 2-3 hour drive of Brisbane, which enabled a comfortable drive and the ability to utilise caravans for some members. Some trips have extended this concept.

Examples of trips include:

·         Warwick

·         Yamba

·         Tweed River

·         Toowoomba and Murgon

·         Bagara (Bundaberg)

·         Noosa

·         Alexandra Headland

·         Ballina

·         Kingscliffe

·         Mapleton

·         Montville

·         Cruise to North Queensland

·         Trip to the Cook Islands

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Participants all have fun, and enjoy the flexibility of travel and company.  Coordinated accommodation planning, and research into activities and venues has been the challenge of the unofficial coordinators, including Ray Swenson and Trevor Lewis.

 

Recent Reports

 

INDEPENDENT TRIP TO RAINBOW BEACH

The trip to Rainbow beach was a 4 night stay at the Rainbow Beach Caravan Park. This was a small group, as many regular travellers had clashes with other commitment. The weather was excellent and the environment very relaxing. Between us, we had a 4WD trip to Fraser island, a 4WD trip to Double Point Lighthouse, the rain forest, and along the beach to see the rainbow sands.

Tin Can Bay and Gympie were included in our sightseeing.

INDEPENDENT TRIP TO WARWICK

The Warwick trip was in February, and the weather was sunny and very warm. We visited the many sightseeing areas including Killarney, Queen Mary Falls, and a number of other historic and interesting places within a short drive.

The golfers had a golf day, but it was a bit challenging with the temperature at 36c on the day.  

 

UP AND AWAY - INDEPENDENT TRIP TO ALEXANDRA HEADLAND

 Once again nineteen intrepid explorers headed for the Sunshine Coast and Alexandra Headland on Monday 4th May.   What a contrast in weather, with mild cloudless days and no sign of damage from the previous Thursday and Friday.

 I must confess that, when I received an 11 page epistle from Alex. Beach Tourist Park that provided a list of do's and don'ts within the Park, I was a little worried about our reception.    However, my fears were groundless and we received great hospitality during our stay.

 There's no doubt that we Seniors can enjoy ourselves.   We met for social drinks and nibbles each night and planned our days well.   Highlights for me were the river and canal cruise, sighting the mansions and the rich and famous and my duty as driver for the Happy Shoppers at Eumundi Markets.   In the meantime, the golfers enjoyed varying degrees of success on the golf course and came back with the usual tales of triumph and despair.

 It's not often that our group admits defeat, but we finally met our match at the Alexandra Surf Club when we enjoyed a meal, but the other patrons managed to drown out our conversation!

Altogether another great excursion, thanks to Ray and Gloria Swenson.   If you haven't signed up for the August Trip to Yamba, get to it - you'll enjoy the area and the company.

 Peter Sullivan

Independent Trip to Montville

On the 8th February twenty members plus a young traveller (Joand Vince’s granddaughter Katie from N/Z) met at “Clouds”in Montville for an excellent 4 days of fun and sightseeing aspart of the latest Independent Trip away. Close proximity tothe Sunshine Coast makes easy access to many activities.

The venue at “Clouds” was excellent and had undergone recent renovations and additions by the new owners, Stephanie and Phil. They made us all welcome and went out of their way to assist with anything that we needed. Their son Andrew took some group photos for inclusion on their website. They are intending promotion of Seniors and other group packages.

Sunday evening was BBQ night, using the new BBQ facility, and also enjoying happy hour in the Balinese lounge. The next few days saw the group spread out over different areas of interest, with café’s, cheese factory, tourist sights, golf, shops, dairy tour, etc. Some travelled to Nambour, Caloundra and Maroochydore. Six golfers played Caloundra golf course.

Thanks to Ray and Trevor for their great efforts to organise the venue and events.

Independent Trip to Ballina

Thanks to Ray as usual for his organisation of special deals for our club to stay at various venues around the southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales. This time 14 of us returned to Ballina once again. This park is very clean and most accommodating. It was sad that our Master of Outings and Eateries (Hereby known as the MOE) Trevor Lewis and Val were unable to attend. (Get well soon Val.) Fulfilling his duties Trevor provided us with a list of activities.

Sunday we arrived and in the normal spirit we commandeered the BBQ area for “happy hour” and perfectly barbequed steak sausages and onions. Monday morning 4 boys played golf at TEVEN

VALLEY, a nice country course situated in the Ballina hinterland. The girls shopped (what else) and thanks to the technology of mobile phones we found each other for lunch at the newly renovated LIGHTHOUSE Café on the beach. Trevor Hudson managed a “Big breakfast lunch” as without the MOE we had none.

Tuesday morning we were lucky to have a river cruise for 2 hours. A little bit like “Dads Army on water” but quite informative and enjoyable. We were accompanied by a few dolphins at one stage. After the cruise we had lunch at the R.S.L. and attacked the pokies.

Wednesday we headed home while some stayed an extra day. Why not join us on our next trip to Montville?

David McL.