How to Take the Hard Work Out of Your Next Holiday

You’re ready for the time of your life and you know you want to travel, but how do you decide on the destination? Do you do a single destination holiday, multiple destinations, a cruise, a train ride… the choices are endless and somewhat overwhelming.

Never fear, you’re not alone!  A simple internet search will reveal an abundance of help on the subject, and you’ll even come across a multitude of companies that organise holidays specifically for the over 50’s – just think of them as the Contiki tours of your generation!

These type of tour and group holidays work well for several reasons. Not only do they do the majority of the hard work for you but it’s a great idea for couples AND singles. All the strong, independent people out there, breathe a sigh of relief! No need to feel like the lone traveller again – many companies will make sure you’re not the only single aboard. And, as an added bonus to ticking countries off your bucket list, we have no doubt you’ll make some fabulous new friends.

So, now comes the crunch time… Pick a place that you’ve always wanted to travel to, to explore and to immerse yourself in the culture. Maybe you’ve always wanted to do an African safari, visit Vatican City, attend a traditional tea ceremony in Japan or drive a luxurious sports car through Europe.
But why stop with just one place? Why not do two, three or more! Look at it this way – you’re already in another country, so take the opportunity while it’s there.

Of course, as we get older, there are certain activities that are no longer appealing or doable, but that doesn’t mean you just have to sit in your hotel room the whole trip. Know your limitations but don’t let the fear of the unknown hold you back!

Plan Your Holiday Like a Pro!

So, you’ve just booked your fantastic holiday (perhaps you were inspired by the expedition cruise) – but now what? Getting ready and organised is much more than simply just packing. Why not add these 5 tips into your holiday packing routine to help remove some of the last minute stress.


Why not start the holiday looking your best and make sure all those personal appointments (any health appointments / check ups and having your hair or nails done etc) are done before you leave. This way, it’s one less thing for you to worry about while you’re away and you don’t look back on the happy snaps and think… ‘Geez, I wish I had had my roots done!’

Documentation and Communication

Make a copy of all essential information (passport, itinerary, credit cards, insurance) and email it to yourself as well as to a trusted, emergency contact. That way, someone will always know where you are and can help if any documents get lost or stolen along the way.

It’s worthwhile checking in with your phone service provider, just to see if there will be any additional charges and what coverage is available, especially if you are traveling somewhere remote or overseas. There’s nothing worse than being stung with an unsightly phone bill upon your return. Also notify your bank of your travel plans so that they don’t block your account thinking your holiday transactions are suspicious.


Make a list of any special items or travel supplies you might need (always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared) and also pick up a few snacks or frozen / non-perishable food to eat upon your return. Trust us, future you will be thankful they don’t have to go straight to the grocery store.


Living in a secure Orianna’s resort gives you an extra level of comfort to know that you no longer have to worry about your home’s security while your away! Gone are the days of asking a neighbour to collect your mail, turn on the lights every now and again and just check that your home is undisturbed. In saying this, don’t forget to ask your friends to water plants and garden while you’re away!

However, one little tip that might save you later is to put some ice cubes in a zip-lock bag and keep it in the freezer. By doing this, you’ll know straight away if you’ve lost power or not, and whether your frozen food is still safe to eat.


If your trip is overseas, some extra things to think about include whether your passport is still valid 6 months after your return, do you need any visas or extra immunisations. Another good idea is to take some maps / guides / translation information as your phone might not always work. And last but not least, don’t forget the power point adapter and to get some money exchanged.

Regardless of your travel plans, whether it is an overnight trip, week long, month long or an extended period, just add these tips into your routine and modify when necessary. How great is it that you can easily plan your trips without reinventing the wheel every time you want to go.

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Noosa Food and Wine Festival

17 – 20 May 2018

Tickets start at $30 (day pass only)

Celebrate great Australian food, wine and lifestyle in one of Australia’s leading food destinations, Noosa. They’re excited to bring back some great events including tipis on Noosa Main Beach, the Long Lunch on Hastings Street, Hinterland Food Trails, events in some of Noosa’s favourite restaurants and an exciting Festival village!

More info:


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Tangalooma Island Resort Day Trip

Take a break to escape to a tropical paradise for a bit of relaxation and rejuvenation. Spend the day enjoying full use of the resort’s facilities, including land-based activities, pool tables, swimming pools, restaurants, and bars.

Why not get some of your Orianna friends together, venture across on the ferry, be amazed by the crystal-clear waters and watch ranger-led pelican feeding and dolphin presentations.

AND, what’s even better? You can get some great discount online if you know the right places to book through…

More info:


Within a lifetime…

Expedition cruise to Antarctica

November to Early February

Tours prices vary but can start from $5,000 (price dependent on tour length and starting destination etc)

A true expedition of a lifetime, but one not many realise is a possibility! Explore the Antarctic Peninsula in all its amazing glory! Set amidst awe-inspiring scenery of imposing mountain ranges, beautifully carved icebergs, ice-filled channels and spectacular glaciers, you will be greeted by vast penguin colonies, seals, whales and an abundance of seabirds. Why not discover the last pristine region of the world – the white continent of Antarctica.

More info:

The Grey Nomads – April

Whether you have an hour, a day or a lifetime to travel, there is always somewhere new to explore. Check out these locations below and start planning your next adventure!


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Buckleys Hole Regional Park 

A bird watchers and keen fisherman’s dream destination!

The park covers 87.7 hectrares of costal forest and wetlands on the south-west of Bribie Island, with freshwater lagoons, woodland, open forest and beaches ready for you to explore.

The park is a rare jewel of untouched beauty – be safe and enjoy nature’s playground.

For more information visit Buckleys Hole Regional Park

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The Commonwealth Games isn’t the only big thing coming to Brisbane and the Gold Coast in April… FESTIVAL 2018 is a 12 day, action packed event where you can experience music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film.

The best part about it? This festival is coming to Brisbane (so you don’t even have to worry about battling the traffic on the GC if you don’t want too) AND most of the events and exhibitions are FREE!

For more information visit Festival 2018


Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli

Travel to the solemn Gallipoli Peninsula battlefields on the anniversary of the landing and wander through Anzac Cove to the Nek and Lone Pine. Walk through the trenches, attend the prestigious dawn service and hear the stories of heroism and camaraderie immortalised in Australia’s Anzac history. This journey provides a great opportunity to pay respects to the fallen of World War 1 and to reflect on what they fought for.

For more information visit Overseas Commemorations

The Grey Nomads – March

Whether you have an hour, a day or a lifetime to travel there is always somewhere new to explore. Check out these locations below and start planning your next adventure.

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Bribie Island Butterfly House

Bribie Island Butterfly House is a local volunteer project aimed at bringing the community together and to promote the butterfly population on Bribie Island and beyond. The butterflies you will see are all bred in the state-of-the-art Breeding Laboratory which you will visit on-site. Bribie Island Butterfly House is currently only open 2 days a week but there is an opportunity for you to volunteer at this awesome tourist attraction also!

For more information visit Bribie Island Butterfly House.


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RSPCA Motorhome Program

If you have a caravan or motorhome and are looking for a truly unique experience, the Grey Nomads & Motorhome site located at the Brisbane RSPCA Animal Care Campus could be for you! Their Grey Nomads program has been designed to allow travellers access to a very unique experience. In return for low cost accommodation (donation), they ask that all campers take part in their volunteering program which will give a great insight into the life changing work that they do.Outback Spectacular website.

For more information visit Grey Nomads Program.


Within A Lifetime
Enjoy a Guinness on St Patrick’s Day in Ireland

Drop in on the Emerald Isle during one of the most festive times of year, exploring its vibrant cities and breathtaking countryside. Start in Galway, making your way to Cork and the Blarney Castle before settling in for the celebrations in Dublin. Don some green, grab a pint, and join the locals for the city’s legendary St. Patrick’s Day parade.

For more information visit the Go Ahead Tours website.

Cliffs of Moher


Erin go Bragh! Learn the Irish lingo.

With St Patrick’s Day coming soon it is time to get yourself acquainted with some typical Irish phrases, Irish words, and Irish slang.


“The Jacks”
If you arrive in Ireland and ask someone for the restroom, it is social suicide. It’s either called “the toilet,” or even more commonly “the jacks.” In pubs, the sexes are often written in Irish on toilet doors. So you have the “fir jacks” and the “ban jacks.” Not to be confused with “banjaxed,” which means something is broken. You’ll learn soon enough.

In use: “Tell ye what, you get in another round, while I head to the jacks.”


“The Press”
A press is what we call a cupboard in Ireland. However, the “hotpress”… Well, that’s a different matter altogether!

In use: “Hold on now till I get the biscuits from the press.”


This is what we call soft drinks. Beware if you’re visiting old people: they’ll automatically assume you love a mineral called 7Up and will force feed you with it.

In use: “You can’t drink because you driving? Well sure you’ll have a mineral instead!”


“The Messages”
You will hear about people going out to do the messages, or going into town for the messages. Alas, middle-aged Irish women are not part of some secret government organization; they’re just referring to the shopping. The messages are what some Irish people call the groceries.

In use: “Anyone want anything I’m heading into town to do the messages.”


“Naggins” and “shoulders” Naggins and shoulders refer to the sizes of bottles of spirits. A shoulder will get you a good way to being happy out, but a naggin is perfect for smuggling (or “gooching”) into a pub. However, we’re not endorsing such scurrilous actions.

In use: “Get me a shoulder of Captain Morgan, and Aisling wants a naggin of vodka.”

The Grey Nomads

Whether you have an hour, a day or a lifetime to travel there is always somewhere new to explore. Check out these locations below and start planning your next adventure.


Take a visit to the town of Eumundi in the Sunshine Coast hinterland for their famous markets.
For more information visit Eumundi Markets.

Wednesdays 8am – 1:30pm
Saturdays 7am – 2pm
Memorial Drive, Eumundi

Eumundi Markets

Eumundi Markets


Saddle up for a remarkable journey, where true stories of the ANZACS courage and spirit are re-created at Australian Outback Spectacular Dinner
and Show. (Pensioner discounts available) For more information visit the Outback Spectacular website.

Saturday and Sunday nights
Entertainment Road, Oxenford

Gold Coast

Gold Coast


Experience one of the ‘7 Wonders of the World’ and tick this amazing location off your bucket list.
Getting there: Air China, currently return trip for just $473!
For more information visit the China Highlights website.

Wall of China -Huairou, China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China



The War-Filled History of Bribie Island

Did you know that during World War II Bribie Island was an essential part of our country’s defence strategy?

Bribie Island has a very interesting history and one that may be unfamiliar to some residents. The beautiful foreshores of Bribie Island play host to support infrastructure that was designed to defend the North West Channel into Moreton Bay after the outbreak of World War II.

The support infrastructure, called Fort Bribie was constructed to house two 6-inch guns, camp huts, two gun emplacements, a Battery Observation Post (BOP), Command Post (CP), Observation Post (OP) and two DEL (Defence Electric Lights, also known as CASL, or Coastal Artillery Searchlights) for soldiers protecting the shorelines.

A fortified observation post on Bribie Island in 1943.

A fortified observation post on Bribie Island in 1943.

Fort Bribie, one of the primary defences for Brisbane has been untouched since it was abandoned in 1945 and apart from the effects of natural forces they remain largely as they would have appeared after the army left the site. Its task was to defend the main shipping channel through Moreton Bay into Brisbane.

In addition, there is rumour that there is an underground hospital on Bribie Island, possibly located at Fort Bribie with an ongoing conspiracy that it is hidden beneath the ruins somewhere till this day. In the 1940s at this hospital there was no resident Doctor and so the sick would parade just minor injuries such as buts on barbed wire, minor gunshot wounds, cold and the flu.

This only scratches the top of the many mysteries that surround the island and the secrets that you can uncover about the history of Bribie Island and the people of the years gone by! Residents at Orianna have easy access to so many tourist attractions without having to travel far at all.

Find out more about how you can join the Orianna community too.

How to visit:

4WD to Ocean Beach campgrounds and walk to the fort via the Fort Bribie Walk.

Take the 4WD access track from Woorim and travel straight up the beach directly to the fort.

Check out the Visiting Moreton Bay website for more information on accessing Fort Bribie.

Caravanning to the Far North

Caravanning to the Far North

What you should know and where you should go

Caravans are a great way to explore everything the South East Coast has to offer. When choosing your next travel destination by road, consider the experiences the Far North of QLD has to offer! Not to mention the beautiful warm weather, even in the cooler months!

Taking a road trip north along the coast offers travellers spectacular scenery, views and hidden stopovers with a mix of city and country all in the one holiday.

The Basics

  • Plan your itinerary and route
    • Being organised is the most important point to ensure you have an enjoyable caravanning adventure. Before you go, set out a detailed plan of what you want to see. This will ensure you have enough time to see everything and that you are venturing the roads with the best scenery. Schedule in plenty of time to relax!
  • Travel during off-peak season
    • Far North Queensland and particularly the must-see destinations surrounding Cairns are hot spots for families during the holiday season due to the family-oriented amenities and activities available. Check the school term dates on the government website before you plan your caravanning adventure here.
  • Keeping your caravan safe
    • Pack as lightly as possible for your road trip. Ease of towing and fuel efficiency is greatly affected the more load that you are carrying. Once again planning is key – knowing the kind of trip and how long it will take, the number of people that are going and the different environments you will be staying in will ensure you only pack the essentials.

Once You Reach FNQ

Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest, rumoured to be one of the oldest rainforests on the planet is about a 3 hour drive from Cairns. This rainforest is home to a unique collection of fauna, flora, fungi and native animals not experienced anywhere else in the country. Take a guided tour or choose to explore the beautifully natural surroundings all on your own.
Where to stay: Daintree Riverview Lodges and Van Park

Great Barrier Reef

An icon of the nort-east coast, the Great Barrier Reef offers visitors breathtaking scenery that can be experiened by boat, plane, helicopter or for the more adventurous, snorkelling and diving! There are many islands located throughout the reef making for great day trips leaving Cairns.
Where to stay: Cairns Holiday Park

Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail

You can’t visit Far North Queensland without taking a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail. One of the most unique rail journeys in Australia passing spectacular waterfalls and straight into the Barron Gorge. Kuranda itself showcases historic and unique attractions, markets and shopping experiences.
Where to stay: Crystal Cascades Holiday Park

Orianna Lifestyle Resorts provides security for those who wish to get out and about on a great caravanning adventure. Enquire today about how your home can be well looked after while you are away!

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