A lot of people in our age group find their friends and family don’t have the time to travel, have other financial priorities or just don’t fancy the same destinations. So we face the prospect of solo travel and additional costs of single supplements. While that may suit some, it doesn’t suit everyone.

U3A Gympie has formed a Travel Group. The new group is intended as a way for travellers to find travelling companions and roommates. We can also contact other Queensland U3As to invite them to join any trips planned, and they may invite us to join trips they are planning. This new group will not function as a de facto travel agency, so travellers will need to participate in planning and booking their holiday.

We will meet once a term to discuss possible destinations. Those people interested in a particular destination may meet separately to actually plan the details of their holiday.

If you are interested in either of our current trips, check the February newsletter for more information. In the meantime, grab a brochure or visit a Travel Agency and start thinking about the specific things you want included in the trip.




In mid October we will fly to Tasmania for a week. Revelling in isolation, Tasmania is busting out with fab festivals and sensational food and drink. From Port Arthur to MONA, from Cradle Mountain to the penguins at Bicheno, Tasmania has a feast for the eyes too.

Once we know who will be travelling, we will drop in to our friendly Travel Agency, work out the details and pay our deposits. The intention is to select a fly-drive-accommodation package, allowing us the most flexibility in planning our own itinerary. Some of us will need to drive, but it shouldn’t be a problem if there are non-drivers too.


In March 2020 we will fly to Sydney, then board the Indian-Pacific for a ride across the Nullarbor to Perth. The train journey includes some sightseeing stops along the way. Once in Perth we will stay a few days to enjoy the sights on offer there, then fly back. 

Once we know who will be travelling, we will visit more friendly Travel Agents, work out the details and pay our deposits. You may also want to add a cruise to your trip, although not everyone will do this.

You can find out more about these trips at the next

Coffee With Friends

Or in the February Newsletter

Or just send me an email –



Great Barrier Reef Cruise, June 2018

Those of us on the cruise found the Great Barrier Reef a delightful place to visit, especially in winter. 

Active Tours dropped us just a few paces from check-in and we boarded in time for lunch. Each day aboard we enjoyed friendly competitions, easy craft activities, relaxing with a good book, chatting to fellow cruisers and generally having a good time. Carol and Margaret even braved the onboard flying fox!

On shore days we chose from a variety of excursions, visiting markets, riding the Skyrail to Kuranda, taking a joy flight over the tropical coastline, and mingling with wildlife. Evenings brought a different stage show every night, musicians playing various genres and themed parties to enjoy. We ate delicious food, drank cool cocktails and had a thoroughly good time.