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. 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. From that meeting, those people interested in a particular destination will meet separately to actually plan their holiday. Whether it’s a small group of people joining a commercial tour or cruise, a large group hiring coaches and booking admissions or just two people heading for a more esoteric destination will be up to you.

Once planning starts, I will put something onto our website and into our newsletter seeking additional travellers. 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 had its first meeting on the 23rd August. Several destinations were discussed, with trips to Norfolk Island and to Perth on the Indian-Pacific (and possibly cruising back), proving the most popular.

Other destinations considered at the August meeting were India, Tasmania and cruising around Papua New Guinea. If any of these appeal to you, send an email and I will put you in touch with one another.

You can find out more about these trips at the next

Coffee With Friends

( 9.30am, 28th September at Rendezvous Cafe)

or at the

October meeting of the Travel Group

(1.30pm, 25th October at Gympie regional Library)

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.