Your friends might think that retirement is all about watching tele, and learning to crochet, but not you. You're off to the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics rainforest and the North Queensland Outback. And why not.. you deserve it! But there's more to consider as you get older, isn't there?
Relax! We've found all the information you'll need to ensure that your Far North Queensland experience is the most fun you've had since the sixties!
All Queensland residents aged 60 and over are eligible for either a SENIORS CARD or a SENIORS BUSINESS DISCOUNT CARD. Australian Seniors Cards are issued free by each state and territory government and entitle holders to a wide range of discounts at thousands of business outlets throughout the country.
Being of a more senior stature isn't always a disadvantage. There are plenty of things to see and do around Tropical North Queensland that don't require the nimbleness of youth. In fact, your longevity will even earn you savings on many of your holiday purchases, if you play your cards right. From mechanics services to fresh bread rolls, from a relaxing massage to a scenic flight, there are thousands of businesses in Tropical North Queensland which offer substantial discounts to our greying friends!
CLICK HERE for more information about Seniors Cards and Seniors discounts.
SENIOR FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION - SCROLL DOWN FOR ALL AREAS
CAIRNS AND CAIRNS NORTHERN BEACHES
PALMS AT TRINITY
83-85 Moore Street, Trinity Beach (MAP)
Phone (07) 4055 6644 / Fax (07) 4057 7122
Palms at Trinity is the perfect holiday getaway with your private apartment nestled amidst lush tropical gardens with its own private balcony. Your fully self-contained apartment is just a short stroll from Trinity Beach, restaurants, and cafes. Palms at Trinity is small enough to offer you that friendly personal care and attention you deserve. Our amenities include a freeform saltwater pool with spa and bbq beside the pool, tour desk, DVD Hire, portacot and highchair hire and much more.
Being just 20 minutes from Cairns we are centrally located for you to enjoy the delights of this unique area. Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda Village to name a few. Our people on our tour desk can help you chose which tour best suits you.
We are off the main road so offer quiet and relaxed surroundings for you to enjoy you stay.
This five star luxurious self-contained apartments offering absolutely beachfront and stunning views of the beach and ocean. This stylish resort provides the ULTIMATE in Trinity Beach accommodation. All the apartments are sumptuously appointed and magically complimented by the stunning views of the Coral Sea from your private balcony or roof deck.
An aura of mystique is created with thatched roofs and Balinese water features together with vast Mediterranean style roof decks, resort pool and spa.
Hillview house, in the beautiful old hillside suburb of Whitfield, has the flavour of old Cairns. About 60 years old and surrounded by mature trees and palms, it is well set up to make your holiday comfortable and easy.
Wilks house is close to the commercial heart of town in Bungalow. Another old Queenslander which has been modernized, it is ideal for the larger family who want to be close to public transport and a shopping centre.
JUNGARA BED AND BREAKFAST 20-22 Robb Road, Redlynch(MAP)
Phone (07) 4039 1892 / Mobile 0429 391 892
Welcome to Jungara, a colonial style homestead found nestled at the base of the rainforest clad mountains twelve kilometres from the city of Cairns and gateway to to the Great Barrier Reef, and offers a peaceful and tranquil setting to relax and unwind.
Jungara features three spacious bedrooms all with queen size beds with polished timber floors and private en suites. This is not your standard bed and breakfast. Guests have their own private entry and a fully equipped exclusive guest kitchen for the convenience of self catering.
The resort style pool with spa jets and waterfall takes full advantage of the spectacular rainforest mountain views. Reef trips and tours are all easy day trips and with local knowledge and advice from your hosts Kim and Marilyn, it's all taken care of.
Jungara B&B offers free airport pick-up when staying three or more nights. Please explore their web site and learn more from their guests, about what makes Jungara so special.
FIRST CITY CARAVILLA
Kelly Street, Earlville, Cairns
Phone (07) 40541403 / Fax (07) 40337251
To enjoy a Cairns Holiday you need accommodation that can offer access to all of the wonders of Far North Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef, Heritage rain forests such as the Daintree, the beautiful beaches of Cairns, the Cairns casino and other entertainment found in the city of Cairns and of course Queensland's incredible Outback.
At Cairns First City Caravilla Top Tourist, guests are offered it all and more! They are a four star Holiday Park, located close to everything and offering a complete range of Cairns holiday accommodation styles, space, outdoor activities, tour advice and information and above all - friendly and experienced service.
BLUEWATER BED AND BREAKFAST
Trinity Park, Cairns (MAP)
(15 minutes north of Cairns Airport)
Phone (07) 4055 6137
Nestled at the base of Earl Hill on The Marlin Coast, this quiet tropical paradise can be found. It's hard to believe that so close to so many of Cairns famous attractions you can find such tranquility. The hardest thing that you will have to do is make up your mind as to where to dine.
While staying in this large, modern self-contained unit, you can maybe have breakfast around the cool salt-water pool. Perhaps a wine while watching the wallabies and native birds feed each evening, an amazing experience. Or a tropical barbecue right at your front door, what ever you decide this is a quiet retreat just for that occasion.
The Coral Reef Resort in Tropical North Queensland offer 3½ star, fully furnished, fully self contained 1 & 2 bedroom holiday apartments 2.5km (5 min) from Cairns Central; suitable for families, couples or singles. Your facilities include sparkling salt water pool, spa, BBQ area and tropical palm gardens. Close to all amenities and tour pickups for the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical Rainforests, Port Douglas or the Atherton Tablelands.
Come and visit the exciting city of Cairns, the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Listed Rainforest region! Coral Reef Resort is the perfect choice for your next holiday in Tropical North Queensland. Resort style accommodation at budget prices!
We are ideally located in a quiet area 2 streets back from the highway, only 400m from Westcourt Shopping Complex and close to Stockland Earlville Shopping Plaza. Just 400m away is the Australian Football League Club, Cazaly's.
Amaroo at Trinity enjoys a peaceful, elevated, beachfront position offering stunning views over the Pacific Ocean from every room accompanied by the soothing sounds of waves breaking on the shore. Freshly
decorated airconditioned studios include a well equipped kitchenette, private balcony, queen bed comfort (twin and family options) with extended Austar package. Convenient laundry facilities lift access to all levels. Wireless internet available.
Laze by the palm-fringed salt-water pool and spa or enjoy an invigorating tub in the heated Jacuzzi. A game of tennis on the floodlit tennis court followed by a barbecue in the covered outdoor area poolside is also an option. Gym facilities are available (offsite). Hire of mountain bikes and beach watersports equipment available. Direct access via steps to the beach, restaurants and popular local tavern. Friendly Tour Desk staff will help plan your perfect holiday in Tropical North Queensland.
BILLABONG BED & BREAKFAST
30 Caribbean Street, Holloways Beach, Cairns
Phone (07) 4037 0162 / Fax (07) 40370162
This holiday home is built on an island surrounded by a private lake with spectacular bird life. Billabong Bed & Breakfast offers two guest rooms with doors opening on to your own deck enjoy views across the lake, air conditioning, en-suite and quality queen size beds.
PORT DOUGLAS TO MOSSMAN
36 Coral Sea Drive, Mossman (MAP)
21km north of Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4098 2760 / Fax (07) 4098 2760
Welcome to Papillon Bed and Breakfast. Relax and unwind on your private deck; float away in the heated pool, dream under the trees in a hammock; enjoy the tropical garden and watch the Ulysses swallowtails and the many other butterflies; listen to the birds; have a massage or just read a book in your own comfortable chair.
Two private and well-appointed rooms with king beds, shower ensuite, AC, fan, TV, filtered water, local tea and plunger coffee. Enjoy a brought in meal on your own deck – cutlery and crockery provided. Microwave available for guest use.
Papillon Bed and Breakfast is a wooden pole-house. The guest rooms have their own entrance. Papillon B&B is tranquil, private and the rainforest is on your doorstep. Come and join Papillon B&B…………
MANTA RAY BED AND BREAKFAST
23 Coulthard Close, Newell Beach (MAP)
Phone (07) 4098 1261 / Fax (07) 4098 1254
Mantaray Bed and Breakfast is a tropical getaway offering deluxe, private accommodation at secluded Newell Beach.
The B&B environment is Bali-inspired and the accommodation is situated within a tropical garden compound. The two pavilion bedrooms are in a separate wing with individual entrances from a shady verandah and feature marble floors, high bamboo lined ceilings, fans and air-conditioning. A central, large, salt water lap pool divides the guest accommodation from the main house and features a Bali Bale and day bed catching the sea and mountain breezes – perfect for relaxing day or evening.
At the rear are cane fields stretching to rainforest covered mountains and beautiful, pristine, white sanded and palm fringed Newell Beach is just a two minute stroll from the back gate and can be viewed from the main house.
7 Davidson Street, Port Douglas (MAP)
Phone (07) 4099 6650 / Fax (07) 4099 6653
Opened in January 2002 these delightful tropical style apartments offer all the modern comforts of home. The laid back, relaxed tropical lifestyle and atmosphere makes Verandahs, Port Douglas the ideal base for your holiday.
Verandahs has 20 fully self contained two bedroom two bathroom apartments, spacious and airy, designed to give you every comfort. Well appointed kitched, with full size over, hot plates, dishwasher, microwave and frige in modern bright settings. Each apartment has its own private laundry, with washing machine, clothes dryer and ironing facilities. Individual control air-conditioning, ceiling fan, television, CD and video player. There are polished light oak floors throughout and the simple luxury of summer furnishings and spacious dine out verandahs to capture the cool breezes.
PORT DOUGLAS MOTEL
9 Davidson Street, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 5248 / Fax (07) 4099 5504
The motel offers a choice of motel rooms, standard self-contained studios, deluxe self-contained studios & family deluxe self-contained studios. Rooms include air-conditioning, ceiling fan, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Daintree Manor is a purpose-built bed & breakfast house in the Queenslander style with guest accommodation on the upper floor. The Manor is located atop a ridge in the foothills of the Alexandra Range, which allows for panoramic views of surrounding mountain ranges and a splendid view of the Daintree Valley.
There are three luxurious rooms available. These include two doubles and one twin share room with each room having its own private ensuite and access to the verandahs' wonderful views. Also available for the exclusive use of the guests is the spacious guest lounge complete with TV, and a selection of books and board games to relax and while away the hours.
DAINTREE ECO LODGE AND SPA
20 Daintree Road, Daintree
Phone (07) 4098 6100 / Fax (07) 4098 6200
Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa - offers award winning, unique tree house style resort accommodation in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest World Heritage region, just 40 minutes drive north of Port Douglas on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Atherton Bluegum Bed and Breakfast is a magnificent pole house on Halloran's Hill with panoramic views, an a choice of rooms. Caters for singles, couples, family groups, business travellers and those returning to Atherton for special occasions. Sparkling pool and heated spa, poolside pergola with guest barbecue facilities.
Atherton Blue Gum B&B is a home-away-from home. Spacious, clean, rustic rooms makes it a great place to base yourself. Wake to a chorus of native bird life and enjoy breakfast served on the upper deck. The views are magnificent, looking down on Atherton township, which is nestled in an emerald valley. The mist enshrouded mountains, with tropical sunlight glistening on their exposed peaks in the morning, is a delight to behold.
Situated on the summit of an extinct volcano and commanding the highest point in Atherton, this fully self contained four bedroom retreat (three with ensuites) enjoys 180 degree panoramic views. Walk through the rainforest to the centre of the crater, enjoy an 'in house' massage or relax by the pool whilst you sip a cool drink.
The Summit Rainforest Retreat is a 5 bedroom holiday house or a 1 bedroom apartment in a luxurious, "nature lovers" setting. If available and requested, rooms can be booked on a Bed & Breakfast basis, with shared facilities . Ideal for singles, couples, families, groups, multiple couples, weddings, conferences, meetings & seminars etc.
Malanda Lodge Motel offers the finest accommodation in the Cairns Highlands region. Experience the calm and tranquility that only Malanda has to offer. Malanda Lodge Motel's accommodation is a stone's throw from most amenities, yet surrounded by beautiful rolling green native lawns and shrubs.
The rooms are well-appointed 3 1/2 Star quality with country style decor and quality motel amenities. and sleep up to four. All rooms have a queen bed and some have single beds and the family rooms have queen and two comfortable single beds. Malanda Lodge Motel also has some inter-connecting rooms to cater for larger groups and families. The views overlook the lawns and shrub towards a freshwater creek, with mountain views in the background and guests can relax on the patio of their room and take in the fresh, cool, clean country air.
LAKE TINAROO HOLIDAY PARK
Dam Road, Lake Tinaroo
Phone (07) 4095 8232 / Fax (07) 4095 8808
The park has received a major upgrade with fully sealed internal roads, new luxury villas, a free-form landscaped swimming pool, spring-fed lagoon camping site, wide-screen TV in the entertainment room, and picnic and barbecue areas.
TOWNSVILLE AND MAGNETIC ISLAND
BALGAL BEACH HOLIDAY UNITS
284 Ocean Parade, Balgal Beach, Townsville (MAP)
Phone (07) 4770 7296
Balgal Beach Holiday Units offer 10 self-contained beachfront units where guests can 'Relax in Paradise'.
UNITS 1 – 9 are located at 284 Ocean Parade with reception, pool and resident owners.
STUDIO 26 is located separately at 26 Madelaine Drive and caters for guests travelling with pets.
All the units are spacious, homely and well maintained. Relax in the tropical gardens, look and listen to the abundant wildlife. Prepare your own meals indoors, on the barbeques or dine at a local eatery.
The combination of well equipped units, peaceful location and family friendly atmosphere help to ensure a relaxed stay. Balgal Beach is central for day trips to Townsville, Ingham, Wallaman Falls, Paluma or numerous nearly islands
ARCADIA BEACH GUEST HOUSE
27 Marine Parade, Arcadia Bay
Phone (07) 4778 5668 / Fax (07) 4778 5816
A newly renovated bed and breakfast which is centrally located, close to pristine beaches and National Parks, still great for a relaxing tropical island getaway.
The Whitsunday Organic Bed & Breakfast is set amongst tropical gardens with ocean views over the Port of Airlie and Whitsunday Islands. Creating a relaxed and friendly holiday atmosphere, there are only seven rooms that are spacious, modern and light filled, each room has air-conditioning as well natural ventilation. The house has been designed with sustainable features in mind and reflects the hosts' philosophy of sustainable living.
Breakfast is served on the Balcony. The panoramic views will have you mesmerised by the natural beauty of the region. The Whitsunday Organic B&B prides itself on using wholesome organic ingredients for their sumptuos three course breakfast.
All the businesses featured on this page are reputable, participating organizations, which offer genuine discounts to Queensland (and in many cases, interstate) Seniors Card holders. Cairns Unlimited has a 'zero tolerance' policy on businesses which falsely purport to offer a Seniors Discount, by applying the 'discount' to an artificially inflated price. We will not recommend or advertise such businesses, and if you have any problems dealing with any of the businesses featured on this page, please .