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.


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 inflating 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 .


Blue Moon Grill, in Trinity Beach, offers the most relaxing atmosphere of any restaurant on the Cairns Northern Beaches.Blue Moon Grill restaurant, in Trinity Beach, offers a vast array of dining options in one of the most beautiful Cairns Northern Beaches.BLUE MOON GRILL
22 Trinity Beach Road, Trinity Beach (MAP)
Phone (07) 4057 8957
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Twice, Dual State Finalists - QLD & N'thn Territory!

Blue Moon Grill is a 'twice' dual state finalist in the industries Restaurant and Caterers Association Awards (N.T, Qld). With, quite possibly the most relaxing atmosphere of any restaurant on the Northern Beaches, Blue Moon Grill offers a vast array of international and local produce melded to create some of the most exciting, fresh and tasty dishes you will ever try.

This Trinity Beach restaurant has encapsulated flavours and dishes from a multitude of continents to ensure you can experience the wonders of the world 'night in night out' without ever getting bored. Which would be virtually impossible with the 'Faulty Towers' styled service and genuine 'Aussie' humour, you are bound to laugh your way through your evening? However if you wish to be left alone to gaze into each others eyes romantically we have many quiet corners to pop you in and whisper sweet nothings. With over 70 different Local and Imported beers and extensive Australian wine list plus BYO staff as Blue Moon Grill look forward to looking after you with some genuine 'Trinity Beach' style hospitality.

Swedish Shop imports and the Cafe creates.Swedish and Scandinavian oasis in Cairns.SWEDISH SHOP
111-115 Grafton Street, Cairns (MAP)
Phone 0437 300 101

FNQ's only Swedish and Scandinavian oasis!

Swedish Groceries and Cafe - Swedish Shop imports and the Cafe creates - Together we are proud to present the Scandinavian flavors in the tropics. We welcome everyone with a curious pallet to come and give us a try!

In Sweden, the coffee culture is a whole institution and to share a coffee and a time among friends along with something sweat to eat is simply called to Fika [feeka], therefor the name of the Café. All delicious cakes and foods are created with jams and spices from the Shop, we use local products as much as we can to present Swedish classic dishes.

We always caters for special dietary requirements and stock a range of milk options to choose between at no extra cost. We stock Almond milk, Soy, Rice milk and Misty mountains fresh Lactose free milk.

Located on Grafton Street diagonally from the Cinema, open 7am-4pm weekdays and 9am-2pm Saturdays.

Phone (07) 4036 9333
Kuranda Scenic Railway offers pensioners a discount. Pensioners must present a valid Australian Pension Card to receive discount on rail fare only.


One of the extraordinary tropical fruit wines produced at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, near Port Douglas.Your hosts, Tony and Trudie Woodall.Shannonvale Winery offers a BUY 6 GET 7 special to seniors. And if you come as a group, this applies to total group sales.SHANNONVALE TROPICAL FRUIT WINERY
417 Shannonvale Road, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 4000 / Fax (07) 4098 4100

No this does not mean they are sweet and sticky!

"Many people ask us how we can make dry wines from sweet fruits like Mango and Lychee" winemaker Tony Woodall says, "But grapes are the sweetest of all fruits. Grapes have the highest sugar level of any fruit."

Tony and Trudie run a boutique winery, which means that they grow the fruit, make the wine, bottle and label the wines on the farm. Amongst their range, Shannonvale winery boasts (27-4-2007) 3 Gold medal winners, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze. You can sample 5 Dry wines, 2 Medium wines, 2 not so sweet Dessert wines, and 5 Ports. Tony and Trudie have established that people enjoy having a wine actually tasting of the fruit that it is made from, so they make single-fruit wines, not blends.

Shannonvale's fruit is grown in the organic way; no chemicals are used on the fruit trees. Phone for days open.

The Rainforest Habitat offers 10% discount on entry to Seniors Card Holders.RAINFOREST HABITAT WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 3235 / Fax (07) 4099 3100
Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary features four different and unique habitats of North Queensland: rainforest, wetlands, woodlands and grasslands. You can wander through the boardwalks and discover a great array of animals and trees in their natural habitat.


Lake Barrine Teahouse is open for breakfast, lunch and their famous Devonshire teas.Enjoy delicious Atherton Tablelands produce while soaking in beautiful views over the Lake Barrine at Lake Barrine Teahouse.LAKE BARRINE RAINFOREST CRUISE & TEAHOUSE
Gillies Highway, Yungaburra (MAP)    Seniors enjoy a 10% cruise discount when purchasing tickets at the Lake Barrine Teahouse or Gift Shop.
Phone (07) 4095 3847 / Fax (07) 4095 3260

Treat yourself while overlooking Lake Barrine!

Whether you take the fully guided boat tour of the lake and its creatures, a swim in the 10,000-year-old freshwater lake, or a quick snack at the lakeside teahouse amongst beautiful terraced gardens, Lake Barrine offers one of the most beautiful and relaxing environments in the tropics.

The timber tea house was originally built in the 1930's as a dance hall and has since had many uses, including an aquatic centre, guest house, school and a convalescent home during World War II. Today the tea house, nestled right on the lake's edge, provides breakfasts, lunches, and their famous prize winning Devonshire teas.

The multi-award winning Devonshire teas and tasty light lunches can be enjoyed on the balcony of the charming 80 year old teahouse while taking in the serene lake views. The teahouse/restaurant is open from 9am every day except Christmas Day and continues to support local producers.

Gandalf the Barn Owl in flight, at Atherton Birds of Prey, in Atherton, on the Cairns Highlands.You will have lots of photo opportunities at Atherton Birds of Prey, in Atherton, on the Cairns Highlands.ATHERTON BIRDS OF PREY
86 Herberton Road, Atherton (MAP)
Phone (07) 4091 6945 / Mobile 0428 316 896

Get up-close to eagles, owls, falcons, and more!

Enjoy an intimate wildlife experience in a natural setting at the Atherton Birds of Prey show. This interactive shows features awesome aerial predators of North Queensland!

* See them flying free - the sky's the limit!
* Learn about their everyday and unusual behaviours
* Meet some other fascinating Australian animals after the show
* Photo opportunities and one-on-one bird of prey encounters available
* An experience the whole family can enjoy!

The show runs daily from Wednesday to Sunday, at 11am and 2pm at the Atherton Chinatown. (Closed February)

Paronella Park, near Innisfail, a Spanish castle out of a fairy tale.Paronella Park, near Innisfail, a Spanish castle out of a fairy tale.PARONELLA PARK
Japoonvale Road (MAP)
(Old Bruce Highway), Mena Creek
Phone (07) 4065 0000
Fax (07) 4065 3022

The Dream Continues...

In the 1930's a Spanish migrant cane cutter, José Paronella, bought a large tract of land near Mena Creek, and proceeded to build a stone castle as a tribute to his wife Margarita. The result was an architectural marvel, inspired by Moorish arquitecture. The Spanish gardens are surrounded by a magical dream-like feeling, like something from a fairytale. In 1997, Paronella Park was recognised as a historical treasure and listed on the National Trust.

Visit Paronella Park by day or night, and join in on one of the tours the park offers: The Dream Continues Tour, or the Darkness Falls Tour. You will be impressed with an experience like no other.

Seniors receive not only a discount, but Paronella Park and also offer assistance for the 'mobility challenged', with a courtesy vehicle to drive visitors into the Lower Gardens so they can avoid the Grand Staircase. Paronella Park is very popular with the seniors market, particularly the Grey Nomads.

NEW: Paronella Park now offers accommodation in three basic, air-conditioned cabins. Each cabin contains a queen sized bed with linen, two towels, bar fridge, kettle and tea/coffee making facilities. See 'accommodation' section below.

Wherever you see the Brumby's sign - in dozens of locations around Tropical North Queensland, you'll be ready for a 10% discount on all their fresh bread products (excluding other offers).

All Brumbys breads are made from the traditional scratch method of baking, which means they're baked fresh daily in every location.

In Cairns and Townsville (not to mention in almost thirty other locations around the country), the Sizzler sign means 20% discount for seniors. The discount is available all day Monday to Wednesday and before 6.00pm Thursday to Sunday. Discount only applies to the card bearer and does not apply to promotions, 'add-on' products or alcohol.