Sharing Australian Red Hat Information


Chapters around the States invite you to join in their planned activities as noted. 
Please contact the relevant person as listed.

(Contact this site for the advertising of events – [email protected] )

Consider listing any projected gathering early to avoid clashes with other events.


The Cruise Ship Season is here again and the Tasmania Red Hat Chapter
"Hatters To Go" Wish to Welcome Red Hat Cruisers Down Under!


If you are calling into the Port of Burnie on the North West Coast of Tassie on the Cruise Ships listed below between Wednesday 11th October 2017 - Saturday 12th May 2018
The Hatters to Go would love to have a Coffee n' Chat if time permits:


Astor - Crystal Symphony -  Europa - Insignia – Maasdam - Noordam - Norwegian Jewel - Pacific Eden - Pacific Jewel - Pacific Princess - Regatta - Sea Princess - Sun Princess - Silver Muse


Please contact Merlene "Matriarch of Chatter" prior to arrival:

Email - [email protected]  or PH (M) 0458 026 282 - (H) 03 6435 1764


Rubies and Pearls of Kilmore VIC are holding their
2nd Annual pre-Christmas Cruise on Lake Nagambie on Thursday 30th November
leaving from the Regatta Centre, Nagambie.

Meet at the Reception area at 10.30am.  Cruise departs at 11am.

Cost: $25 per person

BYO Picnic lunch to enjoy while cruising.  Drinks can be purchased on board.

Contact - Queen Jan:  [email protected]  

                                                                                                   2018 EVENTS

                                                            CRUISE TO TASSIE

Join the Shoalhaven Southern Belles (NSW) on their 6 day red hat cruise to Tassie.

Depart from Sydney to Tasmania on Sun Princess  13 – 19 February 2018

Calls into Burnie, Port Arthur and Hobart and return to Sydney.

Travel agent contact is Julie Woodall at Nowra:  [email protected]

View itinerary on Princess website:



The ROCK n ROLL THEMED event will be held at RYDGES HOTEL & RESORTS,
23 Palmer Street, TOWNSVILLE on 20th – 22nd JULY 2018

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE  but time is running out!!!    Come and enjoy the winter sunshine in glorious Townsville.   A funfilled weekend of like minded red hatters is yours for the asking!  Dust out your dancing shoes, your poodle skirts and bobby socks for a great time listening to all your favourite songs.   Are you a latent widgie, sheila or bobsey twin? 


For Registration package and all enquiries please contact
Queen Jenny: [email protected]    0417 805 103

Or Diane (07) 4773 3704 or 0478 099 602

Cost $280. Deposit of $130 required from each attendee with the submission of the Registration and Indemnity Forms.
Balance of $150 to be made by March 30th 2018




Friday 20TH

2pm to 4pm - Registration in the Foyer to the Grand Ballroom

6pm to 10pm  - Official Opening in the Grand Ballroom

Theme: "Happy Days"

Canapés with a Cash Bar - Rock and Roll Demonstration - Dancing till close.


Saturday 21ST

Free Day – Plan your own activities or join a Tour.

Tours available at own expense. Payment required with registration.


Magnetic Island $54 includes Return Ferry & Guided Bus Tour:

Group departs from the front of Rydges Hotel departure time TBA. Ferry departs 10:30am. Lunch at either: Peppers $27.50 or The Tammarind Tree $20.25

Great Barrier Reef Aquarium located at 2-68 Flinders Street, Townsville.

Entry $28  Adult / $22 Concessional. Opening Hours 9:30am to 5pm daily.

Recommended 2 – 2.5 hours to experience the beauty and wonders of the Aquarium.

Daily Tours:  10:30am – Predator Dive Show  

                             1pm & 3:30pm Turtle Talk  

                            2:30 Animal Feeding Tour (Fri & Sat)  

                            Waterview Café open for lunch and refreshments between 9:30am to 3:30pm

Townsville Day Tours $50.00

Departs from front of Rydges Hotel - departure time TBA. Sightseeing tour of Townsville and its history.  Lunch additional cost - location to be advised.


Townsville Walking Tour $75.00  

Departs from front of Rydges Hotel - departure time TBA. Includes Devonshire morning tea, location TBA

Billabong Sanctuary $35.00 plus $7.50 Bus fare

Departs from front of Rydges Hotel - departure time TBA. Lunch extra cost at Blinky Bill’s licenced Café which offers freshly made light meals, Devonshire tea and coffee, cold drinks and yummy deserts. Gluten-Free options available. Hot Food closes at 2:30pm with snacks and drinks available until closing.



6pm Dinner Party in the Grand Ball Room
Theme: "Grease"


Sunday 22ND

Free Morning: Suggestion - stroll through the Cotters Markets, Flinders Street (Between Stanley St & Denham St). Open from 8:30am to 1pm

12:30pm to 3pm - Closing Ceremony at Rydges Hotel. Lunch included  

2:30pm Handing over of the Flag



Direct Deposit (please include your Name/Surname on the bank deposit):

BSB 514-179,  Account No. 1706000,  

Account name Social Club.

Mail to: RHS, Unit 148, RSL Villas, 9 Havan Street, Rowes Bay, QLD, 4818


Deposits are non-refundable

If you can be replaced from a waiting list, refund moneys will be paid. However cancellations are not a guarantee of repayment.


                                                              Accommodation suggestions:


There is a lot happening in Townsville and you are advised to book your accommodation early.

Rydges Hotel & Resort: 23 Palmer Street, Townsville.  Phone (07) 4726 5265


Please advise when booking you are part of the Red Hats Girlfriend Giggle for discounted rates.


Quest Apartments: 30-34 Palmer Street.  Phone (07) 4726 4444



Hotel Grand Chancellor:  334 Flinders Street.  Phone: (07) 4729 2000



Central Hotel: 12/14 Palmer Street.  Phone: (07) 4753 2000



For those interested in something a little more ocean front the following are options along the Strand:


Aquarius on the Beach: 75 The Strand.  Phone: (07) 4772 4255



Strand Motel:  51 The Strand.  Phone: (07) 4117 3029



It has been advised, that, on behalf of the
Red Hat Tassie Devils group of Devonport, Tasmania
it has been decided not to hold
(the late Estelle’s)  Springtime in Tassie weekend in October 2018.


After lots of discussion the chapter members have come to the decision that they are too new to hatting to attack such a large scale function.


Apologies are extended to anyone who had registered.

It is asked that any ladies who paid money to be patient and they will get all but $20 back in due course.  The $20 is for administration costs. There will be one cheque sent to the Queen of each Chapter along with a running sheet of how much was to go back to those involved.

Organisers of the refunds are doing their best and are very Thankful to Merveen, Queen of Hatters to Go in Wynyard for all of her support and help.

Please direct any enquiries to  Queen Heather (of new group name - Coastal Robin Red Hatters)

[email protected]

Cruise n Groove “Elvis meets the Legends” Cruise from 6th – 13th November 2018.

Departing from Sydney this 7 night adventure will visit Noumea and Mare.

This cruise has been coordinated by QM Julie and the Red’n Purple Ragers and will be a once in a lifetime experience.

For all Red hatters only, who book through Jason at Seniors Travel (Fortitude Valley) with the RED HAT CODE - RHCG2018, they will be in a random draw to win the value of their cruise.

During the cruise you will enjoy over 30 live acts featuring a line-up of the best Elvis tribute artists in the world ever assembled on water for an array of concerts showcasing Elvis through the years. Together with concerts from more blockbuster legends of the era, this once in a lifetime experience will take you on a trip down memory lane.


There are two themed nights advertised – Blue Hawaii and Via Las Vegas and a great opportunity for ladies to dress for the occasion as they always do.


Royal Carribean is a well respected shipping company – it may be a bit more expensive than other cruise lines but by ladies sharing cabins (as they do rooms when attending multi groups functions) the cost is reasonable .


The cruise is not a regular Royal Carribean but rather is a charter – by Cruiseco Travel (Sydney) and is already heavily booked, so ladies need to start putting down a 25% deposit right away. This event is opened to partners, family and friends.


For all details link to:

PH: 07 3211 8599 or 1800 300 999

When booking with Jason at Seniors Travel (Fortitude Valley) use CODE: RHCG2018


Highlights include:

‘Viva Las Vegas’ Glitz & Glamour Theme Party  - ‘Blue Hawaii’ Theme Party -
Vegas Renewal of Vows Ceremony - ‘Young Elvis’ Rising Star Contest - Elvis – The Gospel Years Concert - Elvis Trivia -Elvis Pool – Side Movie Cinema - Elvis & Priscilla Look-A-Like Contests - Elvis Cooking Shows - Elvis ‘Super Fans’ Group Photo