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Learn about the colonial discovery and history of settling Australia. Articles support a collection of small group tours for mature and senior couple or solo travellers exploring the outback and natural  or Aboriginal history of Australia.

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Moonta, South Australia

Moonta, South Australia

Continued reading about South Australia and the "Copper Triangle" of Yorke Peninsula, Adelaide and British Settlement for senior couples and solo travellers on a small group tour by coach or air tour.

22 Jul 21 · 10 mins read
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France and an Australian Colony

France and an Australian Colony

Aboriginal history runs long and deep in Australia, the British and the French almost split Australia as colonials. this articles is for senior couples and solo travellers seeking to learn more.

22 Jul 21 · 13 mins read
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Kadina, South Australia

Kadina, South Australia

Article about South Australia's Kadina for senior and mature couples and solo travellers on a small group tour. Learn about Aboriginal or colonial or natural history of the place.

14 Jul 21 · 9 mins read
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19th Century South Australian Copper Triangle

Learn on a small group tour for couples and senior travellers for couples and solo travellers about the history of South Australian copper. Explore the Eyre peninsula, Lake Gardiner as well as Burra and the Flinders ranges.

6 Jul 21 · 16 mins read
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Broken Hill Town hall

Historic Buildings of Broken Hill & Silverton

Broken Hill, Silverton, Bourke, Wilcannia White Cliffs and Lightning ridge and Wentworth places in New South Wales with colonial rather than Aboriginal history to be learn about on an escorted small group tour for mature and senior travellers.

5 Jul 21 · 10 mins read
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Menzies, Western Australia

Menzies, Western Australia

Menzies, North of Kalgoorlie, close to Lake Ballard, Gwalia and other icons of historic Western Australia. Part of the historic tour of Western Australia.

5 Jul 21 · 7 mins read
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Ghost Towns of Western Australia's Eastern Goldfields

Ghost Towns of Western Australia's Eastern Goldfields

Ghost Towns of Western Australia. Eastern Goldfields Following the discovery of gold in the 1890s, thousands of prospectors flocked to Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields region. From initial finds in 1892 at Coolgardie.

29 Jun 21 · 8 mins read
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Coolgardie, Western Australia

Coolgardie, Western Australia

Articles for mature and senior couples and solo travelers interested in learning about the Outback, Aboriginal history in Western Australia before joining a small group tour.

28 Jun 21 · 7 mins read
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Alexander Forrest & Early Development of the Kimberley Cattle Industry

Alexander Forrest & Early Development of the Kimberley Cattle Industry

Article about Alexander Forrest, a cattleman who made a difference in the Kimberley. Forms part of a small group tour for mature and senior travellers into Outback Australia for couples and solo travellers.

27 Jun 21 · 10 mins read
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Farina - rail head for Channel country

Farina, South Australia

Farina, a ghost town where stockman Stanley Kidman drove his cattle through channel country. Mature and senior travellers explore on small group tour for couples and solo travellers on the Oodnadatta and Flinders tour here and Lake Eyre, Marree and much more through to Flinders ranges.

22 Jun 21 · 8 mins read
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The Avon Valley, Western Australia

The Avon Valley, Western Australia

Article about the colonial settlement of the Avon Valley, Western Australia for mature and senior travellers interested in history when joining a small group tour as a couple or solo traveller.

19 Jun 21 · 8 mins read
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Kimberley Boab Tree

Kimberley Boab Tree

Boab trees are a wonder. Article for mature and senior travellers about this distinctive tree in Western Australia. Join a small group tour for couples and solo travellers exploring the Kimberley.

16 Jun 21 · 10 mins read
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George Grey's Kimberley Expedition

George Grey's Kimberley Expedition

Article on Western Australia about the Colonial explorer George Grey. Supports small group tours for mature couples and solo travellers of the Kimberley and places of interest such as Wyndham and its pastoral history. The Kimberley is where the first Australian arrived.

5 Jun 21 · 9 mins read
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Wyndham, Western Australia

Wyndham, Western Australia

Article on the historic Kimberley town of Wyndham. Learn about how this was the entry to this part of the Kimberley to Halls creek, and for the pastoralists in the Victorian era. Supports small group tours for mature and senior travellers couples and solo travellers.

1 Jun 21 · 7 mins read
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Tenterfield

Tenterfield, New South Wales

Tenterfield Tenterfield is a historic town in the rolling New England region home to heritage-listed buildings, elegant wineries and superb wilderness, surrounded by rugged mountains and impressive national parks. Sometimes referred to as the ‘birthplace…

28 May 21 · 8 mins read
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Alice Springs Telegraph Station

Alice Springs Telegraph Station

Article for mature and senior couples and solo travellers interested in Australian outback colonial history in the Northern Territory when taking a small group tour. John Stuart found the route for the telegraph route to connect Australia to the world.

17 Apr 21 · 8 mins read
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Historic Railway Stations of Rockhampton, Queensland

Historic Railway Stations of Rockhampton, Queensland

Article explores the expansion the railway stations in Queensland. History explored on a small group tour for seniors for couples and solo travellers curious about the outback Australia. Enquire today to secure your places.

15 Apr 21 · 8 mins read
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Walgett, New South Wales

Walgett, New South Wales

As part of a collection of articles about New South Wales for seniors interested in joining small group tours, couples or singles curious about learning and exploring.

10 Apr 21 · 8 mins read
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Beechworth, Victoria

Beechworth, Victoria

Articles about Victoria and recent history to senior couples and solo travellers exploring Australia on a small group tour. This article features Beechworth a historic gold rush town in regional Victoria.

6 Apr 21 · 8 mins read
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Town Hall Glenn Innes

Glen Innes, NSW

Glen Innes is part of the colonial district of the New England Tablelands. An agricultural Victorian town explored as part of a small group tour for senior couples and solo travellers on an Odyssey outback touring program.

29 Mar 21 · 8 mins read
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Cityscape of Perth WA

Perth, Western Australia

Article for small group travellers considering Perth. For couples and solo travellers the article provides an insight to Kings park and the wildflowers of Perth and surrounds.

29 Mar 21 · 13 mins read
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West Macdonell ranges

Religious Beliefs of the Arrernte: Traditional Spirituality and Catholicism

Article supporting small group tour for senior couples and solo travellers of central Australia. For the Arrernte, their language goes to the core of who they are, including their cultural identity, their belief systems and their social order. Speakers do not just share the Arrernte group of languages but also an understanding of the way the world is organised and how it came to be that way. This all encompassing and enduring world view is known as Altyerre: the creation of the world and the things in it, and its external existence (often termed “The Dreaming” in English).

29 Mar 21 · 10 mins read
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Baranald solar power station

Balranald, New South Wales

This article for small group tours senior couples and solo travellers exploring and learning about Southern New South Wales will often pass through Balranald, a rural town at the end of the Hay plain. This town, close to Mungo, is a curiosity with a history to Murray Darling basin and Burke and Wills is worth exploring on the West New South Wales tour and others.

27 Mar 21 · 9 mins read
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Pooncarie, New South Wales

Pooncarie, New South Wales

Article for mature and senior couples and solo travellers exploring New South Wales on a small group tour with like minded people. Pooncarie is close to Mungo National park and Balranald. Situated on the Darling river there is an Aboriginal river history through kinship and songlines and colonial settlement to be appreciated.

25 Mar 21 · 8 mins read
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Pastoral Pioneers of the Kimberley, Western Australia

Pastoral Pioneers of the Kimberley, Western Australia

Learn about Pastoral Pioneers on a Western Australia small group tour for seniors into the outback for senior and mature couples and solo travellers.

23 Mar 21 · 12 mins read
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Oodnadatta

The Oodnadatta Track, South Australia

Oodnadatta track follows a traditional Aboriginal trading route along a line of natural mound springs feeding from the Great Artesian Basin – the same route taken by the explorer John McDouall Stuart on his third expedition in 1859, and that chosen for the Overland Telegraph Line and old Ghan railway line. Explore and learn on small group tour for couples and solo mature travellers on a small group tour into the Outback.

2 Mar 21 · 10 mins read
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Alice Springs Telegraph Station

The Australian Overland Telegraph Line

Article on the Australian Overland Telegraph Line, that connected Port Augusta with Darwin and thereby Australia overseas to England and the wider world. Learn more on a small group tour for senior and mature couples and solo travellers visiting Central Australia including Uluru-Tjtuta.

27 Feb 21 · 17 mins read
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Van Diemen's Land Co.

Van Diemen's Land Co.

Explore the history of the Van Diemen's Land Company, oldest continually operating Australian chartered company, with an economic and cultural heritage across north-west Tasmania. Odyssey offers small group tours for mature and senior travellers, couples, and solo travelers to Australia and Tasmania.

26 Feb 21 · 6 mins read
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Brisbane, Queensland

Brisbane, Queensland

Explore the sights and history of Brisbane, capital city of Queensland, and economic and cultural heart of the state. Odyssey offers small group tours for mature and senior travellers, couples, and solo travelers to Australia and Queensland.

12 Feb 21 · 6 mins read
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Lake Argyle

Kununurra, Western Australia

Explore the sights and history of Kununurra, with its spectacular lakeside beauty and outback charm, Kununurra is one of the Kimberley's most popular highlights. Odyssey offers small group tours for mature and senior travellers, couples, and solo travelers to Australia and Western Australia.

11 Feb 21 · 6 mins read
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Wentworth, New South Wales

Wentworth, New South Wales

Article for mature and senior travellers travelling on a small group tour to this historic town situated on the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers in southwestern New South Wales. Once Australia’s busiest inland river port frequented by paddle steamers. Many historic buildings remain today from its heyday including the Old Gaol, the Courthouse, the Convent and the Customs House, defining the character of this New South Wales Town.

9 Feb 21 · 8 mins read
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The Birdsville Bakery, Queensland

The Birdsville Bakery, Queensland

Article to support tour plans for a outback tour of aboriginal and/or colonial Australia, self drive or with a small group tour for mature and senior travellers, couples or solo traveller. Birdsville and races and now the Bakers are icons at the end of the Birdsville track in Queensland.

9 Feb 21 · 4 mins read
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Wilcannia, New South Wales

Wilcannia, New South Wales

Wilcannia was once the third largest inland port in all of Australia. During the great river boat era of the mid-19th century, the port thrived as wheat and wool was transported along the Darling River by paddle-steamer. Article explains the town history and place in Aboriginal and the colonial period for mature and senior travellers on a small group tour of New South Wales.

6 Feb 21 · 9 mins read
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Cobar visited, New South Wales

Cobar visited, New South Wales

Article about Cobar for mature and senior couples and solo travellers interested in exploring historic New South Wales. Including the outback Aboriginal history, the Darling river and Brewarrina fish traps. These articles support the small group tours of Outback Australia.

5 Feb 21 · 8 mins read
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The Yarra Valley, Victoria

The Yarra Valley, Victoria

Explore the sights and history of the Yarra Valley, with its rich epicurean traditions, world class wineries, and serene natural landscapes, the Yarra Valley is one of Victoria's most popular highlights. Odyssey offers small group tours for mature and senior travellers, couples, and solo travelers to Australia and Victoria.

5 Feb 21 · 5 mins read
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The Birdsville Races

The Birdsville Races

Article about the Birdsville races in Queensland for mature and senior travellers curious about Outback Australia. Join a escorted small group tour for mature and senior travellers to learn about Aboriginal and colonial history in central Australia. For couples and solo travellers.

2 Feb 21 · 6 mins read
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Alice Springs, Australia

Alice Springs, Australia

Explore the sights and history of Alice Springs, with its amazing Indigenous art, rugged early settlement, and dramatic natural landscapes, Alice Springs is one of the Northern Territory's most popular highlights. Odyssey offers small group tours for mature and senior travellers, couples, and solo travelers to Australia and the Northern Territory.

29 Jan 21 · 7 mins read
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David Unaipon

David Unaipon

Unaipon made several significant contributions to Australian society in scientific ideas, literature, and Aboriginal affairs. An escorted small group tour for mature and senior travellers shares his contribution in outback Australia and the cities.

27 Jan 21 · 8 mins read
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Griffith, Regional New South Wales

Griffith Griffith is a major regional city in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) located 568 km (353 mi) south-west of Sydney and 512 km (318 mi) from Melbourne in the north-western part of the Riverina region…

19 Jan 21 · 5 mins read
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The Rocks, Sydney

The Rocks, Sydney

Article about Sydney's historic Rocks area. An integral part of an escorted small group tour of Sydney for mature and senior travellers seeking as a couple or solo traveller to learn more about Sydney, New South Wales and Australia deep Aboriginal and recent colonial history.

16 Jan 21 · 11 mins read
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Sturt Stony Desert

Charles Sturt and the search for the inland sea

Sturt is an iconic British explorer.From this article escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers may join as couples or solo travellers programs that explore and share Aboriginal history, the landscapes and culture of the Australian outback with Stuart and Eyre, Burke and Wills and more.

16 Dec 20 · 7 mins read
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Edge of the World.

Bass & Flinders Mapping of Tasmania

Learn about Tasmania history on an escorted small group tours for mature and senior couples and solo travellers interested in Aboriginal, wildlife and colonial history of Tasmania, Australia.

14 Dec 20 · 11 mins read
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Sturt's Desert pea

The Strzelecki Track, South Australia

Strzelecki, made a significant impression on Central, Southern and Eastern Australia for such a short visit. This article continues on that theme, importantly this desert is part of a small group tour for mature and senior travellers that starts and finishes in Broken hill. Just 12 participants, a program suitable for couples and singles. This link shows the portfolio of tours offered in Australia.

10 Dec 20 · 7 mins read
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Hunter Valley
8 Dec 20 · 8 mins read
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White Cliffs, New South Wales

White Cliffs, New South Wales

White Cliffs, an anomaly? Explore and learn about one of the 3 opal sites in the outback of Australia. Several of Odyssey Travellers small group tours take the mature and senior and traveller either as a couple or solo travellers to White cliffs.

10 Nov 20 · 5 mins read
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Curdimurka, South Australia

Curdimurka, South Australia

Curdimurka, a place explored from another time. The Ghan historically ran until the mid 1970's past Curdimurka. Learn more on the Oodnadatta and Flinders small group tour for mature and senior travellers couple or solo travelers.

10 Nov 20 · 5 mins read
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Tours to Tasmania - Odyssey Traveller

Launceston, advice for small group tours

Launceston, learn about this early British settlement in Tasmania on the Derwent river as well other pieces on the island state. Article supports small group tours for mature and senior travellers across Australia.

6 Nov 20 · 4 mins read
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Bourke, New South Wales

Bourke, New South Wales

Bourke, a historic settlement on the upper reaches of the Darling river. For escorted small group tours of upto 15 people for mature and senior travellers exploring Bourke is an important part of the Aboriginal, cultural and pastoral history of outback NSW.

6 Nov 20 · 5 mins read
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The Great Australian Bight

The expedition of Edward John Eyre, 1841

For mature and senior travellers on a small group tour into outback Australia, John Eyre is an explorer who extended the colonial knowledge of outback Australia. Escorted small group tours for couple and solo travellers extend your learning on Aboriginal outback history and the colonials.

17 Jul 20 · 9 mins read
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camels in the Australian Outback

Camels of the Australian Outback

Camels of the Australian Outback Here’s a trivia question : where are the world’s only wild single-hump (dromedary camel) camels found? If you guessed Arabia or the Sahara, you’d be wrong. In fact, the answer…

16 Jul 20 · 6 mins read
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Chimney at Burra Mine

Burra, South Australia

Once the 5th largest town in Australia, (the 1840's) this article is about the copper mining boom that was at Burra, and also the Yorke Peninsula. Mining boom also occurred at Broken hill with the wealth heading to Adelaide and Melbourne. Learn more on a small group package tour for mature and senior travellers couples or singles that includes Burra or one of the Australian tours offered.

3 Jun 20 · 6 mins read
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Mildura, Victoria

Mildura, Victoria

Mildura has a unusual feel when you reach the town, wide boulevards feel unusual for Australian rural towns. This article begins to explain the unusual story about this town. Mildura is part of an Odyssey Traveller small group tour for mature and senior travellers, couples and singles who are interested in the history of a place. This is our collection of tours inAustralia.

3 Jun 20 · 8 mins read
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Mt Strzelecki in Flinders Island

Flinders Island, Tasmania

Learn more about this island in the Bass strait as you prepare for week long small group walking tour of the island that begins and ends in Launceston. For fit mature and senior travellers, couples or singles with an interest wildlife and history.

27 May 20 · 6 mins read
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Benalla

Benalla, Victoria

Learn about Benalla, part of a collection of articles about Victoria. You can learn more on a small group package tour for mature and senior travelers, couples or singles interested in the history of Victoria and Melbourne. Since 1983 we have been offering educational style touring to seniors.

27 May 20 · 6 mins read
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Castlemaine Post Office

Castlemaine, Victoria

Castlemaine is part of our Victoria small group package tour into the region following the gold rush. Structured as a small group tour for mature and senior travellers, couples and singles. This program is part of a collection of tours of Australia focussed on History, wildlife and landscape.

26 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Alexandra Fountain

Bendigo, Victoria

Bendigo is part of a collection of regional Victorian centres explored on this regional tour of Victoria. Bendigo's wealth was created by gold. This small group tour for mature and senior travellers explores this theme and the houses built, many now National trust properties from this period. This article is one of many prepared by Odyssey about Australia.

22 May 20 · 7 mins read
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Eureka Stockade

Ballarat, Victoria

Ballarat is part of a series of regional towns explored and learnt about on a small group tour for mature and senior travelers into regional Victoria. The program examines the history of the gold rush and the wealth created that enabled the grand houses to her built that we visit. You can read all of the Australia articles published.

21 May 20 · 7 mins read
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Marree

Marree and the Railway Track, South Australia

Learn more about the importance of this outback town in the settlement of Australia. Visited as part of our small group package tours for mature and senior travellers, couples or singles this is a town with history close to the Birdsville track and the Oodnadatta track.

15 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Broken Hill Town Hall.

Broken Hill, New South Wales

Broken Hill, is the start and finish of a 4k km exploration of the Deserts of the outback, the history, the aboriginal communities who manage them today. Broken hill small group tour for seniors is an iconic place to commence for active couples or solo travellers seeking to learn and explore.

13 May 20 · 6 mins read
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Strahan and the Gordon River, Tasmania

Strahan and the Gordon River, Tasmania

Learn and explore Strahan and the Gordon river on Tasmania's west coast on a small group tour for senior travellers. This 16 day is for active couples and solo travellers who seek to learn as they travel. View some of the Best tours of New Zealand and Australia.

12 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Wineglass Bay

Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania

Small group tour of the Tasmanian wilderness for senior travellers. This tour for active couples and solo travellers explores Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula is one of the jewels of Tasmania's east coast, walking a section of the bay of fires walk and learning about Aboriginal history.

12 May 20 · 4 mins read
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Shearer's Strike.

Barcaldine, Queensland

A small town in outback Barcaldine played a role in Australian history as the birthplace of the Australian Labor Party. This small group tour for mature and senior travellers to Outback Queensland incl Longeach & Winton also visits Barcaldine

7 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Morris and Co studio

William Morris at the Art Gallery of South Australia

Adelaide has the Morris & Co. collection at the Art Gallery of South Australia, the world's second biggest collection of Morris decorative arts after the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Learn more on this small group tour for mature travellers.

6 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Fleurieu Peninsula

History of the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia

Fleurieu Peninsula is part of a small group tour of Adelaide for mature and senior travellers seeking to travel as a couple or as a solo traveller. The Peninsula is historically important, click through to learn... It is also where you will find Mclaren Vale.

5 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Vineyard - McLaren Vale

Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale Wine Regions, South Australia

This small group tour for mature and senior travellers for couples and solo travellers in Adelaide takes time to explore the two major wine-growing regions of South Australia, the Barossa Valley and the McLaren Vale.

5 May 20 · 6 mins read
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Stuart

Expeditions of John McDouall Stuart in the Flinders.

John Stuart was an explorer who mapped the Flinders ranges as well as a path through the centre of Australia. The principal road from Port Augusta to Darwin is the Stuart Highway. The Small group tour of the Flinders ranges spends time learning about Stuart.

2 May 20 · 8 mins read
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Oodnadatta

Oodnadatta, South Australia

Oodnadatta is an adaptation of an Arrernte word utnadata meaning 'blossom of the malga'. This town was part of a network of Aboriginal trading routes existing for tens of thousands of years. Learn and discover more on a small group tour of the Flinders ranges.

1 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Coober Pedy, mine tunnel

Coober Pedy, South Australia

The town of Coober Pedy was established in 1915, when a 14-year old boy found a precious opal in a remote part of the South Australian outback. On this small group tour of the Flinders ranges we explore and learn about this and other towns in the Flinders and its importance to the Aboriginal community.

30 Apr 20 · 5 mins read
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Woomera

Woomera, South Australia

Read and learn about the contemporary history of this military site and town in South Australia. We visit briefly on the Flinders range tour of South Australia that began in Adelaide. Odyssey has a collection of small group package tours for mature and senior travellers, couples or singles that explore the landscape, wildlife and history of Australia to enjoy.

30 Apr 20 · 5 mins read
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Coastline near Albany, Western Australia.

Albany and ANZAC, Western Australia

Albany is the southernmost town of Western Australia. The Wildflower small group tour visits this historic town with a strong ANZAC connection. Albany before the Swan River colony, later to be known as Perth.

28 Apr 20 · 5 mins read
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Halls Creek

Halls Creek, Western Australia

Halls Creek an important stop on our Small group tour of the Kimberley. We learn about the gold rush on this tour for mature and senior travellers, couples and singles.

22 Apr 20 · 4 mins read
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