New South Wales, Australia

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New South Wales

Located on Australia‘s east coast, New South Wales is Australia‘s most populous state. Covering an area roughly 4 times the size of the U.K, or slightly larger than Texas, New South Wales has a diverse and varied landscape, featuring stunning beaches and metropolitan areas along the east coast, sprawling plains and bushland in outback NSW, and rugged mountain terrain in both the Blue Mountains, and Snowy Mountain areas. New South Wales‘ capital Sydney is also the largest, and one of the most famous cities in Australia, with its landmark attractions such as Bondi Beach, the Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House being among the most recognizable icons of Australia as a nation.

Related Tours

Escorted small group tour North East New South Wales

Small group tour exploring the the North East region of New South Wales for mature and senior travellers. Travel, learn and explore about New England’s history, the coast, National parks and regional towns in a time capsule surrounding Mudgee.

Departing Mar, May, Aug, Sep, Oct, Jul, Apr
Mungo National Park
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Escorted small group tour of Western New South Wales

Discover the the Brewarrina fish traps, Aboriginal art at Mt Garrett and visit the opal fields of  White Cliffs. This small group also visits the World Heritage Site of Mungo man and lady stopping in Mungo National Park and other significant locations such as Broken Hill. 

Departing Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Aug
Mungo National Park
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Escorted small group tour of World Heritage sites and more in the Southern States 

Discover the World Heritage Sites of the southern states of Australia travelling in a small group tour. A journey of learning around the southern edges of the Murray Darling basin and up to the upper southern part of this complex river basin north of Mildura. We start and end in Adelaide, stopping in Broken Hill, Mungo National Park and other significant locations.

Departing Sep, Oct, Feb, Mar, May, Aug

Guided small group Motorcycle tours of Western New South Wales

Motorcycle tours of  Western New South Wales. Discover the the Brewarrina fish traps, Aboriginal art at Mt Garrett and sleep underground in White Cliffs. This small group also visits the World Heritage Site of Mungo man and ladystopping in Mungo National Park and other significant locations such as Broken Hill. 

Departing Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct

Guided small group motorcycle tour of World Heritage sites in Victoria and South Australia

Discover the World Heritage Sites of the southern states of Australia travelling in a small group tour of like minded motorcyclists. A journey of learning around the southern edges of the Murray Darling basin and up to the upper southern part of this complex river basin north of Mildura. We start and end in Adelaide, stopping in Broken Hill, Mungo National Park and other significant locations.

Departing Sep, Oct, Feb, Mar, May, Aug, Jul, Apr
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Houses and Gardens of the Blue Mountains small group tour

Spend a week in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney attending this summer school course exploring the historic homes and gardens of the region over a week. For mature and senior travellers. This small group tour visits 13 very different homes and gardens.

Departing Jan, Apr, Oct
Birdsville Track
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Long tour of Australia for a small group

 Small group tour touring most of the Australian territory, travelling through the outback and visiting many of the famous sights as well as off the beaten track locations, giving you the opportunity the explore and meet our people in the most remote locations. Learn about the history of the people who explored the deserts, from indigenous communities to Europeans, as well as Burke and Wills, visit White Cliffs, Birdsville, Marree and far north Kakadu and the Kimberley.

Departing Mar, Jun, Aug

Small group Motorcycle tours; Broken Hill and back

 Small group tour of New South Wales, Queensland & South Australia deserts, from Broken Hill. Learn about the history of the people who explored the deserts, from indigenous communities to Europeans, as well as Burke and Wills, visit White Cliffs, Birdsville, Maree.

Departing Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Small group tour to Southern Highlands and Canberra

Explore and learn on an escorted small group tour of key places to visit in NSW including the Southern Highlands and Canberra. Program for mature and senior travellers limited to 12 people for couples and solo travellers. 

 

Departing Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct

Small group tour; Broken Hill and back

 Small group tour of New South Wales, Queensland & South Australia deserts, from Broken Hill. Learn about the history of the people who explored the deserts, from indigenous communities to Europeans, as well as Burke and Wills, visit White Cliffs, Birdsville, Maree.

Departing Sep, Oct, Mar, Apr
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The Darling River Run

Small group tour for the mature and senior traveller of the Darling river. Learn about the history, culture and landscapes of the Darling, a key part of the Australian river system  including Aboriginal trading routes  and aquaculture. Suitable for mature and senior couples or solo travellers.

Departing Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

History

Originally inhabited by a broad and diverse collection of Indigenous peoples, New South Wales‘ colonial history began with the founding of the New South Wales colony in the year 1788. Originally established as a penal colony, New South Wales expanded across much of Australia, with explorers mapping the vast expanse of the Australian landmass, and settling towns and cities from colonial Australia‘s point of origin. As the mid-19th century progressed, these new settled regions gradually separated off from New South Wales, forming their own states such as Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, and New Zealand. By the end of the 19th century, momentum for a federated Australia had a tremendous amount of support, with the country eventually unifying in the year 1901. Selection of a capital city was a contentious issue at this time, with both Sydney and Melbourne vying for the position, as a compromise, the city of Canberra was ceded by New South Wales and a new capital was built from the ground up.

City of Sydney Cityscape with Opera House and Sailing Boat

Travelling to New South Wales

A tour of New South Wales can offer a wide variety of experiences, landscapes, and climates, stretching across cities, deserts, and snow capped peaks all. A good place to begin a tour of New South Wales is at its capital, Sydney. As Australia‘s most populous city, Sydney has a vibrant and rich cultural scene, being famous for its stunning beaches, landmark attractions, as well as its world class culinary scene. Some highlights of a Sydney tour would likely include major attractions such as the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, as well as the nearby Botanical gardens and NSW Art Gallery. Bondi Beach is another popular destination, with its spectacular scenery along the coastal cliffs stretching south to Coogee, providing a breath of fresh sea air. Sydney‘s northern beaches are also quite popular, with the ferry to Manly being an excellent way to cruise through Sydney Harbour along your way. Moving away from the city, though just a day trip from Sydney, are the Blue Mountains. This rugged landscape is home to many species of Australian wildlife, and features waterfalls, forested hills and lush valleys, a good starting of point for those visiting the Blue Mountains is the town of Katoomba, where you can find the landmark ‘Three Sisters’ rock formation.

Bushwalking in the spectacular Australian Blue Mountains.

Heading north, and just a stones throw away from Newcastle and the Central Coast, is the Hunter Valley. The Hunter Valley is one of NSW’s most renown wine regions, with the verdant countryside dotted with cellar doors for the wine enthusiast, as well as providing a great change of pace for those coming from the city. Further north, approaching Brisbane and the Gold Coast, is Byron Bay. Byron Bay is a serene seaside town famed for its tropical climate and pristine beaches, and is the perfect destination for a relaxing seaside retreat, or for those heading north to Queensland. Further afield along NSW’s southern frontier are the Snowy Mountains. Otherwise known as the ‘Australian Alps‘, the Snowy Mountains are the only range in Australia that regularly experiences heavy snowfall in the winter months, this makes the mountains a popular destination for skiing, hiking, and other winter related activities. The Snowy Mountains are also home to most of Australia‘s tallest mountains, with Kosciuszko being the tallest at 2228m above sea level. On the opposite end of the spectrum from the mountains snow capped peaks is outback NSW. Australia‘s outback has the reputation for being a vast and untamed expanse that stretches as far as the eye can see, and for the most part this is a fairly accurate assessment. For an outback NSW experience a good place to head to would be Broken Hill, otherwise known as the ‘Silver City’, or ‘Capital of the Outback‘. Broken Hill is famed for the presence of some of the richest silver, lead, and zinc deposits in the world, with the world’s largest mining company, ‘Broken Hill Proprietary’ or BHP originating from here. It’s location in the heart of the outback make Broken hill the perfect gateway for those exploring Australia‘s wilderness. Another outback highlight is the Darling River, the Darling is a significant landmark in Outback Australia, with much of the pioneering history of the region centring upon it, as well as being vital for agriculture, horticulture and town life till this day. For a tour of outback NSW, a river cruise along the Darling is a great way to explore the many towns and locales that sprung up around the lifeblood of the river, as well as offering a pleasant and smooth ride along the way. One of the best way to experience what New South Wales has to offer is with a small group tour. Odyssey specialises in this kind of tour, offering an engaged and intimate tour of New South Wales ideal for senior, solo travellers and couples heading to Australia and New South Wales.

Gathering storm near a highway Down Under.
Small group tours throughout Australia

Tours in Australia

Coastline near Killiekrankie Flinders Island
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Small group tour of Flinders Island

Explore and learn about Flinders Island on an escorted small group tour for mature and senior travellers who enjoy a walking holiday. For couples or solo travellers.

9 days
Departing Nov, Jan, Mar, Apr

Small group holidays to Adelaide and surrounds

Explore and learn about on a small group tour of   Adelaide city and its pastoral, cultural and historic settlement. Visit Fleurieu Peninsula, the Barossa valley, learn about William Morris and the arts and craft movement in the Art gallery and National trust houses.

Departing Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar, Apr, May

Small group tour of Melbourne

Explore and learn about  the Victorian history of Melbourne over a week. For the senior traveller, a small group tour holiday package to Melbourne city,  limited to 12 travellers.

7 days
Departing Sep, Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Aug
Arnhem Land
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Darwin and Kakadu small group tour

Explore and learn as part of a small group tour for seniors on this package tour to Darwin and Kakadu National park, a UNESCO world heritage site. This program also visits Arnhem land. Our focus is on ecology, landscapes and history on this 14 day program in the far north of the Northern Territory.

Departing Jul, Sep, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Aug
Mungo National Park
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Escorted small group tour of World Heritage sites and more in the Southern States 

Discover the World Heritage Sites of the southern states of Australia travelling in a small group tour. A journey of learning around the southern edges of the Murray Darling basin and up to the upper southern part of this complex river basin north of Mildura. We start and end in Adelaide, stopping in Broken Hill, Mungo National Park and other significant locations.

Departing Sep, Oct, Feb, Mar, May, Aug
Dove Lake
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Tours of Tasmania; exploring colonial history

Escorted program for couples and single travellers visiting Hobart, Launceston through the Tamar Valley along the rugged coastline of the north coast and heading back south to the pristine wilderness around Cradle Mountain and then on through Strahan, Queenstown and past Lake St Clair, before arriving back in Hobart. This 18 day small group tours to Tasmania for mature and senior travellers interested in the colonial history of Tasmania. We follow the footsteps of the colonists, visiting the churches where they worshipped, the houses in which they lived, the taverns where they drank and some of the mills in which they worked.

 

19 days
Departing Sep, Oct, Jan, Feb, Mar, Aug
Dingo, Oodnadatta Track
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Small group tour of Australia's Flinders ranges

Escorted small group tour of the Flinders range in South Australia from Adelaide. Learn about Coober Pedy, Wilpena pound and water system of Lake Eyre as we explore and learn also about the history of the people who explored the Flinders.

Departing Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jul, Aug, Oct

Small group tour; Broken Hill and back

 Small group tour of New South Wales, Queensland & South Australia deserts, from Broken Hill. Learn about the history of the people who explored the deserts, from indigenous communities to Europeans, as well as Burke and Wills, visit White Cliffs, Birdsville, Maree.

Departing Sep, Oct, Mar, Apr

Small group tour of outback Queensland

To Dubbo and back, this small group tour takes you to learn about the Brewarrina fish traps, we travel high up into North Queensland to see the Dinosaurs of Winton and incredible Aboriginal rock art at Cathedral gorge and learn about opal mining and the history of Lightning ridge.

Departing Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun
Broken Hill Town Hall.
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Small group tour of Victoria for Senior travellers

This 16 day escorted small group tour of Victoria for the senior or mature traveller who enjoys learning whether as a couple or solo traveller explores an area of central Victoria that is rich in historic houses, gorgeous gardens and some amazing art.

16 days
Departing Feb, Mar, May, Aug, Oct, Jan, Nov

Small group tour of Queensland

On this Queensland Outback small group tour we travel west from Brisbane all the way to Birdsville then continue high up into North Queensland to see the Dinosaurs of Winton and incredible Aboriginal rock art at Cathedral gorge.

19 days
Departing Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Feb, Mar, May, Jun
Tasmanian coastline
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Discovering Tasmania’s Wildlife

Small group tour of up to 15 mature and seniors travellers visiting and learning about Tasmania’s wildlife and history. Visit Maria Island, Freycinet peninsula, Cradle Mountain, Strahan, Lake St Clair and Bruny Island over 16 days.

19 days
Departing Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov
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Autumnal small group tour of the Blue Mountains

Spend a week in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney exploring the historic homes and gardens of the region over a week. For mature and senior travellers. This small group tour visits 13 very different homes and gardens during the Autumn.

Departing Apr

Small group tour exploring Alice Springs and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park

Explore and learn about historic Alice Springs, The MacDonnell ranges, and Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park. This escorted small group tour for mature and senior travellers, travelling as a couple or solo travellers also visits the Hermannsburg Lutheran mission plus Henbury meteorite site learning about the Aboriginal outback and contemporary  art. 

Departing Apr, May, Jun, Aug, Nov, Mar, Jul
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The Darling River Run

Small group tour for the mature and senior traveller of the Darling river. Learn about the history, culture and landscapes of the Darling, a key part of the Australian river system  including Aboriginal trading routes  and aquaculture. Suitable for mature and senior couples or solo travellers.

Departing Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Small group tour of Queensland - 11 days

To short break in Queensland’s Outback is a small group tour taking for a glimpse of the landscape and history of the state. We you to learn about the Carnavorn Gorge, and also we travel high up into North Queensland to see the Dinosaurs of Winton and incredible Aboriginal rock art at Cathedral gorge.

 

11 days
Departing Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Sunrise reflected on Eyre Peninsula SA
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Eyre & Yorke Peninsulas, and the Gawler Ranges

This small group tour to the Yorke Peninsula, Eyre Peninsula, and the Gawler Ranges is designed for mature and senior traveller or solo traveller to discover the hidden gems of South Australia. Visiting the lesser-known western half of South Australia to explore the pristine coasts of the Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula – often strikingly underdeveloped compared to the East Coast of Australia – and the rugged landscapes of the Gawler Ranges. Delve deeper, and you’ll find a fascinating and often unexpected local history.

Departing Sep, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jul, Aug
Bungle Bungles
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Small group tour of Australia's Kimberley

Escorted small group tour of the Kimberley. We explore and visit Cape Leveque, The Bungles, Bell Gorge, Mitchell plateau & Halls Creek in the dry season. Amazing landscapes intertwined with Aboriginal communities resident for some 45,000 years. We also view the Wolfe Creek meteorite crater.

Departing May, Aug, Sep
Mungo National Park
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Escorted small group tour of Western New South Wales

Discover the the Brewarrina fish traps, Aboriginal art at Mt Garrett and visit the opal fields of  White Cliffs. This small group also visits the World Heritage Site of Mungo man and lady stopping in Mungo National Park and other significant locations such as Broken Hill. 

Departing Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Aug

Escorted small group tour North East New South Wales

Small group tour exploring the the North East region of New South Wales for mature and senior travellers. Travel, learn and explore about New England’s history, the coast, National parks and regional towns in a time capsule surrounding Mudgee.

Departing Mar, May, Aug, Sep, Oct, Jul, Apr
Birdsville Track
Guaranteed

Long tour of Australia for a small group

 Small group tour touring most of the Australian territory, travelling through the outback and visiting many of the famous sights as well as off the beaten track locations, giving you the opportunity the explore and meet our people in the most remote locations. Learn about the history of the people who explored the deserts, from indigenous communities to Europeans, as well as Burke and Wills, visit White Cliffs, Birdsville, Marree and far north Kakadu and the Kimberley.

Departing Mar, Jun, Aug

Small group tour to Southern Highlands and Canberra

Explore and learn on an escorted small group tour of key places to visit in NSW including the Southern Highlands and Canberra. Program for mature and senior travellers limited to 12 people for couples and solo travellers. 

 

Departing Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct
Field of Rosy Everlasting wildflowers growing in Western Australia.
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Wildflowers tour of Western Australia

Escorted small group tour for senior and mature travellers as a couple of solo traveller. Upto 12 people of WA’s Wildflower regions including Esperance and the Fitzgerald river National park. Local guides and program leader share knowledge about this fascinating region whilst in bloom.

Departing Aug, Sep, Oct

Articles

Odyssey Traveller

Griffith, Regional New South Wales

4 mins read

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…

Pilbara wildflowers WA

The Australian Outback: A Definitive Guide

15 mins read

Explore learn and consider what is the outback in this article. For mature and senior travelers considering joining a small group package tours into the outback to see, learn and explore about this unique place, not only the landscape but the Aboriginal approach to living. On each of the tours for couples and the single traveler you learn something different but fascinating, from Outback Queensland, the Flinders, Broken Hill and the Kimberley and the wildflowers all contribute to this question, what is the outback?

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