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Small group tours of Queensland, Australia

A small group Queensland tour with Odyssey is balanced authentic and safe escorted collection of small group tours that confidently take you deep into that unspoiled wilderness or expanses of pasture, passing by some of the largest cattle stations in the world in the state of Queensland. This collection of small group tours limited to 15 couples or solo senior travellers give you the chance to explore the state’s indigenous and colonial history.

Located in Australia‘s northeast, Queensland is the second largest, and third most populous state in Australia. Covering an area about 7 times the size of the U.K, or roughly the size of Mexico, Queensland has a rich and diverse landscape, featuring lush rainforest , beautiful beaches , coastal islands, deserts and the world famous Great Barrier Reef, as well as the metropolitan cityscape of its capital, Brisbane . The state’s long coastline stretches along the east coast of Australia , running from Brisbane and the Gold Coast in the south, all the way to Cape York and Thursday Island at Australia ‘s northernmost point.

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Small group tour of outback Queensland

Visiting New South Wales, 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.

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Sunset in the far outback.

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Small group tour of Queensland

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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.

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Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland

11 days

Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Jul +3

Small group tour of Queensland - 11 days

Visiting Queensland

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.

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Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park, Coober Pedy

13 days

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul +3

Small group Motorcycle tours; Broken Hill and back

Visiting New South Wales, Queensland

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, Marree. Explore the outback by motorbike limited to 8 riders.

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Birdsville Track

65 days

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Long tour of Australia for a small group

Visiting New South Wales, Northern Territory

Small group tour for senior couples and solo travellers touring Australia. Travelling through the outback and visiting many of the famous sights as well as off the beaten track 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, Marree and far north Kakadu and the Kimberley.

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Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park, Coober Pedy

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Feb, Apr, Sep, Oct

Small group tour; Broken Hill and back

Visiting New South Wales, Queensland

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.

From A$9,995 AUD

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The immensity of Queensland and its varied landscapes shapes the climate of the state, with a cooler subtropical climate towards the south, and rainforest , monsoon, or savanna type climates as you head towards far north Queensland. Queensland’s appeal lies foremost in its natural heritage, with countless miles of unspoiled wilderness and coastline making for one of the richest natural ecosystems in Australia, and creating the perfect destination for those seeking adventure.

History

Queensland, like the rest of Australia, was originally inhabited by Australia‘s indigenous aboriginal peoples. It is thought that Aboriginal people arrived on the north coast of the continent some time between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago. Gradually people spread south and east across what is now the state of Queensland. Forty thousand years ago Queensland was cooler than it is today and covered in grassland and forest. Increasing aridity expanded the grassland and shrank the forests. The Aborigines living in the region adapted to the changing conditions and learnt to manage their resources. Wells were dug and maintained throughout outback Queensland. Aboriginal people maintained the wells by ensuring that debris was cleaned out regularly. On the tablelands finely woven nets were used to snare herds of wallabies and kangaroos. There were some six geographic and cultural regions across the state, each containing several different language groups. Indigenous people traded extensively over both short and long distances, exchanging such things as dilly bags and spear throwers for boomerangs and axe heads. There were some six geographic and cultural regions across the state, each containing

The origins of the colonial state of Queensland can be traced back to the mid 19th century. At this point in time much of Australia and New Zealand were integrated into the greater British colony of New South Wales, which spanned across every major state and territory in both countries, save for Western Australia or the ‘Swan River Colony’ as it was known at the time. The first official European settlement was at Moreton Bay (Brisbane) where an infamous penal settlement was established in 1824. When the penal settlement was closed in 1842, the Morton Bay area was opened up to free settlement. White settlement was disastrous for the Aboriginal people with its dispossession of native land and the consequent destruction of the traditional way of life. Conflict between Aboriginal people and white settlers was brutal in central and northern Queensland. Massacres in Hornet Bank (1857) and near Emerald (1861), resulted in indiscriminate reprisals led by the notorious Native Police. Legislation in 1897 confined Queensland’s Aboriginal people to mission stations and government reserves. Government protectors could remove Aboriginal children from their families without right of appeal, causing harm down through the generations. It is only in relatively recent times that an attempt has been made to redress some of these discriminatory policies.

As the mid 19th century progressed many of the Australian territories opted to separate from New South Wales and become their own self governing states, Queensland was one of these states, becoming formally independent in the year 1859. Queensland’s economy boomed in the later 19th century, when, like New South Wales and Victoria, it experienced a boom due to successive gold rushes. The mining booms brought wealth into the colony and an accompanying influx of migrants which aided in the growth of the state. Today Queensland is the country’s third largest economy, being an important part of the mining, agriculture, and tourism sectors.

Map of the Australian Continent.

Travelling to Queensland

A tour of Queensland can offer spectacular scenery with a wide variety of experiences, landscapes, and climates, ranging from rainforest regions to reefs, beaches, outback plains, deserts, and much more. Queensland is a truly vast area, with its natural heritage being breath-taking both in its sheer scope as well as in its diversity. You can visit Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island or take a cruise along the Great Barrier Reef. On a small group tour with Odyssey, however, you are more likely to explore the Brisbane hinterland and venture into outback Queensland. You can travel with us across the Atherton Tableland in a journey from tropical Cairns to Karumba on the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland, or journey deep inland to outback Birdsville, Bedourie and Boulia.

A good place to start on a tour of Queensland is its capital city Brisbane. Located in south east Queensland, Brisbane lies in the sheltered Moreton Bay, relatively close to the famous Gold Coast beaches as well as the border with New South Wales. Although one of Australia‘s oldest cities, Brisbane is now a modern city with a population of some 2.5 million and a wide range of cultural activities. This region has some of the state’s most temperate climate, with slightly cooler weather year round than the majority of the state. While in Brisbane you can take a day trip to a koala sanctuary or get off the beaten track on a day tour to the Gold Coast hinterland. Odyssey’s small group tour of Queensland begins and ends in Brisbane.

Off the coast of Brisbane lie three of the largest sand islands in the world, Moreton Island , Bribie Island , and North Stradbroke Island . Together these islands shelter Brisbane‘s Moreton Bay, becalming the waters of Brisbane ‘s coastline, and are also popular attractions for camping, or tobogganing down the immense sand dunes. The bay is also a marine hotspot, playing host to many different species of whales, dolphin, and even dugong. Further north, just past the idyllic Sunshine Coast is the largest of the world’s sand islands, Fraser Island . Inscribed as a world heritage site since 1992, Fraser Island is home to a huge number of birds, amphibians and reptiles, even playing host to the occasional saltwater crocodile. It also contains over 100 freshwater lakes, which contain some of the cleanest fresh water found anywhere on earth.

Cityscape of Brisbane skyline, with Story Bridge during sunset.

Heading further afield to North Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef runs along Queensland’s coastline, with towns in the wet tropic such as Port Douglas, making excellent jumping off points for an exploration of one of the planet’s richest ecosystems. Whether you choose a cruise off the coast, snorkelling, or scuba diving, the Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, being the world’s largest coral reef, as well as the only living organism visible from space. Nearby you can also find the islands of Hamilton Island , as well as Whitsunday Island , which are notable for having a bright turquoise water, and some of the purest white silica sand in the world. The national park on Whitsunday Island is a popular destination for travellers, with Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island being voted Australia ‘s number one beach by TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ choice beaches awards.

Aerial view of Great Barrier Reef in Whitsunday’s Queensland Australia, famous love heart reef.

As you reach far north Queensland, you will find a more tropical climate, characterised by warm humid weather and an abundance of biodiversity. This is an ideal spot for those exploring Australia‘s spectacular scenery and unique flora and fauna. Cairns is the gateway to far north Queensland , and is the most popular destination for travellers to Australia after the major capitals, attracting a large number of international tourists each year. From Cairns it is a short day trip to the Daintree National Park , lying just north of the Daintree River. The Daintree’s tropical rainforest is the oldest rainforest on earth, with flora dating back all the way to the age of the dinosaurs. This lush rainforest also houses a tremendous amount of biodiversity, with over 30% of Australia‘s frog, reptile, and marsupial species, 90% of its bats and butterflies, and 7% of its birdlife in an area accounting for just 0.2% of Australia‘s landmass. The rainforest also runs parallel with the Great Barrier Reef along the coast, and they even meet at Cape Tribulation , marking the only place on earth where two world heritage sites can be found side by side.

Heading inland, a tour to outback Queensland is a great way to capture the quintessential spirit of the Australian bushland, as well as the pioneer spirit that shaped European Australia. While in the outback Odyssey visits places which have become part of Australian mythology. Birdsville, Coopers Creek, the Diamantina and Carnarvon all resound with the legends of the outback. Outback Queensland is full of gems such as Longreach, with its Cattleman’s Hall of Fame, and Winton , famous for its dinosaur fossils, as well as home to Australia ‘s unofficial anthem ‘ Waltzing Matilda ‘. One of the best ways to experience what Queensland has to offer is with a small group tour. Odyssey specialises in this kind of tour, offering an engaged and intimate tour of Queensland ideal for senior, solo travellers and couples. While Odyssey offers a tour which begins and ends in Queensland, we also offer tours which begin in other states and then travel through outback Queensland.

Windmill in the countryside of Queensland, Australia.

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Small group tours throughout Australia

Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park, Coober Pedy

13 days

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul +3

Small group Motorcycle tours; Broken Hill and back

Visiting New South Wales, Queensland

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, Marree. Explore the outback by motorbike limited to 8 riders.

From A$7,350 AUD

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Sunset in the far outback.

20 days

Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Feb +3

Small group tour of Queensland

Visiting 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.

From A$10,995 AUD

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Houses and Gardens of the Blue Mountains small group tour

7 days

Jan, Apr

Houses and Gardens of the Blue Mountains small group tour

Visiting New South Wales

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.

From A$2,895 AUD

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Road to Queenstown Tasmania

17 days

Apr, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar

Motorcycle tour of Tasmania for mature riders

Visiting Tasmania

Escorted Small group tour of up to 8 mature and seniors Motorcycle riders visiting and learning about Tasmania's wildlife and history. Visit Maria Island, Freycinet peninsula, Cradle Mountain, Strahan, Lake St Clair and Bruny Island over 14 days.

From A$10,130 AUD

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Autumnal small group tour of the Blue Mountains

7 days

Apr

Autumnal small group tour of the Blue Mountains

Visiting New South Wales

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.

From A$2,895 AUD

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Armidale town hall building

12 days

Oct, Nov, Feb, Mar, Apr +1

Small group exploring New England's history and landscapes

Visiting New South Wales

Small group tour for mature and senior couples or solo travellers based in Armidale, New England. Exploring Armidale and the surrounding area for New South Wales.

From A$7,450 AUD

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Exploring Alice Springs and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park by Motorbike

13 days

Apr, Jun, Aug, Nov, Mar +1

Exploring Alice Springs and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park by Motorbike

Visiting Northern Territory

Explore on a Motorbike tour in the Outback and learn about historic Alice Springs, The MacDonnell ranges, and Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park. This escorted small group Motorbike 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.

From A$8,450 AUD

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Exploring the Hawkesbury-Nepean River small group tour

7 days

Aug, Nov, Mar, Apr, Jun +1

Exploring the Hawkesbury-Nepean River small group tour

Visiting New South Wales

Explore the Hawkesbury river region with a small group tour for mature and senior travellers, travelling as a couple or solo travellers . Learning about the Aboriginal outback and contemporary art. as you travel up and down and beside the Hawkesbury river.

From A$4,500 AUD

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Bungle Bungles.

18 days

Sep, Apr, May, Jun, Jul +1

Kimberley, Purnululu, Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land

Visiting Northern Territory, Western Australia

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 and far north Kakadu and the Kimberley.

From A$14,995 AUD

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Motorcycle Tours of Australia

14 days

Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Sep +2

Guided small group Motorcycle tours of Western New South Wales

Visiting New South Wales

Motorcycle tours of Western New South Wales. Discover the the Brewarrina fish traps, Aboriginal art at Mt Garrett, learn about the opals 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.

From A$7,550 AUD

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Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland

11 days

Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Jul +3

Small group tour of Queensland - 11 days

Visiting Queensland

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.

From A$6,995 AUD

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Flinders Ranges.

18 days

May, Jul, Aug, Oct, Feb +2

Small group Motorcycle tour of South Australia

Visiting South Australia

Escorted small group tour for senior motorcycle riders 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.

From A$8,950 AUD

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Articles

Australian Aborigine culture traditional dance with body paint and hand holding boomerang

Aboriginal Sites of Importance in Outback Queensland, Australia

Outback Queensland is hiding a number of unforgettable indigenous experiences on this small group tour for senior travellers. Especially at the Brewarrina Fish Traps, and Carnarvon Gorge, for example where you can experience and learn about dreamtime creation stories, age-old cultural practices and traditions, and Aboriginal art.

2 May 20 · 5 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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Birdsville Track

Birdsville and the Birdsville Track, Queensland

An icon of the Australian Outback. See and learn about the history of the outback both British settlement and aboriginal history out in the heat of the Australian desert! Small group package tours for mature and senior travellers couples for singles show you this often harsh environment full of stories.

14 May 20 · 5 mins read
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Simpson Desert

The Simpson Desert, Australia

The Simpson Desert, Australia Sand dunes, desert flora, and splendid isolation: the Simpson Desert is one of the great wildernesses of outback Australia. Crossing the borders of South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, the…

21 Jul 20 · 7 mins read
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Winton and Dinosaurs, Queensland

Winton and Dinosaurs, Queensland

Small group tour for senior and mature travellers to Outback Queensland includes Winton and its Dinosaurs as well as Longreach, Cathedral Gorge and Aboriginal art, & Barcaldine.

8 May 20 · 9 mins read
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Cooper Creek

Understanding the Channel Country, Australia

Unique geography and a fascinating history as a pre-historic sea, and subsequently precious land to Aboriginal people and European pastoralists is explored on a small group tour for mature and senior travellers into the Outback.

17 Nov 20 · 9 mins read
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The Burke and Wills Expedition, 1860-61

The Burke and Wills Expedition, 1860-61

Learn on a small group tour of central Australia for active mature or senior travellers from Broken hill about Burke and Wills ambitious expedition. Suitable for mature aged couples or solo travellers.

15 May 20 · 7 mins read
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Pilbara wildflowers WA

The Australian Outback: A Definitive Guide

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?

18 Jun 20 · 15 mins read
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The Arrival of Aboriginal Australians on the Continent

The Arrival of Aboriginal Australians on the Continent

Tracing Aboriginal history via an outback small group tour for mature and senior couples or solo travellers provides an intriguing learning platform about Australia, rock art, trading and culture that traces a history possibly some 120,000 years ago.

3 Dec 20 · 7 mins read
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