South Australia, Australia

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South Australia, Australia

Occupying Australia ‘s central and southern regions, South Australia is Australia‘s fourth largest, and fifth most populous state. Covering an area roughly 5 times the size of the U.K, or about one and a half times larger than Texas, South Australia is home to approximately 1.7 million people, over three quarters of which reside in the state’s capital city, Adelaide. South Australia plays host to a variety of landscapes and climates, and is in the unique position of bordering every other mainland state along its borders, excepting the ACT. The south eastern coastline has a warm Mediterranean climate, and houses much of the state’s inhabited region, with the climate transitioning to a hotter desert landscape as you head further north or west into the Australian outback. Some of the main geographic features in the state include the limestone coast of the Great Australian Bight along the states south coast and the Southern ocean, this is stunning coastal scenery. The sparse Nullarbor plain in the states west, and the great Murray River in the east, which punctuates the more temperate and fertile parts of the state. The Eyre Peninsula tours show the wildlife of the Sea lion, such as the Australian sea lion South Australia is well known as a popular Australian wine region, with areas such as the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, and the Adelaide Hills all producing some of the most notable South Australian wines, as well as being popular cellar doors for wine tasting for those taking a wine tour.

South Australia also is famous for the Opal Mining town of Coober pedy and the active Opal field and Opal mines that remain today supplemented by curiosities such as the underground hotel out here in Outback South Australia on the road to Alice Springs. To the east in the South Australian outback is Oodnadatta and Lake Eyre and Flinders range with Wilpena pound reknowned tourist attraction in the state.

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South Australia Tours

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
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

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
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

Small group Motorcycle tour of 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.

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

History

South Australia ‘s earliest history traces back to its Indigenous people , with a history that predates European colonizationin the region by almost 20,000 years, with Aboriginal settlement thought to have begun on the continent as early as 60,000 years ago. The first European contact in the region came in the year 1624, with Dutch explorer François Thijssen coming across Australia ‘s southern shore after straying off course on his route to Batavia in the Dutch East Indies. He made it as far as Nuyts Archipelago , just north of the Eyre Peninsula , before eventually heading back. Despite this early contact, more prolonged European contact would come about until 1836, a full 212 years later. Building on Matthew Flinders ‘ legacy, namely the mapping and circumnavigation of the Australian Continent, the colonization of South Australia began, with the passage of the South Australia Act in British Parliament in the year 1834. Unlike other Australian colonies, such as those in New South Wales, Moreton Bay, and Van Diemen’s Land, the South Australia Act specifically forbade the transportation and use of convict labour in establishing the colony, instead touting the colony as one embodying humanist values, and promoting political, religious, and economic freedoms.

Bronze statue of Captain Matthew Flinders RN (16 March 1774 – 19 July 1814) English navigator and cartographer, who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent.

After an eight month voyage across the globe, the first settlers reached Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia , which they used as an initial base while surveys of the mainland were conducted, searching to find a suitable location to establish the colony. Eventually the land around the Adelaide plains was decided as the site, and settlement of the mainland began in earnest. Following a tumultuous few decades, characterized by land speculation, bankruptcy, and a labour shortage caused by gold rushes in other states, South Australia eventually became a self governing colony in the year 1856, with its own constitution that was at the time very progressive, guaranteeing the male right to vote, as well as suffrage for propertied women. It also grew economically in the ensuing years, developing thriving industries in wool, wheat, copper and wine, with immigrants coming from across Europe, particularly Germany, bringing with them their skills and expertise. South Australia joined with the rest of Australia in the year 1901, when the country officially became a Federation, and continued to grow, with its mining sector in particular thriving with discoveries of gold, silver, and uranium. Though South Australia has grown at a slower rate than most other Australian states, it remains a progressive and forward thinking state, historically adopting social justice legislation years before other states, as well as currently being Australia‘s leader in renewable energy.

Antique photograph of King William Street, Adelaide.

 

Travelling to South Australia

A guided tour of South Australia as part of an Australian outback tour can offer an experience that is rich in the states natural, and gastronomic heritage, with travellers on a South Australian tour able to enjoy the iconic limestone coast , the rugged outback beauty, and the verdant wine country that give southern Australia its distinctive character. For Seniors travel Australia tour beginning a South Australia tour, a good place to begin would be the state’s capital, Adelaide . Home to more than three-quarters of the state’s population, this quasi city-state is the hub of commercial and cultural life in the state, bustling with theatres, museums, cafes, restaurants. A few of the places you may want to visit while in Adelaideinclude the South Australian Art Gallery, which houses the second largest state collection after New South Wales, the South Australian Museum, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. A feature is the William Morris Adelaide collection. This is an arts and crafts collection of William Morris Wallpaper, Stained glass windows, furniture textiles and ceramics. Excellent iconic works refelecting handmade craftsmanship of decorative art in the nineteenth century, the William Morris’ designs show him as a truly innovative designer and a unique collection in Adelaide. If you come at the right time of year you may even be able to catch the Royal Adelaide show , which is held annually and features an agricultural show as well as shops, fun fairs, and rides. For those looking for a short trip from the city, an ideal spot for a day tour is the AdelaideHills. The Adelaide Hills is a cool wine region just 20 minutes drive from the capital, growing predominantly Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz varieties. Its altitude, ranging between 150-700m above sea level, gives the region a cooler and wetter climate than the surrounding region, making it ideal for viticulture and wine tasting just a stone’s throw from Adelaide city .

Along the River Torrens in Adelaide, South Australia

Continuing on the theme of a wine tour , some other popular South Australian wine regions include the McLaren Vale , found on the stunning Fleurieu Peninsula , the Clare Valley , and of course the most famous among them, the historic Barossa Valley . The Barossa Valley in particular is synonymous internationally with Australian wine, with some of the country’s most famous, and prolific producers having their homes in the region. The history of the Barossa Valley hails back to the period of German settlement in the mid 19th century, the legacy of which can still be visibly seen in the historic architecture of many of the region’s Lutheran style churches, as well as the towns’ names such as Langmeil and Krondorf. These settlers, mostly from the fertile Silesian region, brought with them vine clippings with which to begin production, bringing centuries of accumulated wisdom and viticulture knowledge to Australian shores. With such a rich and storied heritage, a day tour or visit to the Barossa Valley, or some of South Australia ‘s other winery ‘s and regions, is both a fantastic way to learn about the heritage of the state, as well as a thoroughly enjoyable wine tasting experience.

Vintage Vineyard in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.

For a more rugged experience of outback South Australia older Travellers, head south to Kangaroo Island, or venturing north through the Flinders Range into the deep outback is a great way to fully experience the scale and brutal beauty the larger part of the state has to offer. While not as quintessentially ‘ outback ‘ as the Flinders and beyond, Kangaroo island is a good place to start for a delve into the natural heritage of South Australia . Kangaroo Island is the third largest in Australia, after Tasmania and Melville Island, and is home to numerous conservation parks for its endemic wildlife, and rich marine ecosystem. A popular destination for travellers to Kangaroo Island is Flinders Chase National Park, where you can spot much of the island ‘s wildlife, as well as its remarkable rocks, shaped by the unique environmental conditions on the island.

Remarkable Rocks
Remarkable Rocks, Kangaroo Island.

Delving deeper into the outback proper, head north from Adelaide city, past Port Augusta until you come upon FlindersRange. Flinders Ranges National Park marks the gateway into the real Australian outback, running all the way from the South Australian coast to Lake Eyre 600km north. The fascinating indigenous history of the Aboriginal people, impressive geological features, colossal scale, and abundant native wildlife make the 95,000 hectare ‘Ikara’ Flindersranges national park one of South Australia ‘s most popular tourist destinations, with locations such as Wilpena Poundbeing truly awe inspiring in their enormous scale. Past the Flinders you’ll eventually make your way to Lake Eyre National Park , surrounded by flat desert as far as the eye can see, Lake Eyre is a rare outback jewel. At 15.2m below, Lake Eyre is the lowest point of the Australian mainland, as well as the largest saltwater lake in the country. Though it only ever fills completely about twice a century, it will often be at least partially filled, attracting birdlife from countless kilometres around and aweing the senses with the scale of this stark landscape. While on an outback tour of South Australia, there are plenty of towns and stops along the way that help give an outback tour its distinct vibrancy and character with your tour guide. To this end, some towns to consider along your route could include Woomera, Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta, Maree, Burra, Farina, or Curdimurka. Taking stops along the way is also a great way to visit some of South Australia ‘s other outback adventures, such as the Strzelecki Track, or the Gawler Range.

Wilpena Pound
Aerial shot of Wilpena Pound

South Australia‘s southern shore, and the limestone cliffs around the Great Australian Bight are as iconic an Australian landmark as the Sydney Opera House or Uluru, and a must see stop on any tour to South Australia. To this end, one of the best places to take in Australia‘s rich southern shores is on the Eyre Peninsula. Located due west of Adelaide on the other side of the Spencer Gulf, the Eyre Peninsula is home to some of South Australia‘s best coastal landscapes, and is particularly notable for its white sand beaches, and rich marine ecosystem. This marine abundance makes the Eyre Peninsula a popular destination for eco-tourism, with activities like cage diving with the infamous great white shark attracting the curious and daring alike. Aside from the occasional shark, you’ll also find Australian fur seals, dolphins, whales, and giant cuttlefish on Australia‘s southern shore, the latter of which congregate in huge numbers to breed annually around the Spencer Gulf. Lincoln National Park is a great spot to take in the Peninsula‘s natural beauty, found just south of the town of Port Lincoln, the National Park is plentiful in tracks ideal for a walking tour, as well as beaches, caves, and spectacular views of the cerulean blue coast. Heading about an hour away from Port Lincoln, you can also find Cummings monument. Similar to the twelve apostles, this towering limestone stack rises from the ocean for a majestic view, and makes for one of the best photo opportunities for travellers to Eyre Peninsula. One of the best way to experience what South Australia has to offer is with a small group tour. Odyssey specialises in this kind of tour, offering an engaged and intimate tour of South Australia ideal for seniors, solo travellers, and couples heading to Australia and South Australia.

Sunrise reflected on Eyre Peninsula SA
Pristine beaches of the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

 

South Australia ‘s southern shore, and the limestone cliffs around the Great Australia n Bight are as iconic an Australian landmark as the Sydney Opera House or Uluru, and a must see stop on any South Australia tours offered as a escorted tour for seniors. To this end, one of the best places to take in Australia ‘s rich southern shores is on the Eyre Peninsula tours offered. Located due west of Adelaide on the other side of the Spencer Gulf, the Eyre Peninsula is home to some of South Australia ‘s best coastal landscapes, and is particularly notable for its white sand beaches, and rich marine ecosystem. This marine abundance makes the Eyre Peninsula a popular destination for eco-tourism, with activities like cage diving with the infamous great white shark attracting the curious and daring alike. Aside from the occasional shark, you’ll also find Australian fur seals, dolphins, whales, and giant cuttlefish on Australia ‘s southern shore, the latter of which congregate in huge numbers to breed annually around the Spencer Gulf. Lincoln National Park is a great spot to take in the Peninsula’s natural beauty, found just south of the town of Port Lincoln, the National Park is plentiful in tracks ideal for a walking tour, as well as beaches, caves, and spectacular views of the cerulean blue coast. Heading about an hour away from Port Lincoln, you can also find Cummings monument. Similar to the twelve apostles, this towering limestone stack rises from the ocean for a majestic view, and makes for one of the best photo opportunities for travellers to Eyre Peninsula. Though Odyssey’s portfolio of Small group tours for seniors will also take you into the Adelaide hills on the Adelaide tour for seniors or to Flinders ranges attractions such as Wilpena pound, or to Marree, Lake Eyre, Oodnadatta, William Creek, the Strzelecki track within Southern Australia.

The collection of Seniors holiday packages is diverse, from a city break in Adelaide that includes time studying the collection of William Morris Adelaide to the Flinders ranges attractions and the oodnadatta track with Lake Eyre and the Marree area with a preserved railway station, the Marree roadhouse, and Mosque.

Odyssey’s collection of Australia tour packages with a tour manager enable you to explore each state with Odyssey’s escorted tours Australia 2022 portfolio as a city based tour or a Australia holidays package into the Western Australiaoutback of the Kimberley or South Australia ‘s Flinders range or just spend a week on holiday in Hobart learning about a range of subjects on Odyssey’s Summer Schools tour package. This collection of some 70 scheduled small group holiday departures provides plenty of choice for an Australian holiday . You can make your booking direct for your Australia escorted tour with us or via your travel agent or travel consultant .

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

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

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

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. 

Departing Apr, Jun, Aug, Nov, Mar, Jul

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

Motorcycle tour of Tasmania for mature riders

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.

17 days
Departing Apr, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar

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
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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 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

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The Australian Outback: A Definitive Guide

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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?

A small group tour of Australia is a journey between cities with up to 250 years of settlement history and an outback, which has some of the oldest known geologic material on earth. But importantly, it has one of the longest and truly fascinating known periods of human settlement. Indigenous Australians settled via a land bridge on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 85,000 years before the first Europeans from Portugal and Spain began exploration in the 17th century. For senior and mature travellers, a small group tour of Australia is a unique experience.

FAQs

.One of the best way to experience what South Australia has to offer is with a small group tour. Odyssey specialises in this kind of coach tour, offering an engaged and intimate tour of South Australia ideal for seniors, solo travellers , and couples heading to Australia and South Australia. These holidays for over 60 Australia are to show the fringes of the Simpson desert, small town outback Australia and the cattle station history.

The need to know

Touring Queensland

Getting around

The Odyssey travel experience is a modern coach tour and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries to enable the itinerary to be meet. Specifics for your South Australia tours are always outlined in your tour itinerary. Domestic flights and cross country bus services are widely available. Flying remains the preffered method of traversing Outback Australia. The train services are somewhat more limited in terms of transportation coverage, though remain a comfortable and very scenic way of getting around outback Australia and South Australia. South Australia is the start and end in Adelaide of the Ghan linking the South Australia outback through to the Northern Territory and Darwin.

 

Accommodation

Odyssey’s seniors travel groups typically stay in centrally located 3-4 star hotels, with easy access to public transport and local amenities to keep the tour price sharp. The hotels are chosen for location and cleanliness and so you in your down time you can enjoy the city like the locals whether as a couple or solo traveler. For all our escorted tour programs there is a single supplement.

On the outback Australia tours in the South Australia tours accommodation remains limited. North of the Flinders range and Coober Pedy (Cooper pedy) accommodation in places such at Mt Dare or Oodnadatta is very limited and should be considered as part of your Outback Australia experience with outback hospitality to be enjoyed. Marree South Australia is a stopover destination at the end of the Oodnadatta track (the other end is Marla) and the Birdsville track with a historic Marree hotel stay with its historic dining rooms paying tribute to John Stuart and the mailman are a treat.

Tour guides

Odyssey as a reputable tour operator (est 1983) always engages locals as guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience on a guided tour during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and cultural experiences of the places you visit.The local guide is supported by a tour leader who manges a group size of upto 15 people on tha small group adventure. For example descendants of the Adnyamathanha people provide local leadership in the Ikara Flinders ranges and Wilpena, Brachina gorge and Bunyeroo gorge region, both on the touring coach and on a guided Aboriginal cultural walks in the ancient landscape of the remnant of the mountain range, that today is considered to be one of the earth’s oldest landscapes. The small group tour along the unsealed road known as the Oodnadatta track, a cultural tour looking at the colonial history dominated by the railway to Alice Springs that includes time in Marree SA, learning about Afghan Cameleers, (the Afghan camel drivers) as well as the Ghan railway.

Geography, Environment, & Weather

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Festivals & Events

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Reading list

Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge in South-eastern Australia: Perspectives of Early Colonists, by Fred Cahir, Ian D. Clark, et al.

Out of the Silence: The history and memory of South Australia’s frontier wars, by Robert Foster.

Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture, by Bruce Pascoe.

Eating & Drinking

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Health & Safety

Generally speaking, South Australia is safe to travel in even as a mature solo traveller, though always exercise common sense while travelling. When preparing an outback Australia small group tour for seniors, seasonal road conditions are a crucial part for this tour company in its planning work as well as contingency planning for unexpected events in a desert environment on any small group journey.

 

Electrical Supply

Whenever you travel on your holidays for solo travellers over 60 Australia, it’s always wise to take an appropriate travel adaptor. The electricity supply in Australia runs at 230V and 50Hz. Australia uses the Type I electric plug, so make sure you have the right travel adaptor with you.

 

Responsible travel tips for Australia

  • Before departing, make sure you have a number of AU dollars in a range of denominations. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.
  • Carry a card in your wallet or purse from your local hotel, to assist you with the return journey if you do become lost.
  • As a senior traveler ensure that you are covered by travel insurance. If you need advice on this feel free to contact Odyssey and we’ll be able to help.
  • Before departing, make sure you have a number of AUD in a range of denominations. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.
  • When travelling independently, make sure you check the opening hours of shops and museums so that you don’t miss out! Also be certain to check whether your trip coincides with any public holidays, so you can plan accordingly.
  • Before departing on your trip, contact your bank to inform them that you may be making purchases overseas. Otherwise, they may flag any activity on your account as suspicious. Also, check which ATMs and banks are compatible with your cards, to ensure you can withdraw cash with minimal fees.

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