Victoria, Australia

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Victoria, Australia

Odyssey offers easy, convenient, and relaxed escorted small group tours across the great state of Victoria. We explore the state’s unspoiled native wilderness, its historic colonial towns, World Heritage Sites, and large multicultural cities, with some truly spectacular scenery along the way. This and more is all waiting to be explored on one of Odyssey’s small group tours of Victoria, designed for the senior traveller, and led by experienced, and enthusiastic like minded people.

Located in Australia‘s south eastern corner, Victoria is Australia‘s second smallest, though second most populous state. Covering an area roughly the size of the U.K, or about half the size of California, Victoria is home to approximately 6.6 million people, three-quarters of whom live in its capital, Melbourne . Victoria features a variety of landscapes and climates, with a temperate, and verdant coast and central region, semi arid plains in the west and north-west, and the snow capped Victorian Alps at the base of the Great Dividing Range in the north-east. Victoria is divided from the neighbouring state of NSW by the Murray River which begins in the Great Dividing Range and then flows west. The Murray River is Australia ‘s longest river and historically the lifeblood of agricultural and commercial life throughout Victoria. On a small group tour of Victoria this varied landscape provides the senior traveller with many different scenic and cultural experiences. Travellers to Victoria can enjoy the rich cultural life of Melbourne, which vies with Sydney for the title of Australia ‘s cultural capital, with a rich arts and culinary scene renowned the world over. Victoria ‘s natural beauty is also easy to find, with sights such as the iconic “Twelve Apostles” on the Great Ocean Road easily accessible from the state’s capital. Victoria also benefits from being able to offer a great wine tour experience for the senior traveller. So, visit a national park, watch the penguin parade, take a wine tour with your tour guide in the Yarra Valley or simply sit back and enjoy some great coffee in one of Melbourne‘s famous cafes on your small group tour of Victoria with Odyssey.

Odyssey Tours to Victoria

Tours in Victoria

Small group tour of Eastern and Central Australia

 Small group tour for couples and solo travelers 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 Bourke, Normantown, Charters Towers far north Kakadu, returning back along the Stuart Highway to Adelaide and cross country to Sydney through the Blue Mountains. 

Departing Jun, Mar
Birdsville Track
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Long tour of Australia for a small group

 Small group tour for senior couples and solo travellers 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,  Marree and far north Kakadu and the Kimberley.

Departing Mar, Jun, Aug

The Darling River Run small group tour

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

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 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, Nov, Jan

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

History

Victoria‘s earliest history stretches back to its Indigenous peoples , who have a history in the region that stretches back nearly 40,000 years prior to European colonisation. This period of habitation dwarfs the colonial era by a staggering 172 times and traces of indigenous civilisation can still be found in many places in Victoria. The first European presence in the region came around the year 1803, with a settlement around Sullivan Bay that would later grow into the state’s capital of Melbourne. The early years of European settlement were dominated by the drive west with sheep as the Europeans, hungry for new pastures, dispossessed the earlier inhabitants. In these early years, different settlements in Australia and New Zealand were joined as part of the greater colony of New South Wales. As the middle of the century came round many of these regions opted for independence, with the state of Victoria separating from NSW in the year 1851, and naming itself ‘Victoria‘ in honour of Queen Victoria , the sitting British Monarch at the time.

The next, and most transformative phase of Victorian history came with the discovery of gold near towns like Ballarat and Bendigo causing a flurry of excitement and growth unparalleled anywhere else in Australia. The Victorian gold rush in the 1850s and 1860s was a period of explosive growth, with Victoria ‘s population swelling by over 700% during this short time period. The excitement was spurred on by historic finds, including the famous ‘ Welcome Stranger ‘ nugget, which at 72kg remains the largest gold nugget ever found. This period, however, was not without its troubles, with extortionate mining taxes culminating in an armed insurrection known as the ‘ Eureka Stockade ‘ rebellion in 1854 near the town of Ballarat. On the Odyssey “Gold Rush Towns and Gardens” tour of Victoria we journey though many of the most historic gold towns, learning about their rise and, when the gold ran out, their decline.

The rapid growth of Victoria also left it vulnerable to the dangers of financial speculation, which at the time saw Melbourne touted as the second fastest growing city in the British Empire after London itself. Over investment and development, despite shaping Melbourne‘s architecture till today, eventually collapsed under its own weight, and saw Melbourne settle into a more natural rate of growth. (Odyssey’s “Marvellous Melbournetour allows for a close examination of the many fine buildings erected during this period of growth in the 19th century.) By the time of federation in 1901, Melbourne was still Australia ‘s largest city, and vied with Sydney for the right to become Australia ‘s new Capital city. (This rivalry between the two most populated states still persists today.) A settlement was eventually reached with the decision to construct a new capital for the nation somewhere between the two, with Melbourne acting as the temporary capital until a new city was constructed. This ended with the town of Canberra becoming the newly completed Capital in 1927.

Map of the Australian Continent.

Map of the Australian Continent.

Travelling to Victoria

A tour of Victoria can offer a wide variety of experiences, landscapes, and climates, each steeped in the history and natural beauty abundant in the state. You can journey from the metropolitan laneways of Melbourne, to the lush wine country of the Yarra Valley, or tour the natural beauty of the iconic Great Ocean Road . A good place to start off a tour of Victoria is in its capital city Melbourne, with its historic architecture, museums, gardens and galleries. Melbourne is renowned for its culture and arts’ scene, with theatres, art galleries, and music being some of the highlights of the city. Melbourne also has some of Australia‘s best food and coffee, with many identifiable epicurean trends tracing their origins back to one or another café tucked away in a Melbourne laneway. You can enjoy a memorable lunch, or content yourself with a morning tea in one of the historic hotels in the Melbourne CBD. The architecture of the city itself is also impressive, with many of its Victorian style buildings dating back to the boom era during the gold rush, creating a unique and distinctive flair that punctuates the Melbourne cityscape. You can visit a National Trust property such as “Rippon Lea”, wander through the reconstructed dock land or take a guided walk through the Victorian arcades. Take a short day trip away from Melbourne and you can also find Phillip Island, with its much loved penguin parade. Here you can witness unique Australian wildlife in their natural (and rather adorable) state. Each night Australia ‘s largest colony of Little Penguins comes ashore at Phillip Island Nature Park , with a spectacular penguin parade of small black and white suits flooding the beaches. Whether you are traveling solo, or with company, this fantastic trip is one that should not be missed.

A tram passes Flinders Street Station at dusk.

The Yarra Valley

Melbourne is built on the banks of the Yarra River and if you follow the Yarra north east from Melbourne, eventually you’ll come upon the Yarra Valley. The Yarra Valley is the perfect place for a wine tour, with wines from the Yarra being amongst the most famous and sought after in the country. What’s more, the Yarra Valley is only a short distance away from the city, making it ideal for a day tour , or even just an afternoon at a winery or two. you might like to sip a glass of wine while enjoying panoramic views across the valley.

The Great Ocean Road

In the other direction, heading south west, you could instead opt for a Great Ocean Road tour. Situated just south of Geelong, past the Bellarine Peninsula and beginning in the town of Torquay, the Great Ocean Road is a spectacular heritage listed roadway running along Victoria‘s southern coast. The road was built after the end of the First World War by returning soldiers, both as a means of large scale employment for returning soldiers, as well as serving as a large open air war memorial. The road follows Victoria ‘s spectacular coastline along its southern frontier, passing through areas like Apollo Bay and on into the Twelve Apostles Marine National Park, which features limestone stacks rising to immense heights straight out of the ocean. The spectacular coastline drive continues for 243 kilometres before eventually re-joining the highway around the town of Allansford.

Explore further on a small group tour of Victoria.

Other fascinating towns in Victoria, worthy of a tour, include Beechworth, a historic mining town in Victoria‘s north east with a connection to the notorious bush ranger, Ned Kelly. Here you can take a guided walk past deserted mines, or explore the historic court house. Some gold rush towns such as Bendigo, and Ballarat, have preserved much of their historic character since the time of the 19th century gold rushes. On the small group tour, “Gold Rush Towns and Gardens” of Victoria with Odyssey, a guided walk though these cities provides an overview of the area’s history. While in Ballarat it is worth visiting Sovereign Hill, which plays host to a fully thematic and costumed re-enactment of the gold rush era, with shops, cafes for morning tea or lunch, and even gold prospecting serving as fun activity during the day. The battle of the Eureka Stockade, when the miners revolted against the imposition of unjust taxes, is commemorated in the museum. Other gold rush towns, such as Chiltern, dwindled or disappeared entirely after the gold had all been mined. The interested traveller can explore a number of these ghost towns on a small group tour to Victoria with Odyssey.

The Murray river is also dotted with historic towns and settlements, many of which once served as the commercial lifeblood of Victoria ‘s economy. Today, towns like Mildura, Cobram and Echuca can be found along the route of the river and its tributaries. Paddle steamers once carted wool bales and essential supplies along the river and a fantastic trip is available on one of the historic boats still afloat on the river. The river towns, with their historic character and small town charm, are among the more memorable sights on a tour to Victoria . One of the best way to experience what Victoria has to offer is with a small group tour . Odyssey specialises in this kind of tour, offering an engaged and intimate tour of Victoria ideal for seniors, solo travellers , and couples heading to Australia and Victoria .

Ballarat, VIC, Australia Buildings and stage coach on Sovereign Hill, rebuilt gold digger village.

Small group tours of Victoria and Outback Australia

Odyssey’s collection of Australia tour packages with a tour manager, enables you to explore each state in Australia. From Odyssey’s escorted “Small Group Tour Australia 2021 Portfolio” you can select a city based tour in one of the capital cities or go much further afield. You might like to enjoy an Australia holiday package into the Western Australia outback of the extraordinary Kimberley region or perhaps venture into South Australia ‘s Flinders Ranges. We can take you to Kakadu in The Northern Territory during the wet with an experienced local guide, or you might just like to spend a week on holiday in Tasmania‘s capital, Hobart, learning about a range of subjects on Odyssey’s Summer Schools tour package. The Wild Flowers of Western Australia tour with a local guide, provides a fantastic trip for the traveller interested native flora, as does the tour to western NSW including Lake Mungo National Park, for those with an interest in geology or indigenous history. Our collection of some 70 scheduled small group tour departures across almost 20 different tours, 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

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 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
Lightening ridge NSW
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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
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. We also explore Cradle Mountain and Launceston.

9 days
Departing Nov, Jan, Mar, Apr

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

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

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

Exploring the Hawkesbury-Nepean River small group tour

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.

Departing Jun, Aug, Nov, Mar, Apr, Jul
Mount Connor in Australian OutBack
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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
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

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, Nov, Jan
Bungle Bungles.
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Kimberley, Purnululu, Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land

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.

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

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

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, 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. 

Departing Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Apr
Pre-guaranteed

Small group tour of the Blue Mountains in the Spring

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 Spring.

Departing Oct

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.

 

18 days
Departing Mar, Apr, Jun, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb

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 Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
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 Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Feb, Mar

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 May, Jul, Aug, Oct, Feb, Mar, Apr
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 May, Feb, Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, Nov, Jan

Escorted small group tour of Western New South Wales

Discover the the Brewarrina fish traps, Aboriginal art at Mt Grenfell 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

The Darling River Run small group tour

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 Eastern and Central Australia

 Small group tour for couples and solo travelers 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 Bourke, Normantown, Charters Towers far north Kakadu, returning back along the Stuart Highway to Adelaide and cross country to Sydney through the Blue Mountains. 

Departing Jun, Mar
Birdsville Track
Guaranteed

Long tour of Australia for a small group

 Small group tour for senior couples and solo travellers 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,  Marree and far north Kakadu and the Kimberley.

Departing Mar, Jun, 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 more than 45,000 years. We also view the Wolfe Creek meteorite crater.

Departing May, Aug, Sep
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

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
Cowra Japanese Garden
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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

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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.

A country the size of America, with one of the longest coastlines in the World, where some 80% of the population lives on Australia ‘s east coast, separated from the outback by the low mountains of the great dividing range. Australia ‘s geographic diversity, in landforms, flora, and wildlife, is part of its charm, providing the back drop for a small group adventure in the winter period . Whilst the Great Barrier reef, Kangaroos and Koalas are well known, the biodiversity in the native Australian wildlife on any escorted tour complete witha local guide into the outback is amazing. Though the biodiversity present is often missed until a good tour guide or travel expert shares their knowledge with you as you travel often on a epic journey across one of the world’s most beautiful and fascinating countries. Australia across the outback and in a national park such as Purnululu national park , the Blue Mountains , Kuku Yalanji, the Great Barrier reef and Kata tjuta accounts for some 10% of the Worlds biodiversity, on any tour of Australia travellers will often see wildlife ready to be photographed.

Reaching your Destinations

Travel is a challenge as once you leave the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane on a trip by car or an escorted tour by coach, the sheer scale of the Australian outback begins to reveal itself as the journey unfolds. It is a scale often unrecognised when flying to Cairns or Port Douglas from Sydney to explore a UNESCO world heritage site like the Daintree rainforest or the Great Barrier reef in far North Queensland. You may arrive in Cairns in less than 3 hours by plane, but on the road, through the outback, this journey for a tour group is an adventure , that will run for a few days. A road trip often described as an epic journey, that requires planning and destinations selected in advance. The same rules apply for the journey to Alice Springs and Uluru ( Ayers rock ) in the Kata tjuta national park, from Sydney. This trip passes through another UNESCO world heritage site of the Blue mountains. Farmland and rural towns disappear as the drive takes you towards the Northern Territory, three thousand kilometres away. Uluru Ayers rock, it is desert and it is the Australian outback! The journey to and from Uluru to Sydney is 6 days of driving, via Alice Spring , with very little in between, just the outback. The scale of the outback and the hidden history can often be missed on a journey in a car. When you travel as part of a small group tour of Australia with Odyssey, your tour guide, whether on Kangaroo Island, in the Northern territory or on a day tour within Western Australia deep in the Kimberley, will be sharing stories with you about the Australian wildlife and some of world’s most beautiful dreamtime stories from the indigenous Australian community as you journey through the outback at time immersed in Aboriginal culture. For you our client, our discovery Australia tours seek to create programs of learning as your travel.

FAQs

Victoria on a small group tour for seniors is best visited from March to late May and again from September to late November. The week with the first Tuesday of November is best avoided as the sport of Kings is celebrated with the Melbourne cup and other racing festivals in the capital city.

Victoria is known for having 4 seasons in a day. The saying is true and a “cool change” can lower the temperature by 10-15 degrees in minutes, bringing rain as well. Such a volatile weather pattern means packing for a Victoria small group tour should reflect layers to adjust to variation in temperature when changes happen and the weather settles down again into a pattern for a few changes.

There are scheduled flights internationally from all major cities in the world via the hubs of Los Angeles, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong to Melbourne. The Melbourne International airport is a 24 hour airport.

 

Domestically, Melbourne is served by the airlines. The Sydney – Melbourne flight path is the busiest in the world. Victoria gas a great rail and tram network, but connecting by rail inter state is slow and laborious, coaches and the car provide better connections to reach your Melbourne tour or small group tour of Victoria.

For Odyssey Travellers who tend to be retirees and mature or senior travellers travelling as a couple or as a solo travellers, we suggest an organised group tour as being the best way to tour Victoria as a single or multi-state touring program is joining one of our scheduled Victoria seniors small group tours as part of your Australia vacation bucket list, that may may include a Melbourne vacation package.

Odyssey’s collection of small group Victoria  vacation packages escorted tours seeks to be an organised senior tour that gets off the beaten track whether on a regular escorted tour or a walking tour somewhere in the Blue mountains.  Odyssey’s collection of holiday packages in Victoria are all inclusive, with the exception of some meals particularly when on a Victoria  holiday package tour of a city. The Solo Traveler does pay a single supplement for sole occupancy of a hotel room. When travelling solo, the accommodation charge is the only difference charged by us a tour operator (tour company) on any of our seniors tours. Our collection of Victoria small group tours are not a day tour, river cruise or wine tour, but learning tours for senior travel groups, by coach, by motorbike or walking tour  with a tour leader supported by a travel expert. For couples and the single traveller (solo travel) seeking a unique itinerary and travel experience with like minded people.

These Victoria tour packages are for a small group tour of 12 people (Maximum 15) allows you the freedom to enjoy the journey on one of our small group escorted tours of Victoria  whilst your tour guide looks after the logistics of the tour operation and getting you and your fellow travellers to the next place of interest.

Odyssey’s Victoria tour packages are for a small group tour of 12 people (Maximum 15) allows you the freedom to enjoy the journey on one of our small group escorted tours of Victoria whilst your tour guide looks after the logistics of the tour operation and getting you and your fellow travellers to the next place of interest on your trip.

For Odyssey Travellers who tend to be retirees and mature or senior travellers travelling as a couple or as a solo travellers,we suggest an organised group tour as being the best way to tour Victoria as a single or multi-state touring program is joining one of our scheduled Victoria seniors small group tours as part of your Australia vacation bucket list.

An escorted Victoria tour has a tour itinerary schedule that typically will visit all the popular destinations a traveller seeks as older Australians as a couple or solo traveller when visiting this state as part of your Australia tour. For older Australians the Victoria Seniors small group tours, will find time to break for morning tea or lunch.

For Odyssey Travellers we seek to journey onto the road less travelled! small group escorted tours of Victoria that explore the outback.

Our Australian  vacation packages (senior holiday packages) of Victoria are small group tours that explore and provide opportunity to learn as you travel to Bendigo the UNESCO World Heritage site of Budj BijmBudj Bim Cultural Landscape, Victoria  We seek out places where Aboriginal stories come to life, the wildlife can be seen, landscapes leave you in awe and the settlement history creates the time to pause and wonder. This is a package holiday though we ask you to arrange your domestic flights ensuring you get the best travel deals available to the start of the perfect holiday in Victoria.

 

Victoria  is unique in that it is home to the city of Melbourne, once the wealthiest city in the world. The state also occupies a part of this island continent and  contains such a diversity of experiences to meet all types of interest that a traveller may have. It is recognised that for many it is seeking the icons of  Victoria, The Goldfields, the Aboriginal history of eel farming at Budj Bijm, theVictorian era  arcades of Melbourne, The Blue Mountains, however, there is so mush beyond 2 hours of Melbourne and the coast to see and appreciate.

For Odyssey Travellers a small group tour is getting beyond the “Best” but to reach the places of interest, to satisfy the curiosity and to learn. Our portfolio of small group escorted tours of Victoria and Tasmania Queensland, Northern Territory, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia To each state Odyssey seeks to achieve this in groups of typically 6 to 12 people, with a maximum of 15,  plus an experienced leader to provide a  holiday package experience to be remembered whether you visit Victoria or other parts of Australia.

Bookings for an upcoming small group tour with Odyssey, open upto 2 years in advance to allow you book onto your preferred Victoria or Australia seniors small group tour .

A deposit will typically secure your place with final payments falling due between 90 to 60 days before departure.

A reputable travel company will allow you pay by credit card or direct bank transfers in the currency of your choosing.

For a small group tour into regional and/or Outback Victoria of typically 12 people in this post pandemic environment you should considering an allowance of AUD$550-$600/day   per person on a twin share basis. This should cover all travel, entrances, breakfast and one other meal a day, plus tipping. You can learn more about why you should take a small group tour with this paper.

A large group coach tour of up to 50 travellers will operate with a lower cost/day.

 

For a small group tour for seniors with Odyssey Traveller you should allow for AUD$3500 for a 8 day city tour to Adelaide for example in South Australia and AUD$12,500 for a 16 day inclusive tour of regional Victoria.

Location, distance, sights and duration all influence the tour price of coach tours in Victoria and across  Australia for seniors.

The need to know

Touring Victoria

Getting around

Odyssey travels by coach and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries. Specifics for your Victoria trip are always outlined in your tour itinerary. Bus services are widely available, with long-distance buses and shuttle buses providing services across the country. The train services are somewhat more limited in terms of transportation coverage, though remain a comfortable and very scenic way of getting around Australia and to Victoria.

Accommodation

Odyssey stays in centrally located 3-4 star hotels in the major cities, with easy access to public transport and local amenities so you in your down time you can enjoy the city like the locals.

Tour guides

Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.

Geography, Environment, & Weather

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Festivals & Events

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Reading list

A History of Victoria, by Geoffrey Blainey.

A Wild History: Life and Death on the Victoria River Frontier, by Darrell Lewis.

Black Gold: Aboriginal People on the Goldfields of Victoria 1850-1870, by Fred Cahir.

Australian Bushrangers 1788–1880, by Ian Knight.

Eating & Drinking

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Health & Safety

Generally speaking, Victoria is safe to travel in, though always exercise common sense while travelling.

Electrical Supply

Whenever you travel overseas, 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.
  • Always 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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