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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.
Tours in Victoria
Odyssey Tours to Victoria
16 daysFeb, Mar, May, Aug, Oct +2
Small group tour of Victoria for Senior travellers
From A$9,895 AUDView Tour
14 daysMar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul +3
The Darling River Run small group tour
Visiting New South Wales, Victoria
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.
From A$8,750 AUDView Tour
30 daysMar, Jun
Small group tour of Eastern and Central Australia
Visiting New South Wales, Northern Territory
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.
From A$19,995 AUDView Tour
65 daysMar, Jun, Aug
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.
From A$38,910 AUDView Tour
15 daysSep, Oct, Feb, Mar, May +1
Escorted small group tour of World Heritage sites and more in the Southern States
Visiting New South Wales, South Australia
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.
16 daysSep, Oct, Feb, Mar, May +3
Guided small group motorcycle tour of World Heritage sites in Victoria and South Australia
Visiting New South Wales, 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.
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 Melbourne” tour 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.
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.
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 .
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 .
Tours in Australia
Small group tours throughout Australia
13 daysMar, 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 AUDView Tour
20 daysJul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Feb +3
Small group tour of Queensland
From A$10,995 AUDView Tour
7 daysJan, Apr
Houses and Gardens of the Blue Mountains small group tour
Visiting New South Wales
17 daysApr, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar
Motorcycle tour of Tasmania for mature riders
From A$10,130 AUDView Tour
Autumnal small group tour of the Blue Mountains
Visiting New South Wales
12 daysOct, Nov, Feb, Mar, Apr +1
Small group exploring New England's history and landscapes
Visiting New South Wales
From A$7,450 AUDView Tour
13 daysApr, 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 AUDView Tour
7 daysAug, Nov, Mar, Apr, Jun +1
Exploring the Hawkesbury-Nepean River small group tour
Visiting New South Wales
From A$4,500 AUDView Tour
18 daysSep, Apr, May, Jun, Jul +1
Kimberley, Purnululu, Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land
Visiting Northern Territory, Western Australia
From A$14,995 AUDView Tour
14 daysMar, 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 AUDView Tour
11 daysFeb, Mar, May, Jun, Jul +3
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.
From A$6,995 AUDView Tour
18 daysMay, Jul, Aug, Oct, Feb +2
Small group Motorcycle tour of South Australia
Visiting South Australia
From A$8,950 AUDView Tour
Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, Victoria
Article for escorted small group tour about this program visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites in Victoria, South Australia & NSW. Exploring and learn about Budj Bim cultural landscape for mature and senior travellers .
Ancient Aboriginal trade routes of Australia
Ancient Aboriginal trade routes of Australia Trade was a central part of life for Aboriginal people prior to the British settlement of Australia. Trading routes criss-crossed the nation, dispersing goods, information, technologies and culture thousands…
Appreciating Australian River Systems.
Designing Melbourne, Victoria
The grid layout of central Melbourne did not just happen.... Read and learn more and consider joining a small group package tour for mature and senior travellers to this city for couples or singles. Spend a week exploring Melbourne it's arcades and Victorian architecture created on the back of the wealth from the gold rush.
Echuca and Murray-Darling Trade, Victoria
The wool trade along the Murray was vital to British-Australia. Echuca was a major port for paddle steers. Learn and explore more on a Odyssey Traveller small group package tour of Victoria and the goldfields for mature and senior travellers, couples or singles with a curiosity. Understand the relationship of the Murray river to Echuca to Adelaide and Mildura.
Charles Sturt and the search for the inland sea
Sturt is an iconic British explorer.From this article escorted small group tours for mature and senior travellers may join as couples or solo travellers programs that explore and share Aboriginal history, the landscapes and culture of the Australian outback with Stuart and Eyre, Burke and Wills and more.
The Murray River, Australia
The Murray river, a powerhouse in so much of the Eastern side of Australia river system. Learn about its contribution to Aboriginal and colonial history. Study and appreciate more on a escorted small group tour into the Australian outback with mature and senior travellers couples or solo travellers each year.
Victorian architecture of central Melbourne, Australia
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 DestinationsTravel 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.
When is the best time to tour Victoria?
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.
What are the best places to visit in Victoria?
What is the best way to get to Victoria?
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.
What is the best way to tour 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.
What destinations do Victoria escorted tours visit?
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.
What are the best places to visit 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.
How far in advance should i plan a trip to Victoria?
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.
How much does a Victoria escorted tour cost?
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.
How much does an average trip in Victoria cost?
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
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.
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.
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
Festivals & Events
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
Health & Safety
Generally speaking, Victoria is safe to travel in, though always exercise common sense while travelling.
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.
The best of Victoria
The town of Echuca on the banks of the Murray River.
Budj Bim National Park
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.