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Outback Tour of the Northern Territory and Western Australia for a small group

Travel can be a challenge, and when 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 outback Australia begins to reveal itself to you as the journey unfolds. This 18 day tour into Outback North, and Western Australia seeks to introduce and further enhance travellers appreciation of this unique and hardy land. The tour starts from the town of  Darwin (and finishes here)  before heading even deeper into the outback, stopping through outback towns like Katherine, before coming through the incredible Arnhem Land, and Kakadu National Park.

This 18 day tour into Outback North, and Western Australia, seeks to introduce and further enhance travellers appreciation of this unique and hardy land. The tour starts from the town of  Darwin (and finishes here) before heading even deeper into the outback, stopping through outback towns like Timber Creek, Kununurra and Katherine, before coming through the incredible Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land.

 

The tour heads out from Darwin to Timber creek before then heading west through to Kununurra, and delving into Western Australia's iconic Kimberley region.  We book a light aircraft to visit and stay at Purnululu. Returning to Kununurra you enjoy a full day scenic flight and tour of the Kimberley taking in icons such as Mitchell falls. After 5 nights in Western Australia, your small group tour returns to the Northern Territory transferring to Katherine and to Jabiru in the UNESCO listed Kakadu National Park.  After 3 days exploring the park, the group takes a flight to Nhulunbuy/Yirrkala in the incredible Arnhem land. We return to Darwin after 6 nights in these amazing UNESCO parks and from Darwin we will day-excursions to the Tiwi Islands and Litchfield national Park.

The scheduled departures are during the dry season, the days are dry and in the low 20's (72 F), with the nights in the centre and the desert being quite cold, less than 10 degrees Celsius (50 F). But it is a reasonable climate for travel with high sunshine hours. Each departure has some unique perks along the way, such as the end of the wet season bringing greening to parts of the desert.
The sheer scale of this incredible landscape is often unrecognized on the road, and when travelling through the outback, you'll come to find this journey is an adventure that will continue for far more than just a few days, being a small group tour that requires planning and destinations selected well in advance for the fit senior traveller. Thankfully with Odyssey this process is streamlined, coming with a huge amount of advantages allowing you to experience the scale and majesty of this incredible outback, along with its hidden history, which can often be missed on a journey by 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 the 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, this Outback tour of Central Australia is a small group tour that seeks to create a program of learning as you travel with us. The learning with your program leader is about the history, the landscapes and biodiversity and then the culture of the place. This tour provides a great platform with up to 6 departures a year.

A truly Australian tour for mature couples and solo travellers.

This is not an adventure Australia tour but it is a wildlife Australia tours, a travel experience across Northern Australia.

This is a fascinating country and this collection of a discovery Australia escorted tour(s) will seek to show how its geographical isolation has allowed for an incredible biodiversity record unlike any of other place on the planet, in its Australian wildlife from the monotreme, to the Kangaroo, platypus, wombat, quokka, echidna and koala, to its plant diversity expressed in the wildflowers of Western Australia or its desert. Not all our tours are wildlife Australia tours, but once tours of Australia leave the built-up environment then there will be a wildlife experience at some time on your Australia vacation.

The Aborigines have been present here for some 120,000 years+. They developed not only incredible storytelling to pass on from generation to generation but had the ability to manage world’s most arid continent on a sustainable basis. The Aboriginal people also represented their life and understanding through rock art and painting which we explore in the Kimberley region also on these Western Australia tours

These Australian outback small group tour programs also explore and learn about the importance of the National park network and its unique endemic biodiversity. And finally the Australian outback tours itinerary means we stop at places of importance in the European history of Australia, primarily the outback adventure that was the catastrophic Burke and Wills expedition out of Melbourne and the mapping work of Charles Sturt and his search for the "inland sea". By the time this guided tour returns to Broken Hill our appreciation and understanding of this part of the central outback Australia will have been extended as a result of what we have heard from the expert custodians in Aboriginal culture in the indigenous community and local guides who have a perspective and respect for the European history of the last two centuries.

Because of the intensity of the environment that these outback Australia tours travels through, Odyssey Traveller offers just a maximum of six departures a year in the Autumn through to Spring.

 

 

Articles about Australia published by Odyssey Traveller:

For all the articles Odyssey Traveller has published for mature aged and senior travellers, click through on this link.

Articles

Ochre Cliffs near Lyndhurst Outback South Australia

Ancient Aboriginal trade routes of Australia

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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…

Pilbara wildflowers WA

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?

Archaeological mysteries of Australia: How did a 12th century African coin reach Arnhem Land?

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Consider the impact of Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese followed by the Dutch trading in the Spice islands to the North of Australia from the 11th century. The probability of African coins reaching a beach become real. Learn more on a small group package tour to Kakadu and Arnhem land or the Kimberley where shipwrecks have been found to consider the impact on Aboriginal history and rock art. Tours for seniors couples and singles. 

Madjedbebe Archaeological Site, Northern Territory

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Madjedbebe Archaeological Site, Northern Territory Near the border of western Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park in Australia’s ‘top end’, Madjedbebe rock shelter (formerly known as Malakunanja II) is the oldest archaeological site in Australia,…

Aboriginal Red ochre

Aboriginal Ochre Trade

9 mins read

Article for small group travellers to learn about ochre in the historic Aboriginal community of outback Australia. Mature and senior travellers explore the deep history and trading routes of Aboriginal History.

FAQs

The region was named in 1879 by government surveyor Alexander Forrest, after Secretary of State for the Colonies John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley.

Combining small country towns with gorgeous natural phenomena and UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Kimberley region offers a truly remote wilderness experience in Australia.

Here are a few things you don’t want to miss:

 

Broome is one of Western Australia’s top tourist destinations with several must-visit attractions, including Cable Beach.

  • Fly over the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park. Amazingly, the Bungle Bungle Range’s unique set of beehive-shaped karst sandstone domes were only discovered in 1983.
  • Swim in Lake Argyle – Western Australia’s largest freshwater man-made reservoir.
  • Horizontal Falls – Sir David Attenborough called Horizontal Falls“one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”.
  • Cape Leveque is the northernmost tip of the Dampier Peninsula and home to rugged red cliffs, which look striking against the white sand and turquoise waters.

The Kimberley is an ancient landscape covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres and one of the world’s most precious wilderness regions.

Kimberley, also called The Kimberleys, plateau region of northern Western Australia, extending from the rugged northwest Indian Ocean coast south to the Fitzroy River and east to the Ord River. The plateau has an area of about 420,000 square km).

Famous attractions include World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park and Mitchell Falls, and stunning El Questro Wilderness Park and Broome’s Cable Beach.

During the dry season (April to October) you are able to enjoy the landscape and get active in fine warm (but not too warm) conditions. If you would like to see the Kimberley’s waterfalls at their best, aim for the start of the dry season (March to May depending on the specific area.

FAQs

The Western Australian outback covers 54% of Western Australia and stretches from the rugged red earth of Mt Augustus and Kennedy Ranges in the north to the sweeping snow-white beaches of Esperance and the South Coast.

The term “Outback,” defines any part of Australia removed from the more-settled edges of the continent. In other words, it is “out back” from the larger cities that reside on Australia’s coasts. The Outback is typified as arid or semiarid, open land, often undeveloped.

The Australian Outback is more than 2.5 million square miles in area and is home to several climate zones. About 70 percent of the Outback is dry and composed of two arid zones, one with cold winters in the center and one with mild winter near the north.

It gets super super super hot but can also get very cold as well.

Even though living in the outback they have to face serious problems like a lack of proper health care and schools, loneliness and alcoholism, the people learn to deal with all of this and still consider themselves lucky not having to live in the city.

Less than five percent of Australia’s more than 23 million people live in it.

Crikey, being an interjection, is almost always followed by an exclamation mark. Most Australians grow up hearing this word. The word is used as an exclamation of surprise or bewilderment. It can also mean “wow!”

Indigenous Australians have lived in the Outback for approximately 50,000 years and occupied all Outback regions, including the driest deserts, when Europeans first entered central Australia in the 1800s.

People mostly live in small villages, widely separated by deserts and connected by several highways and dirt roads. Most of the people in these towns work on large cattle and she


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