The Treasures off the Tourists Trails

We specialise in small group and escorted tours for travellers who know that the treasures lie off the tourist trail.

We take our experience and skill at planning tailor-made itineraries and transfer that to our group travel itinerary planning.

Our group travel is about people with shared interests travelling together to places that are harder to reach on your own.

Our small group size and careful planning allow each journey to have some independence and plenty of inclusions. We want our travellers to walk away feeling like they have been on a journey that was designed specifically for them, no matter if they are travelling solo or in a small group.

Whether you are a single traveller or friends who prefer the idea of travelling within a group, then you will love our escorted tours. Our small group tours give you the experience of a tailor-made journey off the beaten track.


“I have been on escorted tours with Forward Travel and other travel agencies… the difference with Forward Travel is that they really do bring together like-minded people – all seasoned travellers who know what they want from a travel experience. And then you have Rose who brings the wow factor.”

Suzanne, Forward Travel Client on an escorted tour to Antarctica and Canada/the Arctic


We’ve created a series of small group tours within Australia to take our travellers on tailor-made tours within our own country. These Backyard Journeys have between 2 and 16 people and bypass the main tourist routes and take you to the harder to reach, interesting and amazing people and places.

Here are our first two Backyard Journeys. We are working on walking, wildlife and photography journeys too.
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Now is the perfect time to discover the spectacular places and fantastic people in New South Wales. We’re making it easy and exciting on our exclusive 4WD journey capturing the diverse scenery and history from Sydney through the Riverina, across the Murray, up the Darling and through the Outback.

Visit places you’ve never heard of, be inspired by what you find and support our regional communities.

12 days from $7,695pp
Departs monthly

See the Wonders of NSW by 4WD itinerary



Follow the Murrumbidgee, Darling, and Murray Rivers through southern New South Wales and northern Victoria. Tour the World’s largest art gallery, explore historic towns, see the sky reflected on Lake Tyrell then relax on a private 5 day Murray River cruise.  Led by our co-founder Rose, you’ll travel by luxury private coach and paddle steamer.
There are only 15 places so book your place quickly.

10 days from $5,195 pp twin share
10 – 19 September

See The Murray and Riverina itinerary

We can plan your own group

Small group tours with friends can be difficult to plan… what you thought was a good idea to travel with friends looks like becoming a 12-month saga by the time you try and cater to everyone’s unique interests.

Ron and Chris - Itinerary forms

We can help.

We use our travel planning process to understand what each traveller wants from their group travel experience… and then we create an itinerary so unique that when you arrive home you will all feel like the holiday was made for you. And that’s because it was.

We tailor every experience to the individual traveller, no matter whether you are travelling solo or on a group travel adventure.

The secret lies in the depth of our local knowledge… the small group tours we plan go beyond the tourist trail to take you to the hidden gems of a destination.

It’s how we travel ourselves and how we’ve helped more than 1,000 travellers experience journeys of a lifetime.

“We were travelling in a group of four. Rose organised the trip for everyone. We all told her what we were interested in and she went from there. Everyone has different tastes and it’s a matter of talking it through. We felt very much at ease with Rose and confident that she would be able to plan a wonderful group tour for us… and she certainly delivered.”

Ron and Chris, Forward Travel clients on a group tour to Cuba, Panama, Ecuador and Colombia

Our group travel consultants would be delighted to help you and your group plan a holiday you will never forget. Contact us to book a consultation.

Register your interest in one of our upcoming Small Group Tours today!

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