Australian Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery of New York runs collectors' art tours to Australia every year. Pilot and art lover Helen Read flies you and guides you on Didgeri Air Art Tours' small-group tours. Aboriginal Travel has several Aboriginal art tours, including a five-day collectors tour and shorter rock-art tours. The Wayward Bus Touring Company was purchased by Adventure Tours and now operates under that name; Adventure Tours runs a host of trips, many of which are Aboriginal-culture centric; the most art-focused is in Kakadu. Kimberley Dreams runs a 12-day Aboriginal art tour through the Kimberley Region in northern Western Australia.
Aboriginal Travel (61/8/8234-8324. www.aboriginaltravel.com.)
Palya Art Tours. Pilot and art lover Helen Read flies you and guides you on Palya Art Tours' small-group tours. www.palya.com.au/palya-art-tours.
Kimberley Dreams (61/8/8942-0971. www.kimberleys.com.au.)
Adventure Tours Australia (61/8132-8230. www.adventuretours.com.au.)
Remote Outback Cycle (ROC) Tours combine biking with 4WD transportation and camping on remote desert tours. Epic Adventures runs a month-long transcontinental bike ride through Australia's Red Centre. You get biking, hiking, and water sports on the Great Barrier Reef in Backroads' multisport family Australian tour.
Most airlines accommodate bikes as luggage, provided they're dismantled and boxed.
Backroads. You can enjoy biking, hiking, and water sports on the Great Barrier Reef in Backroads' multisport family Australian tour. 800/462–2848. www.backroads.com.
Kirrama Wildlife Tours runs several tours a year in northern and southwestern Australia—they range from 6 to 16 days. There are around five small-group tours run every year by Kimberley Birdwatching: some are camping-based, others involve farmstays. Follow That Bird is a Sydney-based company that runs shorter tours in southeastern Australia.
Follow That Bird (61/2/9973-1865. www.followthatbird.com.au.)
Kimberley Birdwatching (61/8/9192-1246. www.kimberleybirdwatching.com.au.)
Kirrama Wildlife Tours. This company runs several tours a year in northern and southwestern Australia. They range from 6 to 16 days QLD. 61/7/4065–5181. www.kirrama.com.au.
Desert Tracks, owned by the Aboriginal Pitjantjatjara people, operates 3- and 5-day cultural tours in desert Northern Territory and South Australia. Learning is the focus of Smithsonian Journeys' small-group tours, which are led by university professors—their 26-day Great Trains, Wineries & Cultures tour covers a lot of Australia—and New Zealand, too. Local experts also lead National Geographic's Around the World trip, which takes in the Great Barrier Reef, but all that knowledge doesn't come cheap, nor does the private air transport they use.
Desert Tracks (04/3950-0419. www.deserttracks.com.au.)
National Geographic Expeditions (888/966-8687. www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com.)
Smithsonian Journeys. Learning is the focus of Smithsonian Journeys' small-group tours, which are led by university professors. Their 22-day Splendors of Australia and New Zealand tour covers a lot of Australia—and New Zealand, too. 855/338–8687. www.smithsonianjourneys.org.
Dive Directory and Diversion Dive Travel run multiday live-aboard diving tours on the Great Barrier Reef. Local flighsteeing company Daintree Air's Ultimate Dive package includes 18 dives in nine days—the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, and a wreck dive are included.
Daintree Air (1800/246-206 within Australia; 61/7/4034-9300. www.daintreeair.com.au.)
Dive Directory. This companyl runs multiday live-aboard diving tours on the Great Barrier Reef. 61/7/4046–7303. www.divedirectory.com.au.
Diversion Dive Travel. You can take diving tours of the Great Barrier Reef from Diversion Dive Travel. QLD. 1800/607–913 within Australia; 617/4039–0200. www.diversiondivetravel.com.au.
Eco-Tours and Safaris
Oz Tours and Wayoutback are certified eco-tour operators that run camping and accommodated safaris in northern Australia. Sacred Earth Safaris and Odyssey Tours and Safaris specialize in tented 4WD tours around Australia's Top End. Outback Private Tours takes you back to nature without sacrificing creature comforts.
Oz Tours (1800/079-006 within Australia; 61/7/4055-9535. www.oztours.com.au.)
Sacred Earth Safaris. This tour company specializes in 4WD tours around Australia's Top End. 61/8/8981–8420. www.sacredearthsafaris.com.au.
Wayoutback. This tour company employs certified eco-tour operators who run camping and accommodated safaris in northern Australia. 1300/551–510 within Australia; 61/8/8952–4324. www.wayoutback.com.
Bill Peach Journeys has 10 different air-cruising packages in Australia; the longest lasts 12 days and covers more than 10,000 km (6,200 mi). Daintree Air is a Queensland-based flightseeing company with several multiday packages.
Bill Peach Journeys. This company has 10 different air-cruising packages in Australia; the longest lasts 12 days and covers more than 10,000 km (6,200 miles). 61/2/9693–2233. www.billpeachjourneys.com.au.
Daintree Air Services. This Queensland-based flightseeing company offers several multiday packages. 1800/246–206 within Australia; 61/7/4034–9300. www.daintreeair.com.au.
Food and Wine
Artisans of Leisure's nine-day Food and Wine Australia tour divides time between vineyards, markets, and seriously luxurious hotels.
Artisans of Leisure (800/214-8144. www.artisansofleisure.com.)
Auswalk has a huge range of hiking expeditions all over Australia. There are group departures and customized self-guided tours. You can mix hiking with other adventure activities with one of Australian Walking Holidays' guided trips.
Australian Walking Holidays. You can mix hiking with other adventure activities with one of Australian Walking Holidays' guided trips. 1300/8270–8400 in Australia. www.australianwalkingholidays.com.au.
Auswalk. This company has a huge range of hiking expeditions all over Australia. There are group departures and customized self-guided tours. 61/3/5356–4971. www.auswalk.com.au.
Skimax has good-value pass and accommodation packages in Victoria and New South Wales. Ski'n'Save has special budget, family, and luxury packages.
Skimax (02/9267–1655. www.skimax.com.au.)
Ski 'n Save (1800/6456–2633 in Australia; 61/2/6451–2099. www.snowholidays.com.au.)
On Earthwatch expeditions you help conservation experts with their research—there are many projects all over Australia. Willing Workers on Organic Farms is a volunteer organization in which members work on organic farms in return for food and board—you pay a one-off membership fee to join.
Earthwatch (1800/776–0188. www.earthwatch.org.)
Willing Workers on Organic Farms (61/3/35155–0218. www.wwoof.com.au.)
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