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Special-Interest Tours

Aboriginal Art

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.

Contacts

Aboriginal Travel. This agency has several Aboriginal art tours, including a five-day collectors tour and shorter rock-art tours. 61/8/8234–8324Is area code correct? Doesn't jibe with anything on style sheet. 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. This agency runs a 12-day Aboriginal art tour through the Kimberley Region in northern Western Australia. NT. 61/8/8942–0971 or 1800/000–521. www.kimberleys.com.au.

Adventure Tours Australia. This company runs a host of trips, many of which are Aboriginal-culture centric; the most art-focused is in Kakadu. 61/8132–8230Globally – Australia style sheet offers only 02, 03, 07, and 08 as area codes. Is 61 OK (here and throughout)? Also combos like 61/8 or other area codes like 04?. www.adventuretours.com.au.

Biking

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.

Contacts

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.

Bird-Watching

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.

Contacts

Follow That Bird. This Sydney-based company runs short birding tours in southeastern Australia. 3/59 Central Rd., Sydney, NSW, 2107. 61/2/9973–1865. www.followthatbird.com.au.

Kimberley Birdwatching. There are around five small-group tours run in the Kimberley and Northern Australia every year by Kimberley Birdwatching: some are camping-based, others involve farm-stays. Broome, WA. 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.

Culture

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.

Contacts

Desert Tracks. Owned by the Aboriginal Pitjantjatjara people, Desert Tracks operates three- and five-day cultural tours in the Northern Territory and South Australia. 04/3950–0419. www.deserttracks.com.au.

National Geographic Expeditions. Local experts 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. 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.

Diving

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.

Contacts

Daintree Air Services. Local flighsteeing company Daintree Air Services' Ultimate Dive package includes 18 dives in nine days. The Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, and a wreck dive are included. 1800/246206 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.

Contacts

Oz Tours Safaris. The certified eco-tour operators from Oz Tours Safaris run camping and accommodated safaris in northern Australia. 1800/079006 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.

Flightseeing

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.

Contacts

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.

Contacts

Artisans of Leisure. This company's nine-day Food and Wine Australia tour divides time between vineyards, markets, and luxurious hotels. 800/214–8144. www.artisansofleisure.com.

Hiking

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.

Contacts

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.

Skiing

Skimax has good-value pass and accommodation packages in Victoria and New South Wales. Ski'n'Save has special budget, family, and luxury packages.

Contacts

Skimax (02/9267–1655. www.skimax.com.au.)

Ski 'n Save (1800/6456–2633 in Australia; 61/2/6451–2099. www.snowholidays.com.au.)

Volunteer Programs

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.

Contacts

Earthwatch (1800/776–0188. www.earthwatch.org.)

Willing Workers on Organic Farms (61/3/35155–0218. www.wwoof.com.au.)

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