Australia Travel Guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. This company's nine-day Food and Wine Australia tour divides time between vineyards, markets, and luxurious hotels. 800/214–8144. www.artisansofleisure.com.
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.)
Online Travel Tools
All About Australia
Australia.com. Australia.com, the official site of Tourism Australia, has information on every aspect of life and travel in Australia. IT is a great pre-trip resource. www.australia.com.
Breakloose. Breakloose is an adventure tourism portal—there's information on adrenaline hits Down Under and links to operators. www.breakloose.com.au.
Indigenous Heritage. Indigenous Heritage is a government-run website with good information on aboriginal art and culture. www.environment.gov.au/heritage/about/indigenous.
National Gallery of Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection. The National Gallery of Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Collection has one of the world's best collections of indigenous Australian art. www.nga.gov.au/ATSIArt.
Papunya Tula Artists. Papunya Tula Artists is Australia's best-known Aboriginal artists' group. www.papunyatula.com.au.
Back to Nature
Birdlife Australia. Birdlife Australia provides everything you need to know about Aussie feathered friends. www.birdlife.org.au.
Bushwalking NSW. Bushwalking NSW is full of excellent advice on bushwalking—hiking in national parks and wilderness areas. www.bushwalking.org.au.
Department of the Environment. This government page is packed with information on natural Australia, including links to all national park websites. www.environment.gov.au.
Eco Tourism Australia. This nonprofit body oversees and approves eco-tourism ventures in Australia. www.ecotourism.org.au.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. This is the official site for Australia's most famous natural wonder. www.gbrmpa.gov.au.
Culture and Entertainment
Australian Government's Culture, History and Sport Portal. The Australian Government's Culture, History and Sport portal is a one-stop information shop on all aspects of Australia culture, including links to organizations and events. www.australia.gov.au/topics/culture-history-and-sport.
Australian Slang. This tongue-in-cheek glossary will help you understand Aussie English. www.koalanet.com.au/australian-slang.html.
Collections Australia Network. Collections Australia Network is an official umbrella project with information on Australia's cultural heritage and links to museums, galleries, and libraries all over the country. www.collectionsaustralia.net.
Oanda.com. Oanda.com allows you to print out a handy table with the current day's conversion rates. www.oanda.com.
XE.com. XE.com is a good currency conversion website. www.xe.com.
Food and Wine
Australia Bushfood and Native Medicine Forum. Australia Bushfood and Native Medicine Forum is a searchable discussion forum about native Australian foods. www.bushfood.net.
Wine Australia. Wine Australia is the industry's official site and has a good overview of Australian wines by type and by region. www.wineaustralia.com.
Best Restaurants of Australia. Best Restaurants of Australia has searchable reviews for eateries all over Oz. www.bestrestaurants.com.au.
Newspapers and Media
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is Australia's main publicly funded media broadcaster. www.abc.net.au.
News.com.au. News.com.au is an excellent online portal for all Australian news. www.news.com.au.
Sydney Morning Herald. This quality daily broadsheet is favored by Australia's liberal intellectuals. www.smh.com.au.
The Age. This Melbourne-based broadsheet is the city's favorite news source. www.theage.com.au.
The Australian. The Australian is a national broadsheet owned by Rupert Murdoch; it sits ideologically right of center. www.theaustralian.com.au.