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Going Places: Tales from the road: Outdoor travel in Australia

The 'Top End' Down Under

Quantas flies from Los Angeles to Sydney and Sydney to Darwin every day of the week. For reservations and information call 1-800-227-4500. Their service is excellent.

Adventure Tours (all located in Darwin)
I traveled with All Terrain Tours. They specialize in adventure camping for the moderately hardy traveler. A larger company, they have tours leaving daily in the dry season and when required in the wet. There is no need to book in advance, although it might be a good idea. Call All Terrain in Australia (61) 89-410-070 or Fax: (61) 89-813-053.

Those who want a very personalized walking trip should contact a fabulously bearded bush pundit named Ian Hutton, who will take you by 4WD vehicle and foot to some of the most remote areas. Ian will take small groups on custom trips. Contact Footprint Safaris in Australia. Phone: (61) 89-813-966 Fax: (61) 89-813-053. Prior bookings recommended.

For those who are squeamish at the thought of a tent, one luxury tour operator is Odyssey Safaris. You stay in hotels and travel by air-conditioned vehicles. Phone: (61) 89-480-091 Fax: (61) 89-480-646.

The best time of year to go is between April and September. The coolest months are in June and July, with daytime temperatures of 85 degrees.

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