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Details: Adelaide, Australia

Sunday, March 28, 2010; F04

GETTING THERE

Qantas has two-stop flights from Dulles to Adelaide, with fares starting at $1,320 round trip.

CAMPING TOUR

Groovy Grape Getaways

10 Bacon St., Hindmarsh, South Australia

011-61-8-8440-1640

http://www.groovygrape.com.au

A number of tours will get you from Adelaide to Darwin, but we used this company, which caters to the cost-conscious young backpacker. The Rock Patrol trip, lasting six days, begins in Adelaide and ends in Alice Springs and costs roughly $600, which includes all meals and National Park and campground fees. The Track tour, which begins in Alice Springs and ends in Darwin, lasts three days, and costs roughly $300, meals and same fees included.

KEEP IN MIND

Time of year can matter when traveling in central Australia. We traveled in the winter (June-August), when it gets cold at night but is pleasantly warm during the day. In the summer (December-February), the days can be extremely hot and (in the northern part of the Northern Territory) rainy, and there's a greater chance that you'll be doing the unofficial Australian salute: the fly swat.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For South Australia: http://www.southaustralia.com

For the Northern Territory: http://en.travelnt.com

For general information: http://www.australia.com

-- M.V.

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