THE BEST WAY TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA
From LAX, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer connecting service (change of plane) to Darwin, the jumping-off point for this trip. Restricted-round-trip fares begin at $2,008, including all taxes and fees.
ARRANGING A TRIP
Springboard Vacations, (866) 447-7746, http://www.springboardvacations.com, specializes in customized trips to Australia and the rest of the South Pacific. It can book all international flights, accommodations and transfers.
Gecko Canoeing & Trekking, http://www.geckocanoeing.com.au, runs kayak and canoe trips down the Katherine River and also runs hiking trips. A three-day trip on the Katherine costs $855 a person and includes transfers, equipment, food and non-alcoholic beverages.
Wildman Wilderness Lodge, http://www.wildmanwildernesslodge.com.au. Prices from $273 a night, including a three-course dinner and breakfast. Excursions extra.
Venture North, http://www.venturenorth.com.au. prices from $1050 per adult (children are less) for two days in the wet season. Prices are higher in the cooler dry season. Includes ground transfers, activities, all food and drink.
TO LEARN MORE
Tourism Australia, (888) 730-9958, http://www.australia.com