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Travel tips from this month's Journeys column

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Tipping is not customary in Australia, but the crew will appreciate knowing how much you enjoyed the trip. You might offer money, T-shirts or chocolate, or even send them a small collection of photographs from your trip.

Feeding the Animals:
Camels are partial to orange peels and candy. Their chief source of protein is the scrub and vegetation along the way. The crew won't mind if you feed the camels scraps from your plate, but they don't recommend your bringing along bags of treats.

Oudoo, Ibna, Hoosh and Steady are the anglicized Arabic commands that you say to a camel if you want it to stop, get up and go, lie down, or go easy. There are plenty of Australian outfitters offering camel rides on the beach or from hotel to restaurant. So if you've got the notion, here are a selection of Australian outfitters. Keep in mind that camel outfitters usually operate during the cooler months of the year, April through November.

Outback Trekking:
Outback Camel Company (leaving from Alice Springs, Adelaide and Brisbane) P.O. Box 132, Fortitude Valley, Queensland 4006; Tel: 61-7-3854-1022

Silverton, New South Wales
Silverton Camel Farm Contact: Harold Cannard; Tel: 61-8-8088-5316; e-mail:

Mansfield, Victoria High Country Camel Treks Rifle Butts Road, P.O. Box 642, Mansfield, Victoria 3722; Tel: 61-3-5775-1591; Fax: 61-3-5775-1591

Coober Pedy, South Australia
Coward Springs Campground P.O. Box 20, Coober Pedy 5723, South Australia; Tel: 61-8-8675-8336 (from April to October), 61-8-8559-6144 (from November to March); e-mail:

Explore the Outback P.M.B. 118 William Creek, via Port Augusta, 5710 South Australia; Tel: 61-8-8672-3968; Fax: 61-8-8672-3990; e-mail:

Waikerie, South Australia
The Bush Safari Company P.M.B. 53 Waikerie, South Australia, 5343; Tel: 61-8-8543-2280; Fax: 61-8-8543-2290; e-mail:

Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Alice Springs Camel Outback Safaris N.T. P.M.B. 74, Stuarts Well, Northern Territory; Tel: 61-8-8956-0925; Fax: 61-8-8956-0909; e-mail:

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