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Around Australia in Eighty Days: the insider guide

Got an Australian Working Holiday Visa but no clue what to do when you get there?
11 December 2009
Take a leaf out of some of the best writer’s books on travel around Australia and get off the beaten track and into the unfamiliar, as well as understanding Aussies a little better.

Australian journalist Jonathan Green's Around Australia in Eighty Days, is a well-written account of a circuit of his home country in a dusty four-wheel-drive.

It was 2,000 kilometres around the coastline of Australia in 80 days, made a bit easier with a bottle of gin and a Swiss Army potato peeler on board.

As well as the sublime, like setting out barramundi fishing or breakfasting with bowerbirds, there is also the ridiculous in the humourous book.

But perhaps one of the best known travel writers, and a self-titled evangelist for Australia, Bill Bryson has more than a few words to share about Australia with the book In a Sunburned Country which is also sometimes titled Down Under.

Australia’s geology, animal life, plants, insets, history, poisonous snakes ... from the inhospitable deserts to the beautiful beaches and the huge distances Bill Bryson knows what is out to get you in Australia.

Bryson’s dry wit and way of looking at Australia will have you laughing out loud, perhaps even quite embarrassingly if you are travelling on public transport.

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