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Australia: An Odyssey Down Under

Program Number: 20134RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/18/2013 - 5/4/2013; 10/23/2014 - 11/8/2014; 11/6/2014 - 11/22/2014; 11/20/2014 - 12/6/2014; 1/16/2015 - 2/1/2015; 1/22/2015 - 2/7/2015; 2/5/2015 - 2/21/2015; 2/19/2015 - 3/7/2015; 3/5/2015 - 3/21/2015; 3/19/2015 - 4/4/2015; 4/2/2015 - 4/18/2015; 4/16/2015 - 5/2/2015;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Australia
Price starting at: $7,257.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 40; 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From cosmopolitan cities to impossibly expansive landscapes to the amazing Great Barrier Reef, explore the highlights of Australia on this educational adventure. Examine fragile ecosystems from desert to rainforest to coral reef, compare the personalities of Sydney and Melbourne and learn the often rough-and-tumble story of Australia.




Highlights

• Enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit to the Sydney Opera House.
• Marvel at the Great Barrier Reef and discuss environmental issues facing it today.
• Discover the giant red rock formation known as Uluru and learn about its sacred meaning to the Aboriginal people.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three miles per day on uneven terrain.



Program # 16434 is a combination of this program, program #20135 "New Zealand: An Odyssey Down Under" and extension program 21740 "New Zealand's Capital."




Date Specific Information

10-23-2014, 11-6-2014, 11-20-2014, 1-22-2015, 2-5-2015, 2-19-2015, 3-5-2015, 3-19-2015, 4-2-2015, 4-16-2015

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1-16-2015

This departure begins in Melbourne rather than Sydney. This is to avoid a clash with the peak period of the Australian Open tennis. The itinerary of this departure is Arrival Melbourne, 3 nights; flight to Sydney, 4 nights; flight to Alice Springs, 2 nights; coach to Uluru/Ayers Rock, 1 night; flight to Cairns, 3 nights; flight to Sydney, 1 night; departure.
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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Sydney, 4 nights; flight to Melbourne, 3 nights; flight to Alice Springs, 2 nights; coach to Uluru/Ayers Rock, 1 night; flight to Cairns, 3 nights; flight to Sydney, 1 night; departure.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Cross International Date Line
1 night
Arrival Sydney
4 nights

Learn from a local academic about Australia’s early settlement and study Sydney’s colonial past. Go inside the iconic Sydney Opera House guided by an expert and also attend a live performance "in the house" one evening. Be introduced to Australia’s unique wildlife at Taronga Park Zoo and take in the wonderful views of Sydney Harbour and the city it affords. Take a boat excursion on the magnificent Sydney Harbour for a unique view of the city. Visit the famous Bondi beach to gain some understanding of Australia's beach culture and the relationship residents have with the water. Enjoy some free time to explore this wonderful modern city at your leisure.



Flight to Melbourne
3 nights

Journey to Phillip Island for its famous Penguin Parade, pausing at a wildlife park en route to meet the wombat and other local critters. Explore Melbourne’s fascinating Queen Victoria Markets. A local expert discusses Australia's economy and politics. Visit the Australian collection at the National Gallery of Victoria to learn about indigenous Australian art. Have some free time to explore Australia's second city at leisure utilising its wonderfully user-friendly tram system.



Flight to Alice Springs
2 nights
Coach to Uluru/Ayers Rock
1 night

An expert lecture addresses the Aboriginal culture and heritage in Alice Springs, a centre of aboriginal culture for more than 15,000 years. An Aborigine woman teaches you about "bush tucker" and makes a dinner to show how these traditional flavours can be used in contemporary cuisine. Learn how the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctor Service deliver vital services to the most remote parts of the Outback. Visit the Alice Springs Desert Park to meet Australian desert wildlife. See the huge monoliths of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park - Ayers Rock (Uluru) and the Olgas (Kata Tjuta) - up close on guided walks.



Flight to Cairns
3 nights
Flight to Sydney
1 night
Departure

On a full-day boat excursion exploring the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, choose to snorkel and/or go reef-viewing in a semi-submersible vessel. Observe the North Queensland tropical rainforest from above the canopy on the SkyRail Rainforest Cableway as you "float" down the Kuranda Range. Visit a local cultural park to gain an understanding of coastal Aboriginal culture and lifestyle. Fly to Sydney and overnight in an airport hotel prior to your flight home to the USA.






Australia

From expansive desert to the 1,616 mile Great Barrier Reef, the planet’s smallest continent is also one of the most diverse. Native Aboriginal culture dates back nearly 30,000 years, and with the arrival of Europeans colonists followed by a Gold Rush, Australia evolved into a true amalgam of ethnicities and cultures. Its cities, outbacks and beaches harbor tales of pirates and penal colonies, marine wonderlands and a modern, multi-national citizenry.



Accommodations
Sydney: Hotel on Darling Harbour. Melbourne: Four-star hotel in City Centre. Alice Springs: Resort hotel. Ayers Rock: Outback lodge. Cairns: Resort with lagoon-style pool. Sydney: Hotel near airport.
Meals and Lodgings
   Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
  Sydney, Australia 4 nights
   The Swanston Hotel Melbourne, Grand Mercure
  Melbourne, Australia 3 nights
   Alice Springs Resort
  Alice Springs, Australia 2 nights
   Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
  Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia 1 night
   Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
  Cairns, Australia 3 nights
   Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport
  Sydney, Australia 1 night
 Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
Type: Hotel
  Description: Overlooking Darling Harbour, the hotel is located beside Chinatown and the Entertainment & Convention Centres. It is a five-minute walk of the heart of the city.
  Contact info: 17 Little Pier Street
Sydney NSW 2000,   Australia
phone: +61 2 8217 4000
web: www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-3021-novotel-rockford-darling-harbour/index.shtml
  Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, hairdryer, refrigerator and internet access.
  Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a safety deposit box, gymnasium, indoor heated lap pool and foreign exchange facilities. Valet laundry service is available or a commercial laundry is located nearby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: On form in Prep. The program provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A pre-/post-program accommodation request form is included in the Preparatory Material or participants can contact the program provider, Odyssey Travel, direct by email.

 The Swanston Hotel Melbourne, Grand Mercure
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of Melbourne, close to major attractions and adjacent to major tram routes.
  Contact info: 195 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC, NA 3000 Australia
phone: +61 3 9663 4711
web: www.theswanstonhotel.com.au
  Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, cable television, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer and iron/ironing board.
  Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include laundry, gymnasium, heated indoor swimming pool, foreign exchange, safety deposit box facilities and internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Alice Springs Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: Situated on the banks of the famous Todd River, with its magnificent river red gums, the hotel is only a five minute walk from the town centre.
  Contact info: 34 Stott Terrace
Alice Springs NT 0870,   Australia
phone: +61 8 8951 4545
web: http://www.chifleyhotels.com.au/alice-springs/chifley-alice-springs-resort/
  Room amenities: Room facilities include air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, television, in-house movies, telephone, radio, internest access, iron/ironing board hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, guest laundry, dry cleaning service, internet kiosk, foreign currency exchange and safety deposit box facility.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
Type: Hotel
  Description: The hotel is located as a part of the Ayers Rock Resort.
  Contact info: Yulara Drive
Yulara NT,  0872 Australia
phone: +61 -8-8957-7605
web: www.voyages.com.au
  Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee facilities, telephone, television, refrigerator, iron/ironing board and hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a guest laundry, swimming pool and safety deposit box facility.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: The resort-style hotel is located within easy walking distance of the stunning waterfront esplanade and the compact city centre.
  Contact info: 122 Lake Street
Cairns QLD 4870,   Australia
phone: +61 7 4080 1888
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0534-novotel-cairns-oasis-resort/index.shtml
  Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, in-room safe and internet connection.
  Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include lagoon-style pool with a sand-beach entrance, gymnasium, valet laundry/dry cleaning and guest laundry.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport
Type: Hotel
  Description: Situated next to riverfront parkland and overlooking an 18 hole golf course, the hotel is located only 1.2 miles from Sydney’s International and Domestic Airports but is away from the direct flight path.
  Contact info: 20 Levey Street
Wolli Creek, Sydney NSW 2205,   Australia
phone: +61 2 9518 2000
web: www.mercuresydneyairport.com.au
  Room amenities: Room facilities include air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, television, pay-to-view movies, telephone, iron/ironing board and hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a laundry/valet service, computer centre, outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis courts and squash courts.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: On form in Prep. The program provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A pre-/post-program accommodation request form is included in the Preparatory Material or participants can contact the program provider, Odyssey Travel, direct by email.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Sydney, Australia You will be staying at Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour that night.
  End of Program:
Sydney, Australia You will be staying at Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. All US passport holders travelling to Australia must obtain an electronic visa prior to entering the country. You will not receive a visa stamp inside your passport, nor will you receive anything in writing. Instead you will be registered with the Australian Government as valid to enter/exit Australia. Road Scholar Travel Services will process the visa electronically and will send the visa confirmation to participants three to four weeks before departure.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sydney
  Nearest airport:  Sydney International and Domestic Airports
  Transportation to site: Coach transfers are provided for the group at the beginning of the program, from the arrival airport to their accommodation. POP participants can join this transfer free of charge provided they are present when the transfer departs. Alternatively they can make their own arrangements and use the airport shuttle bus or taxi services at their own expense.
  From End of Program
  Location: Sydney
  Transportation from site: Coach transfers are provided for the group at the conclusion of the program, from their accommodation to the departure airport. POP participants can join this transfer free of charge provided they are present when the transfer departs. Alternatively they can make their own arrangements and use the airport shuttle bus or taxi services at their own expense.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departure
(Thursday, April 18)
   
 Evening: Depart the USA on overnight flight to Australia.

Day 2: In Flight
(Friday, April 19)
   
 In Transit: Cross International Dateline.

Day 3: Arrive in Sydney / Course Overview / Orientation to Sydney
(Saturday, April 20)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Arrive in Sydney. Orientation to city en route to hotel.
 Lunch: At local cafe.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Lecture: Course Overview and Introduction to Sydney.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Introduction to Australia / Sydney's Colonial History / Sydney Opera House tour
(Sunday, April 21)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: Introduction to Australia; its early discovery & settlement.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Sydney's Colonial Past featuring The Rocks area and Macquarie Street. Excursion: Guided tour of the beautiful, World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, a masterpiece of late modern architecture.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant in Sydney's Darling Harbour precinct.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Orientation to Beachside Suburbs / Cruise on Sydney Harbour
(Monday, April 22)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Field Trip: Orientation to Sydney's sought-after eastern beach-side suburbs & the central business district. Field Trip/Class: Cruise on magnificent Sydney Harbour and learn how Sydney Harbour has evolved.
 Lunch: At local restaurant in The Rocks, the historic area where Sydney began.
 Afternoon: Time to explore Sydney at leisure.
 Dinner: At own arrangements to taste what Sydney's restaurant scene has to offer.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Opal Discovery Centre / Taronga Park Zoo / Performance at the Sydney Opera House
(Tuesday, April 23)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: Australia's precious stone - the opal. Field Trip/Class: Taronga Park Zoo: meet some of the unique fauna of Australia at this iconic zoo boasting splendid views across Sydney Harbour to the city.
 Lunch: At Taronga Park Zoo.
 Afternoon: Field Trip/Class Continued: Taronga Park Zoo: time for personal exploration. Ferry return to Circular Quay. Remainder of afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: EnrichActivity: This evening we enjoy a performance at the Sydney Opera House - one of the world's great pieces of architectural design. Definitely something to tell the folks back home about!
   
Accommodations: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Flight to Melbourne / Course Overview / Introduction & Orientation to Melbourne / Evening Video
(Wednesday, April 24)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Coach to Sydney Domestic Airport for flight to Melbourne.
 Lunch: At local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Lecture: Course Overview and Introduction to Melbourne. Field Trip: Orientation to the city: Shrine of Remembrance and Melbourne's newest attraction - Eureka Skydeck 88.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Enrichment Activity: Video - "Australia: The Big Country"
   
Accommodations: The Swanston Hotel Melbourne, Grand Mercure
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Australia's Economy and Health System / Melbourne's famous Queen Victoria Markets / local wildlife park - meet the wombat & friends / Phillip Island Penguin Parade
(Thursday, April 25)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: Australia's Economy & Health System. Enrichment Activity: Explore Melbourne's famous & quirky Queen Victoria Markets.
 Lunch: At Queen Victoria Markets
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Coach to Phillip Island to visit a local wildlife park and the Penguin Parade.
 Dinner: At quintessential Australian local country pub bistro near Phillip Island.
 Evening: Field Trip continued: Penguin Parade at Phillip Island.
   
Accommodations: The Swanston Hotel Melbourne, Grand Mercure
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Introduction to Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria / Remainder of day at leisure
(Friday, April 26)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Field Trip/Class: Tram to the National Gallery of Victoria - Introduction to Australian Art.
 Lunch: At leisure in the city.
 Afternoon: At leisure.
 Dinner: Own arrangements - an opportunity to explore and sample Melbourne's renowned restaurant scene.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: The Swanston Hotel Melbourne, Grand Mercure
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Fly to Alice Springs / Course Overview / School of the Air / Aboriginal Culture / Olive Pink Botanical Garden BBQ / Stars of the Southern Hemisphere
(Saturday, April 27)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Coach to Melbourne Domestic Airport for flight to Alice Springs. Lecture: Course Overview.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Field Trip/Class: School of the Air - providing education to students in isolated communities. Lecture: Aboriginal Culture, Art & Heritage in Central Australia.
 Dinner: BBQ at Olive Pink Botanical Garden.
 Evening: Performance: Outback Ballads & Yarns - stories and songs of life in Australia's Red Centre. Lecture: Stars of the Southern Hemisphere - look for the Southern Cross and other southern constellations in the clear air of Australia's Red Centre, free of the lights of the big city.
   
Accommodations: Alice Springs Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Alice Springs Desert Park / Western MacDonnell Ranges / Aboriginal Bush Foods
(Sunday, April 28)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Field Trip/Class: Alice Springs Desert Park - desert landscapes, flora & fauna.
 Lunch: At Alice Springs Desert Park.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Western MacDonnell Ranges & Simpson's Gap - unique desert landforms. Field Trip: Royal Flying Doctor Service - learn how medical services are dispensed across Australia's vast Red Centre. Lecture at local restaurant/caterer: Aboriginal Bush Foods - Traditional & Contemporary
 Dinner: At local restaurant - contermporary Australian cuisine utilising traditional Aboriginal flavourings.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Alice Springs Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre / Uluru (Ayers Rock) / Sunset watching.
(Monday, April 29)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Coach to Uluru (Ayers Rock) with an excurion to a camel farm en route.
 Lunch: At Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Guided tour of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre. Field Trip: Guided tour around Uluru (Ayers Rock), one of the world's largest monoliths. This sacred Aboriginal site is truly awe-inspiring. EnrichActivity: Watch the sun set over Uluru.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Fly to Cairns / Orientation to City / Course Overview / Great Barrier Reef lecture
(Tuesday, April 30)
   
 Breakfast: At Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre.
 Morning: Field Trip: Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), a collection of 36 rounded rock domes aptly named as Kata Tjuta means "many heads" in a local language.
 Lunch: At restaurant in Ayers Rock Resort.
 Afternoon: Coach to Ayers Rock Domestic airport for flight to Cairns. Orientation to Cairns en route to hotel.
 Dinner: On board flight to Cairns.
 Evening: Lecture: Course Overview. Lecture: The Great Barrier Reef.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Cruise on Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia's most remarkable natural gifts
(Wednesday, May 1)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Coach to marina. Field Trip/Class: Cruise on the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world, enjoying the opportunity to snorkel and view the reef from a glass-bottom boat or semi-submersible.
 Lunch: Seafood buffet on board cruise.
 Afternoon: Field Trip/Class continued: Cruise on Great Barrier Reef.
 Dinner: Own arrangements.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Wet Tropical Rainforests / Kuranda / SkyRail / Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park / Program Review
(Thursday, May 2)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: Wet Tropical Rainforests of North Queensland. Coach to the village of Kuranda, a mountain retreat surrounded by rainforest
 Lunch: At local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: SkyRail Rainforest Cableway - ride over the treetops and down from the edge of the Atherton Tablelands escarpment. Field Trip/Class: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park - Northern Queensland Coastal Aborigines and their social organisation and culture. Lecture: M.A.S.H. - final program review.
 Dinner: In the hotel - Farewell.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: A chance to relax, explore Cairns at leisure, pack and prepare for the flight home.
(Friday, May 3)
   
 Breakfast: At accommodation.
 Morning: At leisure in Cairns.
 Lunch: At leisure in Cairns.
 Afternoon: Coach transfer to Cairns airport for flight to Sydney.
 Dinner: On board flight to Sydney.
 Evening: Coach to accommodation. Remainder of evening at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Departure for the USA.
(Saturday, May 4)
   
 Breakfast: At accommodation.
 Morning: Coach transfer to Sydney Airport. Departure to the USA on a flight to Los Angeles.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


Aboriginal Art


Author: Wally Caruana


Description: This well illustrated survey of Aboriginal art, ancient and modern, focuses on the spiritual and geographic sources of art and ritual traditions in Australia. It covers the range of art from all parts of the continent, including a chapter on the Wandjina rock art of the Kimberley region. The concise text is augmented by 187 well produced black-and-white and color illustrations.



Australia: The East, Travellers’ Wildlife Guides


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Captain James Cook


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Cultural Atlas of Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific


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Fishwatcher’s Field Guide: Great Barrier Reef


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Fodor's Exploring Australia


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Great Southern Landings: An Anthology of Antipodean Travel


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In A Sunburned Country


Author: Bill Bryson


Description: Bill Bryson revels in Australia's eccentric characters, dangerous flora and fauna, and other oddities. As has become his custom, he effortlessly imparts much fact-filled history in this wildly funny book. Included at the end is a short bibliography. This book is published as "Down Under" in Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.



Reefscape, Reflections on the Great Barrier Reef


Author: Rosaleen Love


Description: An ecology and history of the Great Barrier Reef, including its human inhabitants (who run the gamut from pirates to naturalists). Rosaleen Love employs science, anthropology and purple prose in this meditative account.



Songlines


Author: Bruce Chatwin


Description: Rory Stewart provides the introduction to this 25th anniversary edition of Bruce Chatwin's celebrated travelogue, which is as much about its gifted author - and the meaning of travel - as about the Aboriginal people and their ways of life. Chatwin transforms a journey through the Outback into an exhilarating, semi-fictional meditation on our place in the world.



Travellers’ Tales Australia: True Stories of Life Down Under


Author: Larry Habegger & Amy G. Carlson


Description: An excellent introduction to the people, culture and traditions of Australia as seen through the eyes of mostly contemporary writers, including Pico Iyer, Paul Theroux, Bruce Chatwin, and D.H. Lawrence. Organized thematically, it includes articles and excerpts on the Great Barrier Reef, the outback, the Nullarbor Plateau and Bondi Beach.





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