Road Reads: 5 Books To Inspire Trips To Australia

Road Reads 5 Books To Inspire Trips To Australia

Whether you’re an Aussie at heart or an aspiring traveler dreaming of Down Under, we have a captivating selection of five books that will transport you to the sunburnt landscapes of Australia. Each book offers gripping stories from different walks of Australian life, immersing you in the rich tapestry of this extraordinary country.

1. Carpentaria: A Novel, by Alexis Wright

Step into the fictional town of Desperance in northern Queensland, where Alexis Wright’s vibrant storytelling brings Indigenous struggles to life. Experience the mystical world of Norm Phantom, an Aboriginal mystic, as he navigates battles with neighboring Indigenous communities and powerful mining corporations. This novel combines magical realism with a raw portrayal of post-colonial life.

2. The True History of the Kelly Gang, by Peter Carey

Join the legendary Ned Kelly, the most wanted man in Victoria, on a thrilling journey of stolen horses, bushrangers, and bare-knuckle boxing matches. Peter Carey weaves a fictional first-person account of Kelly’s life as he evades authorities while leaving behind his own written truth for his daughter. This award-winning book offers a captivating glimpse into Australia’s folklore.

Also read: Head to the Northern Territory

3. The Songlines, by Bruce Chatwin

Explore the vast outback of central Australia alongside Bruce Chatwin as he unravels the ancient Aboriginal tradition of singing the land into existence. Joined by Arkady Volchok, a Russian-Australian guide with deep cultural knowledge, they embark on a journey to meet Aboriginal teachers and guardians of culture. Chatwin’s nomadic spirit and captivating storytelling paint a vivid picture of Australia’s spiritual heart.

4. Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback, by Robyn Davidson

Join Robyn Davidson on an extraordinary adventure as she treks across the unforgiving Australian outback, accompanied by four unpredictable camels and her loyal canine companion, Diggity. Davidson’s tenacity, humor, and encounters with wildlife and harsh conditions make for an inspiring and riveting read.

5. In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson

Prepare for a hilarious and informative journey with renowned travel writer Bill Bryson as he takes you on a wild ride through Australia. Bryson’s witty observations and humorous anecdotes shed light on the country’s unique quirks, wildlife (yes, the deadly kind!), natural wonders, and cultural peculiarities. Discover the beauty and unpredictability of Australia while being thoroughly entertained.

These five books offer diverse perspectives on Australia, providing a literary adventure that will transport you to the heart of this sun-drenched land. So, grab a book, sit back, and let the stories carry you away to the wonders of Australia, where both danger and fascination await.

Also read: My Ultimate Travel Experience ‘Down Under’!

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