Good Reading : November 2015
COFFEE TABLE 2 About 85 per cent of Australians live within 30 kilometres of the coast, so it’s not surprising that this threshold between land and sea should fascinate us. In his new book, The Beach: An Australian passion, acclaimed Australian writer ROBERT DREWE investigates why beaches are the quintessential Australian landscape. Traditionalists might say that the outback is the centre of our culture, but hordes of holidaymakers, retirees and other pleasure seekers flock to the beach more than any other type of destination. GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING NOVEMBER 2015 60 THE BEACH OF GREEN CAPSICUMS Participants in the Rottnest Channel Swim The father of all ocean swims is the 20-kilometre Rottnest Channel Swim, from Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia, to Thomson Bay on Rottnest Island. Held every February, this deepwater swim is so popular that a ballot is held to limit the number of entrants. One of the world’s largest open-water swims, it’s an event that attracts more than 2000 hypothermia-and-stinger-battling swimmers and 10 000 spectators.
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