Good Reading : February 2006
18 goodreading ı FEBRUARY 2006 are we there yet? categorical It’s the dream holiday for many Australians. Driving off into the sun- set with a caravan bouncing along behind you. Nothing to do but follow your nose, free to stop anywhere, for however long it pleases you. No pres- sures, no thoughts about what day it is, or what time it is. Eat when you want to, stop wherever you please. So you’ve decided this is for you. You may have rented or sold the house, bought your caravan, 4WD, mobile home – or maybe you’re just taking the car? Perhaps you’re going for weeks, maybe it’s years, maybe it doesn’t matter how long. But which way to go, and which books could help you select your destinations along the way? In Around Australia:The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Trip Evon and Peter Anderson say that it is of utmost importance to take the time to research your proposed route. And don’t be put off by others’ experiences. Before their trip, which included cross- ing the Nullarbor in both directions, a friend had told them ‘the second most boring thing in the world is your sec- ond trip across the Nullabor’. But their own experience proved this wrong. With careful research, you can head for out- of-the-way places and sights that will give your trip a whole new and different dimension. So it’s important to approach your trip with a sense of wonder and adventure. Around Australia covers all aspects, from choosing your recreational vehicle, the basics of towing (remember to take corners wider as your load won’t follow your car exactly), dump points (places to empty the loo!), to overviews of each state and what to see while tour- ing (referenced to the relevant map in the back of the book).The book lays out places by region so it is easy to plan trips, More and more Australians are discovering the joys — and pitfalls — of eschewing overseas trips and travelling around Australia. ROWENA CSEH surveys the latest local travel guides and picks some of the best to help you plan and realise your journey.
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