5 Books to Get You Excited About a Trip to Australia

There are five books that will get you excited about a trip to Australia.

Five books will transport you to the sun-baked landscapes of Australia, whether you’re a lifelong Australian or someone who’s only dreamed of visiting for a while.

“Carpentaria” is written by Alexis Wright.

Desperance, a fictional coastal town in northern Queensland, has the feel of a place you could visit right now, thanks to Wright’s vivid narration. The struggles of indigenous people are brought to life through her creation of a place and people who are in crisis. As we begin our journey, we come face to face with Aboriginal mystic Norm Phantom, who leads battles on sacred lands against both neighboring indigenous communities and large mining corporations. Magic and the realities of post-colonial life coexist in Carpentaria in a dazzling display.

Peter Carey’s The True History of the Kelly Gang (The True History of the Kelly Gang).

Horse thievery, bushrangers, and bare-knuckle boxing, to name a few of the events. Using a fictionalized first-person account of the infamous Ned Kelly, Victoria’s most wanted man, Peter Carey creates a story set in rural southeast Australia about the notorious Ned Kelly. The fact that he is on the run does not deter him from writing down “his truth” for the benefit of his daughter and subsequent generations. For comma enthusiasts, the book may not be appropriate because there isn’t a single one in the entire book. In terms of the Man Booker Prize, it was awarded to it in 2001, along with the Commonwealth Writers Prize in the same year.

The Songlines, by Bruce Chatwin, in its third edition.

As opposed to Patagonia, the author of In Patagonia chooses to travel to the arid outback of central Australia. He’s naturally curious about how ancient Aborigines went about creating every rock, tree, and watering hole with their songs, and he’s eager to find out more about it. As soon as he arrives in Alice Springs, he meets up with Arkady Volchok, a Russian-Australian guide who has spent time among the Aboriginal population and is fluent in the language of the indigenous people. Along the invisible lines that they follow, they are joined by Aboriginal teachers, priests, self-appointed stewards, and land owners who share their stories with them.

Fourteenth and final book on this list is Robyn Davidson’s Tracks: An Australian Woman’s Solo Trek Through the Outback Over 1700 Miles.

“I had that sinking feeling you get when you realize you have tricked yourself into doing something difficult and there is no turning back,” Robyn Davidson writes in the first chapter of her book. Another way of saying it is that mistakes were made. Amidst poisonous snakes, stumbling camels, and an unforgiving desert heat, Davidson maintains his trademark sense of humour and tenacity to complete the task at hand. Her companion is a good boy named Diggity, who helps her out when she needs it. It’s time to call it quits.

“In a Sunburned Country,” a novel by Bill Bryson.

A travel book enthusiast would be remiss if they did not have this title in their collection. This film is credited with popularizing the notion that everything in Australia is out to get you. In a box, you’ll find a jellyfish! Spiders that make their homes in trapdoors! Octopus with blue rings around its body! Don’t let the fact that every venomous beast is poised to strike scare you away from exploring. What’s worse than rip currents and scorching heat? Step outside your comfort zone and enjoy the wry humor that Bryson’s stories have to offer. Drop bears can be extremely dangerous, so exercise caution!

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