Thumbs up Australia

Thumbs up Australia

Hitchhiking the Outback

Book - 2006
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Perseus Publishing
On the Road meets Down Under in this really rough guide to the adventures of an enthusiastic hitchhiker and his reluctant girlfriend on their quest for the real Australia.

Hitching lifts with the desert's dodgiest drivers and taking breaks in the roughest roadhouses, this is Tom Parry's witty, warts-and-all tale of hitchhiking 8,000 miles across - and around - the Australian outback with his thumb, his backpack and his French girlfriend, Katia. As the couple hitch their way around the near empty highways, they encounter as wide a cross-section of Aussie society as you could ever hope to meet. In cattle stations, Aboriginal communities, remote waterholes, caravan parks, hippy communes and roadhouses, they see a country that remains as extraordinary today as it was for the first nineteenth century settlers.

Loosely following the routes carved out by the legendary explorers who first traversed the great continent, the couple get to grips with the country's fascinating history. Set against a backdrop of the real Australia - not 'as seen on TV'- Thumbs Up Australia is full of wonderful anecdotes and endearing tales of some of the country's most idiosyncratic characters, from the grizzled Aboriginal elder with his tales of dreamtime, to an amphetamine-swallowing road train driver. And at the end of their journey, it is ironically Katia who suggests thumbing a lift to the airport!
On the Road meets Down Under in this rough guide to the adventures of a hitchhiker and his reluctant girlfriend.


Gardners
Talks about the adventures of a hitch-hiker and his girlfriend on their quest for the real Australia. As the couple hitch their way around, they encounter a wide cross-section of Aussie society. This guide contains tales of some of the country's idiosyncratic characters, from the grizzled Aboriginal elder to an amphetamine-swallowing train driver.

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On the Road meets Down Under in this really rough guide to the adventures of an English hitchhiker and his reluctant French girlfriend in the Australian Outback! Thumbs Up Australia: A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Real Outback is the true story of Tom Parry's journey through the Outback. As Parry and his girlfriend hitch their way around the near-empty highways, they encounter a wide cross-section of Aussie society along the dusty roads: from a yarn-spinning opal miner turned mechanic, to the grizzled Aboriginal elder with his tales of dreamtime, to the Dutch hitchhiker who paused at a commune twenty years ago and never left.

Publisher: London ; Boston : Nicholas Brealey Pub., 2006
ISBN: 9781857883909
185788390X
978185788390X
Characteristics: 281 p. ; 22 cm

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