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Following Burke and Wills Across Australia : A Touring Guide - Dave Phoenix

Following Burke and Wills Across Australia

A Touring Guide

Paperback Published: 1st June 2015
ISBN: 9781486301584
Number Of Pages: 416

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Every Australian has heard of Burke and Wills but few have travelled in their footsteps. In 2008, historian Dave Phoenix decided to walk across Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria, following the track taken by the ill-fated Burke and Wills Expedition. Now you can follow them too.

Following Burke and Wills Across Australia guides you on a road trip that follows one of history's great transcontinental journeys, sharing the explorers' experiences on the way. Maps lay out a route that takes you as close as possible to the Expedition's track. As you travel the outback roads, you can learn all the details of the day-to-day journey of the Expedition from the explorers' own words, and compare what you see with their descriptions of the country in 1860-61. Each chapter provides information about what to see now: the location and descriptions of the markers and memorials placed along the route over the 150 years since the Expedition, and places where you can stand where the explorers stood and look out over prospects they drew and described.

The book is a perfect companion for those wanting to see outback Australia, and at the same time understand a journey that has attained mythic status in the history of Australian exploration. Even if you want to follow only part of the track, this is the book for you.



This is the finest book I have read on the ill fated Burke and Wills Expedition of 1860-61. Together with the late Sarah Murgatroyd's, 'The Dig Tree' and Michael Cathcart's, 'Starvation in a land of Plenty', you have a near complete narrative. If you are seeking a intricate commentary on both the journey and as a means of following the route in current times that is meticulously researched, mapped, and illustrated, you can't miss with this exquisite publication. Another feature of this well laid out book is that you can dip in and out and still easily follow the narrative. Clearly the Author has been exacting in his historical research and applying this in a modern context with many helpful tips and wise advice. This is my go to book not only on the Expedition but as a journey through our harsh yet magnificent Outback. I cannot sing this publication's praises highly enough.

Kerang, Australia


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ISBN: 9781486301584
ISBN-10: 1486301584
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st June 2015
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 1.02

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