Item description for Australia (Odyssey Guides Australia) by Carl Robinson...
American Carl Robinson has made his home in Australia, the world's oldest and perhaps most unique continent. His entertaining and intelligent guidebook gives the traveler a wonderful, and very personalized, introduction to this enigmatic country. Blessed by a near-perfect climate, life in Australia has a distinctive pace and its people are among the most hospitable on earth. There are real secrets to Australia, and this book recommends some favorites, with the emphasis on how to have a good time, covering what to see and how to get there, from the "Wild West" of the Northern Territory and the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef to the vibrant cities, such as Sydney and Melbourne. Many excerpts from literature, by and about Australians, are included, along with essays on the idiosyncrasies of "Aussie" life: the irreverent Aussie vocabulary, pubs, wine, sports, cinema and the uneasy status of the native Aborigines.
A new and extensively revised edition Special focus on having fun in Australia Several new special topics, including an essay on nationhood and the referendum, the world's biggest celebration of gay pride and identitySydney's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Great Grain Races, Sydney's Bridge Climb and Australia's National Musuem in Canberra New color photographs reflecting the diversity of Australian life and culture Literary excerpts illuminate local culture and idiosyncrasies An entertaining, personal book by an experienced author who knows the country intimately Useful and informative maps 100 color illustrations, 13 maps
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American-born Carl Robinson first came to Asia as a Peace Corps worker in Vietnam, before becoming a news correspondent during that country s seminal war with the USA. In 1977 he moved to Australia, where he worked as a foreign correspondent for Newsweek magazine. An extended trip to Mongolia opened his heart and mind to this fascinating country, and formed the inspiration and basis for the book Mongolia. He is based in Queensland, Australia.
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eco australia Oct 13, 2009
A nice book, although a bit out of date. Really needs a new edition. That said, it has some remarkably interesting stuff in it. The author takes a look at why some of the animals are as odd as they are. Evolution has shaped the marsupials to fit just about every available ecological niche, even in the face of a very adverse climate. The Koala for example has a tiny brain and very slow metabolism, as an adaptation to a very low, toxic diet of Eucalyptus leaves. Robby
Review Dec 30, 2007
"The best guidebook [about Lord Howe island] is Australia: An Ecotraveller's Guide by Hannah Robinson," Mark Rowe, Travel Overseas, November 2005.
Highlights of Nature Down Under May 24, 2007
This is an odd little hybrid, but quite useful. With beautiful photos, like a coffee table book, but small in size; with many maps, but none detailed enough to really use; with travel suggestions, but little "getting there" or "where to stay" information, it is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. What it does, more than say "Watching Wildlife," is put the flora and fauna in an ecological and evolutionary context, explaining why a particular species or area is unusual, and worth seeing. There are many sidebars with interesting natural history, and references to recent scientific studies along this line. But it is also a guide to the highlights of where to see nature in Australia. Bottom line is, you will need other guides to fully plan an ecotourist trip to Oz, but you will get a lot more out of the trip if you read this book first.