Oz: Around Australia on a TriumphPaperback
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- Publisher: Blackstaff Press Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 225 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 212mm x 20mm | 299g
- Publication date: 20 February 2011
- Publication City/Country: Belfast
- ISBN 10: 0856408573
- ISBN 13: 9780856408571
- Illustrations note: ill
- Sales rank: 73,012
Geoff Hill and Colin O'Carroll take on Australia's legendary Highway 1 on their trusty Triumph motorbikes, circumnavigating the country from Adelaide to Adelaide. At over 15,000 miles long, Highway 1 is the world's longest national highway, covering practically every major inhabited part of Australia - capital cities, busy holiday resorts, dramatic coastlines, tropical forests, scrublands and deserts. Join Colin - who grew up in Australia wrestling sharks, snogging kangaroos and riding dirt bikes - and Geoff as they take on wombats, emus and a plague of giant grasshoppers in an adventure that takes them from Port Fairy - a little town that used to be known as Belfast - to Botany Bay, Sydney and across the wilderness of the Nullarbor desert. And follow the extraordinary story of Australia, told through a cast that includes Captain James Cook, Crocodile Dundee, countless immigrants and settlers, legendary explorers Robert Burke and William Wills, the folk hero Ned Kelly, and an unreliable camper van called Mathilda.
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GEOFF HILL writes popular columns in the Sunday Times and Irish Times and is the author of Way to Go: Two of the World's Great Motorcycle Journeys and The Road To Gobblers Knob: From Chile to Alaska on a Motorbike as well as a collection of his travel writing Anyway, Where Was I?. He has either won or been shortlisted for a UK Travel Writer of the Year award nine times and is a former Irish Travel Writer of the Year. He regularly writes about travel for the Irish Times, Daily Telegraph and the Independent on Sunday. COLIN O'CARROLL was born in Belfast in 1962. After emigrating to Australia at the age of 10, he returned to his native city as an adult to work as a journalist, both as roving reporter with Downtown Radio and editor of Daily Ireland. He also worked for the News Letter before becoming a freelance journalist.
Hill and O?Carroll take great delight in focusing on both obscure bits of Australiana and unusual people and places. -- Booklist "Booklist"