Travelling Down Under.

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This is the Australian chapter of Nomadic Gatherings.

Australia House, copyright Michel Guntern.

If you would just like to dive in:

More to Come.

Winter Sun:

Australia & New Zealand.

After doing summers in Europe, the long flight down under is usually the next option -- the climate in Australia offers the chance to break away from frosty mornings, and long dark evenings, of the crueler months back home.

Around Australia -- An Introduction.

Many youngsters, under 26, take a whole year out and apply to Australia House for a working visa. Fewer funds are needed if you can work your way around the continent, and it can be a good experience to muck in with other nationals.

Walkabout in Australia -- Travelling Futility.

On the walk-about, an arrival is not sought, just the sensation of the movement in travel; A Travelling Futility, as D.H.Lawrence termed it.

Hitching in Australia -- If You Dare.

Not everyone chooses to hitch for rides on the world's largest island. Because there is so much of nothing in between anything, the waits can be long and not without dangers.

Melbourne to Adelaide -- To Party Street.

Rock music plays all night, as Rick and Bennie share the driving. Approaching Adelaide, the DJ on the car radio predicts an afternoon high of 36 degrees Celsius. It is Grand Prix weekend.

North of Adelaide -- The Real Journey Starts.

There are some oil paintings in the back of the car that the couple hope to sell around the pubs. They are not artists; it's just another way to earn a buck.

From Port Augusta -- Towards The Track.

When you join the Stuart Highway, it is your last glimpse of the coast for 3,000 kilometres.

To Coober Pedy -- Almost Dark.

It is soon apparent that you are not picked up for the company. Once the formalities of introduction are over, the two men speak to each other in Danish.

The Aborigine -- In Coober Pedy at Least.

The former hunter/gatherers are now unkempt and disorientated, in a world that is not theirs to handle.

More to Come.

Travel Notes:
Australian Travel Guides.


Nomadic Gatherings - Travels in Asia and Australia

Travel on trains and buses in Asia, then jump into cars with complete strangers in Australia and New Zealand as Michel introduces you to a collection of characters that bring Nomadic Gatherings to life.

If you can't afford to buy a copy of Nomadic Gatherings, the chapters are slowly being made available online - for free.

You may even decide that it really is worth having a hard copy in your hands; a useful read for those long bus journeys being written about, and for endless waits at ferry ports.

Nomadic Gatherings - Online Chapters.

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