'The Outback isn't a place on a map; it's a place in your heart. It's an attitude, how you treat people, a way of behaving. It's your belief system, and how a whole nation of Australians often long for a time when life was simpler, less complicated, more genuine . . . 'Sue Williams has long been fascinated by the Outback – its striking landscapes, the salt-of-the-earth cha'The Outback isn't a place on a map; it's a place in your heart. It's an attitude, how you treat people, a way of behaving. It's your belief system, and how a whole nation of Australians often long for a time when life was simpler, less complicated, more genuine . . . 'Sue Williams has long been fascinated by the Outback – its striking landscapes, the salt-of-the-earth characters it breeds, its wonders and its weirdness. But to date, her focus has been on others' lives.Now putting her bravest foot forward, Sue sets out to see our country as it really is, warts and all. She accepts every new challenge that comes her way, including pregnancy-testing cows at a remote property, joining a cattle drive across Queensland, visiting the deadliest town in Australia, and fronting up to a ferocious fighter in the last boxing tent in the world.It's tough for a city slicker, but she won't stop until she discovers what the 'real' Outback is all about....
|Title||:||Welcome to the Outback|
|Number of Pages||:||288 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Welcome to the Outback Reviews
Listened on audio. Sue takes us with her as she explores different and unusual areas and aspects of the outback. A really interesting audio but I did skip a gory section where she trained and fought in a bare knuckle fight.
Review to come (to hard to do on my phone)
Unfortunately, this is more on the boring side of things than being a riveting travelogue. I kind of expected Williams to have packed up her car and travelled around Australia in one long trip, taking several months or whatever. But not so, she takes like 50 different trips into the outback, flying into Longreach in Queensland and then back to Sydney; then later to mining towns in WA and back; to Lake Eyre in South Australia and back, etc. Here and there she hires a 4WD and explores places by road but I've found her approach a bit weird, perhaps she didn't want to be away from home for too long. It just must have cost a fortune!Parts of it were quite interesting but Williams' forages into the Australian outback suffer from three things that really detracted from my overall enjoyment:1) Williams only occasionally mentions where exactly places are (but perhaps there are maps in the print version), that really bothered me as I don't have the entire map of Australia imprinted in my head;2) Williams reads the book herself - and oh my goodness, should she not have done that!!! :( She reads way too fast and gives you little sense of what other people sound like. Everybody sounds the same, which is some odd version of herself and just doesn't work. She meets so many different characters and I really don't want a 75-year old outback pub owner sounding like a naive English woman; and3) She's incredibly naive or appears to be. Who flies into the outback/mining towns without FIRST investigating accommodation options??!! And then realises that there isn't anything left and she has to sleep in some shed motel...What did endear her to me was that she was vegetarian and a tee drinker... oh my, have fun in the outback with that! ;)So... perhaps this book is better read than listen to, I think it would make for a far more pleasant read.Whilst it wasn't the riveting read I had expected, it has fueled my ever increasing passion to travel into remote Australia; when can I pack up the car and go exploring?!!
This book is interesting, well written and has a lot of useful information if you plan to visit the Outback. Towards the end it losses its power and is becoming a little too repetitive and boring. As the author visits all those places alone and always with some specific intentions I missed some kind of surprise, adventure and spirit of travel.
Sue Williams writes an easy reading account of her time in the outback of Australia, doing all the things a good tourist might. She's got heart and even though she's a vegetarian, teetotaler, she seems to get in on the latest 'goss' in every town and near every swag she encounters.
Enjoyed this lady's story very much.
Listened to this audio book while driving the Gibb River Rd. A great entertaining "read" and insight into outback towns and life
Interesting, but this book and I have different philosophies of life, especially when it came to the chapter on life in an outback brothel.
Gives me itchy feet to go and see more of Australia!