Published: Wednesday, 21 December 2011 10:41
Written by Vicki Sly
It is a brave and confident person who travels to a new country without at least one guide book tucked into their suitcase or backpack.
You know the ones I mean? Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Fodors, Frommers. The list is endless.
But what if you want to dig a little deeper and learn something about the country you are travelling to beyond the bare facts and currency exchange rate?
For travellers venturing to Australia for the first time, or even for those who plan on a more permanent move, it pays to do a bit of background reading to help you understand the culture of the people, their history and what makes them tick.
The following list of non-fiction Australian books (see Related Articles below for fiction) is a great starting point and just a small sample of what is available.
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Published: Friday, 16 December 2011 11:56
Written by Daniel Scarparolo
If you ask someone in Western Australia to name an endangered species, they’re usually pretty quick to respond with something exotic like a tiger or panda. Sometimes you might be lucky to get an Australian animal. A Tasmanian Devil for instance. Or a Koala. But what if you ask them about something closer to home? How about the Numbat?
In my experience, this has usually been met with blank stares. A Num-what? It’s not so surprising when you think about. The fate of cute and not-so-cuddly exotic animals is a much easier problem for us to deal with (mentally speaking) than looking in our own backyard and wondering where things went horribly wrong.
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