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On the Road meets Down Under in this really rough guide to the adventures of an English hitchhiker and his reluctant French girlfriend in the Australian outback.Their 8000 mile loop around the outback starts at the beginning of the 'Woop-Woop' and follows in the steps of great explorers. Going from South to North before 'Going Troppo' in Australia's infamous Top End around Darwin, down through Burke's 'Great Bugger All' through some of the most breathtakingly beautiful and unvisited parts of the Northern Territory, and finally completing the loop in Adelaide - where his newly converted girlfriend is the one to suggest hitchhiking to the airport!As they thumb their way around the near-empty highways they encounter as wide a cross-section of Aussie society as you could ever hope to meet: from a yarn-spinning opal miner turned mechanic, to a Vietnam veteran; from the grizzled Aboriginal elder with his tales of Dreamtime, to an amphetamine-swallowing roadtrain driver.The Australian outback leaves an indelible mark on both their souls. They discover a country of opportunity and uninhibited freedoms, mountains, beaches and thousands of miles of wilderness, populated by some of the kindest people whose pioneer spirit is still very much alive. This is an amusing and offbeat narrative of hitchhiking into the Outback that will charm and beguile both outback aficionados and those dreaming of seeing the woop-woop for themselves.
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Tom Parry spent nearly two years travelling in Australia. After trying to establish himself as a drummer in a rock band, he is now a journalist with The Daily Mirror and has written travel articles for magazines such as Traveller and Wanderlust. He lives in North London with his wife Katia.

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"A very readable and enjoyable tour of Oz that will only inspire the adventurous traveller to get off the well-trodden path and explore the wilderness that is one of this country's greatest assets. And if you're planning on a spot of hitchhiking, then the advice given here is not to be missed." Ian Waller, editor of Real Travel "Thumbs-Up Australia is Tom Parry's gripping, funny and enlightening account of an 8,000-mile hitchhike around Oz. In tow is his reluctant French girlfriend Katia, who would much rather be travelling in a 'Jagwar' than an endless assortment of road-trains, camper vans and Landcruisers. However, the people they meet provide a fascinating and highly colourful insight into the harsh Outback." Daily Mirror

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