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Sophisticated commercial centres, alongside outback cattle-stations and flying doctors; Modern films, theatre, and music, juxtaposing ochre-toned bark paintings, and Aboriginal rituals.

Add to that the imported colour and culture of the Mediterranean Europeans, mixing with the influx of nearby Asians.

A young nation melting-pot; striving to blend tradition with progress.

Victorian influenced shopping mall

The country is a vast topic that many Australians will never cover in their lifetimes. Even on a six-month sojourn, the subject can only be made a sketch of the whole.

Welcome to Australia 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.

It is also about chance encounters on a land that is there. As it is there, the traveller wants to look and see, and feel its warmth; inhaling the very freshness that is foreign.

You have reached the land that you tried to dig to, as a child, on the sandy shores of home; a large area on the map, that always seemed so out of reach.

A good travelling companion for six-months, so far away from home, is hard to find, especially when one's own interests become so selfishly focused. To travel alone, is to be more approachable, flexible, and open to the experience. An experience that can be shared later, but is wholly yours to explore at the time.

[An Introduction]

[Explore Australia]

Australia Index.

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.

Find out more about Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, The Middle East, and The Americas.
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