King of the Outback: Tales from an Off-Road Adventurer [NOOK Book]

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A modern-day explorer who took everyday Australians along for the ride.

Bill King is the pioneer who put the Australian outback on the map for both local and international tourists. Through an enterprise founded on hope and grit-now operating as AAT Kings-he opened up a completely new branch of Australian tourism. Thousands of Australians have experienced the adventure of a ...
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King of the Outback: Tales from an Off-Road Adventurer

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Overview

A modern-day explorer who took everyday Australians along for the ride.

Bill King is the pioneer who put the Australian outback on the map for both local and international tourists. Through an enterprise founded on hope and grit-now operating as AAT Kings-he opened up a completely new branch of Australian tourism. Thousands of Australians have experienced the adventure of a lifetime in Bill's capable hands, often walking in the footsteps of explorers such as Burke and Wills, Leichhardt, Sturt and Stuart.

Eccentric drivers, mad passengers and sticky situations abound against the backdrop of the glorious Australian outback. Bill and his tour groups sometimes got lost, bogged or stranded-sometimes even scared out of their wits-but there was always a fierce determination to bring the show back home. Bill never lost a passenger or brought one to harm, though by heck they did sometimes try his monumental patience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781742693842
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Bill King is a living treasure of the Australian travel industry who spent thirty years experiencing everything under the sun. There are few Australians who could match his incredible fund of real-life yarns.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Chapter 1 Becoming a real life bussie 1

Chapter 2 In search of Burke and Wills 11

Chapter 3 The colonel, three ladies and me 29

Chapter 4 Opals and oddballs 41

Chapter 5 In search of Captain Charles Sturt 47

Chapter 6 Holiday in Copley and cattle kings 59

Chapter 7 Hippie headaches-The age of Aquarius 70

Chapter 8 The old days of outback hospitality 81

Chapter 9 The painting schools 99

Chapter 10 And the rains came 107

Chapter 11 Hips, ticks and unions 116

Chapter 12 Spreading our wings 126

Chapter 13 America-Here we come 141

Chapter 14 About 'Burke's bones' 148

Chapter 15 From Lasseter's Cave to the northern frontier 156

Chapter 16 It's hard to get good help 168

Chapter 17 All about business, beds and barramundi 177

Chapter 18 Hitting the big time 187

Chapter 19 Into survival mode 193

Chapter 20 The German expedition 201

Chapter 21 In search of Skylab and people gone missing 209

Chapter 22 The end of an era 221

Chapter 23 An audience with the Grim Reaper 229

Chapter 24 The global market-On our terms 239

Chapter 25 We build the 'mogs' 249

Chapter 26 Changing times 255

Chapter 27 New direction 266

Chapter 28 Kimberley cruising 273

Chapter 29 Gone west 280

Chapter 30 In search of my family 291

Postscript 297

Further reading 300

Acronyms 301

Index 302

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