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Red Earth Diaries: A Migrant Couple's Backpacking Adventure in Australia

Red Earth Diaries: A Migrant Couple's Backpacking Adventure in Australia

by Jason Rebello, Rod Morrison

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Overview

A one-way ticket to Australia...two months of travel...and a shoestring budget.

In Red Earth Diaries we meet Jason and Ambika, a newlywed couple who migrated to Australia with the hope of a fresh start. However, unlike most migrants, they made a bold decision to postpone their settlement plans, throw caution to the wind and backpack in Australia on a shoestring budget.

Their intention was to learn about the country and its people first-hand ... a land they would someday call home.

Swimming with sharks, cuddling cute koalas, chartering private helicopters, venturing deep into ancient rainforests, and getting to know plenty of locals - the couple had incredible experiences in this stunning country.

Their travel story is interwoven with snippets of history and provides the reader with a glimpse of Australia as viewed through the eyes of newly arrived migrants.

Join Jason and Ambika on their spectacular journey of discovery.

Red Earth Diaries is founded on four primary pillars: a migrant's journal, a travelogue, a delve into Australian history, and an inspirational tale. The central message of the book is for everyone to chase their dreams - however distant and impossible they may seem.

The central message of the book is for everyone to chase their dreams - however distant and impossible they may seem. Moving to Australia has been one seemingly impossible goal the author had set decades ago, and he likewise urges the reader to shed all reservations and to dream the wildest dreams possible. 

The Preface of Red Earth Diaries is called Dreamtime, and in it, the author describes the evolution of his journey to this strange and peculiar wonderland. As a travelogue, the book harkens to all travellers as well as migrants who are already in Australia or who are thinking of making the move to this beautiful country.

The book also contains stories of local Australians the couple met along the way. In it you will meet, amongst others - Helen, a 10-Pound-pom; Rowland Mosbergen, a sprightly man in his eighties who survived the horrors of WWII in a remote jungle in Bahau; Rafael and Nadia and their three kids based in Research, Victoria; Ranjit, a practising surgeon and his wife who are based in Kew, Melbourne. The travelogue aims to deliver an essential message to all migrants in Australia - to not take this country for granted and to try to understand and embrace its culture first.


Some key personalities mentioned:

Paul Hogan, Ned Kelly, Steve Irwin, Captain Cook, Burley Griffin, Gregory Blaxland, Jorn Utzon, Eddie Mabo

 

Some key historical events described:

The Endeavour striking the reef, finding a passage through the Blue Mountains, the discovery of gold, the naming of Sunshine Coast, the birth of Canberra as the nation's capital, the iconic rail journeys in Australia, WWI and WWII, Early colonization, Blackbirding, construction of Opera House. 


Charity Donation: 

Five per cent of all profits from the sale of this book in the first year of publication will be donated to the Red Cross towards the 2019-20 bushfire crisis management (www.redcross.org.au) and a further five per cent will be also be given to aged care in India through Help Age India (www.helpageindia.org).



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780994567468
Publisher: Evolving Wordsmith
Publication date: 07/08/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 214
File size: 5 MB

Table of Contents

PREFACE: Dreamtime 

CHAPTER 1: The Master Plan 

CHAPTER 2: Lift Off 

CHAPTER 3: Two Backpacks and a Business Suit 

CHAPTER 4: A River Runs Through It 

CHAPTER 5: Of Strange Beasts and Distant Lands 

CHAPTER 6: Heads we go North! 

CHAPTER 7: Sea Creatures 

CHAPTER 8: Romancing the Railways 

CHAPTER 9: Heart of the Reef 

CHAPTER 10: Flight of Fancy 

CHAPTER 11: Ancient Land and Old Culture 

CHAPTER 12: Inside a Picture Postcard 

CHAPTER 13: Where the Rainforest meets the Reef 

CHAPTER 14: Shipwrecked 

CHAPTER 15: Daal, Roti and War Stories 

CHAPTER 16: Adieu to Queensland 

CHAPTER 17: The Gold Rush 

CHAPTER 18: The Grand Dame 

CHAPTER 19: Twelve Apostles 

CHAPTER 20: The Valley of Fine Wines

CHAPTER 21: Seat of Power 

CHAPTER 22: Dark Caves and New Discoveries 

CHAPTER 23: Into the Blue 

CHAPTER 24: Emerald City 

CHAPTER 25: Showers of Blessings 

EPILOGUE: Land of the Red Dog 

BIBLIOGRAPHY 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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