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Tony Wheeler’s Islands of Australia: Travels through Time

Australia is not just an island, it is festooned with a myriad of smaller Islands, 8,000 in total, some inhabited, many more listed as wild life refuges and many more simply uninhabitable by humans.

Tony Wheeler has trekked the costal perimeters of the Worlds largest Island Continent, recording in detail, State by State many of Australia’s islands and their incredible beauty, now recorded in a beautifully presented coffee table style book, Islands of Australia: Travels Through Time.

Perfect for the armchair traveller, or the traveller who thinks they have been everywhere and seen it all, Islands of Australia: Travels Through Time has within the covers a selection of magnificent Islands which are captivating in their beauty, significant in their uses, with rich histories, and unique flora and fauna.

Eyes always seem to focus on New South Wales as the biggest and the best at everything, but interestingly there are only a total of 103 Islands off their coastline, whereas Western Australia has 3,747 Islands; Queensland, known for its colourful, leisure filled islands and weather comes in second with 1,955.

These facts are to be discovered in the Introduction along with many more details which make fascinating reading, before you get into the history of some of the more well-known Islands such as Bruny in Tasmania, Kangaroo off South Australia, Dirk Hartog off the West Australian coast, known for the amount of early exploders who did land there, for one reason or another, often reasons beyond their control, each leaving their mark, but deciding there was little of interest to be discovered.

Each of the States come into focus from a vastly different perspective, which does make interesting reading as it presents another aspect of the early history of white settlement, the traditional uses of the Islands by the indigenous people, and the unexpected beauty of the landscapes.

Tony Wheeler, established as a co-founder the Lonely Plant series of travel guides, and is considered by the New York Time as the trailblazing saint of travel. During his travels around Australia for Lonely Planet he discovered many of the resort Islands but so many more captured his interest, which has led onto this well documented and detailed edition of Islands of Australia: Travels Through Time, that will whet every traveller’s appetite to discover more.

AuthorTony Wheeler
PublisherNational Library of Australia
ISBNAustralia is not just an island, it is festooned with a myriad of smaller Islands, 8,000 in total, some inhabited, many more listed as wild life refuges and many more simply uninhabitable by humans. Tony Wheeler has trekked the costal perimeters of the Worlds largest Island Continent, recording in detail, State by State many of Australia’s islands and their incredible beauty, now recorded in a beautifully presented coffee table style book, Islands of Australia: Travels Through Time. Perfect for the armchair traveller, or the traveller who thinks they have been everywhere and seen it all, Islands of Australia: Travels Through Time has within the covers a selection of magnificent Islands which are captivating in their beauty, significant in their uses, with rich histories, and unique flora and fauna. Eyes always seem to focus on New South Wales as the biggest and the best at everything, but interestingly there are only a total of 103 Islands off their coastline, whereas Western Australia has 3,747 Islands; Queensland, known for its colourful, leisure filled islands and weather comes in second with 1,955. These facts are to be discovered in the Introduction along with many more details which make fascinating reading, before you get into the history of some of the more well-known Islands such as Bruny in Tasmania, Kangaroo off South Australia, Dirk Hartog off the West Australian coast, known for the amount of early exploders who did land there, for one reason or another, often reasons beyond their control, each leaving their mark, but deciding there was little of interest to be discovered. Each of the States come into focus from a vastly different perspective, which does make interesting reading as it presents another aspect of the early history of white settlement, the traditional uses of the Islands by the indigenous people, and the unexpected beauty of the landscapes. Tony Wheeler, established as a co-founder the Lonely Plant series of travel guides, and is considered by the New York Time as the trailblazing saint of travel. During his travels around Australia for Lonely Planet he discovered many of the resort Islands but so many more captured his interest, which has led onto this well documented and detailed edition of Islands of Australia: Travels Through Time, which will whet every traveller’s appetite to discover more.
Websitehttps://bookshop.nla.gov.au
DistributorNational Library of Australia
ReleasedOctober 2019