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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - ALEXAN­DRA JAMES SU­SAN KURO­SAWA MICHELLE ROWE

The Aus­tralian Bed & Break­fast Book 2012 Edited by Carl South­ern (Inn Aus­tralia, $19.95) IT’S the 24th edi­tion of this ac­com­mo­da­tion com­pen­dium and it comes with a fresh look and the ad­di­tion of prop­er­ties that range be­yond the B&B tem­plate. Now there are city apart­ments, lodges and bou­tique ho­tels as well as more tra­di­tional coun­try cot­tages, farm stays and guest­houses.

Di­vided ac­cord­ing to states and ter­ri­to­ries, the in­for­ma­tion is easy to ac­cess and dis­cov­er­ies abound, from self-con­tained train car­riages for overnight stays to sea­side stu­dios.

Don’t ex­pect ob­jec­tive commentary, but the nitty-gritty is all here. Ex­treme Fron­tiers Charley Boor­man (Sphere, $35) I CAN claim a brush with fame. While in Bri­tish Columbia last year, I was guided by Charley Boor­man’s tour es­cort who was fresh from help­ing the fa­mous mo­tor­biker, his mate Russ Malkin and their crew film around Vancouver Is­land.

This book is a tie-in with their six-part tele­vi­sion se­ries based on ‘‘rac­ing across Canada from New­found­land to the Rock­ies’’.

Chap­ter head­ings are as di­verse as De­liv­er­ance and Bikes to the Bone and, as you’d ex­pect with Boor­man, there’s lots of fun and der­ring-do as he charges around the world’s sec­ond-big­gest coun­try.

This time there are also boats and buses but, sadly, no Ewan Mc­gre­gor along for the ride. J’aime Paris Alain Du­casse (Hardie Grant, $59.95) THERE’S noth­ing like a bit of in­side knowl­edge when ex­plor­ing a new city, and in­sid­ers don’t get much bet­ter than Alain Du­casse when it comes to Paris. The cel­e­brated chef takes us on a gourmet tour of the city, list­ing more than 200 food ex­pe­ri­ences, from bistros to tea salons, mar­kets and provi­dores, along with glo­ri­ous pho­tos of his­toric din­ing rooms, bustling brasseries and de­lec­ta­ble dishes that will trans­port you straight to Paris. Have no fear that this hefty tome will put a dent in your bag­gage al­lowance . . . in a very clever move, a mini pa­per­back ver­sion of the guide has been at­tached to the back cover — pop it in your hand­bag along­side the pass­port, and off you go.

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