The urge to wan­der and won­der

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Doreen. Ah, a name to set the heart of a Sen­ti­men­tal Bloke sail­ing. Bill the lar­rikin found his true love in Doreen, of the pickle fac­tory, 101 years ago in CJ Den­nis’s The Songs of a Sen­ti­men­tal Bloke, which was an early snap­shot of the “quin­tes­sen­tial” Aus­tralia.

With the photo of Miss Doreen, at an­chor in a sub­lime bush set­ting, and 100 oth­ers like it, Carlisle Rogers ex­plores the heart and soul of Aus­tralia to­day in his new book The Phi­los­o­phy of Travel. This is go­ing to look hand­some on any self-re­spect­ing coffee ta­ble and comes in a hard slip­case to ward off rings left by care­lessly placed mugs.

Rogers, host of the tele­vi­sion se­ries 4WD Tour­ing Aus­tralia, is both pho­tog­ra­pher and writer, in­ter­spers­ing his pic­tures with mini-es­says on (you guessed it) the phi­los­o­phy of travel.

“The urge to move, to mi­grate, or even to wan­der aim­lessly from drink­ing hole to drink­ing hole, is one that haunts mod­ern man,” he writes. “It is the call of the wild that we feel when our mates tell us they are go­ing up the beach for a drive, and we are stuck at home work­ing on the house. It is the deep, in­ces­sant tidal tug that the deserts of Aus­tralia have for the more sus­cep­ti­ble of us.”

The pho­tos and ideas are the prod­uct “of well over 100,000km of dusty, muddy roads, late-night high­way miles and the road­houses, sun­sets, waves, strangers and friends that have pushed me, chal­lenged me and kept me look­ing for beauty in ev­ery di­rec­tion”, Rogers says.

Get ready for 170 glossy pages of sun­rises, sun­sets, night skies, beach vis­tas, desert panora­mas, 4WDs and road trains, and faces, fresh and gnarled, in­quis­i­tive and wise.

My small quib­ble is with the lack of geo­graphic

Miss Doreen at an­chor in a per­fect bush set­ting

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