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Australia, the Holy Grail at the end of the world

Resolutely, no country better than Australia symbolises the land down under. Here is a review of film and works of literature from my selection, to help prepare your Australian itinerary!

Films to see

"Crocodile Dundee", produced by Peter Faiman. This trilogy, of which first film is Australian - and the best - came out in 1986 and remains as a great Indian Jones style adventure classic with a great sense of humour! For the anecdotes, the directors of the French version had difficulty translating certain jokes. To see again and again before or after your Australian trip!

"The Man from Snowy River", produced by Georges Miller. This Australian film released in 1982 transports the audience to the Australian mountains in an epic adventure of one man's destiny.

Works to leaf through

« Australia, the fifth continent », Yves Paccalet (text) and Stanislas Fautré (photos), Arthaud Editions. Described as "road book" across Australia by the publisher, this (very) beautiful book takes you to the beauty of Australian landscapes like no other in the world. From north to south, back and forth to the shores of the island of Tasmania, UNESCO listed, seasoned authors take you on this continent synonymous with escape.

"Australian English", Ed. Assimil (2010). More than a conversational guide, this work strives to let the reader discover the specificities of local Australian habits and customs through the language and diverse lifestyles.

Tasmania Unesco listed

Books to discover and devour!

"Jacaranda Vines", by Tamara McKinley (Archipel Editions). This novel retraces a poignant family saga and, through it, carries the reader through Australia from the 19th century to today. A "Gone with the Wind", modernised with Australian flavour, in some ways.

"Australian Cuisine, Original Antipode Recipes", Tables around the World series (Pacific Editions). More than a recipe book, this work designed by a group made up principally of Australian chefs evokes the history and culture of the land down under, in a tour or Australian gastronomy. Indeed, Australian cuisine has Asian, Aboriginal and Western influences: that's all!

"Wines of the New World", by Jacques Orhon (Man Editions). This sommelier wandered the world's vineyards and here evokes the New Zealand, South African and Australian terroirs, for a surprising tasting experience.

Jeanne Brette
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Updated 20 November 2015

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Coastlines and outback train journey
Length 16 days Approx. $5,330
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Discover Melbourne and Tasmania
Length 9 days Approx. $1,770
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Iconic sites and cities
Length 15 days Approx. $6,290
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