It’s midday on the fringes of the central Australian desert, and the sun beats down like a hammer. Half-blinded by sweat and swirling red dust, I stare in disbelief at a scene straight from the Bible. A train of camels growl and groan as helpers strap on heavy steel and leather saddles. A man with a flowing white beard beckons me.
“This will be your camel,” he says, indicating a massive, disgruntled beast. “His name is Moses.”
In recent years, dozens of stories in Reader’s Digest magazine have taken readers on unique expeditions into Australia’s most fascinating places – by camel, by truck, by train, guided by Aboriginal trackers, fossil-hinters, even Benedictine monks.
Through these stories, over a hundred million readers here and around the world have experienced the magic that is Australia – its people, its places, and its wildlife.
In these two volumes, our editors have selected more than 35 of their favourites. The range of settings for these stories is as broad as out continent itself – from the great deserts of the hinterland to the humid and bountiful tropical regions of Queensland and the Top End. We’ll take you to places to which outsiders are forbidden entry – like the fabulously rich Argyle diamond mind in Western Australia, the pearl fields of Broome and the timeless Aboriginal territory of Arnhem Land.
And we’ll take you adventuring. Rollercoaster down the Snowy River with white-water rafters, roar through the desert at the wheel of a road train or witness first-hand the skills of an Aboriginal tracker. Along the way, you’ll discover many of the secrets of Australia’s extraordinary animals, including the raucous kookaburra, the deadly box jellyfish, the puzzling platypus and the man-eating saltwater crocodile.
These stories are for the young and old, ideal for reading aloud or dipping into at random – a treasury to enrich the life of anyone with a few moments to spare each day. Beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched, these are books for every story – lover’s permanent collection.
- 2 Voumes
- 192 pages each
- 38 fascinating stories
- 200 colour photographs