Penelope Goes West

On the road from Sydney to Margaret River and back

Tim Bowden
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Tim Bowden loves to go camping, and he has a great interest in Australian history. So both interests came into play when he and his wife Ros travelled in their newly acquired 4WD to Western Australia retracing the steps of the young explorer Edward John Eyre. This is the engrossing story of that trip told with Tim's wry humour and passion.

Tim Bowden loves travelling and camping and has a great interest in Australian history. So, when he decided to take off to Western Australia with his wife Ros and their newly acquired camping trailer and four-wheel-drive (named Penelope as to travel in her was to be truly to the Manor Born), it was only natural that their journey would be just as much about history as the travails and joys of the gypsy life.

Crossing the Nullarbor Plain on roughly the same track taken by the courageous young explorer Edward John Eyre, and following the coast in the wake of the admirable Matthew Flinders, Tim kept a diary of his and Ros's two-month journey. The result is an engrossing travel tale that takes you from Sydney to the far southwest of Western Australia and back. Told with Tim Bowden's wry humour and love of a good yarn, Penelope Goes West brings vividly to life the dramatic stories of pioneer explorers, tales of bush life today and the many ups (and occasional down) of life on the road.

Author bio:

Tim Bowden is a Sydney broadcaster, radio and television documentary maker, oral historian and author. He hosted the ABC-TV listener and viewer reaction program `Backchat' (1986 - 1994). In 1969 he was the first executive producer of the ABC radio current affairs program PM, before becoming a producer with the ground-breaking television current affairs program `This Day Tonight' in the early 1970s.

For the last 10 years, Tim Bowden has been actively broadcasting, writing and researching Australian activities in Antarctica.

Category: Travel writing
ISBN: 9781865083070
Table Of Contents: Acknowledgments


Penelope and the Manor

Explorers and Prehistoric Ants

We Join the Grey Nomads

When Can I Buy Another Tomato?

Cocktails at Six

Lucky Bay, Wind Farms and Space Junk

A Fiery Christmas

Rolls-Royce Chardonnay at a BMW Price

Whale Oil and Echoes of Antarctica

The Last Bush Camp

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: May 2000
Page Extent: 264
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Travel writing