Globetrotters and bookworms alike would be familiar with the name Robin Esrock – the Canadian travel writer has been featured in National Geographic and The Guardian, and his 40-part series Word Travels was broadcast to over 100 countries.
And in his latest book, The Great Australian Bucket List, he’s devoted a whole chapter to the Naracoorte Caves.
“It’s one of the most hands on experiences that you can have with prehistoric phenomena,” Robin said about his decision to include the Caves.
“It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, it has such historical significance – I mean, it just steals the show.”
The chapter on the Naracoorte Caves, See Giant Marsupials in Ancient Caves, describes what makes the Naracoorte Caves so special. The plethora of fossilised riches in the Victoria Caves. The megafauna animatronics in the Wonambi Centre. The deep Stick-Tomato Cave, which is perfect for spelunking. The cavernous Blanche Cave, which is perfect for parties.
And, the Alexandra Cave, with its stalactites, stalagmites, and shimmering pools of water. Guide Thom Shortt gets a cameo as well.
Unfortunately Robin didn’t get to see much else of the region – it was a catastrophic fire warning day, and with two kids in the car wine tasting was out of the question – but the Caves clearly left an impression.
To write his latest ‘bucket list’ book, Robin and his family travelled around 22,000km across this great brown land, racking up plenty of frequent flyer points and wearing out the tires on the family car.
But, as any good travel writer would tell you, it was worth it.
“The book is about nature, culture, food, and history,” Robin said.
“It’s about what’s unique about Australia, and what unique experiences are out there. People know how to travel, but I wanted to tap into why they travel.”
The Great Australian Bucket List is published by Affirm Press and is currently in bookstores such as Collins and Dymocks, and also Big W, Kmart, and online via Booktopia.
For more information on this title and Robin’s other bestsellers, The Great Global Bucket List and The Great Canadian Bucket List, you can visit https://www.aussiebucketlist.com/book/
Whilst your there, why not go into the draw to win a trip via The Ghan in a Gold Twin Cabin? All you need to do is write in 30 words or less what YOUR ultimate ‘bucket list’ experience in Australia would be!
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