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Once upon a distant journey by Hendrik Gout

Once upon a distant journey by Hendrik Gout


This is a motorbiking tour of Australia like no other by Australia’s most awarded bike-riding journalist. It's essential reading for all Moto Guzzi riders.

These yarns take you on journeys across Australia from the outback to the sea. We feel for ourselves the relationship between man and motorbike, between humanity and nature, between people who love each other – and those met only fleetingly.

Hendrik takes us down roads packed with beauty and delight and others with obstacles and surprises. His quirky sense of humour and intimate knowledge of this Wide Brown Land offers fresh ways of identifying with the country, its history, its people,geography, and uniquely Australian culture.

This is a travel book with wisdom which captures the essence of Australia. Voices of ordinary and extraordinary Australians speak to us directly with honesty and candour.

Hendrik shares experiences that could be had only on a motorbike. An enormously satisfying read: the thrills, spills and joys that exist for all of us between road and sky – whether we ride or not.

What would it be like if your bike didn’t need a number plate and you didn’t need a licence? Why not vote toll roads into extinction? Should we ban  random breath testing and use simulators instead? Hendrik answers all these questions.

About the authors

Hendrik Gout is an award-winning Australian journalist. He’s reported and produced television news and current affairs – including the ABC’s flagship 7.30 Report – and been a newspaper and magazine editor. Hendrik’s passion for motorcycling and its lifestyle shines through in this unique collection of stories and adventures.

This book’s cartoonist and cartographer, George Aldridge, is a painter, sculptor, and artist whose Flinders Ranges landscapes have brought him international acclai.


Once Upon a Distant Journey by Hendrik Gout with  cartoons and maps by George Aldridge is published by Wakefield Press (SA, March 2015, HB, 240pp, RRP A$39.95). Available in good bookstores or directly from the publisher »

VisitVineyards.com subscribers receive a 20% discount on direct sales from Wakefield Press  find further details on how to claim your discount here »  


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