Release Date: 01 September 2015
Format: NEW Paperback / softback
Publisher: NEW HOLLAND
"Len Beadell is regarded as the 'last true Australian explorer' for opening up over 2.5 million square kilometres of rugged Australian outback. This is a beautiful box-set celebrating Len's successful publications and contains six special edition titles -
*Too Long In The Bush,
Straight as a gunbarrel, they bulldozed their way through saltbush, sand-dunes, desert and salt lakes to make Australia's most incredible road - The Gunbarrel Highway. Too Long in the Bush is the story of how, from 1956 to 1958, Len Beadell and his team made the first road to cross Central Australia from east to west, 1500 kilometres from the Alice Springs road to Carnegie homestead 650 kilometres northe of Kalgoorlie. On the way he surveyed and built the Giles Meteorological Station and aerodrome before moving on to skirt the edge of the infamous Gibson Desert.
Len's happy nature keeps the tale bubbling along with humorous touches that make this remarkable journey one that every armchair traveller will enjoy.
*End Of An Era,
The Gary Highway was to head north for 350 kilometres from the Gunbarrel Highway to Gary Junction.
Then a second highway of 650 kilometres was planned to join up with the West Australian road system near Marble Bar. A third would connect the road system near Ethel Creek to a point halfway along the Gary Highway, another 470 kilometres. And all this in one year's work!
Len's team had to contend with flat tyres and broken gearboxes as well as all the natural difficulties of outback country with its seemingly never-ending sandhills and limitless spinifex plains, in searing heat, bitter cold and violent wind storms.
But regardless of these conditions, the team maintained a much needed sense of humour and an awareness of taking part in an exciting venture.
Straight as a gunbarrel, they bulldozed their way through saltbush, sand-dunes, desert and salt lakes to make Australia's most incredible road - The Gunbarrel Highway.
In this book, Len Beadell tells the story of his second road across Australia which was driven 1400 kilometres from east to west, from South Australia to West Australia through the heart of the Great Victoria Desert.
Construction took years, as the road was driven through the almost impenetrable mulga scrub and over sand ridges which, until Len's bulldozer came along, had stopped everything but camels. For five months the author's wife and infant daughter camped with him in the desert.
The stay of this youngest member of the team is commemorated by the Connie Sue Highway, a 650 kilometre stretch of road which extends from the Warburton Ranges to Rawlinna on the Nullarbor.
*Still In The Bush,
*Blast The Bush and
*Beating About The Bush.
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