An Australian newspaperwoman decides to get acquainted with her own country, and to make it more accessible to others through a tour of the ""outback"" seldom visited by whites. Her book is a lively, colorful view of the lonely, frontier territory; less general as a picture of Australia than the recent I Heard the Ansacs Singing. First, down the coast, and the ghost towns of gold, pearls and ivory; on to the cattle country around Kimberley, the wild whiskey border town, Crossing. Up North to Darwin, melting pot of the aboriginal country, where native women are exploited, where half castes are bred out white, where missionaries and witch doctors alternate. Lastly, the interior desert country of sheep, camels, gold and opals. Not important but likable.