Welcome to Country

Marcia Langton

Welcome to Country
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Welcome to Country

Marcia Langton

Winner of the 2019 Indie Book Award for illustrated non-fiction

Tourism Australia statistics show that many overseas tourists, as well as Australians, are keen to learn more about Australia’s first peoples. And while the Indigenous tourism industry continues to grow, no comprehensive travel guide is currently available.    

Welcome to Country is a curated guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. In its pages, author Professor Marcia Langton offers fascinating insights into Indigenous languages and customs, history, native title, art and dance, storytelling, and cultural awareness and etiquette for visitors. There is also a directory of Indigenous tourism experiences, organised by state or territory, covering galleries and festivals, national parks and museums, communities that are open to visitors, as well as tours and performances.     

This book is essential for anyone travelling around Australia who wants to learn more about the culture that has thrived here for over 50,000 years. It also offers the chance to enjoy tourism opportunities that will show you a different side of this fascinating country - one that remains dynamic, and is filled with openness and diversity.


I sense a growing desire for non-Indigenous Australians to know about our Indigenous culture. The recent successes of Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia (one of our bestsellers last month) and Alexis Wright’s Stella Prize-winning biography, Tracker, attest to that.

Academic Marcia Langton has produced the perfect book for people who want to know more about our rich Indigenous history. Ostensibly a travel guide, it’s also an introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture, and places of interest. Whether you just want to find out more about where you live or you want to plan a trip, this is a wonderful guide to culture and places. Beautifully produced and illustrated, it’s equally at home on the shelf or in the glove box.

Mark Rubbo is the managing director of Readings.

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