The Author

A decade later, still rocking the Big Leather Hat

Educated to some extent at a grammar school on the edge of London, I have traveled extensively on every continent, in particular in Asia, Australia and the Pacific and now more recently East Africa.

I am using this website primarily to entertain my readers with the diaries I have written on my travels and to share my passion for traveling with a wider audience. I am a published author having written Going Somewhere – An Australian Adventure which is available to buy here. I have written articles for a number of websites and I am the resident travel columnist in a magazine.

I am available for freelance writing and after dinner speaking.

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Australia. A vast land of scorched red earth, wild and virtually undisturbed by man for millions of years. Home of the Aborigines, thought to be the closest living culture to that which sprung up at the birth of mankind. Many early explorers made their fortunes here, many more died trying. This book is the story of how two people with nothing more than a van and a big leather hat made their way around this unique continent, the fascinating, interesting and bizarre people they met and the adventures they had along the way. Witty and informative throughout, Daniel Brace takes the reader on a trip from London to Perth via Hong Kong and Singapore and then on a meandering journey through Australia to Sydney over the course of a year. Find out about the dark history behind the sleepy town of Geraldton, what prehistoric life forms still thrive in the clear waters of Hamelin Pool and why kangaroos never fart.

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