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Monday, 7 September 2009

Photographs published in new Great Ocean Road travel guidebook

By Darren Stones

I've had five of my Australian travel photographs published in The Complete Guide To The Great Ocean Road travel guidebook by Best Shot publications.

The author of the book is Richard Everist, co-founder of Torquay-based BestShot! publications, and a former Co-General Manager and Global Publisher for Lonely Planet from 1995 to 2000.

Richard contacted me in January 2009 seeking a collection of my travel photographs, and I was only too pleased to take part. It's a thrill to be associated with this high-quality and information-packed publication which promotes tourism in south-west Victoria, Australia.

The Complete Guide To The Great Ocean Road is an initiative of Geelong Otway Tourism. It has been funded by the Australian Government through a grant under the Australian Tourism Development Program, as well as funding from Geelong Otway Tourism, Great Ocean Road Marketing, Parks Victoria, Heritage Council of Victoria and BestShot!.

The Complete Guide To The Great Ocean Road
Approx 245mm x 167mm
Soft laminated cover
414 pages RRP $49.95

The book covers walks, beaches, heritage, ecology, towns and sustainable tourism through the south-west region of Victoria. It's a comprehensive publication which provides information on activities and history, is packed with photographs, and contains maps.

The book was launched in Torquay by The Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP on August 31, 2009 as part of the Geelong Otway Tourism’s ‘Creating a Sustainable Tourism Environment Along the Great Ocean Road’ project.

"The Great Ocean Road is a world-class attraction and one of Tourism Australia’s nine National Landscapes. I congratulate Geelong Otway Tourism and applaud their continuing role in promoting the region as a sustainable, world-class destination for visitors," Mr Ferguson said.

“Importantly, this project will encourage sustainable tourism practices by industry and tourists and attract greater numbers of environmentally-conscious visitors to the Great Ocean Road.”

In recognising my involvement with the publication, Richard Everist said: "Thank you very much for your valued contribution to The Complete Guide To The Great Ocean Road".

The book can be purchased from good book stores. For more information, contact BestShot!

PO Box 850
Torquay, VIC 3228
Ph: 1300 66 49 43

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