This chapter, through an analysis of guidebook representations of the travel experience in Aboriginal Australia, reveals that the selected guidebooks shape and frame particular travel pursuits as offering the traveller an alternative experience of the destination and of indigenous people and their cultures. Central to these representations is a quest for authentic cultural engagement - an experience that is supposedly achievable for the long-term traveller. The analysis also reveals that such information can be interpreted by the readers of guidebooks as only being achievable if the traveller is to move beyond the boundaries of travel and tourism. According to the backpackers interviewed, perhaps the best way to fully immerse oneself and to learn about Aboriginal cultures is to pursue alternative experiences, in particular volunteering.
Journeys of Discovery in Volunteer Tourism: International Case Study Perspectives p. 195-209