A good book is an essential item in any traveller’s suitcase. Whether it be to guide you on your destination and finalise itineraries; to while away some time in an airport lounge; or to unwind after a rewarding day out.
What better way to spend it diving into Australia’s history, people and culture, to help you understand the country that you’re driving through? Here are our 10 best Australian travel books that get you even more stoked about Melbourne and the Land Down Under.
Written by Bill Bryson
When you love to increase your knowledge about…almost everything, pick up a book by Bill Bryson. This one takes you on an exciting, educational, humorous and inspiring journey from east to west Australia. A must for involving yourself in Australian culture.
Written by Robyn Davidson
If you like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, then you will love this one. An incredible story about a woman’s personal journey through the Australian Outback that proves anything is possible. This marks a new age for reading in Australia.
Written by Robert Hughes
One of the best books to delve into the history and birth of Australia, complete with illustrations and maps. This is one of the best Australian travel books and provides an insight into Australian culture.
Written by Phillip Knightley
A popular history book to learn more about the events that shaped a one-time British colony into the Australia of today.
Written by Doris Pilkington Garimara
A classic and a must-read for every traveller heading Down Under. It tells the true story of three aboriginal girls who escape after being forcibly taken from their families. This is a confronting book of the stolen generation – a blemish on Australia’s culture.
Written by Paul Carter
An adventurer’s road trip through Australia. Travelling on a motorbike that runs on biofuel, Paul Carter’s story is one mad rollercoaster of surprises.
Written by Tim Winton
A novel, written by one of Australia’s most popular and respected authors. Two Western Australian adolescents take up surfing as a way to escape their mundane lives and come to know it not only as a sport but also as a spiritual path. “As if dancing on water was the best and bravest thing a man could do.”
Written by Mem Fox
A picture book about two possums, Grandma Poss and Hush, who lived in the Australian Bush. Grandma Poss uses her magic to make Hush invisible. When Hush wants to see herself again, they take a culinary tour of Australia to find specific Aussie food that will undo the spell. This is a must read when visiting Australia.
Written by May Gibbs
A classic series of books written by Australian author May Gibbs. The stories centre around two midgets, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, and their adventures. Some of the characters are based on the plants found in the bushland of Harvey, Western Australia.
Written by Tim Winton
Welcome to the weird life of a 14-year-old living in Australia. “Life’s good, life’s cool and finally everything is under control – not!”
Don’t forget to give one of the independent bookshops in Melbourne a visit during your trip. It’s a lovely way to spend the day browsing through bookshops.
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