Bushwalking related books by other authors
Australian - Non Fiction
- The Ways of the Bushwalker: On foot in Australia , Melissa Harper, UNSW press, 2007
- A lively and well researched history of bushwalking in Australia traces its origins and motivations from first settlement through to the current city dweller bushwalking adventurer.
The last chapter covers the issues relevant to current-day bushwalkers.
- Myles and Milo, Peter Meredith, Allen & Unwin
- As well as a biography of the father and son legends in conservation, this is
a fascinating insight into the history of bushwalking in the Sydney region.
- Wild Places, Peter Prineas & Henry Gold, Colong Foundation
- A classic book which has been recently reprinted in its second edition. It celebrates the remarkable wilderness areas in eastern New South Wales.
- Colo Wilderness, Henry Gold & Peter Prineas, Kalianna Press
- The classic text on the Colo Wilderness. Out of print, but copies may be available second hand. Great black-and-white photos and fascinating text describing Wollemi National Park.
- The Wollemi Pine, James Woodford
- An excellent and fascinating book about the Wollemi Pines and the scientific story behind them. Great story telling including a description of a visit to the lush, secluded canyon where they were found.
- Tracks, Scats, and Other Traces, Barbara Triggs, 1996
- A great guidebook for identifying animals tracks and other evidence of their presence.
- The Explorers, Tim Flannery, Text Publishing
- A great compilation of accounts by explorers of their journeys in and around Australia over the past 400 years.
- Back from the Brink, Andy Macqueen, 1997
- A fascinating book on the history of exploration, bushwalking, and conservation in the Blue Gum Forest and the Grose River Wilderness.
- The Secret Life of Wombats, James Woodford
- The story of "wombat boy", the school boy who climbed down wombat burrows to investigate how they lived.
Also an exploration of the species of wombats - living, extinct, and nearly extinct. Fascinating reading.
- Blue Mountains Dreaming, Eugene Stockton, 1993
- an invaluable resource for those interested in Aboriginal culture, rock art and sites in the Blue Mountains.
- Memo for a saner world, Bob Brown, 2004
- a great book about conservation and where the world is headed if not enough attention
is paid to the environment. Filled with interesting annecdotes from Brown's life as an activist and politician in the Greens party.
- Alone Across Australia, Jon Muir, 2003
- an interesting account of Muir's epic south-to-north walk across the vast continent of Australia. (Similar to Burke and Wills route).
- Cooper's Creek, Alan Moorehead, c1963
- a very interesting account of the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition across Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
- Mr Stuart's Track, John Bailey
- unlike Burke and Wills, Stuart was successful in returning from all his explorations and opened up central Australia for
the telegraph line.
- Journals of Australian Land and Sea Explorers and Discoverers (online e-texts)
- Songman: the story of an Aboriginal elder of Uluru, Bob Randall.
- Treading Lightly: The hidden wisdom of the world's oldest people, Karl-Erik Sveiby and tex Skuthorpe.
Australian - Fiction
Robbery under arms, Rolf Boldrewood, 1889
- A classic Australian story about a gang of bushrangers in NSW. The location known as "Terrible Hollow" in the book is apparently based
on one of the volcanic rock areas in northern Wollemi National Park.
The Secret River, Kate Grenville, 2006
- A great story for anyone who wants to know about the life of early settlers on the
Hawkesbury River and their interaction with the Aboriginal inhabitants.
- Touching the Void, Joe Simpson, Vintage
- A great story about two mates who go to climb a mountain in South America and end up having a disaster trip. A real page-turner.
- Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer, Anchor Books
- A first-hand account of the 1996 tragedy on Mt Everest. Great reading.
- Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer, Pan Books
- An intriguing account of an idealistic young guy who walked off into the Alaskan wilderness intended to live off the land for a while, and turned up dead a few months later.
- Farther Than Any Man: The rise and fall of Captain James Cook, Martin Dugard, Allen & Unwin
- A great read. The story of Cook's three epic voyages of discovery in the Pacific (including, of course, Australia).
- Into Africa: The epic adventures of Stanley and Livingstone, Martin Dugard, Doubleday
- Another great read from Dugard for people who like reading about historical adventures in a way
that makes them seem real, not like dusty old histories.
- Three Men in a Raft: An improbable journey down the Amazon, Ben Kozel, 2002 - A great story about three young men and their adventure of a lifetime as they hike and float from the Pacific to the Atlantic via the Amazon River. The author is an Aussie and has had articles published in Wild magazine (see issues 80 and 93).
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Aron Ralston, 2004 - Another true survival story. Aron has his right hand pinned by a boulder while doing a canyon solo and waits many days for rescue before finally freeing himself by self-amputation. The story covers many of his other solo adventures and near misses in the mountains aswell.
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