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Books inspired by Australia

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood to travel

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Down Under

Bill Bryson

A humorous and informative depiction of Australia by the much-loved travel writer and historian. This is a must-read joy for anyone thinking of going or with an interest in country.

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Tracks

Robyn Davidson

Follows Davidson's epic and perilous 17,000 mile journey across the Australian outback with only her dog and four camels, in search of peace, solitude and self-discovery. Willing to see and experience things others weren't prepared to back in the 1970s, it's an eye-opening and uplifting read that you'll be thinking about for ages afterwards.

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Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

A gripping whodunit and "whydunit" which leaves you guessing until the very end. Fast-paced and perceptively detailed, this bestselling novel is a real page-turner. It's also been made into a great tv series, although the setting for that was changed from Australia to California.

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The Slap

Christos Tsiolkas

A man slaps a disruptive child who's not his own one afternoon at a barbecue in the suburbs of Melbourne. This eye-opening novel follows the ensuing fall-out from the split-second decision and leaves the reader questioning their own moral stance, which will continually change throughout the book.

Australia Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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15th June 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Best things to do in Noosa

Noosa is hands down my favourite place in Australia. If I had to pack my bags and move to one place tomorrow for the rest of my life, Noosa would be that place. Located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia, Noosa is one of the most charming and beautiful places to visit. So if you’re already planning to visit Noosa, you’re in for a treat. Here’s my Noosa travel guide, covering everything you need to know to plan your trip!...

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29th May 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Exploring the Australian Outback: Darwin to Alice Springs on the Ghan Train

Taking the Ghan Train through the Outback is one of the most incredible adventures to have in Australia. Although the full stretch spans a colossal journey from Darwin to Adelaide, one of the most iconic legs travels through the heart of the country. Travelling from Darwin to Alice Springs on the Ghan train means leaving the tropical Top End and spending 24 hours on board until your arrival in Australia’s Red Centre. The Ghan Train is one of the most iconic train journeys in the world, and a...

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29th May 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Best day trips from Cairns: 10 activities not to miss

Cairns is the first destination I visited whilst living in Australia and is one place I have returned to time and time again. I simply can’t get enough of this beautiful coastal city, which is widely considered Australia’s adventure capital. There’s certainly no shortage of day trips from Cairns. Located in Tropical North Queensland, Cairns is blessed with some magical ecosystems. These include the world’s oldest rainforest – the Daintree, and of course, the Great Barrier Reef, the...

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16th June 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Cairns to Cape Tribulation & The Daintree Rainforest: A road trip itinerary

Driving from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, home to The Daintree, the world’s oldest rainforest, was one of the first adventures I had in Australia. I was living in Melbourne, and having spent 6 weeks in the city during the Australian winter months of July and August, I was keen for some sun and warmth. So my friends and I headed to Cairns in Tropical Northern Queensland, with no set plans but an overwhelming need for heat and adventure at the end of August. Only when I got to Cairns did I find...

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10th May 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Australia East Coast road trip itinerary

Australia’s East Coast is one of the most popular places in the world to travel. It spans the length of Queensland and into New South Wales, and features the larger cities of Cairns and Brisbane. With its world class beaches, ancient rainforests, endless adrenaline activities and charming towns, it’s truly a destination like no other. So the main aim of this guide is to equip you with everything you need to know to plan your own Australia East Coast road trip itinerary....

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21st February 2020 by PommieTravels

Tips for visiting Uluru: Australia’s greatest natural treasure

When you think of Australia it probably conjures up a lot of images in your mind. Shane Warne bowling the ‘Ball of the Century’ against Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes Test, The sprawling Great Barrier Reef, and the opulent and iconic Sydney Opera House. But there is one inescapable sight that defines Australia more than perhaps any other. I’m talking, of course, about Uluru....

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12th December 2019 by PommieTravels

Cool things to see and do when In Melbourne

You could really write a book about all the things to see and do when visiting a city like Melbourne. In this post we’ll just be covering a few of them to whet your appetite and give you some ideas. One thing is for sure. Visitors to Melbourne are never bored, as there is always something going on in this diverse metropolis....