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18 books to read before you visit Australia

18 books to read before you visit Australia

Are you planning to visit Australia or possibly even move to Australia? I don’t know about you but I love finding out as much as possible about a place before I visit.  As well as reading blogs and travel guides I also enjoy reading fictional works associated with the country.

If Australia is a destination on your itinerary these are some of the books I highly recommend adding to your reading list! This is my list of books to read before you visit Australia but if you know of anything I have missed do let me know in the comments below!

NON FICTION BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU VISIT AUSTRALIA

IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY – BILL BRYSON

 

I love reading Bill Bryson’s writing and this book is no exception. I read it before we moved over and laughed and laughed at his experiences. And also learnt quite a bit too. I am looking forward to visiting Canberra to see if it is exactly as he describes!

If there is one book to read before arriving in Australia this in the one!

THE UNITES STATES OF AUSTRALIA – CAMERON JAMIESON

 

 

A must read for any Americans out there planning to visit Australia! The United States of Australia is a fabulous (and funny) introduction to Australia and its quirky inhabitants. This book examines the relationship between Australia and the U.S., including how Australians view their American cousins.

Topics include Blokes and Sheilas, Bloody Foster’s, Dangerous Creatures, Talking to Dogs, The GAFA, Speaking Strail-yun and Working for the Queen. Confused? You won’t be after reading this book!

A TRAVELLER’S HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA

Find out about the history of this vast country from the arrival of the earliest Aborigines some fifty or sixty thousand years ago to the present. Learn all about the ancient Aboriginal way of life, the arrival of European settlers and the emergence of a 21st century Australia.

TRAVELER’S TALES GUIDES – AUSTRALIA

 

This volume of Travelers’ Tales provides a vibrant introduction to the country of Australia and its people. Visit well-known sites like Bondi Beach and Uluru, get lost in the outback, forage for platypuses, slog through billabongs, walk along ancient song lines, and land on a deserted island for a Robinson Crusoe adventure that will make you think twice about leaving home.

FODOR’S TRAVEL ESSENTIAL AUSTRALIA

Written by local writers Fodors have been producing excellent travel guides for over 80 years.

LONELY PLANET AUSTRALIA

It is Lonely Planet guidebook – what more can I say!!!

 

AUSTRALIA’S DANGEROUS ANIMALS

And there are enough of them!!! Read up about all those crazy spiders, snakes, stingers and others that can kill you in the Land Down Under!!!

 

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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CUSTOMS AND CULTURE

 

Good to learn about the customs and culture of Australia before you go! Australia is different—a vast island-continent with distances so great that the capital of Western Australia is actually closer to Singapore in Asia than it is to Sydney.

Australia with magnificent tropical rainforests and deserts the size of several European states has a lifestyle the envy of the world.

Find out everything you need to know about its culture and customs. Learn the difference between a quokka and a gallah and have a fabulous time!

AUSTRALIA’S MOST UNBELIEVABLE STORIES

I bet you didn’t know that in 1932 the Australian army was called out to wage war on an invading army of 20,000… emus! Or that the first royal personage to arrive in Australia was the King of Iceland and he came as a convict?

From Jim Haynes, one of Australia’s most successful and prolific tellers of yarns and bush tales, comes this ultimate collection of unbelievable true Australian stories: the unknown, the forgotten, the surprising, the truly weird and the completely inexplicable.

 

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TOP TEN AUSTRALIA FICTION TO READ BEFORE YOU VISITING AUSTRALIA

THE LITERATURE OF AUSTRALIA

The Literature of Australia gathers the most distinctive and most significant of the nation’s writing including work from contemporary authors of international renown, including Shirley Hazzard, Peter Carey, David Malouf, Les Murray, Alexis Wright, and Kate Grenville

THE FORTUNES OF RICHARD MAHONEY

A family saga set in the 18th century in Melbourne and Ballarat.

 

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK

Picnic at Hanging Rock is an historical fiction novel written by Joan Lindsay. The novel is set in 1900 and revolves around the disappearance of a group of students from an Australian girls’ boarding school when they are visiting Hanging Rock on Valentine’s Day.

It is regarded by critics to be one of the best Australian novels.

THE SPARE ROOM

 

The Spare Room revolves around the friendship between two women – one dying and the other who cares for her. This book consistently receives excellent reviews and the author Helen Garner is a well respected Australian author.

CARPENTARIA

Written by the indigenous Australian author Alex Wright Carpentaria is his second novel.

by the indigenous Australian author Alexis Wright. It met with widespread critical acclaim when it was published in mid-2006, and went on to win Australia’s premier literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award, in mid-2007.

Set in the sparsely populated town of Desperance in northern Queensland the story revolves around a powerful local family and  Aboriginal families in dispute with the white officials of neighbouring towns.

THE KOOKABURRA CREEK CAFE

One small town. Three lost women. And a lifetime of secrets.

THE DAUGHTER OF AUSTRALIA

An epic novel that follows the life of Leonora. Found abandoned as a small child in the desert of western Australia to a life in America before returning to her roots this love story will enthral you from beginning to end!

 

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THE DRY

Set in an outback town gripped in a two year drought this murder mystery is a page-turner.

THE THORN BIRDS

If you haven’t read this novel (or seen the mini-series) then you are in for a treat. One of my favourite novels the Thorn Birds follows the life of Meggie Cleary and her everlasting passion for the handsome but ambitious priest Ralph. This love story set in the Australian outback and the Vatican is unforgettable.

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Author: Tracy

Working my way around the globe for 30 years – teacher, traveller, and train lover. Sharing authentic experiences from my travels and life as an expat in Australia.

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4 Comments

  1. September 24, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    If you haven’t read the The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney yet, you really should. This has go to be my favourite classic Australia saga. It’s set around Melbourne and Ballarat and I read it years ago whilst travelling around those areas. It really gave me a lot of context.

    • TracyJane
      Author
      September 27, 2018 / 6:39 am

      I haven’t but i am hoping to get it on my kindle to read when I go to Melbourne next week! Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. November 4, 2018 / 1:03 am

    Any book by Tim Winton, especially for a West Australia perspective on life.

    • Tracy
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Brilliant thank you I will take a look at his books!

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Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life as an expat in Queensland, Australia.

I write to inspire others whatever their age to explore the world - near and far!

I have travelled for over 30 years including solo in my 20's , as a single parent in my 30's and now in my 40's and beyond with my husband. House sitter and aspiring grey nomad a life of location independence is my goal.

Over 40 years ago I dreamt of a life well travelled and that is the life I live!

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