Southern Australia Reading List
Looking at more than 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide on Australian birds available and contains by far the best coverage of southern seabirds.
Kindred: A Cradle Mountain Love Story | By Kate Legge
He was an Austrian immigrant; she came from Tasmania. He grew up beside the Carinthian Alps; she climbed mountains when few women dared. Their honeymoon glimpse of Cradle Mountain lit an urge that filled their waking hours. This book traces the achievements of these unconventional adventurers and their fight to preserve the wilderness where they pioneered eco-tourism. Longlisted for the Premier’s Literary Awards 2019 and Queensland Literary Awards 2019 History Shortlist.
Australian Wildlife (Bradt Wildlife Explorer) | By Stella Martin
A new, thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt’s Australian Wildlife, covering habitats, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and the marine environment. It also covers all regions of Australia. Background chapters explain how Australia’s wildlife evolved in isolation and how the geology, soil and climate affect its natural history.
In a Sunburned Country | By Bill Bryson
Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path.
Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture | By Bruce Pascoe
History has portrayed Australia’s First Peoples, the Aboriginals, as hunter-gatherers who lived on an empty, uncultivated land. History is wrong. This book is a bestseller in Australia, and won both the Book of the Year Award and the Indigenous Writer’s Prize in the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards.
Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia | By Billy Griffiths
This book tells a story of physical, political and cultural challenge and discovery, where fascinating individuals encounter and decipher awe-inspiring ancient places. Sensitive and scrupulous, the book does full
justice to the achievements and concerns of the Indigenous peoples who shaped and inscribed this ancient land.
Tasmanian Devil: A Unique and Threatened Animal | By David Owen
By sharing the surprising, controversial, funny, and tragic history behind the world’s largest marsupial carnivore, this new guidebook covers all aspects of the biology and the habitat of the Tasmanian Devil.