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A list of every guide book I know of that includes overnight walks to at least several states of Australia. Some are out of print and only available in libraries or as second hand books.

Bushwalking In Australia (4th edition), by John and Monica Chapman, published by John Chapman, 2003, ISBN 0 9596129 7 1. The only national guide book for overnight bushwalking (called Tramping or Backpacking in other countries). Includes full track notes for 25 walks around Australia. It has walks in every state including Western Australia. Some of the walks are not found in any other guide. It's designed as a book to use in the bush and has a number of unique features that dont appear in other guides. Of course I am biased, as I am one of the writers. See separate web page for more detail. Price is around A$40.

Classic Wild Walks of Australia (3rd edition) by Robert Rankin, published by Robert Rankin, 1996. Also covers walks all around Australia. This is a large coffee table book with excellent photos, maps and brief track notes for 25 walks (some track notes are very much out-of-date - there have been minimal text changes since the first edition). Some of the walks are also described in our book above and I regard this book as being complimentary to ours - we describe the routes in up-to-date detail, Rankin's book show you what you will see. You would not take this book with you on a walk (it's big) but the photos can inspire you to go to new places, well worth having in your library. Price is around A$45. The book is also available on CD ROM for around $50.

Classic Walks of Australia by Sven Klinge, published by New Holland Publishers Australia, 2000, ISBN 1 86436 5498. As the first sentence states 'This book strives to present a comprehensive collection of the very best walks in Australia'. It does describe in very brief detail a large number of both one day and multiple day walks across Australia but is not comprehensive with some gaps in its coverage with significant walking areas missing. Descriptions vary widely ranging from being very detailed at times to extremely skimpy in other areas and it seems the publisher/author could not decide if this was a reference text to tell you what exists or whether it was to be a guide book. While all books will contain some errors, I found more than 100 errors which is a lot! While it is only my opinion, it looks like much of the information came from other sources and was not personally checked. Being around A4 in size, this hard back book is too large to carry. Its greatest use is as a reference as to what exists, once you decide where you want to go, then get a current local guide book for your walk. Out of print, price was around $70.

Australian Mountains - the Best 100 Walks (1st edition), by Tyrone Thomas and Sven Klinge, published by Hill of Content, 1998, ISBN 0 85572 280 0. Like most other titles in this series, the majority of walks are just one day in length and the book covers 19 overnight bushwalks. While all the walks I would rate as 'good' and worth walking, the use of 'best' in Australia, is not really justified as there are no walks from the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The walks are restricted mainly to the major eastern states. Out of print, price was around A$25.

Gorge Walks (1st edition) by John Chapman, published by WILD magazine, 1991. A small guide of 28 pages of brief track notes for 10 gorge walks scattered around Australia. Price is around A$7.50.

Walking In Australia by Lonely Planet, 2006, ISBN 1 74059 310 3 . Describes 60 walks across Australia with 38 of them being overnight or longer walks and the remainder being one day walks. Overall a good guide with the only major problem being the maps are only 2 colour and often of a tiny scale (this criticism also applies to our previous editions of Bushwalking In Australia). Price is around A$40.

Wild Waterfalls (1st edition) by John Chapman, published by WILD magazine, 1992. A small guide of 28 pages of brief track notes for 10 waterfall walks scattered around Australia. Price is around A$7.50.

Wild Peak Bagging (1st edition) by John Chapman, published by WILD magazine, 1994. A small guide of 28 pages of brief track notes for 10 mountains scattered around Australia. Price is around A$7.50.

National Magazines

WILD, a national magazine for Australia, published every 2 months by WILD. Main emphasis is on bushwalking with canoeing, cross country skiing and climbing being also covered. Price is around A$8. So far they have published 100 issues (25 years!). In most issues they publish track notes. Every 2 to 4 issues (subscribers only) they also include small guide books, which can be purchased separately. The list of track notes is too long to include here - obtain a magazine or visit their web site. There is a useful search engine and the back order page also describes the track notes and major articles for each issue. Price is around $8 per issue.

Outdoor Australia, another national magazine published every 2 months which is aimed at a broad audience covering snow boarding and mountain bike riding as well as bushwalking and canoeing. The magazine contains many useful trip ideas with regular articles of walk descriptions and lists of 'best' trips. Price is around $8 per issue.

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