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Australian Bushwalking Books

Postby Bushman_Craig » Wed 14 Sep, 2016 7:14 pm

I have a book case full - from 1890s how-to guides dressed as fiction through to much more recently published track notes for various areas in Australia.

Excluding the various overseas-published "hiking", "tramping" or "trekking" books, what are some Aussie bushwalking books which have educated, guided and/or inspired you? Books, pamphlets, magazines, journals... all written by Australians about bushwalking or otherwise revolving around bushwalking trips.

From this thread I hope to learn about Australian bushwalking books I haven't yet heard of and I hope other readers here might find books in the thread they haven't yet read.

Here's a few of mine to start with since I already have the pics on the computer:

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Original first edition of Landlopers by John Le Gay Brereton 1895 - Can be read online here - http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks13/1300671h.html and has been reprinted on Amazon. Still, original editions aren't too expensive when you can find them
It's a fictional but semi-autobiographical tale of a recreational swag walk from Hunter's Hill to Katoomba to Jenolan Caves to Wombeyan Caves to Mittagong to Fitzroy Falls to Kangaroo Valley to Berry to Kiama and then back to Sydney. It's all about bushwalking as pure freedom from the pressures of (then) modern life. Brereton was a literature professor and good mate of Henry Lawson. Great book - well worth reading if only for Brereton's 1895 opinion of the modern tourist trap of Berry. :lol:

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Original first edition of With Swag and Billy by HJ Tompkins for the NSW Tourism Bureau 1907 - the 1910 second edition can be read online here - http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks13/1301331h.html and has been reprinted on Amazon. Originals are very expensive collectors' items, so read it online.
With Swag and Billy is a guidebook for day walks and multi-day walks in the area around the greater Sydney region. HJ Tompkins was a member of the Warragamba Walking Club which was originally dedicated to what we would today call power walking, but members branched out into bushwalking as well, which is what this little book is all about. Lots of "trad" walking tips for those so inclined.
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Re: Australian Bushwalking Books

Postby Bushman_Craig » Wed 14 Sep, 2016 7:16 pm

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Original first edition of The Open Road in Victoria by RH Croll 1928 - Can be read online here - http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks14/1402821h.html
Bob Croll was at the time the Vice President of the Melbourne Walkers club. He set about writing The Open Road in Victoria as a guide book for various day trips, overnighters and multi day expeditions in Victoria at the time. Hailing from North of the border as I do, I don't know if any of the routes are still feasible, let alone still used.

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Original first edition of Along the Track by RH Croll 1930 - Can be read online here - http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks14/1402831h.html
Bob Croll's second book about bushwalking in Victoria in the early days is a nostalgic look at the people, places and methods of the Melbourne Walkers during the 1910s. Vivid descriptions of places and characters seen along the way on various trips are interspersed with the bushman's lore routinely used by these early bushwalkers. A must-have for the "trad" walking enthusiast.

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Original first edition of Bushwalking and Camping by Paddy Pallin 1933 - You'd be lucky to find a copy of this one, but if you're looking, take note of the price on the cover. Later editions had the same picture, but cost more and were more gear-focused rather than being about techniques and bushwalker's bushcraft.
Paddy Pallin needs no introduction. Has been criticised by some as little more than an attempt by Paddy Pallin to create and grow the market for his fledgling gearmaking business by writing a bushwalking book loaded with Paddymade gear ads purely to drive sales. Who knows? But at the end of the day Paddy Pallin put together an awesome little how-to book on bushwalking and camping by writing what he knew and then bringing in experts to write the stuff he didn't know. The first edition compares very well to my 1954 Eleventybillionth Edition. Any of these early editions are great books. Don't know about the more later editions.
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Re: Australian Bushwalking Books

Postby Bushman_Craig » Wed 14 Sep, 2016 7:18 pm

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Fitzroy Falls and Beyond by the Budawang Committee 1988 - If you have one of these, hang onto it. Out of print so expect to pay at least $40 for a copy.
This is an outstanding examination of the social history, natural history, topography and geography of the Morton National Park area in Southeastern NSW. A must-have for folks who venture into that area.

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The Ways of the Bushwalker by Melissa Harper 2007 - I believe this one is still in print.
A social history of bushwalking in Australia from the time of the First Fleeters to the present day. An amazingly well-done book on bushwalking by a self-confessed non-bushwalker. I'm forever grateful to Ms Harper for leading me to writers such as Brereton, Croll and Tompkins which in turn helped fan the flames of my passion for traditional style bushwalking.

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On Track - Searching out the Bundian Way by John Blay 2015 - Still in print. Jou can read/listen to an interview with author John Blay here - http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2015/ ... 284097.htm
The amazing story of the author's search for the route of the Bundian Way, an ancient 300km long Aboriginal songline and trading route between Kosciuszko and a small bay near Eden on the NSW Far South Coast. The route is being assessed for its astounding heritage values with a view to opening The Bundian Way as a long distance bushwalking experience in the near future. Awesome book.
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Re: Australian Bushwalking Books

Postby newhue » Thu 15 Sep, 2016 6:44 am

I heard about the discovery and hopeful making of the Bundian Way a while ago on the wireless. Nice to hear it sound like it's kept going. Some of NZ's great walks were made of Maori trade routes, so can't see why our locals didn't have a great walk or two. I have nothing in my camp that you are seeking, but will keep an eye out as I wander the odd second hand book shop.
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Re: Australian Bushwalking Books

Postby stepbystep » Thu 15 Sep, 2016 8:11 am

Really cool...any spare copies laying around I'd love them...
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Re: Australian Bushwalking Books

Postby Bushman_Craig » Fri 16 Sep, 2016 9:14 am

A couple more modern ones...

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The Rucksack Bushwalker & Camper by Milo Dunphy 1980. Milo Dunphy was Myles Dunphy's son, and like his dad, Milo was a tireless conservationist and an avid bushwalker for his whole life, from the day Myles and Margaret first pushed him in a specially kitted out pram up to Kanangra Walls. This book is unique in Australian bushwalking literature as it was the first to really capture and distil the "how" of low environmental impact bushwalking, predating the NOLS "Leave No Trace" doctrine by at least ten years. Aside from its environmental focus, the book is packed with bushman's lore and bushwalker's bushcraft.

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Bushcraft by Bill Stoate 1991. Not a book about sitting in a group under a parachute shade canopy and carving wooden spoons. This book contains some bush survival info, is big on pre-GPS land navigation skills, but more than that it's seriously like an outdoor rec course in a book and most of it still stands up today.
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Re: Australian Bushwalking Books

Postby awildland » Wed 02 Nov, 2016 1:29 pm

What a fantastic collection!!!!!! Thanks for sharing although I am a little jealous...some of those old ones look terrific.

I often find the old, out-of-print books have some secret gems hiding in them in terms of little known or forgotten walks. A local one we turn to at the moment for ideas is Bushwalks in the Hunter Valley by Greg Powell published in 1989. Sorry no picture available but it is full of enticing destinations and great stories. Really entertaining read.
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Re: Australian Bushwalking Books

Postby Rlgm12 » Tue 24 Jan, 2017 6:06 pm

Just finished
John Le Gay Bereton's
Landlopers

A nice read.
It speaks of caves in NSW, wouldn't mind visiting those someday.
Overall a very good read if you're interested in life back in 1899(?).
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Re: Australian Bushwalking Books

Postby DaveNoble » Mon 30 Jan, 2017 5:24 pm

Some classic books there.

Here are a few more -

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From the 1960's with chapters on Bushwalking, Climbing, Canyoning, Canoeing, Caving etc. Very good material. I used to borrow it from my school library. I met a bushwalker once who was a recent migrant from the UK. It was in his local library too (In England) - so he knew about canyoning before he got in Australia.

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The classic guidebook to Kanangra Country and around Yerranderie, published by Sydney University Rover Crew, largely written by Athol Abrahams who later became a distinguished geographer in USA.

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Rick Jamieson's original guide from the 1960's - it has a lot of useful stuff on bushwalking.
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Re: Australian Bushwalking Books

Postby juxtaposer » Sat 04 Mar, 2017 6:12 pm

What about these two anthologies of bushwalking poetry? The one on the left was published by Envirobook in 1989 and is long out of print. Its companion on the right came out in 2015.

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