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Bushwalking Guide books per location

Postby Huntsman247 » Tue 05 Feb, 2019 7:39 am

Is anyone aware of any resource that lists what guidebooks are available for specific areas?
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Re: Bushwalking Guide books per location

Postby johnw » Wed 06 Feb, 2019 12:54 pm

The only thing that comes to mind right now that sorts them by area are commercial sites like The Map Centre. For example:

https://www.mapcentre.com.au/shop/category/new-south-wales

https://www.mapcentre.com.au/shop/category/tasmania

Of course that's only at a state level and probably won't list every guide book available. In my experience a well targeted google search will often get to any specific area you need.
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Re: Bushwalking Guide books per location

Postby Mark F » Wed 06 Feb, 2019 1:37 pm

As will a well worded question posted on this site. :)
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Re: Bushwalking Guide books per location

Postby Warin » Wed 06 Feb, 2019 2:10 pm

Being a person who tries not spend money on 'unknowns', I like to see the product first...

The best way is to borrow the book from a library. Allows detailed reading, possibly not of the latest version.
The best way to find guide book on an area for libraries in Australia is to search for it using 'trove' (as in treasure trove).

https://trove.nla.gov.au/book?q&adv=y

Here is one on Walls of Jerusalem
https://trove.nla.gov.au/book/result?q- ... -language=

As usual for any search it does turn up some unexpected results ...
e.g. This errant lady : Jane Franklin's overland journey to Port Phillip and Sydney, 1839
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Re: Bushwalking Guide books per location

Postby ofuros » Wed 06 Feb, 2019 5:37 pm

Chapman has listed a few outside of his own, just press the state links down in the middle of the webpage.

http://www.john.chapman.name/pub-bush.html
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Re: Bushwalking Guide books per location

Postby Huntsman247 » Wed 06 Feb, 2019 9:36 pm

Interesting. Would be a useful resource if there were one. Would be a bit of effort to make an interactive map...
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Re: Bushwalking Guide books per location

Postby johnw » Wed 06 Feb, 2019 11:10 pm

Mark F wrote:As will a well worded question posted on this site. :)

Too true Mark :)

Warin wrote:As usual for any search it does turn up some unexpected results ...

Which has often diverted me onto an interesting side trip that had absolutely nothing to do with the original quest...

Case in point, I did my own Trove search on "bushwalks" resulting in 775 hits including a number of guidebooks etc across many regions of Australia. Unfortunately you'd have to sort through and group any of interest yourself. Some of them are available to view and download free online. In browsing the results I stumbled across the fascinating (and downloadable) Official Blue Mountain tourist guide and street directory from Penrith to Mount Victoria, containing 28 bushwalks; 1940-1949 Illustrated edition.
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Re: Bushwalking Guide books per location

Postby Hallu » Thu 07 Feb, 2019 1:47 am

There isn't much stuff out there... For Tasmania it's ok, but for other states there's very little... It's been years since John and Lyn Daly have written anything on bushwalking, now they mostly do guided tours overseas. Even basic stuff like the Hema Atlas & Guide series, which was amazing, seems to disappear, they've discontinued the ones on Tasmania or the Pilbara.
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Re: Bushwalking Guide books per location

Postby johnw » Thu 07 Feb, 2019 11:51 pm

Hallu wrote:There isn't much stuff out there... For Tasmania it's ok, but for other states there's very little... It's been years since John and Lyn Daly have written anything on bushwalking, now they mostly do guided tours overseas. Even basic stuff like the Hema Atlas & Guide series, which was amazing, seems to disappear, they've discontinued the ones on Tasmania or the Pilbara.

Hallu, Do you mean you are unable to buy them anymore or that no one has written anything new?
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Re: Bushwalking Guide books per location

Postby Hallu » Sat 09 Feb, 2019 12:59 am

For John and Lyn Daly "Take a walk" books you can still buy them on their website, but for some of them it's only e-books of old editions (like for Victoria, where info can be quite dated, due to bushfires and stuff). For the Hema Atlas & Guide series, you can't find the ones on Tassie and the Pilbara new anymore, maybe used if you're lucky.
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Re: Bushwalking Guide books per location

Postby CraigVIC » Sat 09 Feb, 2019 4:08 am

There's a selection of guide books reviewed here, organised by location.

http://www.wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/B ... uide_books
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