Bushwalking In Australia
4th edition

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The 4th edition of Bushwalking In Australia 
is available direct from the publisher, in many bushwalking shops and some bookshops.
Note, in other countries, Bushwalking is called Tramping, Walking. Hiking or Backpacking
Authors - John Chapman and Monica Chapman

Bushwalking In Australia update page | Contents Page

Bushwalking In Australia cover

$45 or with cover $48 (postage included)

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Book posted June 21st - see note below

NOTE - we will be away walking from May 17th until June 19th 2024 (5 weeks).
Our house sitter collects snail mail but cannot process electronic orders.

On our return we will process and post all orders by Friday 21st June 2024.
If you want a book earlier, we suggest ordering direct from Open Spaces Publishing (they are one of our distributors)


Copies can be purchased directly from us via PAYPAL or by sending a cheque or money order for A$45 or with cover $48 (includes GST and postage to any Australian address) or for Overseas orders A$72 (includes cover plus air-mail), to PO Box 5042, Laburnum, 3130, Australia. We also have clear plastic protective covers for an extra $3 each. Paypal transaction will appear in your statement as PAYPAL*JOHNCHAPMAN. NOTE - Credit cards can be used for Paypal payments - you do not have to have a Paypal account.

Bushwalking In Australia, 320 pages, A5 in size - full colour throughout, 181 colour photographs, 56 colour topographic maps, ISBN 0 9596129 7 1. RRP is A$44.95 (including GST), 4th edition published in June 2003, previous editions were published by (Lonely Planet) LP in 1988, 1992 and 1997.

Contains track notes for 25 walks plus brief planning and preparation notes. For each walk there are notes for Duration, Standard, When to Walk, Equipment, Permits, Maps and Access and of course detailed walking notes. With the change to self published this has allowed us to include many new design innovations including:

The guide contains only overnight or longer walks and with colour contour maps at either 1:100,000 or 1:50,000 scales. None of the strange map scales like 1:40,000, 1:80,000 etc or the really useless scales for walking like 1:250,000 which appear in some other books or our previous LP editions appear in the new edition of this guide. Rather than describing masses of walks in skimpy detail to make it look numerically attractive, the walks have full track notes of the standard walkers who use our Tasmania and other guides have come to expect.

Some hidden bonuses are brief biographies of seven important Australian bushwalkers and brief planning notes for six of the major long distance tracks in Australia. The guide includes full track notes and maps for a seventh long distance track - the Great South West Walk in Victoria. Here is the Contents Page

Walks included in the 4th (2003) edition of Bushwalking In Australia are

New South Wales - Grose Valley, Corang Peak to the Castle (Budawangs), Upper Ettrema Creek (Budawangs), Koscuiszko Main Range, Geehi to Mt Townsend (includes Lady Northcotes Canyon)

Northern Territory - Chewings Range, Simpsons Gap to Alice Springs (the two walks describe the first 3 sections of the Larapinta Trail near Alice Springs)

Queensland - Mt Bartle Frere, Thorsborne Trail (Hinchinbrook Island)

South Australia - Gammon Ranges, Wilpena Pound

Tasmania - Overland Track, Mt Field, Freycinet Peninsula, Cape Pillar (note this walk is now called the 'Three Capes Track', you can still walk the original tracks but in reverse using tents without paying a high fee).

Victoria - Mt Feathertop & Bon Accord Spur, The Viking Circuit, Wilsons Promontory Southern Circuit, Beeripmo Walk ( a new track west of Ballarat), The Fortress (in the Grampians), Great South West Walk.

Western Australia - Monadnocks Traverse (near Perth), Tingle Forest (near Walpole on south coast), Rame Head to Denmark (also on south coast), Stirling Range

In all - the guide includes 25 overnight and longer walks with 9 new walks not in the 3rd edition. There are walks for all standards with 4 easy, 7 easy-medium, 6 medium, 4 medium-hard and 4 hard walks.


Bushwalking In Australia & Walking In Australia

Lonely Planet (LP) published the first 3 editions of Bushwalking In Australia. To quieten rumours, the reason we departed from LP is they demanded that all copyright be transferred to them. We did not accept this as this would effectively mean we would have written walks that LP requested for a 4th edition then lose all rights to those walks thereafter. This might be a fine condition for a one off writer but is not acceptable to ourselves who keep repeating walks and upgrading information on those walks.

NOTE - in 2002, Lonely Planet published a NEW book called 'Walking in Australia'. In the 4th edition they claimed their book was a retitled edition of 'Bushwalking In Australia' - however Lonely Planet was not the copyright holder of Bushwalking In Australia - we are. LPs correspondence with us shows that their book was intended as a NEW book, not a retitled book as claimed on page 12 of that edition. The fact that it contains many one day walks as well as overnight walks, illustrates that it was indeed very different. While both books contain obvious classic walks like the Overland Track and the Thorsborne Trail, there are many different walks in the two books. Without our permission, Lonely Planet placed our names into the 4th edition of their book and we are not associated in any way with Walking In Australia. LP evetually produced a 5th edition and have withdrawn our names as previous authors. The LP book has been discontinued and is no longer published.

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