From the great outback to the tropical coast, Australia is the mecca for bush-walks. Our beautiful country has almost every terrain imaginable – craggy mountains, wide, sweeping plains, scorching deserts, verdant rain-forests and white, sandy beaches. Travel writer Melanie Ball has experienced them all.

In her new book, Top Walks in Australia, Melanie details the countless, breathtaking hikes she has taken over the years, including the Larapinta Trail and Overland Track, plus a couple of her own newly discovered gems. The book features hikes for walkers of all experience levels, so whether you are just starting out or have been roaming the wild for years, you will be sure to find something that will trigger your wanderlust.

Melanie’s career as a travel writer was born during an overland expedition journey between London and Johannesburg. In the four decades since, she has hiked throughout Australia and in overseas regions, from Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego to Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains. Her stories and photographs have been published across Australia, including RACV’s Royal Auto¬†Magazine.

Melanie believes that only while walking do you have the time to fully grasp and appreciate the beauty of Australia’s natural surrounds, whether in the form of a dramatic volcanic sculpture or the genealogy of a gnarled Antarctic beech tree. If you are a nature enthusiast, a city-ant craving an escape or if you are just curious about Australia and its colourful natural history, Top Walks in Australia¬†will have something for you.

The book is released on September 1 at major retailers.

Words by Catherine Sherwood
Image by Hardie Grant Publishing