Books
Occasionally I get involved in working on natural history books, travel guides, essay collections and other longer writing projects. Several of the books have been collaborations: both The Kimberley and Australia's W
ild Islands were co-authored with Alasdair McGregor. Clink on the links below for more info.
Tales from the Bush: Footloose Reflections on the Walking Life

from The Kimberley

From our camp below the lip of the escarpment we scramble to the crest. A dry wind combs through the grass and rattles the palm fans overhead. A 100m inland from the escarpment stand tilted slabs of rock. Behind these rise two monumental formations, undercut on all sides so they appear on the skyline like the hulls of yachts perched on stone keels. We pick our way through the boulder scree into the shadows of the outcrops. The ledges under the overhangs are burnished smooth. In some of the pockets and crevices there are freshly weathered flakes of rock and a dusting of fine, white sand patterned with animal tracks. Along the underside of the overhang a black algal line marks where streaming stormwater finally falls free from the rock. Framed within this is a ceiling decorated with painted figures of small marsupials, cryptic shapes and unmistakable human forms.

The corridor between the two prominent outcrops is choked with tendrils and rock figs. We fight our way into the thicket, threading through spider webs and green-ant nests to climb to the flat summit. With the sun and wind on our backs we look out across the spreading plateau. In the foreground is an archipelago of stone islands in a sea of vines and spinifex. Beyond lies more of the same country, more bare bedrock eroded by the scouring wind and rain.
In the Kimberley such views are repeated at every turn. To observe geology on this scale is to face the paradox of a landscape that claims a longevity beyond belief , yet everywhere shows signs of relentless decay. Its history can be posited by isotopic dates and detailed in stone formations, shaped by the winds of aeons. But to the human eye the antiquity of the land is most evident in the plateau's oceanic spaces. The country can be imagined to be as old as it is vast."

Australian Geographic, 2008

Kakadu, A Guide for All Seasons
Thunderhead Publishing, July 1998.


The Wild Calling
New Holland, November 1998


Australia’s Wild Islands
Hodder & Stoughton, November 1997


The Kimberley: Horizons of Stone
Hodder & Stoughton, Nov 1992. Reprinted New Holland 1998


The Outdoor Companion
Simon & Schuster, October 1991


Holiday in South Australia (contributing editor & writer) Explore Australia, 2008
Great Walks of Queensland Australian Geographic, 2007