Andrew Bain

I’m an Australian travel writer specialising in the outdoors and adventure. My scribblings and photos have been published in magazines and newspapers around the world, and I’m the author of Lonely Planet’s A Year of Adventures, which was turned into a five-part BBC series; lead author of its Walking in Australia and Cycling Australia titles; and also author of Headwinds (the tale of my 20,000-kilometre bike ride around Australia) and various other tomes for Lonely Planet and other publishers.

I’m a hiker, a cyclist, a paddler, and an occasional climber with an irritating case of sewing-machine leg. But I’m also a father, a reader and the bloke you might see happily trundling around alone on my bike when everyone else is in a bunch. 

My writing has earned a number of awards, including best adventure travel story by the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) in 2015 for a feature about hiking the week-long Overland Track with my nine-year-old daughter. I’ve also won the ASTW’s award for best travel story about Australia three times in six years (2010, 2013 and 2015), as well the Australian Geographic story of the year in 2003.

You can find me being virtually adventurous at https://www.facebook.com/AdventureBeforeAvarice or Twitter @BainonBike. Happy trails.

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  1. Love this blog and your individual role in the athletic galaxy. Congrats on your publications and doing what you love to do while working with the soccer team and training them up to be good sports. Cheers to you and yours!

  2. Wow, thanks so much for stopping by and following my Blog. You have been to some wild places, I envy you, I do not have that spirit. Got myself ‘Headwinds’, will be reading it while sitting through roughly eight hours of soccer training every week. Gotta love to be a soccer Mom 🙂

  3. Hi Andrew. Thanks for checking out my new blog Intrepid Tales on Insulin, and also for sharing your stuff online. It’s great for novice newbies like me to be inspired and entertained by experienced adventurers. cheers, Nat

  4. Hi Andrew, thanks for following my blog, if you don’t already know them you might want to check out the Silver City Treadlers, a bunch of cyclists from Broken Hill, led by the intrepid June Files (who I think must be in her seventies by now, the oldest rider is over eighty) who each year take part in an off-road adventure to raise money for the Flying Doctor. Almost $500,000 so far. It lasted seven weeks last year. One year they cycled from Broken Hill to Darwin. I’ve been known to get on a bike too. I very smartly got off again when I found a huntsman under the seat. Absolutely love your photos and your copy. Best wishes Deb

    • Thanks Deb, I enjoyed your site, so will look forward to reading more. I’ll look up the Silver City Teadlies also – always glad to hear there are people out and about doing great stuff.

  5. Wow, what an amazing blog I just sat down and read quite a few of your posts and articles of yours that have been published. You just got yourself a new follower, can’t wait to read more.

  6. Hi Andrew, thanks for visiting my blog. I’m surprised that a pro travel writer would come to my humble blog. I’m envious of your travel lifestyle and wish I knew how to travel and be paid. Is that something you write about or could point me to resources or tips. Anyway, I’m enjoying your blog and pics. blessings, Brad

  7. Thanks for the follow, Andrew. I’m looking forward to fully exploring your site. There is a lot to read! Looks fantastic! I’m sure I’ll get lots of great tips. I’m yet to even venture out of Australia. I’m starting a little late… 🙂

  8. Hi,
    First of all, I really like your website and your instagramaccount.
    Secondly, I’m going to Tasmania for 4 days this weekend and I was wondering what you would recommend us to do in this short period of time…
    (Maybe it’s important to say that one of them has asthma so the hike can’t be “too” heavy…)

    Hope you read this and can help us, because we can’t decide between all the beatiful places Tasmania has to offer!)

    Kind regards,

    • Hi Zoe, you’re right, there’s so much in Tassie that it’d be hard to narrow it down to four days. It’d depend which area of the state you’re heading to, but a few of my favourite short hikes would be Crescent Beach (Tasman Peninsula), Lost World (on Mt Wellington) and the Face Track/Hansons Peak at Cradle Mountain.If you’re at Freycinet, I’d highly recommend Mt Amos over the normal lookout point – the view is much better. My strongest recommendation would be that in four days you should pick a part of the state and spend time there – there’s exploration to be done in all parts and trying to travel too far in four days will just spread you thin. Cheers, Andrew

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  10. Andrew
    Just read your article today in SMH Traveller about the Three Capes Walk. Look forward to seeing the one you write post Coral Expeditions cruise. Hope Tim and I will get to do the walk in the near future.

    • Hi Andrea,
      Sorry to be slow getting back to you – I’ve been away again. Glad you saw the article. I still have pics to send you from the boat, and will get them to you soon. It’s been flat out here since then. Cheers, Andrew

      • Enjoyed your article about the Remote Flinders Camel Trek. Would love to see pictures of this one. Was it a long walk each day and how was the terrain?

  11. Enjoyed your article in the weekend paper recently about the Remote Flinders Camel Trek. Would love to see photos of this one. Hope to do it soon. Was it a long walk each day? How was the terrain?

    • Hi Catherine, glad you liked the article. The days weren’t too long – 10 to 15km tops- and the terrain is straightforward. You’re pretty much walking along creek beds most of the time – the camels aren’t fond of hills. Hope you make it there; it’s a great trip.

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