If you want to hike in Australia, you want to know John Chapman. He is the hiking author down under.
John and his wife Monica authored the first 3 editions of the Lonely Planet bushwalking guides for Australia. When John decided to self-publish the 4th edition, Lonely Planet changed the title and focus of their guide, now more of a general overview: Lonely Planet Walking in Australia
Many hikers from abroad are unaware of John’s 4th edition. (Only the 3rd edition is listed on Amazon.com, for example.) Check John Chapman’s up-to-date list of his many published guidebooks.
For example, I will be buying his dedicated Overland Track guidebook for a planned pilgrimage to Tasmania in 2007.