Wildlife Books & Wildlife Tourism Books

Australian Wildlife Books

Photo of currawong with birdbook courtesy of Araucaria Ecotours

(scroll down for wildlife tourism books)

There are nowadays many excellent books on wildlife in Australia, from birds and mammals to butterflies and ants. Also check local guides in museum bookshops


Bennett, J., Harley H., Worley M., Donaldson B, Andrew D., Geering D., Povey A. and Cohen M. 2000. Watching Wildlife Australia. Lonely Planet Publications Pty Ltd, Hawthorn, Victoria.

Reader’s Digest. 2010.  Encyclopedia of Australia’s Wildlife. Reader’s Digest

Weidner, S. 2009, The Quest For Authentic Experiences in Wildlife Tourism – A Review Of Issues. GRIN Verlag.


Bryden, M., Marsh, H. and Shaughnessy, P. 1998. Dugongs, Whales, Dolphins and Seals: A guide to the sea mammals of Australasia. Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, New South Wales.
Buckingham, S. 1999. Locating koalas in the Australian bush: a guide for tourists, naturalists and professionals in the field. Bolwarrah Press, Bolwarrah, Victoria.

Churchill, S. 1998. Australian Bats. New Holland Publishers Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales.

Dalton, T. and Isaacs, R. 1992. The Australian Guide to Whale Watching. Weldon Publishing, Sydney, New South Wales.

Department of Conservation and Environment, Victoria. 1992.Wildlife Watching in Victoria. Lothian Publishing, Port Melbourne, Victoria.

Dyne, G.R. & Walton, D.W. (eds). 1987. Fauna of Australia V1B Mammals. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

Frauca, H.What Animal is That? a guide to Australian amphibians, insects, mammals, reptiles and spiders. Currawong, Balgowlah, New South Wales.

Fryer, R. 2007 Wildlife and Wilderness in the Waterfall Country CSIRO PUBLISHING  (mid-north to far north New South Wales east of the Great Divide)

Grant, J. 1996. Close Encounters with Wildlife in Australia. Gould League of Victoria, Moorabbin, Victoria.

Hall, L. S. and Richards, G. C. 1979. Bats of Eastern Australia. Queensland Museum, Brisbane

Kras, S. L. Nov. (2009). Koalas. Pebble Plus: Australian Animals.

Strahan, R. and Van Dyck, S. (eds). 2008. The Mammals of Australia. New Holland Publishers Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales.

Taylor, J. M. 1984.The Oxford Guide to Mammals of Australia. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Victoria.

Triggs, B. 1996. Mammal Tracks and Signs: a field guide for south-eastern Australia.
Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Victoria.

Tucker, M. 1989. Whales and Whale Watching in Australia. Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.



Debus, S (2012). Birds Of Prey Australia.  CSIRO Publ.

Goodfellow, DL and M Stott (2012).  Birds of Palmerston in Australia’s Top End. Scrubfowl Publ. Darwin, NT.

Barret, G. Silcocks, A. et al. 2003. The New Atlas of Australian Birds. Birds Australia.

Flegg, J. and Madge, S. 1995. Birds of Australia: Reader’s Digest photographic field guide. Reader’s Digest, Surrey Hills, New South Wales.

Ford, H. 1989. The Ecology of Birds: an Australian perspective. Surrey Beatty and Sons, Chipping Norton New South Wales.

Goodfellow, D.L. and Stott. 2005.  Birds of Australia’s Top End. Scrubfowl Press, Darwin, Northern Territory.

McCrie, N. & Noske, R. 2015. Birds of the Darwin Region. 454 pp. CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South, Victoria. ISBN: 9781486300341.(see review http://territoryq.com.au/issues/ten/index.html#p=126)

Pizzey, G. and Knight, F. 1997. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. Angus and Robertson, Sydney, New South Wales.

Raven, R. J., Harvey, M. S. and Behr, B. C. Spiders of Australia CD-Rom: Interactive Identification to Subfamily. CSIRO Publishing / Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)

Simpson, K. and Day, N. 1996. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. Viking Publishers, Ringwood, Victoria.

Slater, P., Slater, P. and Slater, R. 1989. The Slater Field Guide to Australian birds. Landsdowne Publishers, The Rocks, New South Wales.

Marchant, S. and Higgins, P.J. 1990. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand & Antarctic birds. Volumes 1 ? 4. Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Victoria.

Morcombe, M. 2000. Field Guide to Australian Birds. Steve Parish Publishing Pty Ltd, Archerfield, Queensland.

Wheatley, N. 1998. Where to Watch Birds in Australasia and Oceania. Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA.


Reptiles and Amphibians

Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed New Holland, Sydney, New South Wales.

Dyne, G.R. & Walton, D.W. (eds). 1987. Fauna of Australia, V2A Amphibia and Reptilia. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

Tyler, M. 1994. Australian Frogs: A natural History. Reed Books, Chatswood, New South Wales

Tyler, M.J. and Knight, F. 2011. Field Guide to the Frogs of Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Victoria.

Wilson, S. and Swan, G. 2010. A complete Gude to Reptiles of Australia.  New Holland, New South Wales



Allen, G. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-East Asia. Western Australian Museum Publications

Hutchins, B. and Swainston, R. 1999. Sea fishes of Southern Australia. Swainston Publishing, Smithfield, New South Wales.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Sea Fishes of Australia: A comprehensive reference for divers and fisherman. New Holland (Publishers) Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales.

Kummer, P. (2008). The Great Barrier Reef (Nature Wonders). Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books; 1 edition


Fish and Marine Invertebrates

Higham, J and Luck, M. 2007. Marine Wildlife and Tourism Management. CABI publishing

Bowen, J. and Bowen, M. 2011. The Great Barrier Reef. History, Science, Heritage. Cambridge University Press; Reissue edition

Dakin, W. 1969. Australian Seashores: a guide for the beach lover, the naturalist, the shore fisherman, and the student. Angus & Robertson, Sydney, New South Wales.

Dyne, G.R. & Walton, D.W. (eds). 1987. Fauna of Australia V4A Polychaetes & Allies: the southern synthesis and V5 Mollusca. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

Hutching, Pt et al. 2008. The Great Barrier Reef: Biology,Environment and Management.

CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Victoria.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Sea Fishes of Australia: A comprehensive reference for divers and fisherman. New Holland (Publishers) Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales.

Talbot, F. 1990. Reader’s Digest Book of the Great Barrier Reef. Reader’s Digest, Sydney, New South Wales.


Insects and Spiders

Lemelin, R.F. 2013. The Management of Insects in Recreation and Tourism. Cambridge University Press, ISBN-10: 1107012880

Braby, M.F. 2000. The Butterflies of Australia: their identification, biology and distribution. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Victoria.

Brock,P. D. and Hasenpusch, J. W. 2009.  The Complete Field Guide to Stick and Leaf Insects of Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Victoria.

Common, I.F.B. 1990. Moths of Australia. Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, Victoria.

Common, I.F.B. and Waterhouse, D.F. 1981. Butterflies of Australia. Angus and Robertson, London, UK.

CSIRO. 1991. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers. Volume I & II. Cornell University Press, New York, USA.

Fisher, R.H. 1995. A Field Guide to Australian Butterflies. Surrey Beatty & Sons, Chipping Norton, New South Wales.

Hangay, G. and Zborowski, P. A Guide to the Beetles of Australia. CSIRO, Collingwood, Victoria.

Mascord, R. 1980 Spiders of Australia: a field guide. Reed Books, Sydney, New South Wales.

Orr, A. and Kitching, R. 2010. The Butterflies of Australia. Allen and Unwin

Rentz, D. A. 2010. A Guide to the Katydids of Australia. CSIRO, Collingwood, Victoria.

Shattuck, S.O. 1999. Australian ants: their biology and identification. CSIRO, Collingwood, Victoria.

Watson, J.A.L. 1991. The Australian Dragonflies: a guide to the identification, distributions and habitats of Australian Odonata. CSIRO, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

Zborowski, P. and Storey, R. 2010. A Field Guide to Insects of Australia Reed Books, CSIRO, Collingwood, Victoria.


Other Terrestrial and Freshwater Invertebrates

Jones, D. and Morgan, G. 1994. A field guide to Crustaceans of Australian Waters. Reed Books, Chatswood, New South Wales.

Williams, W.D. 1980. Australian Freshwater Life: The invertebrates of Australian inland waters. The Macmillan Company of Australia Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria.



Buckley, R. 2010. Conservation Tourism. CABI Publishing.

Brodie, J.F. , Post, E.S. and Doak, D.F., Wildlife Conservation in a Changing Climate. University of Chicago Press

Frost, W, 2010. Zoos and Tourism, Conservation, Education, Entertainment? (Aspects of Tourism). Channel View Publications



Chiranjeev, A 2008. Wildlife Tourism Resources.  Jnanada (2008)

Covacevich, J., Davie, P. and Pearn, J. (eds). 1987. Toxic Plants and Animals: a Guide for Australia. Queensland Museum, Brisbane.

Curtis, L. K., Dennis, A. J., McDonald, K. R., Kyne, P. M. and Debus, S. S. 2012. Queensland’s Threatened Animals. CSIRO Publishing

Goodfellow, D. L. 2007. Quiet Snake Dreaming. Scrubfowl Press, Darwin, Northern Territory.

Philips, S. (01/17/2011). The people who would spare the cane toad. ABC Environment

Sutherland, S.K. and Nolch, G. 2000. Dangerous Australian animals. Hyland House, South Melbourne, Victoria.

Sutherland, S.K. and Tibballs, J. 2001. Australian animal toxins (2nd Edition). Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Victoria.

Weidner, S. (2009). The Quest for Authentic Experiences in Wildlife Tourism– a review of issues.

White, J., Edmonds, C. and Zborowski, P. 1998. Australia’s Most Dangerous: spiders, snakes and marine creatures: identification and first aid. Australian Geographic, Terrey Hills, New South Wales.

Worrell, E. 1986. Things that sting. Angus & Robertson, Sydney, New South Wales.


Books on Wildlife Tourism

Bertella, G. (ed.) Wildlife Tourism Futures: Encounters with Wild, Captive and Artificial Animals https://www.multilingual-matters.com/page/detail/?k=9781845418168

Borges de Lima, I. and Green, R. J. (eds) 2017. Wildlife Tourism, Environmental Learning and Ethical Encounters: Ecological and Conservation Aspects. Springer: Geoheritage, geoparks and geotourism series

Green, T.J. 2013 Wildlife Tourism: A Handbook for Guides, Tour Operators, Job-seekers and Business Start-ups (new edition coming soon)

Newsome, D., Dowling, R. and Moore, S (2005) Wildlife Tourism Channel View Publications, Clevedon, UK.

Higginbottom, K. (2004). Wildlife Tourism: impacts, management and planning, Common Ground Publishing Pty Ltd.