Lee Atkinson, freelance travel writer and guide book author, has just completed an epic 10-month road trip driving 40,000 of the country's roughest, toughest and dustiest kilometres on a lap of mainland Australia. Towing a camper trailer with a 4WD ute, her road trip took her across some of the country's most iconic landscapes and destinations and into places where few other travellers roam, so she knows exactly where to go if you want to beat the crowds.
Featuring hundreds of beautiful images, The Big Lap is the pictorial diary of her journey. It's a lavish book of 144 full-colour pages, with detailed captions giving the stories behind the images. But this is not just another photobook, even though it is an inspirational showcase of some of the most scenic – and remote – roads and places around Australia. What makes this book different to the rest is that it's full of helpful information to help you plan your own Big Lap. The best spots are off the tourist trail, and most aren't even on the map, but this book will tell you how to get there.
On sale now: $35. A downloadable PDF version is also available for $15.
Out now, Driving Holidays Around Australia, features 40 of the country's best road trips. Lee has driven every road trip in the book, and includes detailed information for each drive. Each trip has information on the best time to travel, itinerary options, attractions in towns, national parks, potential side trips, food and accommodation listings and a ‘kids’ spot’ for family road trippers, as well as a map marking out the route. Published by Explore Australia, it is available online and in all good bookstores.
Former editor of the country’s highest circulating motoring and travel magazine, The Open Road, Lee has been writing about her adventures on and off the road since 1991. Her previous books include Australia's Best National Parks, Caravanning Australia: 50 great destinations; The Australian Adventure Atlas, and On the Road: 40 great driving holidays in Australia.
Her road trip website OzyRoadTripper has dozens of great Australian road trip ideas and videos and her Australian Road Trips app (no longer available) was awarded Best Travel App at the Australian Society of Travel Writers Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence in 2012.
She is also the author of several Frommers guide books, including Sydney Free & Dirt Cheap, Sydney Day by Day, Tasmania Day by Day and Bali Day by Day.
Past president of the Australian Society of Travel Writers, Lee is also co-editor of two anthologies of Australian travel writing, Best Foot Forward and Red Dust & Wanderlust and her work appears in a range of newspapers, lifestyle and travel magazines. When not travelling on assignment, Lee divides her time between Sydney and the NSW mid-north coast.