Hop in for the rollicking, rhyming Australian road trip of a lifetime, as we travel all around Australia in search of the best spot to celebrate Aunty’s birthday!

We’re travelling from Melbourne on a birthday trip west,
our aunty is sixty and we’re off on a quest.

In An Amazing Australian Road Trip a family visits every state and territory of Australia, looking for the perfect picnic spot and experiencing all the landscapes, climates and wonders that Australia has to offer along the way. Each page has exuberant and dynamic artwork along with fun facts about the iconic locations and landmarks they visit, from Ningaloo Reef to Uluru, the Australian War Memorial to Coober Pedy and more.


Jackie Hosking began writing for children after completing a creative writing course and her first children’s poem, "If I Were a Giant" was published by The School Magazine in 2005. Walker Books published her first picture book, The Croc and the Platypus, in 2014. It was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards in 2015. Jackie wrote the book as a writing exercise to see if she could emulate Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat, with an Aussie twist. In 2019 she was awarded a May Gibbs Creative Time Fellowship where she worked on her writing in Canberra for a month. Jackie loves to write in rhyme and when she’s not writing in rhyme she loves to help others with their rhyme via her Rhyming Manuscript Editing Service or through her writing course, Metre Matters.

Grown in Australia, Lesley Vamos received a high distinction in BA Design at COFA with a special honorary award in animation, although she still holds a pencil incorrectly. She spends her time doodling, travelling, running her design and illustration business (Striped Designs) and hanging out with her little family. A partial client list includes Sterling, Hardie Grant, Oxford, Usborne, Simon and Schuster and Macmillan. Lesley is represented by Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.


This rhyming picture book is Jackie Hosking’s love letter both to Australia, and to the Australian tradition of the mega road trip.

Kids Book Review

A most informative and fun filled book for younger students to acquire knowledge of our hot spots and learn a little of the geography of our island home.


The illustrations are beautiful, the representation of Australia is wonderful and the rhyming storyline was so captivating.

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Students in Stage 1 in the Australian Curriculum learn about Australia and this book fits perfectly into the curriculum as a springboard into learning more about the diverse places to go – beyond the obvious.

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This colourful narrative nonfiction book is a feast of interesting titbits about the most culturally significant places in our nation.

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