December is around the corner and that means it’s time to find the perfect gifts for all of the special people in your life. Whether it’s for the person who already has everything or for someone needing a little adventure inspiration, it’s hard to go wrong with a great book.


To make your book gifting process a little easier, we’ve rounded up the ultimate collection of adventure books to give this Christmas. From comprehensive guides of the night sky to the best cycling and hiking adventures around the country, these books are guaranteed to be a hit with whoever may be receiving them.

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Outdoorsy Christmas Gifts Under $50

1. Lonely Planet Epic Hikes of Australia & New Zealand

By Lonely Planet



The most recent addition to Lonely Planet’s Epic Hike series is a must-have for any hiking enthusiasts. This latest guide covers 50 of the best trails and treks around Australia and across the pond in New Zealand. 

Each of the 50 hikes include first person accounts from writers who have undertaken the hike, as well as a challenge level grading, maps, info about the best time of year to tackle the trail, ways of getting there, and any special equipment that’s required. From short walks that you can complete in less than a day, to more challenging multi-day trails, there’s something for everyone in this latest Lonely Planet guide.


2. Caravanning in the 1970s

By Andrew Jenkinson



Andrew Jenkinson’s latest novel is the perfect read for any grey nomad in your life. The British caravan journalist and historian captures the essence of the classic 1970s caravanning holiday in amusing details, facts, and photographs that are sure to provide a hit of nostalgia for seasoned caravanners. 

This fun little book is packed with information about the different types and makes of caravans, the cars that towed them, and the kit that every family brought with them. With mentions of push button radios and stereo tape players, Sunbeam Rapiers and Ford Capris, even those too young to remember will enjoy Jenkinson’s take on retro family holiday. 


3. Welcome To Country: A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia 2nd Edition

By Marcia Langton



If you know anyone planning a trip around Australia then don’t let them set off without this essential companion. Put together by First Nation’s scholar and author, Professor Marcia Langton, this comprehensive guide offers a selection of ways to deepen your appreciation and engage with Indigenous Australia through travel experiences. 

This extensively updated edition offers a full range of Aboriginal owned and operated tourism experiences to try, a directory of over 250 listings, as well as beautifully illustrated maps, photographs and etiquette tips for travellers visiting communities and sacred sites. Langton also delves into Indigenous history, culture, and the current issues facing Australia, ensuring that travellers set off well informed.


4. Australia’s Best 100 Bike Rides

By Australian Geographic



Your cycling friends and family members are guaranteed to enjoy Australian Geographic’s collection of the country’s best bike rides. Only released in October of this year, the guidebook is packed full of up-to-date information on 100 tried and tested trails across Australia. 

From quiet coastal pathways to challenging rainforest trails, the comprehensive guide offers a range of rides for the beginner through to the seasoned cyclist. Each ride comes with a detailed description of the track, inspiring photography, and tips for tackling the trail.


5. The Camping Life: Inspiration and Ideas for Endless Adventures

By Brendan Leonard and Forest Woodward



If you have someone in your life that’s in need of a little outdoor inspiration, then Brandan Leonard and Forest Woodward’s The Camping Life might be the perfect gift to give.

The Camping Life covers everything from backpacking to biking and camping to climbing, providing plenty of ways and reasons to leave your everyday life and technology behind. With tips on how to pack a backpack, set up a tent, and build a campfire, this book will suit even the most novice of campers.


6. 2023 Guide to the Night Sky Southern Hemisphere: A Month-By-Month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

By Storm Dunlop



Any stargazing enthusiasts will appreciate this guide to next year’s astronomical events. With a focus on the skies of the Southern Hemisphere, the book provides information on star maps, planet and comet charts, dark sky sites, as well as where to start looking for astronomical activity. 

With six pages dedicated to each month of the year, your stargazing gift receiver will be provided with all the information they need to track the stars, planets, and constellations in 2023, and you’re probably going to want to bring them on your next camping trip.



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