Lee Atkinson, freelance travel writer and photographer, author of 11 books and two smartphone apps about travelling in and around Australia and two-time winner of the prestigious Australian Society of Travel Writers Best Adventure Story Award, 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. You can read all about her journey in The Big Lap a photographic diary of her round-the-country road trip, and in her new book, Explore Australia by Camper Trailer, which will be in bookstores on November 1, 2017.
Lee has been writing about her adventures on and off the road since 1991, and her travel stories regularly appear in the travel sections of various lifestyle and motoring magazines and newspapers, including The Robb Report, The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age, Sun Herald, Get Up & Go, QantasLink, YourLifeChoices, Audi magazine and Australian Caravan + RV – you can read some her features in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Sun Herald here.
Former editor of the country’s highest circulating motoring and travel magazine, The Open Road and a Life Member (and past president) of the Australian Society of Travel Writers, there’s not much of Australia that she hasn’t seen and not many roads she hasn’t driven, and she freely admits to being a road trip junky. “Any excuse to hit the road is a good one,” she says. “And if it’s a road less travelled, well, that’s even better.”
In 2011 Lee developed the best-selling Australian Road Trips app (no longer available), which was awarded Best Travel App at the Australian Society of Travel Writers Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence in 2012.
A contributor to several guide books, including Frommers, Fodors, Explore Australia and the Good Food Guide, Lee was also co-editor of two anthologies of Australian travel writing, Best Foot Forward and Red Dust & Wanderlust.
When not travelling on assignment, Lee divides her time between Sydney and the NSW mid-north coast.