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List of famous writers from Australia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Australia is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Australian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Australia and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list contains writers like Michael Wilding and Ken Spillman.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Australian writers?" and "Which writers are from Australia?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Australia in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Australia, but they're all of Australia descent.

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J. M. Coetzee is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 78 John Maxwell "J. M." Coetzee is a South African novelist, essayist, linguist, translator and recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. He relocated to Australia in 2002 and ...more

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Garth Nix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 55 Garth Richard Nix is an Australian writer who specialises in children's and young adult fantasy novels, notably the Old Kingdom series, The Seventh Tower series, and The Keys to the Kingdom ...more

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Colleen McCullough is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 81 Colleen Margaretta McCullough AO was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well-known being The Thorn Birds.

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Markus Zusak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 43 Markus Frank Zusak is an Australian writer. He is best known for The Book Thief and The Messenger, two novels for young adults which have been international bestsellers. He won the annual ...more

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Gregory David Roberts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 66 Gregory David Roberts is an Australian author best known for his novel Shantaram. He is a former heroin addict and convicted bank robber who escaped from Pentridge Prison in 1980, and fled to ...more

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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 62 Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson AO is an American actor and filmmaker. He is most well known as an action hero, for roles such as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series and Max ...more

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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 50 Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE, often known simply as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She achieved recognition by starring in the Australia TV soap opera Neighbours, where she ...more

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Leigh Whannell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 41 Leigh Whannell is an Australian screenwriter, producer, director and actor. He is best known for writing films directed by his friend James Wan, including Saw, Dead Silence, Death Sentence, ...more

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Greg Egan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 57 Greg Egan is an Australian science fiction writer.

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Germaine Greer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 79 Germaine Greer is an Australian theorist, academic and journalist, who is regarded as having been a major feminist voice of the mid-20th century. She resides in the United Kingdom, where she is ...more

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Dorothy Hewett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
Died at 79 (1923-2002) Dorothy Coade Hewett was an Australian feminist poet, novelist and playwright. She was also a member of the Communist Party of Australia, though she clashed on many occasions with the party's ...more

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Clive James is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 79 Clive James AO CBE is an Australian-British author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist, best known for his autobiographical series Unreliable Memoirs, for his chat shows and ...more

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Sean Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 51 Sean Llewellyn Williams is a New York Times best selling science fiction author who lives in Adelaide, Australia. He was born in Whyalla, Australia. He is the author of over eighty published ...more

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Nan Chauncy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
Died at 70 (1900-1970) Nan Chauncy was a British-born Australian author of children's books.

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Jeannie Baker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 68 Jeannie Baker is an English author and illustrator of a number of children's picture books, the most notable of which is perhaps Where the Forest meets the Sea. Baker was born in Croydon, ...more

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Frank Dalby Davison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
Died at 77 (1893-1970) Frank Dalby Davison, also known as F.D. Davison and Freddie Davison, was an Australian novelist and short story writer. Whilst several of his works demonstrated his progressive political ...more

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Paddy O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
Paddy O'Reilly is a multiple award-winning Australian writer. She won the Age Short Story Award in 2002 for her story, "Snapshots of a Stranger" and was an Asialink resident to Japan ...more

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Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 96 Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, CBE, CStJ, is an English actor, singer and author. Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a string of ...more

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Anthony LaPaglia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 59 Anthony M. LaPaglia is an Australian actor. He is known for his role as FBI agent Jack Malone on the American TV series Without a Trace, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – ...more

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Errol Flynn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
Died at 50 (1909-1959) Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn was an Australian-American actor. He was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his playboy lifestyle.

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Nick Cave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 61 Nicholas Edward "Nick" Cave is an Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor. He is best known as the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad ...more

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Ben Elton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 59 Benjamin Charles "Ben" Elton is an English comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on ...more

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Bryan Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 71 Bryan Neathway Brown, AM is an Australian actor.

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John Bell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 78 John Anthony Bell, AO, OBE is an Australian actor, theatre director and theatre manager. He has been a major influence on the development of Australian theatre in the late 20th and early 21st ...more

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Barry Humphries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 84 Barry Humphries was the nominee from 1981 British Academy Television Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance.

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Bruce Beresford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 78 Bruce Beresford is an Australian film director who has made more than 30 feature films over a 50-year career. Notable films he has directed include Breaker Morant, Tender Mercies, Crimes of the ...more

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Peter Weir is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 74 Peter Lindsay Weir, AM is an Australian film director. He played a leading role in the Australian New Wave cinema with his films such as the mystery drama Picnic at Hanging Rock, the mystery ...more

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Baz Luhrmann is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 56 Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy, comprising his romantic comedy film Strictly Ballroom, the ...more

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George Miller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 73 George Miller AO is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, but has been involved in a wide range of projects. ...more

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Paul Cox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 78 Paulus Henriqus Benedictus "Paul" Cox is an award-winning Australian film director.

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Joel Edgerton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 44 Joel Edgerton is an Australian actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles in films such as Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode III: ...more

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Eric Bana is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 50 Eric Bana is an Australian actor. He began his career as a comedian in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal before gaining critical recognition in the biographical crime film Chopper. After a ...more

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Rachel Ward is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 61 Rachel Claire Ward, AM is an English actress, columnist, film director, and screenwriter who has primarily pursued her career in Australia.

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Fred Schepisi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 79 Frederic Alan "Fred" Schepisi, AO is an Australian film director, producer and screenwriter. His credits include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Plenty, Roxanne, Six Degrees of ...more

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Christopher Doyle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 66 Christopher Doyle, also known as Dù Kěfēng, born 2 May 1952, is an Australian-Hong Kong cinematographer who often works on Chinese language films. He is an award winner of Cannes Film ...more

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Louis Mandylor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 52 Louis Mandylor is an Australian film and television actor.

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Alfred J. Goulding is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
Died at 76 (1896-1972) Alfred John "Alf" Goulding was an Australian-born American film director and screenwriter. He directed 182 films between 1917 and 1959. He was the youngest brother of the celebrated ...more

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Phillip Noyce is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 68 Phillip Noyce is an Australian film director.

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Michael Rymer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 55 Michael Rymer is a television and film director, best known for his work on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica TV series, for which he directed the pilot miniseries and several episodes of the ...more

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Joan Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
Died at 84 (1926-2010) Dame Joan Alston Sutherland OM, AC, DBE was an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution to the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the ...more

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Thomas Keneally is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 83 Thomas Michael Keneally, AO is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction. He is best known for writing Schindler's Ark, the Booker Prize-winning novel of 1982 which was ...more

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Michael Pate is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
Died at 88 (1920-2008) Michael Pate, born Edward John Pate in Drummoyne, Sydney, was an Australian actor, writer and director.

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J. P. McGowan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
Died at 72 (1880-1952) John Paterson McGowan was a pioneering Hollywood actor and director and occasionally a screenwriter and producer. J. P. McGowan, as he was usually known, remains the only Australian to have been ...more

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Helen Reddy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 77 Helen Maxine Lamond Reddy is an Australian American singer, actress, and activist. In the 1970s, she enjoyed international success, especially in the United States, where she placed 15 singles ...more

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David Williamson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 76 David Keith Williamson, AO is one of Australia's best-known dramatists and playwrights. He has also written screenplays and teleplays.

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Brian Trenchard-Smith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 72 Brian Trenchard-Smith is an English film and television director, producer, writer, consultant and actor who is notable for his contributions to the horror and action genre during the 1970s and ...more

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Deborra-Lee Furness is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
age 63 Deborra-Lee Furness is an Australian actress, director and producer.

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Emma Darcy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
Emma Darcy is the pseudonym used by the Australian husband–wife writing team of Wendy Brennan and Frank Brennan, they wrote in collaboration over 45 romance novels. In 1993, in the Emma Darcy ...more

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Raymond Longford is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
Died at 81 (1878-1959) Raymond Longford was a prolific Australian film director, writer, producer and actor during the silent era. Longford was a major director of the silent film era of the Australian cinema. He ...more

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Richard Franklin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Australia
Died at 59 (1948-2007) Richard Franklin was an Australian-born film director.