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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.