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Famous Writers from Australia

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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.
  • J. M. Coetzee1

    BirthplaceCape Town, South Africa

    NationalityAustralia, South Africa

    WorksWaiting for the Barbarians, Slow Man, Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II, Foe, Disgrace

    John Maxwell Coetzee () (born 9 February 1940) is a South African-born novelist, essayist,...  more
  • Garth Nix2

    Garth Nix

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia


    WorksThe Keys To the Kingdom, Book 2, Sabriel, Abhorsen, Drowned Wednesday

    Garth Richard Nix (born 19 July 1963) is an Australian writer who specialises in children's...  more
  • Colleen McCullough3

    BirthplaceWellington, Australia


    WorksThe Thorn Birds, An Indecent Obsession, AN INDECENT OBSESSION, The October Horse, Antony and Cleopatra

    Colleen Margaretta McCullough (; married name Robinson, previously Ion-Robinson; 1 June 1937...  more
  • Markus Zusak4

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    NationalityAustralia, Germany

    WorksThe Book Thief, The Messenger, The Underdog, When Dogs Cry, Fighting Ruben Wolfe

    Markus Frank Zusak (born 23 June 1975) is an Australian writer. He is best known for The Book...  more
  • 5

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia


    WorksShantaram, Shantaram

    Gregory David Roberts (born Gregory John Peter Smith; 21 June 1952) is an Australian author...  more
  • Mel Gibson6

    Mel Gibson

    Age: 64

    BirthplacePeekskill, New York, United States of America

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United States of America

    WorksThe Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto, Get the Gringo

    Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is...  more

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  • Kylie Minogue7

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia


    WorksThe Showgirl Princess, K, Kylie: La La La

    Kylie Ann Minogue, (; born 28 May 1968), also known mononymously as Kylie, is an Australian...  more

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  • Leigh Whannell8

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia


    WorksSaw, Insidious, Saw II, Saw III, The Only Witness

    Leigh Whannell (born 17 January 1977) is an Australian screenwriter, producer, director, and...  more
  • 9

    Greg Egan

    Age: 59

    BirthplacePerth, Australia


    WorksPermutation City, Diaspora, Distress, Quarantine, Schild's Ladder

    Greg Egan (born 20 August 1961) is an Australian science fiction writer and amateur...  more
  • Germaine Greer10

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia


    WorksWhitefella Jump Up, The Change, The Female Eunuch, The obstacle race, The Whole Woman

    Germaine Greer (; born 29 January 1939) is an Australian writer and public intellectual,...  more

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  • Dorothy Hewett11

    Dorothy Hewett

    Dec. at 79 (1923-2002)

    BirthplacePerth, Australia


    WorksNowhere, Rapunzel in suburbia, The toucher, Wheatlands, Pandora's cross

    Dorothy Coade Hewett (21 May 1923 – 25 August 2002) was an Australian feminist poet, novelist...  more
  • Clive James12

    BirthplaceKogarah, Australia


    WorksCultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time, As of This Writing: The Essential Essays, 1968-2002, Unreliable Memoirs, North Face of Soho

    Clive James (born 7 October 1939) is an Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet,...  more

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  • Sean Williams13

    BirthplaceWhyalla, Australia


    WorksThe Crooked Letter, The Dark Imbalance, Metal Fatigue, The Storm Weaver and the Sand, Saturn Returns

    Sean Llewellyn Williams (born in Whyalla, South Australia on 23 May 1967) is a New York Times...  more
  • 14

    Nan Chauncy

    Dec. at 70 (1900-1970)

    BirthplaceNorthwood, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Australia

    WorksThe roaring 40, Lizzie Lights, Mathinna's people, Hunted in their own land, Half a world away.

    Nan Chauncy (28 May 1900 – 1 May 1970) was a British-born Australian children's writer....  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceCroydon, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Australia

    WorksWindow, Home, Where the forest meets the sea, Belonging, The hidden forest

    Jeannie Baker is English-born Australian children's picture book author and artist, known for...  more
  • Frank Dalby Davison16

    Frank Dalby Davison

    Dec. at 77 (1893-1970)

    BirthplaceHawthorn, Australia


    WorksDusty, Children of the dark people, The road to yesterday, The wells of Beersheba and other stories, The white thorntree

    Frank Dalby Davison (23 June 1893 – 24 May 1970), also known as F.D. Davison and Freddie...  more
  • Paddy O'Reilly17
    Paddy O'Reilly is a multiple award-winning Australian writer. Her first major short story...  more
  • Christopher Lee18

    BirthplaceBelgravia, London, United Kingdom


    WorksThe Bath Detective, Rungs on a Ladder, The House II, Classic Tales of the Supernatural, The Madrigal

    Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee (27 May 1922 – 7 June 2015) was an English actor, singer...  more

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  • Anthony LaPaglia19

    Anthony LaPaglia

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceAdelaide, Australia


    Anthony M. LaPaglia (, Italian pronunciation: [laˈpaʎʎa]; born 31 January 1959) is an...  more


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  • Errol Flynn20

    Errol Flynn

    Dec. at 50 (1909-1959)

    BirthplaceHobart, Australia

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom, Australia

    WorksCuban Rebel Girls, Showdown, From a life of adventure, Beam ends, My Wicked

    Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (20 June 1909 – 14 October 1959) was an Australian-born American...  more

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  • Nick Cave21

    Nick Cave

    Age: 63

    BirthplaceWarracknabeal, Australia


    WorksLawless, The Proposition, Ghosts… of the Civil Dead, The Death of Bunny Munro, And the Ass Saw the Angel

    Nicholas Edward Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter,...  more

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  • Ben Elton22

    Ben Elton

    Age: 61

    BirthplaceCatford, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland, Australia

    WorksMaybe Baby, Popcorn, Blackadder: Back & Forth, The First Casualty, Blast from the Past

    Benjamin Charles Elton (born 3 May 1959) is a British-Australian comedian, author, playwright,...  more

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  • Bryan Brown23

    BirthplaceSydney, Australia


    Bryan Neathway Brown, AM (born 23 June 1947) is an Australian actor. He has performed in over...  more
  • John Bell24

    John Bell

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceMaitland, Australia


    WorksThe time of my life

    John Bell may refer to:...  more
  • Barry Humphries25

    BirthplaceKew Vic, Australia


    WorksThe Adventures of Barry McKenzie, Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, Les Patterson Saves the World, MY GORGEOUS LIFE, My Life as Me

    John Barry Humphries, (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, actor, satirist,...  more