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Having explored over 100 countries on 7 continents in search of unique, must-do experiences, renowned travel writer, National Geographic TV host and bestselling author Robin Esrock journeys across Australia in search of the activities one must do, and can only do, in Australia before you die. Fusing history, humour, trivia, adventure, characters and wit, The Great Australian Bucket List is a celebration of what puts Down Under on top of the world’s great travel destinations. Beautifully illustrated with stunning photography and supported by an online companion to follow in his footsteps, Robin discovers a country jam-packed with natural, cultural, historical, and quirky wonders. Learn about street art and hand-feed tuna, listen to signals from deep space, hike the outback, sleep on the reef, abseil a dam wall, meet Australian royalty, scramble through war tunnels, shower beneath waterfalls, swoop through forests – dive, jump, float, train, raft, fossick and feast. With his unique outsider’s perspective, Robin presents a fascinating, timeless book to inspire active and armchair travellers of all ages.

Get ready to …

  • race across sand dunes and through forests of giant trees
  • meet an Australian prince, shaman and culinary maven
  • leap off waterfalls, airplanes and remote dam walls
  • encounter ghosts, mysteries and magical crystals
  • swim with blue fin tuna, crocodiles and white pointers
  • hike the sweeping rocky ridges of the Red Centre at sunrise
  • sleep under the stars atop the outer barrier reef
  • honour the last post, and hear messages from deep space

Accompanied by an extensive companion site, Robin urges readers of all ages to discover the unique experiences that make Australia worth exploring, and life worth living.

You’ve Been Home, Now Go Big!


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For over a decade, renowned travel journalist, bestselling author, and TV host Robin Esrock scoured the globe in search of one-of-a-kind, bucket list–worthy experiences. During his remarkable journey to over 100 countries on seven continents, Esrock uncovered unique adventures, fascinating history, cultural spectacles, natural wonders, hilarious situations and unforgettable characters—proving that modern travel is so much more than just over-trafficked tourist attractions.

From the Amazon jungle to the beaches of Zanzibar, The Great Global Bucket List presents a world we don’t hear much about in the news. A world that is strikingly beautiful, thought-provoking, incredibly diverse and sometimes, just very, very funny. With his trademark wit, photography and insight, Esrock introduces the inspiring experiences you’ll be talking and dreaming about for many years to come.

Get ready to:

  • cage dive with crocodiles in South Africa;
  • float in Colombia’s Mud Volcano of youth;
  • cheer for a masked wrestling hero in Mexico;
  • discover the reality of space tourism in Russia’s Star City;
  • zip line off the Great Wall of China;
  • swim with sunken treasures in Papua, New Guinea; and
  • camp on the ice in Antarctica

… and that’s just the tip of the proverbial metaphor!

Whether you’re looking for ideas for your next trip, or simply entertainment from your armchair, Esrock is more than just your experienced travel guide. Each chapter unlocks an online companion site with practical information, videos, photo galleries, polls, forums, reading suggestions, a bonus blog and more.

Some items on Robin’s bucket list are certainly not for everybody, but this beautifully illustrated, easy-to-navigate book offers something for everyone. The world has never seemed so fun, inviting and inspirational. For a trail-blazing book rooted in things to do before you die, The Great Global Bucket List is packed with experiences that make life worth living.

Also by Robin Esrock

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Canada’s biggest selling and critically acclaimed travel book is a whole lot bigger. The second edition of Robin Esrock’s groundbreaking journey to discover the most unique experiences in his adopted home contains over 70 new experiences, a hefty volume of ideas, fun, knowledge and inspiration.
Spanning adventure, nature, culture, food and history, get ready to:
  • Cross the mythical Northwest Passage
  • Feel the hot breath of a wild polar bear
  • Float on Canada’s very own Dead Sea
  • Cycle across Prince Edward Island
  • Survive a night in Quebec City’s Ice Hotel
  • Zipline over a massive waterfall in New Brunswick
  • Drive the rugged Trans-Labrador Highway
  • Sail among whales in the “Galapagos of the North”

Robin packs each chapter with colourful descriptions, unforgettable characters, quirky trivia and eye-popping photography. The edition unlocks an extensive online companion where you’ll find videos, galleries, maps, reading guides, and all the practical information you’ll need to follow in Robin’s footsteps.

“A BIG game changer!” – Jon Montgomery, host Amazing Race Canada

“As a new Canadian, Robin provides a unique perspective on our vast country, and reminds us that we live in a pretty remarkable corner of the world.” – Canada’s History

“One of Canada’s top travel writers, and definitely one of our biggest personalities.” – The Globe and Mail