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A new collection of inspiring country characters from the bestselling author of Outback Heroes and Outback Pioneers.

These people are very different, but they have much in common. They’re the salt of the outback, but they’re not from long ago and far away. You can rub shoulders with them here and now. They’re our outback legends.

Immerse yourself in these armchair travels and heart-warming life stories as Evan McHugh, bestselling author of Outback Heroes and Outback Pioneers, catches up with some of the most remarkable and inspiring characters our country has to offer.

Meet icons such as boxing impresario Fred Brophy, who turned ‘You can’t’ into ‘I will’, to Shannon Warnest, world champion shearer. Discover unsung heroes such as ‘mother of the Barkly’ Bernadette Burke, convenor of one of the world’s biggest women’s networks, and nurse June Andrew, who has dedicated a lifetime to running a remote health service, often single-handedly. You may not have heard of some of these people but you’ll be enriched by meeting them now.

Outback Legends is a unique and colourful celebration of Aussie characters who’ve earned themselves a reputation for their achievements and contributions in the most far-flung and challenging corners of our country. None of the people in this book has sought fame but every one of them deserves it.

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    July 31, 2017

    Michael Joseph

    336 pages

    RRP $35.00

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  • EBook


    July 31, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

    336 pages

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The LandCruiser was packed with camping gear and fully ser­viced. It had all-terrain tyres freshly fitted. I was outward bound again.

It was rainy for the first part of the trip, passing the Hunter Valley’s coal mines, vineyards and horse studs on the Golden Highway to Denman, climbing the eastern flanks of the Great Dividing Range through Merriwa, then crossing the range and set­tling into top gear on the undulating western slopes to Dunedoo.


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Also by Evan McHugh

Outback Cop
The Shearers
The Stockmen: The Making of An Australian Legend
National Geographic Traveler Sydney, 2nd Edition
Outback Stations
The Bushrangers
The Drovers
Outback Pioneers
Red Centre, Dark Heart
Outback Heroes
Shipwrecks: Australia's Greatest Maritime Disasters


Saving the Snowy Brumbies
The People Smuggler: The True Story of Ali Al Jenabi
The Bat
Down Under
The Drover's Wife
Stealth Raiders
The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay
The Cat with the Giant Story
Are We There Yet?
The Rise and Fall of Australia
Mr Showbiz
Dangerous Allies
A History Of Australia (Volumes 1 & 2)
Songlines and Fault Lines
The New Nature
From the Edge
Private Lives, Public History