Australia's ancient continent tops the list for wildlife-seeking travellers with its unique creatures roaming diverse habitats, from eucalyptus-dotted woodlands to the awe-inspiring beauty of the coral reefs. All the essential information of a reference book, from biology to behaviour, is found in one handy, readable guide.
Wildlife writer Stella Martin guides visitors though dense rainforest and across parched deserts to discover how bizarre creatures evolved in isolation. Martin combines the encyclopaedic knowledge of David Attenborough with the enthusiasm of the late Steve Irwin. Find out why some fish change sex and how thorny devils drink. Bradt's indispensable Australian Wildlife is a book to read in bed, which will get you up at dawn and out with your binoculars in the outback.