Robyn Davidson

Speaker: Robyn Davidson

Robyn is an Australian writer best known for her 1980 book Tracks, about her 2,700 km (1,700 miles) trek across the deserts of Western Australia using camels. Her career of travelling and writing about her travels has spanned 40 years.

In 1975, Robyn moved to Alice Springs in an effort to work with camels for a desert trek she was planning. For two years she trained camels and learned how to survive in the harsh desert.

In 1977, Robyn set off from Alice Springs for the west coast, with a dog and four camels, Dookie (a large male), Bub (a smaller male), Zeleika (a wild female), and Goliath (Zeleika’s offspring).

She published her award-winning book Tracks in the 1980s and this was followed by the movie of the same name.

Robyn has been an inspiration to several generations of solo women travellers particularly beacuase she “places herself in the wilderness of her own accord, rather than as an adjunct to a man“.


Category: Bright Australia 2023, speakers

Alice Springs to WA coast



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