Australia is a big place. It covers 7.7 million square kilometres. You’d think it would have been easy to find, but it stayed hidden from everyone but its First Nations People for a very long time.

Full of gorgeous maps, this book shows how an international cast of sailors discovered Australia’s coastline bit by bit over a period of two hundred years.

Some explorers were searching for a mythical land described by Marco Polo, where they could find and abundance of gold and spices. Other sailors were heading across the Indian Ocean before they turned north to sail to Batavia (modern-day Jakarta). They miscalculated their longitude and accidentally reached the shores of the land that would eventually be known as Australia. No one was actually looking for Australia.

Putting Australia on the Map by Carole Wilkinson