ASTW awards 2019: Louise Southerden wins travel writer of the year for Traveller articles

You'll be familiar with the names of the intrepid scribes to scoop the pool at this year's travel writers' awards.

Traveller's remarkable run of accolades continues unchecked with the title again scooping the Australian Society of Travel Writers' 2019 awards last weekend.

The top accolade, "travel writer of the year", sponsored by Visit USA Australia, was awarded to Louise Southerden who was judged on stories which appeared in Traveller, published twice-weekly in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Sun-Herald and The Sunday Age along with

Southerden, who was absent from the award presentation because she was - you guessed it - travelling, clinched the award for three stories published in Traveller.

She praised the title for "for being one of the best outlets in Australia for thoughtful travel journalism."

Andrew Bain and Catherine Marshall, last year's ASTW travel writer of the year, both of whom are regular Traveller writers, were also nominated in the top category, including for four stories which appeared in these pages.

The awards, now in their 26th year, were held in Cairns with the support of Tourism Tropical North Queensland, and recognised several other Traveller contributors across a range of travel writing categories. John Borthwick won an award for his Traveller story on a journey on Australia's iconic Indian Pacific train; Penny Watson was recognised for her Traveller piece on dining in London; Catherine Marshall was awarded for her article on an encounter with gorillas in Africa as well as for a West Africa cruise story; and Craig Tansley for his piece on a walking safari in Zimbabwe.

Regular contributor Ben Groundwater was also a winner for his solo travel book, Go Your Own Way, extracts from which appeared in Traveller.

There were several other nominations for writers of stories published by Traveller in the past year.


Congratulations to all of our winners and to the ASTW with these awards confirming Traveller as unequivocally Australia's most awarded travel title.

Traveller's award-winning articles

Travel writer of the year, Louise Southerden

​​High hopes in the Himalayas 

Getting high: Why travellers are drawn to mountains and skyscrapers

Kyushu's sacred mountain hike 

More articles by Louise Southerden

Best Australian story over 1000 words - John Borthwick

The Indian Pacific: An epic train journey across Australia, from Perth to Sydney 

Best food story - Penny Watson

Sweet-toothed London 

Best adventure story - Craig Tansley

Zimbabwe, Mana Pools: A game park where guests can walk among the wildlife

Best cruise story - Catherine Marshall

Cruising through West Africa's dramatic landscapes and history

Best international story over 1000 words - Catherine Marshall

On another planet with the apes