Abel Tasman Abel Janszoon Tasman (1603–10 October 1659) was a Dutch seafarer, explorer and merchant, best known for his voyages of 1642 and 1644 in the service of the VOC (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie...
Alexander Forrest Alexander Forrest CMG, was an explorer and surveyor of Western Australia, as well as a politician.
Alfred Gibson Alfred Gibson was an Australian explorer who died in an 1874 expedition organised by Ernest Giles which sought to cross the deserts of Western Australia from east to west.
Alfred Giles (explorer) Alfred Giles (18 February 1846 – 20 March 1931), born in Datchet, England, was a South Australian bushman, drover and explorer who crossed Australia from south to north seven times, most i...
Allan Cunningham (botanist) Allan Cunningham (13 July 1791 – 27 June 1839) was an English botanist and explorer, primarily known for his travels in Australia to collect plants.
Anselme Riedlé Anselme Riedlé (1765–1801) was gardener at the Jardin des Plantes who was invited to join the Nicolas Baudin scientific expedition (1800–1804) in the corvettes Géographe and Naturaliste ...
Antoine Guichenot Antoine Guichenot or Guichenault (1783–1867) was "gardener's boy" on the 1801—1804 French scientific voyage to Australia under Nicolas Baudin, and the 1817 voyage under Louis de Freycinet.
Archer brothers The Archer brothers were among the earliest settlers in Queensland.
Augustus Charles Gregory Sir Augustus Charles Gregory, KCMG(1 August 1819 – 25 June 1905) was an English-born Australian explorer.
Cecil Madigan Cecil Thomas Madigan (15 October 1889 - 14 January 1947) was an Australian explorer and geologist born in Renmark, South Australia.
Charles Grimes Charles Grimes (24 February 1772 – 19 February 1858) was an English surveyor who did some valuable work in colonial Australia.
Charles Sturt Captain Charles Napier Sturt (28 April 1795 – 16 June 1869) was a British explorer of Australia, and part of the European exploration of Australia.
Charles Throsby Charles Throsby (1777 – 2 April 1828) was an Australian explorer, pioneer and parliamentarian.
Charles Tyers Captain Charles James Tyers RN FRSV (13 September 1806–20 September 1870) was a 19th-century Australian surveyor and explorer, and the Commissioner of Crown Lands for Portland (1841) and G...
Charles von Hügel Charles von Hügel (born Carl Alexander Anselm Baron von Hügel; 25 April 1795 - 2 June 1870) was an Austrian noble, army officer, diplomat, botanist, and explorer, now primarily remembered for hi...
Charles Wedge Charles Wedge was a surveyor and explorer of the North West of Western Australia.
Charles-Pierre Boullanger Charles-Pierre Boullanger was a French geographer who served on Nicolas Baudin’s scientific expedition to the South Seas from 1800 to 1803.
Clement Hodgkinson Clement Hodgkinson (born 1818 and died 5 September 1893) was a notable English naturalist, explorer and surveyor of Australia.
Collet Barker Collet Barker (31 December 1784 – 30 April 1831) was a British military officer and explorer.
David Carnegie (explorer) The Hon. David Wynford Carnegie (23 March 1871 – 27 November 1900) was an explorer and gold prospector in Western Australia.
David Lindsay (explorer) David Lindsay (20 June 1856 – 17 December 1922) was an Australian explorer and surveyor and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London.
Donald George Mackay Donald George Mackay (29 June 1870 – 17 September 1958) was an Australian outdoorsman, long-distance cyclist, and explorer who conducted several expeditions to the remotest areas of the Australi...
Edmund Kennedy Edmund Besley Court Kennedy J. P. was an explorer in Australia in the mid nineteenth century. He was the Assistant-Surveyor of New South Wales, working with Sir Thomas Mitchell.
Edmund Lockyer Edmund Lockyer, (21 January 1784 – 10 June 1860) was a British soldier and explorer of Australia.
Edward John Eyre Edward John Eyre (5 August 1815 – 30 November 1901) was an English land explorer of the Australian continent, colonial administrator, and a controversial Governor of Jamaica.
Eric Mjöberg Eric Georg Mjöberg (6 August 1882 – 8 July 1938) was a Swedish zoologist and ethnographer who led the first Swedish scientific expeditions to Australia in the early 1900s, and worked in Indonesia.
Ernest Favenc Ernest Favenc (21 October 1845 – 14 November 1908) was an explorer of Australia, a journalist and historian.
Ernest Giles William Ernest Powell Giles (20 July 1835 – 13 November 1897), best known as Ernest Giles, was an Australian explorer who led five major expeditions in central Australia.
Ferdinand von Mueller Baron Sir Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von Mueller, KCMG (German: Müller) (30 June 1825 – 10 October 1896) was a German-Australian physician, geographer, and most notably, a botanist.
Francis Barrallier Francis Louis Barrallier (1773 – 11 June 1853) was a French-born explorer of Australia.
Francis Cadell (explorer) Francis William Cadell (9 February 1822 – 1879) was a European explorer of Australia, most remembered for opening the Murray River up for transport by steamship and for his activities as a slave trader.
François Péron François Auguste Péron (1775 – 1810) was a French naturalist and explorer.
Frederick Bedwell Lieutenant Commander Frederick Bedwell (1796–1853) was a sailor in the Royal Navy.
Frederick Henry Litchfield Frederick Henry Litchfield (27 May 1832 – 1 March 1867), pastoralist, gold miner, explorer, usually known as Fred, is a South Australian prominently associated with the early exploration of the ...
Frederick Walker (explorer) Frederick Walker (c. 1820 - 19 September 1866) property manager, first Commandant of the 'Queensland' Native Police Force and Australian explorer.
Félix Delahaye Félix Delahaye (born 1767 and died 1829) was a French gardener who served on the Bruni d'Entrecasteaux voyage (1791–93) that was sent by the French National Assembly to search for the missing ex...
George Austin (gardener) George Austin was one of two gardeners trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London and sent by Joseph Banks to care for plants on a voyage to the British colony in New Holland in 1789.
George Bass George Bass (30 January 1771 – after 5 February 1803) was a British naval surgeon and explorer of Australia.
George Caley George Caley (10 June 1770 – 23 May 1829) was an English botanist and explorer, active in Australia for the majority of his career.
George Evans (explorer) George William Evans (5 January 1780 – 16 October 1852) was a surveyor and early explorer in the colony of New South Wales.
George Grey Sir George Grey, KCB (14 April 1812 – 19 September 1898) was a soldier, explorer, Governor of South Australia, twice Governor of New Zealand, Governor of Cape Colony (South Africa), the 11th Premier of New Zealand and a writer.
George Macleay Sir George Macleay KCMG, (180924 June 1891) was an Australian explorer and politician.
Gregory Blaxland Gregory Blaxland (17 June 1778 – 1 January 1853) was an English pioneer farmer and explorer in Australia, noted for initiating and co-leading the first successful crossing of the Blue Mountains by European settlers.
Hamilton Hume Hamilton Hume (19 June 1797 – 19 April 1873) was an early explorer of the present-day Australian states of New South Wales and Victoria.
Henry Dangar Henry Dangar (1796 - 1861) was a surveyor and explorer of Australia in the early period of British colonisation.
Henry Lidgbird Ball Henry Lidgbird Ball (1756–1818) was a Royal Navy officer, best known for discovering and exploring Lord Howe Island.
Henry Mangles Denham Vice Admiral Sir Henry Mangles Denham, CMG (28 August 1800 – 3 July 1887) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station.
Herman Spöring, Jr. Herman Diedrich Spöring Jr. (or Spoering) (1733–1771) was a Finnish explorer, draughtsman, botanist and a naturalist.
Jackey Jackey Jackey Jackey (aka Jacky Jacky) (1833–1854) is the name by which Galmahra(aka Galmarra), the Aboriginal Australian guide and companion to surveyor Edmund Kennedy was known.
Jacques Félix Emmanuel Hamelin Baron Jacques Félix Emmanuel Hamelin (13 October 1768 – 23 April 1839) was a rear admiral of the French navy and later a Baron.
James Calvert (explorer) James Snowden Calvert (13 July 1825 – 22 July 1884), was an explorer and botanist, active in colonial Australia.
James Cook Captain James Cook, FRS, RN was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy.
James Grant (navigator) James Grant (1772 – 11 November 1833) was a British Royal Navy officer and navigator in the early nineteenth century.
James Kelly (Australian explorer) James Kelly (1791–1859), Australian mariner, explorer and port official, was born on 24 December 1791 at Parramatta, New South Wales.
Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse Jean François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse ((variant spelling of his name comte "de La Pérouse") 23 August 1741 – 1788?) was a French Navy officer and explorer whose expedition vanished in Oceania.
Jess Young Jess Young was an explorer who accompanied Ernest Giles during his fourth expedition, making some important botanical collections along the way.
Johann Menge Johannes Menge (4 January 1788 – 1852), was South Australia's first geologist, an early explorer of the new colony, and influential in the settlement of the Barossa Valley.
John Ainsworth Horrocks John Ainsworth Horrocks (22 March 1818 – 23 September 1846) was one of the first settlers in the Clare Valley in 1839.
John Allen (miner) John Allen (born 7 May 1775; date of death unknown) was a lead miner, notable as a junior member of the party of naturalists that accompanied the 1801–1803 voyage of HMS Investigator under M...
John Batman John Batman (21 January 18016 May 1839) was an Australian grazier, entrepreneur and explorer.
John Baxter (explorer) John Baxter (c.1799-1841) was a convict who became an Australian pioneer, overlander, explorer, and offsider of Edward John Eyre.
John Clements Wickham John Clements Wickham (21 November 17986 January 1864) was a Scottish explorer, naval officer, magistrate and administrator.
John Forrest Sir John Forrest GCMG (22 August 1847 – 2 September 1918) was an Australian explorer, the first Premier of Western Australia and a cabinet minister in Australia's first federal parliament.
John Franklin Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin KCH FRGS RN (16 April 1786 – 11 June 1847) was a British Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer.
John Gore (Royal Navy captain) Captain John Gore (died 10 August 1790) was a British American sailor who circumnavigated the globe four times with the Royal Navy in the 18th century and accompanied Captain James Cook in his d...
John Harris Browne John Harris Browne, generally referred to as J. Harris Browne, was an explorer in Australia and a pioneer pastoralist.
John Hayes (explorer) Sir John Hayes (bapt. 11 February 1768 – 3 July 1831) was an 18th-century explorer for the British East India Company, who explored eastern Tasmania and named the Derwent River in 1793.
John Helder Wedge John Helder Wedge (1793 – 22 November 1872) was a surveyor, explorer and politician in Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania, Australia).
John King (explorer) John King (15 December 1838 – 15 January 1872) was an Irish soldier who achieved fame as an Australian explorer.
John Lort Stokes Admiral John Lort Stokes, RN (1 August 1811 – 11 June 1885) was an officer in the Royal Navy who travelled on for close to eighteen years.
John MacGillivray John MacGillivray (18 December 1821 – 6 June 1867) was a Scottish-naturalist, active in Australia between 1842 and 1867.
John McDouall Stuart John McDouall Stuart (7 September 18155 June 1866) was a Scottish explorer and one of the most accomplished and famous of all Australia's inland explorers.
John McKinlay John McKinlay (26 August 1819 – 31 December 1872), was a grazier and explorer of Australia and leader of one of the search parties for the Burke and Wills expedition.
John Ovens John Ovens was an Irish-born soldier, civil engineer and explorer of Australia.
John Oxley John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (178425 May 1828) was an explorer and surveyor of Australia in the early period of British colonisation.
John Ross (explorer) John Ross (17 May 1817 – 5 February 1903) was a Scottish Australian drover and explorer.
Joseph Banks Sir Joseph Banks, 1st Baronet, GCB, PRS (19 June 1820) was an English naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences.
Joseph Wild Joseph Wild (also Wilde) (c.1759 or 1773–1847) was an early explorer of Australia.
Jules Dumont d'Urville Jules Sébastien César Dumont d'Urville (23 May 1790 – 8 May 1842) was a French explorer, naval officer and rear admiral, who explored the south and western Pacific, Australia, New Zealand ...
Louis Receveur Claude-Francois Joseph Louis Receveur (1757 – 17 February 1788) was a French Franciscan priest, naturalist and astronomer who sailed with Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse.
Ludwig Becker Dr Ludwig Becker (1808 – 29 April 1861) was an Australian artist, explorer and naturalist born in Darmstadt, Germany.
Ludwig Becker (explorer) Ludwig Becker (5 September 1808 – 29 April 1861) was a German artist, explorer and naturalist born in Rödelheim near Frankfurt am Main.
Ludwig Leichhardt Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt, known as Ludwig Leichhardt, (23 October 1813 - c.1848) was a Prussian explorer and naturalist, most famous for his exploration of northern and central ...
Luís Vaz de Torres Luís Vaez de Torres (Galician) or Luís Vaz de Torres (Portuguese), also Luis Váez de Torres in the Spanish spelling (born c. 1565; fl.
Mark John Currie Captain Mark John Currie RN played a significant role in the exploration of Australia and the foundation of the Swan River Colony, later named Western Australia.
Matthew Flinders Captain Matthew Flinders RN (16 March 1774 – 19 July 1814) was a distinguished English navigator and cartographer, who was the first to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent.
Nicolas Baudin Nicolas-Thomas Baudin (17 February 1754 – 16 September 1803) was a French explorer, cartographer, naturalist and hydrographer.
Patrick Leslie Patrick Leslie (25 September 1815 – 12 August 1881) was a Scottish Settler in Australia.
Paweł Edmund Strzelecki Sir Paweł Edmund Strzelecki KCB CMG FRGS MRS was a Polish explorer and geologist who in 1845 also became a British subject.
Paweł Strzelecki Sir Paweł Edmund Strzelecki (also known as Paul Edmund de Strzelecki) KCB CMG FRGS MRS (24 June 17976 October 1873) was a Polish explorer and geologist who in 1845 also became a British su...
Peter Good Peter Good (date of birth unknown, died 12 June 1803) was the gardener assistant to botanist Robert Brown on the voyage of HMS Investigator under Matthew Flinders, during which the coast of ...
Peter Hedland Captain Peter Hedland (Alternate spelling : Headland) was an 18th-century seafarer, explorer, Pearling Captain, and the Master of the 16 ton cutter Mystery.
Peter Warburton Colonel Peter Egerton-Warburton CMG (born 16 August 1813, Cheshire, England – died 5 November 1889, Adelaide, South Australia) was a British explorer who sealed his legacy by a particularly daring expedition from Adelaide crossing the centre of Australia to the coast of Western Australia...
Phillip Parker King Admiral Phillip Parker King, FRS, RN (13 December 1791 – 26 February 1856) was an early explorer of the Australian and Patagonian coasts.
Robert D. FitzGerald Robert David FitzGerald (or possibly Robert Desmond FitzGerald) (30 November 1830 – 12 August 1892) was an Irish-Australian surveyor, ornithologist, botanist and poet.
Robert O'Hara Burke Robert O'Hara Burke (6 May 1820 or 1821– c. 28 June 1861) was a British soldier and police officer, who achieved fame as an Australian explorer.
Robyn Davidson Robyn Davidson (born 6 September 1950) is an Australian writer best known for her book Tracks, about a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of west Australia using camels.
Thomas Baines Thomas Baines was an English artist and explorer of British colonial southern Africa and Australia. Born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, Baines was apprenticed to a coach painter at an early age.
Thomas Laycock Thomas Laycock (1786 – 7 November 1823) was an English soldier, explorer, and later businessman, who served in North America during the War of 1812, but is most famous for being the first Europe...
Thomas Mitchell (explorer) Lieutenant Colonel Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell (15 June 1792 – 5 October 1855), surveyor and explorer of south-eastern Australia, was born at Craigend in Stirlingshire, Scotland.
Thomas Petrie Thomas Petrie (31 January 1831 – 26 August 1910) was an Australian explorer, grazier and friend of Aboriginals.
Timothy O'Hea Timothy O'Hea VC (1843 – 1874) was born in Schull, County Cork was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy t...
Tobias Furneaux Captain Tobias Furneaux (21 August 1735 – 18 September 1781) was an English navigator and Royal Navy officer, who accompanied James Cook on his second voyage of exploration.
Tommy Windich Tommy Windich (c. 1840 – c. 20 February 1876) was an Indigenous Australian member of a number of exploring expeditions in Western Australia in the 1860s and 1870s.
Watkin Tench Watkin Tench (6 October 1758 – 7 May 1833) was a British marine officer who is best known for publishing two books describing his experiences in the First Fleet, which established the first sett...
Wattamolla Wattamolla is a cove and lagoon on the New South Wales coast south of Sydney, within the Royal National Park.
Willem Janszoon Willem Janszoon, Dutch navigator and colonial governor, is the first European known to have seen the coast of Australia - in 1606. His name is sometimes abbreviated to Willem Jansz..
Willem Schouten Willem Cornelisz Schouten (c. 1567–1625) was a Dutch navigator for the Dutch East India Company.
William Dampier William Dampier (baptised 5 September 1651March 1715) was the first Englishman to explore parts of what is today Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times.
William Dawes (Royal Marines officer) William Dawes (1762–1836) was an officer of the Royal Marines, an astronomer, engineer, botanist, surveyor, explorer, abolitionist and colonial administrator.
William Gosse William Christie Gosse (1842–12 August 1881), explorer, was born in Hertfordshire, England and migrated to Australia with his father Dr. William Gosse in 1850.
William Gosse (explorer) William Christie Gosse (11 December 1842–12 August 1881), was an Australian explorer, who was born in Hertfordshire, England and migrated to Australia with his father Dr. William Gosse in 1850.
William Hann William Hann (1837 - 1889) was a pastoralist and explorer in northern Queensland, Australia.
William Harry Tietkins William Harry Tietkins, explorer and naturalist, was born in England and emigrated to Australia in 1859.
William Hobson Captain William Hobson RN (26 September 1792 – 10 September 1842) was the first Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi.
William Hovell William Hilton Hovell (26 April 1786 – 9 November 1875) was an English explorer of Australia.
William John Wills William John Wills (5 January 1834 – c.June/July 1861) was a British surveyor who also trained for a while as a surgeon.
William Landsborough William Landsborough (21 February 1825 – 16 March 1886) was an explorer of Australia.
William Lawson (explorer) William Lawson (2 June 1774 – 16 June 1850) was a pastoralist and explorer of New South Wales, Australia who co-discovered a passage inland through the Blue Mountains from Sydney.
William Parker Snow William Parker Snow (1817–1895) was a minor Arctic explorer, writer and mariner.
William Paterson (explorer) Colonel William Paterson, FRS (17 August 1755 – 21 June 1810) was a Scottish soldier, explorer, Lieutenant governor and botanist best known for leading early settlement in Tasmania.
William Tietkens William Harry Tietkens (30 August 1844 – 19 April 1933), explorer and naturalist, was born in England and emigrated to Australia in 1859.
William Wentworth William Charles Wentworth (13? August 1790 – 20 March 1872) was an Australian poet, explorer, journalist and politician, and one of the leading figures of early colonial New South Wales.
Wylie (Australian explorer) Wylie (c. 1825 – ?) was an indigenous Australian originally from the King George Sound tribe around Albany in Western Australia.
Wylie (person) Wylie (c. 1825 – ?) was an indigenous Australian originally from the King George Sound tribe around Albany in Western Australia.