Tony Wheeler is the co-founder of Lonely Planet Publications, started with Maureen Wheeler in late 1973, to publish Across Asia on the Cheap, the story of their trip from London to Australia. Since writing the first Lonely Planet guidebook 40 years ago travel has been a large part of Tony’s life. His latest forays into Congo DRC, Colombia, Haiti, Nauru, Pakistan, Palestine-Israel, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe are the subject of his forthcoming book, Dark Lands.
Tony and Maureen have been involved with the Australian Festival of Travel Writing since it began in 2008.