Richard White is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has taught Australian history and the history of travel and tourism there since 1989.
He taught in the History Department at Monash University from 1975 to 1979. His publications include Inventing Australia, The Oxford Book of Australian Travel Writing, Cultural History in Australia, On Holidays: A History of Getting Away in Australia and Symbols of Australia, along with a special issue of Studies in Travel Writing on Australia.
His latest book, co-edited with Caroline Ford, is Playing in the Bush: recreation and national parks in New South Wales, published by Sydney University Press. He holds an ARC Discovery Grant for a project exploring the history of tourism to the past in Australia.
Other current research includes work on the history of Australian tourism to Britain, a study of overland travel between Britain and Australia and a history of the cooee. He is co-editor of the journal History Australia.