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Robyn Davidson Biography

Updated On 09 Oct, 2023 Published On 16 Mar, 2015
Robyn Davidson

Facts of Robyn Davidson

Date of Birth :
Age : 73 years old
Family Name : Davidson
Birth Country : Australia
Birth Sign : Virgo

Relationship short Statistics of Robyn Davidson

What is Robyn Davidson marital status ? ( married,single, in relation or divorce): Single
How many children does Robyn Davidson have ? (name): 0 Children
Is Robyn Davidson having any relationship affair ?: Yes1 affair
Is Robyn Davidson Lesbian ? No

Robyn Davidson is an Australian writer. She has written a book Tracks, that describes her 1,700-mile trek using camel across the deserts of West Australia. When she was 11, her mother committed suicide and was raised by Gillian, her father's unmarried sister. She studied at a girls' boarding school in Brisbane and received a music scholarship. She learned how to survive in the harsh desert and trained camels for two years.

Early Life And Education Of Robyn Davidson

Robyn Davidson was born on 6 September 1950 at Stanley Park, a cattle station in Miles, Queensland, Australia. Her birth sign is Virgo.

She has an elder sister. Her mother took her own life when she was just 11 years of age. Later, she was raised by her father's unmarried sister, Gillian.

She attended a girls' boarding school in Brisbane. Though she received a music scholarship, she didn't pay much attention to it. She lived with biologists and studied zoology and later, she lived a bohemian life as a member of the Push.

Robyn Davidson's Career

Davidson, 68, is widely known for her career traveling and writing. She spent more than 30 years of her life traveling to several places across the globe. 

It's been four decades since she arrived in Alice Springs in the year 1975. She was just 26 when she was planning for a desert trek with camels.


She lived with camels for over two years. She trained camels and learned survival techniques in a harsh environment. Her 2,700-kilometre journey with her dog Diggity and four camels from Alice Springs for the West Coast spawned her bestselling memoir Tracks.

Robyn Davison photographer by Rick Smolan during her journey Source: The Katz Tapes

She had no intention of writing about her journey but things started when she wrote an article for National Geographic Magazine. The article gained much interest and made her write a book that became an instant best seller.

She met photographer Rick Solman in Alice Springs and insisted he be with her throughout the journey. She lived with British novelist Doris Lessing in London while writing the book.

Davidson's nine-month adaptation story and her journey with camels were reflected in the movie Tracks released in 2013 starring Adam Driver and Mia Wasikowska. The movie was screened at the Venice Film Festival.

Robyn Davidson and Rick Smolan at the Australian premiere of the movie Tracks
Source: ABC

Apart from her nine-month-long journey, she's also widely popular for her journey with nomadic peoples.

She is also popular for her essay collection Travelling Light, Mail Order Bride, and Desert Places, Pastoral Nomads in India.

Robyn Davidson's Awards And Achievements

In 1980, Tracks won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. It also received the Blind Society Award.

Solman published the images he took during the trip in From Alice to Ocean. It received huge positive comments from their fans.

Robyn Davidson's Net Worth

Details about Davidson's net worth are not revealed yet. Tracks, the 2013 movie based on her memoir, however, collected more than $4.9 million worldwide with $510,007 domestically.

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The book itself won the heart of many people being the bestseller of all time. It is available on Amazon costing $9.22 for the Kindle edition and $12.82 for the paperback.

Robyn Davidson's Personal Life; Who's Her Husband?

Davidson had a romantic relationship with the photographer Rick Smolan. The couple had an "on-again-off-again" romance during the entire journey. They broke up after nine months of being together in a challenging environment.

In the 1980s, she was in a relationship with British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie. They met via a mutual friend Bruce Chatwin, an English travel writer, journalist, and novelist.

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The couple ended their relationship after some time being together. Davidson has never married and is single at present.

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Robyn Davidson Affairs

  1. First Affair with Salman Rushdie

    He is said to be an author and he fell in love with Davidson first after reading her book.

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