Richard Dawkins announces Australian tour

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Richard Dawkins announces Australian tour

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins has announced an Australian speaking tour in February 2023.

World-renowned evolutionary biologist, author, and public intellectual, Richard Dawkins, will make his return to Australia and New Zealand in February 2023 for a national tour. The six-city tour will start in Melbourne on Friday 17 February, before heading to Sydney, Perth and Brisbane, before winding up in New Zealand.

One of the best-known scientists of the modern-era, Dawkins speaks frankly about the importance of science and reason and is well-known his unapologetic appraisals of critical thinking and atheism. He’s the best-selling author of books The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion, and has earned millions of admirers the world over through his passion for the importance of reason.

Richard Dawkins tour dates and locations

  • Friday 17 February Plenary Theatre Melbourne
  • Saturday 18 February Darling Harbour Theatre Sydney
  • Tuesday 21 February Riverside Theatre Perth
  • Thursday 23 February City Hall Brisbane
  • Saturday 25 February Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre Auckland
  • Sunday 26 February Opera House Wellington

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

After last touring here in 2018, the world’s most prominent atheist returns to Australia in 2023 for an unscripted conversation tackling a variety of topics, spanning science, religion and more. Dawkins’ other books include The Ancestor’s Tale, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, A Devil’s Chaplain, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Magic of Reality, his two-part autobiography An Appetite for Wonder and A Brief Candle in the Dark released in 2015, and Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide.

His highly acclaimed 1976 title, The Selfish Gene, argued that natural selection takes place at the genetic rather than species or individual level. It is here that he famously introduced the concept of “memes”.

Tickets go on sale Thursday 30 June, 10:00 am local time. Visit for tickets & tour info.