With a long record of travel and long-distance walking as a guide, foreign resident or tourist, Garry McDougall wrote a series of eBooks on Pilgrimage, stories and poetry on the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. After a fictional narrative of Dr Louis Gabriel in Belonging, he wrote two further novels Forgetting and Remembering and Knowing Simone.
Once President of the Balmain Institute for seven years, he is now on the South Coast Writers Centre Executive, is a Write-On! author and DiVerse poet.
Prior to 2000 he co-created the Great North Walk, an official NSW Bicentennial Project, then started an ecotourism business, Great Australian Walks, building NSW's first ecotourism wilderness lodge. He wrote two guidebooks: Great North Walk, and NSW Heritage Walks (Kangaroo Press).
In 2005 he returned to photography and painting, showing in some fifteen exhibitions, notably Rosieville Lane and Fruits of the Imagination. He won several poetry and short story awards during 2012-15, and was Feature Poet in the Sydney Writers Festival in 2017.
He performs in various Sydney and regional venues while writing further novels, poetry, art and travel.