Community Radio: Best Australian Podcasts by Monthly Downloads & Awards.

Are you looking for local Australian podcasts to listen to? Here is a list via category of Australian made podcasts.

As you can see by the amount of podcasts which qualify for a ‘best podcasts’ list, there’s never been a better time for podcasts. Though the format has been around for a couple of decades now, it’s only in the last few years that they really hit their stride. You might say that we’re living through a golden age of podcasts, if you’re the kind of person who needs all their culture categorised into neat eras.

Podcasts are now big business. In this post-Serial audio world, journalists, celebrities, academics and yes, anyone else who owns a mixing desk and a microphone, now has a regular show. The quality is generally very high but some efforts can still be hit and miss with dozens of podcasts popping up around the same themes or TV shows. To help you out we curate this every-changing list of interesting podcast recommendations spanning technology, culture, science, politics and beyond

Podcasts are the new black. Fact. But as with anything good, they come with their difficulties; the pain of coming to the end of a series only to find it was the final one, or the struggle of trying to find a new one that scratches the right itch. Well, luckily the Cosmopolitan team are really into podcasts and I am really into obsessive list making…

Here’s our ultimate list of the best (and free) podcasts you need to listen to, as compiled by our very own podcast-junkies.

Top 100

Believe: Paranormal & UFO Radio
Sexy Stories With Chantelle Otten Sexologist
Mid Flight Brawl Podcast
True Blue Crime
Too Peas In A Podcast
Happy Hour With Lucy & Nikki
Forgotten Australia
The Nurse
Always Was, Always Will Be Our Stories
The Social Work Stories Podcast
Dev Raga – Personal Finance Podcasts
Coronacast
Loose Units: The Podcast
Beenham Valley Road
Free Radicals
Roy And HG – Bludging On The Blindside
Hamish & Andy’s Remembering Project
The Junkees – Dave O’Neil And Kitty Flanagan
The Vanishing Of Vivienne Cameron
My Dad And Son Are Missing
“The Week on Wednesday” With Van Badham & Ben Davison
The Good Bits
I Just Called To Tell You A Joke
The Eleventh
The Birder’s Guide
The Story Chunder
History Detective
Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Podcast
Australian True Crime
Little Lost Girls
Story Time With Jimmy Barnes
True Crime Island
Escape This Podcast
Understate: Lawyer X
Judith Lucy – Overwhelmed And Dying
The Clink
Dead Bodies Podcast
Life And Crimes With Andrew Rule
The Little Dum Dum Club With Tommy & Karl
Chasing Charlie
TOFOP
PEP With Chas And Dr Dave
The Ice Project
The Wigs
Wilosophy With Wil Anderson
Cricket, Et Cetera
A Perfect Storm: The True Story Of The Chamberlains
Casefile True Crime
Don’t You Know Who I Am?
Great Mates With Kade & Troy
Weird Crap In Australia
Bloody Murder – A True Crime Podcast
Conversations For Ally
Evidence Locker True Crime
Led By A Heartstring
All Rise, The Mentoring Podcast For Women Lawyers
Fangirling
A Rational Fear
Hamish & Andy
The Last Voyage Of The Pong Su Podcast
Carousel Sniper Victim
Good Weekend Talks
Do Go On
Life On The Land
We Are Human With Sam Thaiday
The History Listen
Awesome Aussie Songs Podcast
Full Story
Murderlaide
SeaChangers
Stolen Lives True Crime
Emperors Of Rome
Jeffrey Epstein, The Prince And The Pervert
Naked City
BookSlut
Squiz Today
7am
Book Cheat
Monsters Who Murder: Serial Killer Confessions
Podnews Podcasting News
TV Blackbox & McKnight Tonight
Gavin Woods Countdown Podcast
History Lab
Queer As Fact
ABC Comedy Presents
Asian Bitches Down Under
Claremont: The Claremont Serial Killings
Don’t Tell The Pilot – Australian Politics
True Stories Of Crime And Violence
Two Open Books
Up And Away
In Black And White
Squiz Shortcuts
A Podcast Of One’s Own With Julia Gillard
What’s Right Within
Flex’s Semi-Factual History Lessons
Narelle Fraser Interviews
On The Reg
The Morbid Curiosity Podcast
Australian Histories Podcast

BEST ARTS & CULTURE PODCAST

Bad Behavior – Nikila Cranage, Rosalind Anketell, Namcheja Maghembe

Beauty Island – Brittany Stewart

Eyes On Gilead: A Handmaid’s Tale Podcast – SBS

Margin Notes – Zoya Patel & Yen Eriksen & Kim Lester

Talking Words – Olivia O’Flynn & Lucy Hayward

BEST WELLBEING PODCAST

Curveball: the club you didn’t want to be part of – Beth Armstrong for Curveball Media/Luke Mynott, Unison Sound

Healthy-ish – BODY + Soul for News Corp Australia

Let’s Talk About Suicide – Hamish Blunck for JOY

One Foot In – Bee & Zee

Young Blood: Men’s Health Matters – Callum MacPherson

BEST COMEDY PODCAST

Dragon Friends – Dragon Friends Podcasting

Hamish & Andy – Hamish Blake and Andy Lee for PodcastOne Australia

Impromptunes: The Completely Improvised Musical Podcast – Impromptunes

A Rational Fear – Dan Ilic for Downwind Media

Tony Martin’s SIZZLETOWN – pots n pans productions

BEST BUSINESS PODCAST

Building A Unicorn – Lawson Media

My Millennial Career – SYMO Interactive

The Richards Report – Ted Richards

She’s On The Money – Victoria Devine & iHeartPodcast Network Australia

Women Are The Business – University of Melbourne

MOMENT OF THE YEAR

Coronacast: Can You Catch Corona From A Fart? – Dr Norman Swan and Tegan Taylor for ABC

Driven Young: Boys vs Girls Experiment Viral Moment – Byron Dempsey

Matt and Alex: All Day Breakfast – PodcastOne Australia

Squiz Kids: Q+A with Prime Minister Scott Morrison – Bryce Corbett for The Squiz

Women of Influence: the story of Kate Everrett – Kate Meade for ACE Radio

BEST SEX & RELATIONSHIPS PODCAST

The Hook Up – Nat Tencic for triple j

Ghosts of Boyfriends Past – Elizabeth Best & Tom Harris for That’s Not Canon

Love Etc. – Zara McDonald and Michelle Andrews for Shameless Media

My Mum Is A Pornstar – Miss Honey Analverkehr & Maz

Search Engine Sex – Rowdie Walden for Spotify AUNZ

BRANDED PODCAST

Beyond Blue: Not Alone – Beyond Blue

Loud & Proud – NAB & Aesthetic with JOY 94.9

That’s Incredible – Mamamia Podcasts

This Girl Can: Victoria – VicHealth

What Happens Next? – Dr Susan Carland for Monash University & Strategic Marketing and Communications

BEST RADIO PODCAST

Background Briefing – The Background Briefing Team for ABC

Hack – Avani Dias, Serge Negus and Shalailah Medhora for triple j

Science with Dr Karl – Nick Gerber, Lucy Smith, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki for triple j

Studio 1 – Matthew Layton for Vision Australia Radio

Take 5 – Double J Radio for ABC

BEST SPORTS PODCAST

The 19th Tee Podcast – Nathan Drudi & Kieran Marsh

Dyl and Friends – Dylan Buckley

The Phil Davis Podcast – Phil Davis for ABC

John Tapp Racing – John Tapp

Ordineroli Speaking – Neroli Meadows & iHeartPodcast Network Australia

SUPPORTED BY

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS PODCAST

7AM – Schwartz Media

Background Briefing – The Background Briefing Team for ABC

Full Story – the Guardian

What Happens Next? Hosted by Dr Susan Carland – Monash University for Strategic Marketing and Communications

The Quicky – Mamamia Podcasts

BEST LOCKDOWN PODCAST

Busy Bodies with Mr Snot Bottom: Healthy Heroes Episodes – Mr Snot Bottom for Kinderling Kids Radio

Coronacast – Dr Norman Swan and Tegan Taylor for ABC

How I Work – Amantha Imber

The New Social Contract – Impact Studios at UTS

Prof Joe Covid 19 Aged Care Podcast – Dignity of Risk Australia

BEST TRUE CRIME PODCAST

CHILDERS: The Full Story – Paul Cochrane

The Last Voyage of The Pong Su – The Age

The Lighthouse – The Australian for News Corp Australia

Nut Jobs: Cracking California’s Strangest $10 Million Dollar Heist – Marc Fennell for Audible

Unravel True Crime: Snowball – Ollie Wards and the Unravel True Crime team for ABC

BEST ENTERTAINMENT PODCAST

The Convo With George Sargent – George Sargent

Just The Gist – Rosie Waterland & Jacob Stanley for PodcastOne Australia

Matt and Alex: All Day Breakfast – Matt & Alex for PodcastOne Australia

Shameless – Zara McDonald and Michelle Andrews for Shameless Media

The Wellness Collective – Natalie Kringoudis and Cecelia Ramsdale for PodcastOne Australia

BEST FAMILY PODCAST

Busy Bodies with Mr Snot Bottom – Mr Snot Bottom for Kinderling Kids Radio

Little Yarns – ABC Kids listen

Short & Curly – ABC Audio Studios

Squiz Kids – Bryce Corbett for The Squiz

too peas in a podcast – Mandy and Kate

BEST INTERVIEW

Conversations with Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski – ABC Audio Studios

The Hardest Word: Genocide Apology – Brett de Hoedt for Podcasts of Justice

In My Country – Pia Perversi-Burchall & Adam Wood for That’s Not Canon Productions

The Regenerative Journey with Charlie Arnott – Charlie Arnott

Shoes Off: Diana Nguyen – Jay Ooi

BEST DOCUMENTARY PODCAST

BIRDS EYE VIEW – StoryProjects with women in Darwin Correctional Centre

The Eleventh – ABC Audio Studios

Full Story – The Guardian

Inside the Big Day Out – Double J for ABC

It Burns: The Scandal-Plagued Race to Breed the World’s Hottest Chilli – Marc Fennell for Audible

SMARTEST PODCAST

Ask the Specialist: Larrakia, Tiwi and Yolngu stories to inspire better healthcare – Vicki Kerrigan and Stuart Yiwarr McGrath for B. Lee, M. Herdman, P. Puruntatameri

Moonshot – Lawson Media

Science Vs – Kaitlyn Sawrey & Wendy Zukerman for Gimlet Media/Spotify

She’s on the Money – Victoria Devine & iHeartPodcast Network Australia

Shoes Off – Jay Ooi

BEST FICTION PODCAST

Destination: Earth – Patrick McGinley

Generation Betoota – The Betoota Advocate for Spotify Original / DM Podcasts

Love and Luck – Passer Vulpes Productions

Nocturnal Transmissions – Kristin Holland

Six Cold Feet – J.M. Donellan for Dead Eric Productions

BEST NEW PODCAST

7AM – Schwartz Media

Life Uncut Podcast – Laura Byrne, Brittany Hockley & iHeartPodcast Network Australia

Little Green Pod – ABC Regional & Local & ABC Audio Studios

Nut Jobs: Cracking California’s Strangest $10 Million Dollar Heist – Marc Fennell for Audible

Who The Hell is Hamish? – The Australian for News Corp Australia

BEST INDIGENOUS PODCAST

A Cuppa and a Yarn – Michelle Aleksandrovics Lovegrove for New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council

Ask the Specialist: Larrakia, Tiwi and Yolngu stories to inspire better healthcare – Vicki Kerrigan and Stuart Yiwarr McGrath for B. Lee, M. Herdman, P. Puruntatameri

Little Yarns – ABC Kids listen

My Mum Is A Pornstar – Miss Honey Analverkehr & Maz

Search Engine Sex – Rowdie Walden for Spotify AUNZ

THE SPOTLIGHT AWARD

The Last Voyage of The Pong Su – The Age

The Lighthouse – The Australian for News Corp Australia

Mamamia Out Loud – Mamamia Podcasts

The Kyle & Jackie O Show – KIIS & iHeartPodcast Network Australia

Science Vs – Kaitlyn Sawrey & Wendy Zukerman for Gimlet Media/Spotify

THE CREATIVITY AWARD

All Ears – Annaliese Redlich for Broadwave

From A Whisper To A Bang! – Megan Spencer

The Last Voyage of The Pong Su – The Age

Tony Martin’s SIZZLETOWN – pots n pans productions

Science Vs: Pandemic! – Kaitlyn Sawrey & Wendy Zukerman for Gimlet Media/Spotify

THE BULLSEYE AWARD

All Ears – Annaliese Redlich for Broadwave

Drinks Adventures – James Atkinson

The Gays Are Revolting – Lipp Media

Money Power Freedom – Victorian Women’s Trust in partnership with Bank Australia

Prof Joe Covid 19 Aged Care Podcast – Dignity of Risk Australia