He has published some thirty books of poetry, prose, criticism, and edited collections of poetry, including The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse (1986), and most recently, Hell and After: Four Early English-language Poets of Australia (2005). His work has garnered several awards, including the Petrarch Award (1995), T.S. Eliot Prize (1996), and the Queen's Gold Medal (1998), under the recommendation of the poet Ted Hughes. His newest collection is The Biplane Houses, published in April of 2006.
Murray's work is studied in schools and universities around the world and his poetry has been translated into ten languages: German, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Hindi, Russian and Dutch. Translations of his notable epic, Fredy Neptune (for which Murray was given the Queen's Gold Medal) continue to collect prizes. There are several critical editions dedicated to the study of his poetry. The U.K.'s Independent on Sunday recently stated that Murray is "one of the finest poets writing in English, one of a superleague that includes Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott and Joseph Brodsky."