Frommer's Australia 2005 Paperback – Oct 2004
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From the Back Cover
Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer. Frommers. The best trips starts here. The best outdoor activities from the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback and beyond. Outspoken opinions on Whats worth your time and Whats not. Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget. Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions. Find great deals and book your trip at Frommers.com
About the Author
Marc Llewellyn is the winner of several travel writing awards, including the Australian Society of Travel Writers Travel Writer of the Year award 2001/2002. His latest travelogue, Riders to the Midnight Sun, tells of his cycle journey from the Ukrainian Black Sea to Arctic Russiain a bid to escape the Australian heat. Lee Mylne writes for a broad range of consumer and travel trade publications. Born and raised in New Zealand, she traveled widely before finally figuring out she could make a living out of it. She has lived in Australia for the past 17 years and is a Full Member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. Her books include Frommers Portable Australias Great Barrier Reef.
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Top Customer Reviews
The second point is that Australia has lots of natural wonders. It follows that a travel book should have lots of photos. A picture is worth 1000 words. Frommer gives the absolute minimum. It is more like a giant travel index with places and list of features. So I would recommend other books. The two are Lonely Planet Australia and Eyewitness Travel DK Australia. They are similar books but have better visuals and maps. The Eyewitness has just great photos but both books are fine. These other books are 4 or 5 stars.
My humble opinion.
Jack in Toronto
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For one thing, although he's right about the photos being rather sparse, having worked in the publishing field for a few years once, this is obviously intentional to keep the costs down. It more than compensates for that by having detailed, well written, informative text. Also, I have a recommendation below on how to approach these guides in terms of how to use the shorter, more photographic guides, versus the longer, less visual ones like Frommer's.
For example, if you want beautifully illustrated, glossy photos of Oz, you can pick up the Insight guide, the Dorling Kindersley, or the Nat'l Geographic guide, all gorgeous guides visually, but they are five to seven dollars more than this one, and contain 200-300 fewer pages of text. They are truly beautiful, stunning, and graphically very well-designed and laid out books, and after looking at them, I almost felt like I didn't need to spend $4000 on a real trip to Oz anymore since the photo essays in these books were so good. You can take an armchair excursion for $30 for the DK book and save yourself several thousand dollars. Plus you don't need to sit in those cramped coach seats for 14 hours, which doesn't especially appeal to me since I'm 6'4" and I'm not exactly built for that.
My recommendation here is to spend a couple of hours with any of these guides just looking at the great photos on the glossy pages in the cafe of a Border's or B & N bookstore, make mental notes on what you're interested in from there, and then buy and use the bigger but less lavishly illustrated Lonely Planet, Fodor's, or Frommer's guides to get more information. If you use this two-pronged approach you'll get the most for your money, or you could even buy one of each if you're flush with cash. The DK, Insight, and Nat'l Geographic guides are great too, I just happen to prefer getting two to three hundred pages worth of information and fewer photos for 30% less.
For one thing, most of us have seen all the amazing pictures of Oz to begin with. And I'd seen several nature specials on Australia, and I didn't need to be convinced of how cool a country it is to visit from a natural beauty and photographic standpoint, or I wouldn't be thinking of plunking down thousands of dollars of my hard-earned money to fly half way around the world for a vacation in the first place. :-)
Whichever way you decide to go, happy travel guide browsing and buying!
The first reviewer said Frommer's has only 30 pages on Melbourne (it has 46) and 30 pages on Sydney (it has 90). That's plenty for a country guide, and Frommer's gives a good variety of restaurants, hotels, and sights both in the cities and the countryside. Don't expect 90 pages to say it all about a city of 4 million. Check the Internet, AA club guides, city books, tour companies, and spend all the time in Oz. And buy this book. It's the most complete I've seen.