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Lonely Planet Central Australia 5th Ed.: Adelaide to Darwin [Paperback]

Charles Rawlings-Way , Lindsay Brown , Paul Harding
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June 1 2009 Lonely Planet Travel Guides
Lonely Planet has been researching Australia's dusty backroads for 32 years. This new, meticulously researched guide to Australia's center will enrich any travels in the region, whether short excursions from Darwin, Alice or Adelaide, or epic road trips all the way from the Great Australian Bight to the Top End. Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip. In This Guide: Indigenous cultures, identities and arts explained in depth Driving advice and outback safety for 4WDs, 2WDs and bikes Green Index and tips on environmentally and culturally responsible travel

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4.0 out of 5 stars Made holiday planning easy May 15 2013
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Used this book to help plan my holiday. Gave us a great idea of which roadhouses we could camp at in the middle of nowhere! Prices were quite outdated, but I believe there is an updated version coming out soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Especially for those seeking more depth than the usual Australia-wide coverage can offer Oct. 6 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
There's a lot to do in South Australia: so much that it deserves a book of its own separate from just a generic travel guide to the entire country - and Adelaide & South Australia serves just this purpose, allowing the visitor to focus on the region's many offerings. Excellent small maps accompany clear descriptions of accommodations, eating, sightseeing, and natural wonders. With its information-packed pages, it's a 'must' for any destination-oriented traveler planning a visit to the region; especially for those seeking more depth than the usual Australia-wide coverage can offer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A handy guide and a good overarching idea Aug. 14 2010
By Paul Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
The idea of driving from Adelaide, in South Australia, right 'up the guts' of the Australian continent through to Darwin in the Northern Territory is a pretty nifty one. I've been lucky enough to do exactly that spread over two different trips - the southern half with a tour group and the second as a father & son road trip around a year ago. As such I can attest that this guide book to Central Australia is quite useful as a primer and does discuss a great many point of interest in a fairly factual style. One reviewer decried the lack of accuracy regarding parts of South Australia and in particular Kangaroo Island but I cannot comment on that as I've not been to KI since around 2003.

Much of the format of this work follows the basic LP layout so you shouldn't have any dramas finding what you want. Also the way the book follows in chronological order a one way trip through the centre of the country makes it an easily digestible work. A clutch of photographs at the start of the book add a touch of colour and all I up feel that this book - or any updated version when they get around to it - would make a good companion for anybody considering such a journey. Along with detailed road maps of course and hey, do yourself a favour and DON'T rent a 4WD as just about all the roads you'll be driving on are bitumen (I see so many tourist paying high rental fees for these gas guzzlers when you are almost certain not to need one, and they are easily rented at places like Alice Springs if you ever really really want to go somewhere that 4WD is necessary).

So that's my two cents worth!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated and lacks research Oct. 29 2008
By C. R. Friar - Published on Amazon.com
Unfortunatly, this is perhaps the only book widely available in the US specifically on Southern Australia, which has many wonderful opportunities for the nature and/or wine loving tourist. This book, however, is sorely outdated and in many instances just wrong. I am speaking specifically about the portions written on Kangaroo Island and the south coast. From my experience thus far it seems likely that the author never even visited these places, but is simply working off of word of mouth and other "primary" sources. I generally swear by Lonely Planet guides, but this one is an exception. I hope Lonley Planet puts out a new edition soon with a new author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent travel guide Dec 1 2008
By Nels - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a thorough, well researched, detailed, well written guide to travel in the Northern Territory of Australia. It's loaded with valuable information, especially for people who want a bit of adventure and who travel with their minds fully engaged. Lonely Planet deserves special accolades for their emphasis on ethics and etiquette for foreign travelers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the rest June 14 2009
By Dale Belcher - Published on Amazon.com
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The Lonely Planet guide to Australia is the best and most complete I have yet seen. As with any travel guide they miss a lot, but for the areas I know, what they miss probably is not very important to many travelers. There does seem to be a very slight bias toward the college age backpacker traveler, but perhaps most folks my age are on package tours anyway. This one beats Frommer's hands down.
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