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  • Paperback: 1156 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 9th Revised edition edition (Nov. 16 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848360738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848360730
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #749,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The holiday-makers' favourite guidebook series The Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Margo Daly was born and grew up in Sydney, and after a decade based in London, now lives in her native city again, which she covers in this guide. David Leffman is an established Rough Guide author and inveterate traveller. He is co-author of Rough Guides to China and Iceland. Anne Dehne has lived in Melbourne since 1989, and has written for several publishers, mainly on Australia. Chris Scott covers NT and WA. His other books include 'Sahara Overland' and 'Desert Travels'. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
Here is the situation. Go to the book store and there are 100 to 200 books on Australia. I have about five or six of them. This book leaves me a bit cold.
Here is the good part. It is a large and comprehensive guide to Australia. The book takes a formula approach. In each place it has a map with a list of places to stay, things of interest, history, etc. It follows the same formula place to place. Lots of information but not many photos, a bit dull. Also it is impossible to stay current since restaurants and hotels change.
There are other books with just as much detail or 80% as much detail but have excellent visuals and better cultural ties. I like the DK Eyewitness Travel books because they have lots of detail but color photos that leap from the pages. And Australia is a place of great natural beauty and personally I want to see photos in the guide. A photo is worth 1000 words of descriptions.
So I found the book a bit ho hum maybe too many details and almost no photos.
Cannot recommend. Three stars neutral.
Jack in Toronto
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This is another guide written in the same sort of format as Lets Go and Lonely Planet. It is a lot thicker than the Lets Go version and believe me, weight and space are important when lugging the thing around a whole continent. Let's Go also has a fair bit more information than Rough Guide in fewer pages. I also don't like the paper the pages are made of in this book as it's not a nice texture, is very thin and the pages stick together when the book's been inside a hot backpack and just don't feel nice turning the pages when it's a bit humid. Rough Guide is also rather opinionated on everything from each hostel to local information booth staff friendliness. I must say I do agree with some comments but a lot I never had the same experiences. That's the thing about travelling one person can have a great experience with a tourism operator and the next not so good. It depends who else is on the tour, in the room, which staff member you get and so on. If this was a constantly updated website that encourages feedback and changed the information regularly than I would see a place for it but not in a guide book. If you follow the author's opinion you'll miss out on some great experiences and even the places he recommends you may still have a bad time at. That's just the way tourism is. I'd recommend Lets Go over this for backpacking around Australia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3 2000
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This book was a lifesaver for us on our three week vacation to Australia. The maps within it were fantastic especially on our four day drive up the coast. It was very helpful with regard to accommodation, and finding tourist information offices. We didn't leave our room without it on any day of our trip.
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I have been using Rough Guides for several years and this one has not disappointed me. It is relevant in every way and gives enough details about the various attractions without overwhelming the reader with too much extraneous information. I particularly appreciate the final section ("Contexts"), which covers the history, culture, etc. of the destination. Like all publications, this one contains a few inaccurate details but the publishers are very gracious about feedback and give a reward in the form of a discount toward a future purchase.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Do not travel to Australia without this book July 3 2000
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Format: Paperback
This book was a lifesaver for us on our three week vacation to Australia. The maps within it were fantastic especially on our four day drive up the coast. It was very helpful with regard to accommodation, and finding tourist information offices. We didn't leave our room without it on any day of our trip.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Typical Rough Guide consistensy March 5 2007
By Jon L. Albee - Published on Amazon.com
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Now in its tenth edition, this guide has been refined into a really good book. As with many things Aussie, this book has an outdoorsy bent. Coverage of Australia's truly incredible natural sites is thorough. The absolutely amazing Atherton Tablelands get nice treatment, and are a MUST for any trip to Australia.

There's far less history and social content than some other Rough Guides but, that said, this book is typical Rough Guide density with encyclopedic coverage. The best thing about this book is that you're not likely to find a place in this vast country without at least a few words written about it. The chapters about particularly remote sections of the country are well done and fascinating to read. Cultural and historical contexts are well done, not just filler material. A good guide book should make you more anxious to get on with your trip. This one has that effect on me.

I'd like to see a bit more narrative about significant architecture and important institutions, and the book needs a nice new set of maps. There are few really good ones in here.

Keep in mind that Australia is a huge country, and distances can be vast. Cultural and natural attractions are so numerous that no single guidebook will bring them all to you. This one does it better than other books, in my opinion. The editions are frequent enough so that listings are relatively up-to-date, but no guidebook for a place this large and dynamic can be perfect or completely comprehensive. Keep that in mind.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Quantity does not equal quality - this book brings it all together Jan. 30 2010
By Roshan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was in Australia for 2 years. I was based in Perth, but traveled to Exmouth, Melbourne, Sydney, Hervey Bay and the Gold Coast.

Initially, I looked at Lonely Planet WA and could not understand why Rough Guide's section on Western Australia was so much smaller. When I used L.P. I realised it was because it contained a lot of stuff that was irrelevant to a tourist.

Rough Guide has all the salient points (and directs you to the right place when necessary) and is pretty user friendly.

I would certainly recommend it for your travels.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Gives a few great places a bit of a rough treatment June 26 2003
By James N Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is another guide written in the same sort of format as Lets Go and Lonely Planet. It is a lot thicker than the Lets Go version and believe me, weight and space are important when lugging the thing around a whole continent. Let's Go also has a fair bit more information than Rough Guide in fewer pages. I also don't like the paper the pages are made of in this book as it's not a nice texture, is very thin and the pages stick together when the book's been inside a hot backpack and just don't feel nice turning the pages when it's a bit humid. Rough Guide is also rather opinionated on everything from each hostel to local information booth staff friendliness. I must say I do agree with some comments but a lot I never had the same experiences. That's the thing about travelling one person can have a great experience with a tourism operator and the next not so good. It depends who else is on the tour, in the room, which staff member you get and so on. If this was a constantly updated website that encourages feedback and changed the information regularly than I would see a place for it but not in a guide book. If you follow the author's opinion you'll miss out on some great experiences and even the places he recommends you may still have a bad time at. That's just the way tourism is. I'd recommend Lets Go over this for backpacking around Australia.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Quite Good but I used Lonely Planet more June 17 2011
By Marc G. Belisle - Published on Amazon.com
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Rough Guide is quite good but I actually used Lonely Planet Australia as my primary guide (they vary from country to country as to which is better). Rough Guide has, naturally, a few things the Lonely Planet guide doesn't (I used Rough Guide as a complimentary guide).
If traveling a fair amount by train "Australia By Rail" (Colin Taylor) is truly excellent (as are the Austrail passes).
For Queensland alone the Lonely Planet Queensland guide is outstanding.


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