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Frommer's Australia (Frommer's Color Complete) [Paperback]

Lee Atkinson , Ron Crittall , Marc Llewellyn , Lee Mylne
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3 Feb 2012 Frommer's Color Complete
Frommer′s Complete Guides – IN FULL COLOR
  • America′s #1 bestselling travel series
  • More full–color guides than ever before
  • Foldout maps in annual guides
  • Outspoken opinions, exact prices, and insider tips
  • International edition ISBN: 978–1–118–07593–7

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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 18th Edition edition (3 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118065069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118065068
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 12.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 640,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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  • Hundreds of photos

  • Easy–to–read maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip–planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

Lee Atkinson (chapters 1, 11, and 14) is a freelance travel writer and guide book author based in Australia. Her travel stories regularly appear in the travel sections of various newspapers and glossy travel magazines in both Australia and internationally. She is the author of eight travel books, including Frommer’s Sydney Day by Day, Frommer’s Sydney Free & Dirt Cheap, Frommer’s Tasmania Day by Day, and Frommer’s Bali Day by Day.

Ron Crittall (chapters 1, 3, and 12) was on a long slow loop around the world when he arrived in Perth for a possible 2–year stay. Forty years on, he knows there’s no place better to live. A travel writer for 20 years, he loves traveling round, and writing about, the vast expanse of Western Australia. He is the author of Walking Perth.

Sydney resident Marc Llewellyn (chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) is one of Australia’s premier travel writers and the winner of several writing awards. He is a past president of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. He’s written two travelogues, Riders to the Midnight Sun, which tells of his journey from the Ukrainian Black Sea to the Russian Arctic on a cheap bicycle, and Finding Nino, which recounts his year working as a peasant farmer and shrimp fisherman on an island off Sicily. He is also the coauthor of Australia For Dummies.

Lee Mylne (chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, and 16) is Melbournebased but writes for a range of consumer and travel trade publications around Australia. Born and raised in New Zealand, she has worked in newspapers, magazines, and radio and traveled widely before she started to make a living out of it. She has lived in Australia since 1986 and is a life member and past president of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. Her other books include Frommer’s Melbourne Day by Day, Frommer’s Portable Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and Australia For Dummies.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Reassuringly comprehensive 16 Jun 2012
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This book really does cover pretty much everything you need to know if you are planning a tour of Australia and you are going on holiday as opposed to a long sabbatical ... I say this because clearly for such a vast country with such variety of attractions and things to discover (natural and man made) it would be difficult to produce a concise book that also has depth of coverage as well as breadth. But for most people travelling to Australia there does need to be breadth in a guidem as they might want try and visit as much as they can in one trip because their opportunities of return visits may be limited. I am a fan of Lonely Planet and the Rough Guides series, but as I get older I do like to have guide books that provide not so much the irreverent or perhaps "backpacker" style of guiding, and more the comfortable but nonetheless truthful style of guides, and for the last 3 or 4 or holidays that I've been on, I have found myself preferring the Frommer's series. I find the information in this new book very useful, well classified and illustrated and useful maps included in appropriate places. I do like that it does try to cover as much as possible, and looking forward to using it on the go on my next trip. I have been fortunate in that I have visited Australia twice before, each time a different corner, the next trip will be a once in a lifetime countrywide tour and I will look forward to have this new guide by my side at all time. The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is that a big guide such as this one needs fairly strong binding and cover even if in paperback form, and I fear repeated use, I might end up with the guide looking somewhat worse for wear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well laid out and thorough 9 Sep 2013
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Almost 2 inches thick, over 800 pages, with good photos. Frommers guides are much better than they used to be, with an interesting focus on itineraries. They have a good range, across the board, of hotels and restaurants and therefore not as basic as the Lonely Planet guides.

Both guides offer an overview on the country, the culture, people. Frommers appears particularly useful if you want to visit the outback as well as the cities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive guide book - with slight flaws 6 Jun 2012
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With the advent of smart phones and hand held devices, I guess the traditional paper back guide book has a lot of competition from these other sources of `instant' information. In fact from a recent on line blog it appears that one traveller has had favourable results using this guide in a kindle format for their Kindle device.

I am pretty much old school and prefer guide books, but this should not stop the would be visitor from doing research before departure using all available forms of information outlets and sourcing that one good guide book that you can keep with you on your travels. It would be good idea to check out the various books, some of which are now themed for particular interest.

The Frommer's book then is a good general guide book that features gorgeous full-colour photos, not a light read, but rather a book you could do in `small bites', as it is well set out and areas of interest are colour coded. Unfortunately there are omissions that would be too long to list here. I will give a couple of examples

1. The `WAVE rock' natural formation found in the Western Australia city of Hyden, this large granite formation attracts over 140,000 tourists each year. You should `Google it' it is truly impressive!

2. The Pinnacles (amazing rock formations in the desert) remained unknown to most Australians until the 1960s, when the area was added to Nambung National Park. The area receives over 250,000 visitors a year.

3. Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, It is one of only a few places in the world where living marine stromatolites can be found. Well worth a Google!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big, beautiful book 10 Oct 2012
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I like Frommer's guides, having traveled a fair bit, and have read most of the available guide books for a particular area, I tend to keep coming back to Frommer's.

Australia is a big country, and Frommer's Australia is a fairly weighty tome ... and as such, I tend to read up and note down areas of interest and leave the guide behind when I actually travel ... this could always be put right if you could get an e book version ... you can't at the moment, but hopefully the advent of the new colour versions of Kindle et al will change that.

The book is beautifully laid out, and has a good balance between city and small town Australia and bush. The photos are terrific, and although I have been to Australia twice, and have driven about 5,000km ... I have only really scratched the surface.

Of the places I have been, Sydney, Brisbane, along the Queensland coast, Canberra and NSW, Melbourne and the Great Ocean Rd, and Perth/Margaret River ... the guide is spot on, I have stayed in some of the hotels and Guest Houses listed, and seen some of the sights, and find Frommer's to be pretty accurate. (that comes from using local authors I'm sure).

A guide book should be entertaining, inviting, colourful, accurate and honest. From what I have read so far ... that perfectly describes Frommer's Australia ... too weighty to take I find, but great for research.

PS ... Once you get there, the Tourist Offices in Australia are great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Travel Aid
This book is jam-packed full of pearls of wisdom on Australia. Cities and towns are highlighted with suggested itineraries, walking tours, activities, as well as information on... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Sam D
4.0 out of 5 stars For the outdoorsy person
If you enjoy the great outdoors then Australia has a lot to offer you. For the rest, you'll want to be sticking to the center of the major cities. Read more
Published 24 months ago by J.Y
5.0 out of 5 stars A colourful and useful guide
This guide was intended to help me plan a trip to Australia and, as such, it was extremely useful. It has loads of photographs and other illustrations to show the totally new... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Setter man
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I expected
I've been a fan of the Frommer's city guides for a while and was expecting this book to follow the same format (bad news for a country the size of Europe!). Read more
Published on 2 July 2012 by Darren Simons
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair Dinkum Guide
Great little travel guide, filled with information about Australia. Because of the size of the country and the size of the guide, it is less detailed with minutae than some... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2012 by Mrs. T. Mannell
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful planning tool but rather heavy and bulky to take with you
I've looked at a number of Frommer's guides recently, especially their Day-by-Day series, and really can't get enthusiastic about the focus on itineraries. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2012 by Mr Gumby
4.0 out of 5 stars Hang on Cobber , here I come......
Lee Atkinson , Ron Critall , Marc Llewellyn & Lee Mylne

Amongst the many different guide books available , Frommer's focus on... Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2012 by Dr. I. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Australia Travel Guide
I have always used Rough Guides or Lonely Planets when considering places to go and/or planning our trips so we get the best out places and activities that suit us. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by Stueeh Warburton
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I now have 6 of these travel books, of all the places i want to go.

I have not had many travel books, but these are amazing. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2012 by Beanie Luck Spud
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