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  • Paperback: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 16 edition (18 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741798078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741798074
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other' --New York Times

'Provides solid information for anybody going down under - whether you're a tourist, a student, a backpacker or planning to emigrate. There is information on just about everything you can think of- not just the places but also travel inside Oz, the culture, visas, safety and lots of other information.' --Amazon customer

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Mcgregor on 27 Mar 2012
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I purchased the Lonely Planet guide to Australia ahead of an upcoming backpacking trip to Australia on the recomendation of friends. This is not the first time I'm going so I already I have an idea of what to expect- though this time I am going going to area I have not yet been. Having had time to familiarise myself with the book prior to the trip I can honestly say this is by far the most concise travel guide I have yet read (and I have read a few). It provides solid information for anybody going down under- wether you're a tourist, a student, a backpacker or planning to emmigrate. There is information on just about everything you can think of- not just the places but also travel inside Oz, the culture, visas, safety and lots of other information to help you get by. On top of all that it is also extremely well written- easy to understand, sometimes witty and generally a very good read. I cannot recomend this guide enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By laser136 on 27 Jan 2012
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I am new to kindle books and it looks like lonely planet are too. At least they have done a kindle version despite it being pretty expensive. I am finding it difficult to navigate my way around the book so I would be grateful for any tips.There is a main menu which I found once but because I did not page mark it or highlight the title which works better I don't know how to get back to it. I have now highlighted most of the sections that I am interested in so that I can go back and find my way around. The maps are poor because they are so small and not easy to read. It appears that they can be expanded once but a lot of them need to be expanded again. It would be good to show each resturant on a map so that it is easy to find them similar to how they do it in trip advisor at least they should give a good address insted of relying on the customer finding it on google. I don't think that my kindle can browse the internet. Having the kindle book should be so much lighter to carry around than the paper back version so I am hoping for more success as I get more familiar.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jules on 9 April 2012
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Having decided to vitit Oz in 2015, I knew I needed a book to help me plan my trip since there's so much to think about and some hints about where to start were essential. This book is big and packed with information; it's got masses of things I expected as well as some things to consider that I hadn't thought about. I'm so glad I've given myself plenty of time to go through this book a few times to get a feel for the big picture before I get down to the details. It's already helped me to plan a realistic savings and budget plan, and to be focused about what I can and can't expect to fit into my trip. I hope this book will be well tatty by the time I go and it'll be with me as my guide while I'm out there. I would recommend this book to anyone planning a trip.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bell on 2 Mar 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I have used Lonely Planet guides for twenty years. They have always been great, content rich and pretty reliable.
However, the effort of getting this book into a kindle format was clearly a problem. My 1* rating is purely down to the "Kindling" of the book.
I bought LP Australia late last year (it actually might be a previous version... sorry if that's the case) on Kindle and tried to use it on my "Kindle for iPad".
Immediately you find that navigation is bad. REALLY bad. Virtually unusable bad. Maps in particular were all over the place in little pieces (clearly scanned from a book and cut into chunks) and were virtually useless to me.
Content is, as with the printed guides, great, but since you can't find anything you want to find or really use the maps at all you'd be much better off with the print version.
To me, Kindle/Ebooks are a no-brainer for travel guides. Content can be easily updated. Links can be embedded to websites and email addresses or Skype numbers. Plus you don't have to lug a ten tone paper brick about. But well researched and considered guides are already losing ground to the likes of Tripadvisor's ill informed "reckons" (of the "This hotel is awful because I saw a LIZARD outside my room and they didn't always have burgers on the menu. 1*" variety).
Please Lonely Planet - put some extra work into Kindle or you will be left for dead by some other provider who gets it!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Bradford on 29 Feb 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Travel guides are surely one of the things that the Kindle was designed for? Instead of lugging loads of heavy books around you have them all stored in one convenient place, problem solved.

Only it isn't. Navigating your way around this book is impossibly hard. You find yourself constantly having to go all the way to the front menu and back through again. Even using bookmarks etc is little or no help, as you have to make so many it becomes impossible to navigate through these.

There should be hotlinks dotted throughout the book, so you can easily go from one place to another, but these are few and far between. Furthermore, when you do find them it is really difficult to get back to where you started from - so off you go to the front menu again (and again, and again).

I use these books mainly for planning on how to get from A to B to C etc, but the Kindle version makes this frustratingly hard, bordering on impossible.

The maps are also next to useless.

Seriously, if you can at all avoid it then buy the paperback versions when you are in the UK (really expensive everywhere else) and put up with lugging them and ditch them when you are done. I have stopped using this already as it is utterly rubbish.
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