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The Rough Guide to Australia [Paperback]

Emma Boyle , Zoe Cookson , Emma Gregg
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1 Sep 2011 Rough Guide to...

The Rough Guide to Australia is your indispensable guide to one of the most unmissable countries on earth. Packed with practical information on once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Oz, from sunrise walks around Uluru to viewing Kangaroo Island's wild seals, sea lions, kangaroos and koalas; bush-camping safaris in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to exhilarating helicopter flights down the dramatic gorges of Aboriginal-owned Nitmiluk National Park - not forgetting the stunning harbour side bars and restaurants of Sydney. Written by a team of widely-travelled, dedicated authors, this Rough Guide will help you to discover the best hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and festivals around Australia, whatever your budget. Plus, you'll find expert background on Australia's history, wildlife, cinema and fascinating aboriginal culture and the clearest maps of any guide.

Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Australia.

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  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 10 edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405382252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405382250
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rough Guide to Australia is one of the most impressive additions to the already prestigious Rough Guide series, and weighing in at over a thousand pages, it's also one of the most physically imposing. But anything short of this would hardly be appropriate to this most breathtaking of continents, and it has to be said that the team of contributors have covered the country in the most thorough and masterly of fashions. The maps are always a speciality of this series, but the prospect of exploring even the remotest corners of Australia is rendered more than achievable by the cartography on offer here.

What the guide sets out to do, however, has something in common with all the series: to inspire us to visit the country by some of the most tempting photography (along with the text) -- and the latter is a particular asset here. Of course, there is so much to explore in Australia that it is difficult to know where to begin. But such sections as that on the Gold Coast Hinterland will inspire the more fit explorer to tackle the rugged (and less readily accessible) walking tracks and hiking trails, taking in the beech forests and waterfalls.

But the guide will also have you wishing to experience Marine Mountain, a volcanic plateau near the Gold Coast which still has pockets of rainforest, and once was the haunt of the Wangeriburra Aborigines.

As all of this implies, the experience that Australia has to offer is a million miles away from more restricted horizons. If your taste is for nightlife, that's also comprehensively covered here, and (once again), the received opinion that Australia is a philistine country is thoroughly trounced by the detailed coverage of the highly impressive venues for the arts. Let’s face it, this is quite likely to be the only guide to Australia that you will ever need. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must have 20 Jan 2008
This guide book is the best I've read. The advice was invaluable and I trusted the recommendations, especially when it came to accommodation. It very quickly became my travelling companion and I followed its advice as much as I could. Don't leave home without it!
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where would I be without this book? 8 Oct 2001
this book was easy to use, very useful when I was travelling on my gap year and the reason that I managed to make it safely round oz. it guided me to some of the best places to stay and warned me off a few that I tried anyway and then realised the wisdom in their words after I had made my mistake. Buy this book if you are travelling oz, heed its words, take its advice but also don't be afraid to do a little experimenting of your own as I found many a gem of place to stay/ eat and see that were not included in the book - but then you cant expect them to know everything, it is only a rough guide but a very nice one to have by your side when you feel like you are on the other side of the world, it lends a big helping hand in making your travels that bit simpler. Buy.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an exceptional read 17 Aug 1999
By A Customer
this book gives all the details anybody would need who is traveling to australia plenty of advice to everywhere worth visiting. the book apeals more to the indpendant traveller rather than has advice on where to stay eat and party it is an essential guide if you are travelling to oz i give this book a big thumbs up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't leave home without it 19 July 2011
By Deborah
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my son before he went off to Australia travelling. Hard to chose a book without seeing it so I will tell you my experience. My son does not read books except science fiction and he NEVER reads instructions. He does not listen to advise and likes to do it his way. So when he got back and removed a dog eared copy of this book from his rucksack and said "Mum that was the best thing you bought me - I used it everywhere I went. And I lent it to others" I came to the conclusion that it was a good book. His other tips were not to take a rucksack, to take a laptop or PDA as there are plenty of places to store them safely in Australia and to refill plastic water bottles as it is really expensive to buy water.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best travel companion you could wish for! 18 Oct 2000
By A Customer
By far the best guide to australia i have read. As an aid to planning it was faultless. The hotel /hostel listings and descriptions were spot on, as were the things to do sections. Excellent!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Map review 7 Jan 2006
The rough guide map is great. I am looking to travel in Oz next year and needed a planning map. All the other maps concentrate on each state, or area. This one is perfect, as it covers a large area of the country on each side, yet you feel that it can be used to get about as a normal regional map.
Excellent value for money
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide to Australia 30 Jan 2009
Excellent book. Really helpful during our recent visit to Sydney. Lots of other places now on our schedule!
Well written and informative like most Rough Guides.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough guide to Australia 24 Feb 2012
A fine book. Gets into fine detail about Australian cities and landscape. Recommended and a must for anyone wishing to visit this fine country.
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2.0 out of 5 stars OKAY
Published 5 days ago by Krayon2011
1.0 out of 5 stars hard to believe it's Rough Guides
This is the first ever travel guide published by The Rough Guides which I don't find helpful at all. I have so much trust in TRG that I don't even consider buying other guides. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T&M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as ever
The Rough Guide series of books are always fantastic and informative and this ones no different. There's a lot to take in so I'd recommend getting this a little before heading off... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plan with Ease
Purchased in conjuntion with Lonel Planet guide. Gives similar information a variations on a theme. Maps and ideas all sound.
Published 8 months ago by R Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
I spent a whole great year all the way down under... besides taking advice from fellow travellers who have set foot on Aussie Soil... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mak
2.0 out of 5 stars no prices for many restaurants
no sample itinieries suggested. convoluted pricing lists- only a general price guide offered for accomodation, must constantly refer back to key. Read more
Published 10 months ago by lce
4.0 out of 5 stars Rough guide rules!
Very nice - extremely detailed book, with all needed for a safe travel - only disadvantage is that it is so thick! ;-)
Published 11 months ago by Courious George
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide to Australia
I originally borrowed this from our local library and found it so informative that I decided to buy it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jill, Hampshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful
You can't beat a Rough Guide in your bag when travelling. This was indispensable in Sydney and Queensland, providing invaluable infomation on accommodation, restaurants etc. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mark Maffey
4.0 out of 5 stars great book for knowledge of this fantastic place
this book is a great source of reference on this fantastic place, it is full of information on its past and of its present
Published 15 months ago by Mr. P. Ross
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