Like other Lonely Planet guides, the format is straightforward and accessible, with a systematic chronology. The guide kicks off with general facts about Sydney, encompassing the city's history, followed by facts for the visitor, and including general tourist information about transport, communications and so on. The section on things to see and do, with its excellent street maps, propose some inviting and descriptive walking tours. Food in Sydney is a major attraction; the "places to eat" section highlights the vibrant cuisine which reflects Sydney's cosmopolitan melange of cultures. The huge variety of entertainment available for the visitor, ranging from concerts and ballet in the legendary opera house, to the world renowned Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, is richly chronicled in the entertainment section. One of the most interesting chapters, "Excursions", highlights drives, hikes and bushwalks, and includes stunning photographs. The Blue Mountains National Park merits the several pages it's been allocated, and an unusual extra is Lonely Planet's global communications service for travellers, detailed in the last few pages.--Philippa West --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Recipient delighted with this for her forthcoming tour of Aus. Apparently it is already well thumbed and she said it was a good size to fit in her rucksack.Published on 23 Feb. 2013 by Julie