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Eyewitness: Australia (DK Eyewitness Travel Guides) Paperback – 17 Feb 2014
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Whether you're planning a trip, on a trip, or enjoying a little armchair travelling after the trip, you can't go wrong with a DK Eyewitness Travel Guide.
Australia itself is quite old in the geologic sense, and as this guide likes to point out, has some of the oldest rocks on earth, along with mountains, deserts, beaches, forests and coral reefs. Australia's geographic isolation has produced some unique species, from koalas to dingos. Its aboriginal population has survived an inundation of European settlement, including the notorius British penal colonists, and has begun to carve out a prominent place for itself in Australian society with museums and reserves dedicated to the preservation of its ancient culture. Yet with a population of only 20 million or so, there is plenty of elbow room for everyone, including adventurous visitors, and venues for everything from surfing and diving to horseback riding and snow skiing.
This DK Guide to Australia has the standard Eyewitness format, with lots of photographs, maps, illustrations and diagrams wrapped around useful bits of information. The geographic breakdown begins with the modern City of Sidney and processes through the various regions of Australia with an emphasis on what to see and how to get there. The guide itself is fairly hefty at 600 pages, but does justice to the major attractions and some of the lesser known ones. It is very highly recommended to those travelers planning a visit to Australia.
They are not completely useless for hotel and restaurant information but descriptions are brief and presented separately from the locale information. I can't remember ever using a DK Eyewitness book for this type of information. But so what? That's what Frommer et al used to be for. Now days, TripAdvisor, UrbanSpoon, et al fill the need better than any static guidebook can hope to do. So we do our planning online and carry printed copies of restaurant and attraction information pages and, wherever possible. access the online information from our tablet computers.
You will not be disappointed with this book if you understand its purpose. If you want a pocket directory of hotels, restaurants, and attractions, then buy a Frommer, a Rough Guide, or some other traditional paperback. We often buy one as a supplement to the DK.
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