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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 616 pages
  • Publisher: DK Eyewitness Travel; 8th edition (August 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756615690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756615697
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 on November 25, 2006
The DK Eyewitness Travel book for Australia is a decent travel guide, which includes a lot of pictures to help the traveler see what the attraction is while doing their planning. This 2006 revised edition runs over 600 pages, and includes an introductory section as well as 8 sections on the various areas of Australia, including one for Sydney by itself. It also has a section for Travelers' needs, which include accommodations, restaurants, and shopping information, and a section titled "Survival Guide" which contains a lot of useful information for travelers.

While the pictures are quite striking, they do seem to come at a price of more information about each of the attractions as well as the general areas. For my trip, I found the section on Tasmania to be rather sparse. The section on Melbourne was significantly better, but even there it would have been nice to have more information. I also question the practice of grouping all the hotels and restaurants together in a single section for the entire country. It seems as if the traveler would be better served if information of that sort was included in each of the sections rather than all together. They do organize the items by region within those sections, but in a hurry one might not notice if they stray outside of their area.

This is a useful reference, but I think it works best as a supplemental reference along with other material. If one needs a single reference, you should look elsewhere.
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Two fine new travel guides use the popular 'Eyewitness' approach DK fostered in its children's books to provide adult travelers with clear, eye-catching and fun guides. AUSTRALIA packs in the color photos, maps and illustrations and not only covers the usual places to go and stay, but adds tips on local foods, cutaways and floor plans of all major sights, town listings of sights and beaches, timelines of festivals and special events, and more.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Santa Barbara Jim on September 30, 2007
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Eyewithess Travel Guides give the most complete overview of any travel book or other travel product - good organization; great pictures, maps and other graphics; interesting & concise text and descriptions about history, national foods and beverages, etc.; good suggestions for lodging and eating. They are excellet resource and reference books, but they are concise enough to give a relatively complete overview but short enough to quickly convey information, especially if you do not have a lot of free time.

I believe that carefully reading about a desination is important for planning any trip. The Eyewithess Travel Guides are the best way to obtain that overview and prioritize where you want to go. Australia is a large country and this book covers alot of territory. The Australia guide is enormous help to us with our planning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stewart Bisset on September 22, 2007
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I live in Australia and wanted a nice guide, and have always been drawn to the DK travel books with their lush photos, beautifully illustrated maps, building cut aways etc. In addition, this book was the 2006 version, latest update and later than many of its competitors.

As another reviewer has noted, all these photos and illustrations come at a price, which is lack of detail. In addition, I am not sure how rigorous the update process is. For example, the 2006 version does not cover the most significant new building in Brisbane, the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), which cries out for inclusion in such a guide. This building was completed in 2006 and under construction for some years before.

Probably best as a supplementary guide or photo history of your travel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edward Lewis on July 9, 2009
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This book has a great deal of good information for travel in Australia. Unfortunately, as is the case in most travel books. if the area you are interested in is one "less traveled" you may be disappointed in the scanty information supplied. In this case my chosen destination is the Northern Territories, particularly Darwin.

Once again my observation holds true. The descriptions are brief and limited. Not surprising. Not even my Aussie friends have traveled into the area. Wish buying a book would supply the info I seek. It really does require deeper research which on it's own can be fun.
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I'm planning a trip to Australia in Spring and wanted to learn as much as I could before I go. This book provides suggestions on restaurants, accommodations, shopping and entertainment, and includes maps, pictures and illustrations listing important sights to see. It also has a section entitled "Practical Information" which contains useful information on banking & currency, personal security & health, and Australian telephone & postal systems. I highly recommend this book as a 'must-have' for anyone planning a trip to Australia!
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By Moris on December 6, 2012
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I've been using DK Eyewitness' Guides for years and keep on buying them since they're user-friendy, well illustrated and handy.
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By Movie Guy on February 18, 2015
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Gives very good information if you are planning a trip to Australia. Well worth buying.
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