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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Color Complete
  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 18 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118065069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118065068
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 3.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

  • Hundreds of photos

  • Easy-to-read maps throughout

  • Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information

  • Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife

  • Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas

  • Insider tips from local expert authors

About the Author

Lee Atkinson (chapters 1, 11, and 14) is a freelance travel writer and guide book author based in Australia. Her travel stories regularly appear in the travel sections of various newspapers and glossy travel magazines in both Australia and internationally. She is the author of eight travel books, including Frommer’s Sydney Day by Day, Frommer’s Sydney Free & Dirt Cheap, Frommer’s Tasmania Day by Day, and Frommer’s Bali Day by Day.

Ron Crittall (chapters 1, 3, and 12) was on a long slow loop around the world when he arrived in Perth for a possible 2-year stay. Forty years on, he knows there’s no place better to live. A travel writer for 20 years, he loves traveling round, and writing about, the vast expanse of Western Australia. He is the author of Walking Perth.

Sydney resident Marc Llewellyn (chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5) is one of Australia’s premier travel writers and the winner of several writing awards. He is a past president of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. He’s written two travelogues, Riders to the Midnight Sun, which tells of his journey from the Ukrainian Black Sea to the Russian Arctic on a cheap bicycle, and Finding Nino, which recounts his year working as a peasant farmer and shrimp fisherman on an island off Sicily. He is also the coauthor of Australia For Dummies.

Lee Mylne (chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, and 16) is Melbournebased but writes for a range of consumer and travel trade publications around Australia. Born and raised in New Zealand, she has worked in newspapers, magazines, and radio and traveled widely before she started to make a living out of it. She has lived in Australia since 1986 and is a life member and past president of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. Her other books include Frommer’s Melbourne Day by Day, Frommer’s Portable Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and Australia For Dummies.


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Best travel book ever.
E. Haynes
Overall, the guide is very well organized with sixteen colorful, information-packed chapters that also feature lots pics and full-color maps.
Gregory McMahan
If you are planning a trip Down Under, let this travel book be your guide!
Melissa Niksic

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Happy Camper VINE VOICE on May 31, 2012
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Australia is a big and diverse place, and this is a very hefty guidebook. It's strong points: good coverage and descriptions of places to stay and eat; helpful information about transporation, ATMs, phones, visas, and customs; coverage of major museums, points of interest, and tours; and excellent overall organization. Weankesses: Only a few sketchy maps, not a lot of information about the country's history, geography, and "essence"; not enough photos; no seasonal temperature/rainfall charts; and few ideas for traveling on a budget. It's not Frommer's fault, but the prices of the suggested hotels and tours were very high - enough to scare away middle class tourists. Also, the guidebook is tailored to traditional tourists who want to spend time in hotels and restaurants and taking guided tours. It will not be very helpful for adventure tourists who like to go it alone, hike and camp, and see the really wild places.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tara Walker Gross VINE VOICE on April 16, 2012
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While this guidebook would be wonderful for someone who wanted to decide where in Australia they should visit, or for someone who was taking a big Australia trip that consisted of now more than a day or two in most places, in general the information is simply not very detailed - and there are far too many pages about "where to stay" considering how little information is given on "what to do"/"where to eat".

Therefore, if you're going to Australia and know that you'll be spending an extended amount of time in any one city/area, I suggest getting a guidebook that focuses on that area (i.e. Sydney, Queensland, the outback, etc.). If you're just looking for a general overview, then - and only then - pick up this guidebook.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Professor Emeritus P. Bagnolo VINE VOICE on April 24, 2012
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Frommer's Australia (Frommer's Color Complete)
Because we are considering a trip to Australia we were about to buy a good guide, and there on my next Vine list was Frommer's Australia.

This is one of the most comprehensive, complete and interesting guides I have read in sometime. Everything you want to know is available on traveling through Australia: travel information from city to city, or into the Outback, warnings about traveling alone without proper supplies of water and food, and that cells may not have coverage deep in the country side, and warnings about not leaving the auto if you get stalled in the desert and more.

Also there are lists of restaurants in every town and city as well as reviews of many of them and details of menus the same is true of hotels and other such accommodations.

The book is hugely thick, detailed and jam-packed with information about every possible necessity, or even simply curiosity one could possible imagine. In addition it is cleverly designed for simplicity and ease of discovery of whatever it is you may be seeking, very well organized, utilizing writers who live in the various areas upon which it reports which turn out to be every place on that continent that might attract tourists.

There are many travel guides on the market and this one is one of the very best I have read, and quite possibly the best of the best.

I recommend it highly if you are planning a trip Down Under. Moreover, as of this view today, you can save a considerable discount off the list price of $26.99, though I cannot guarantee that discount will remain.
Give Frommer's Australia (Frommer's Color Complete) [Paperback] a try, I doubt that you will regret doing so.

Have a good trip!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By brian d foy VINE VOICE on November 15, 2012
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I didn't find this guide very useful in the same way I've found Frommer's to be generally not good for me. It doesn't cover the stuff I'm interested in, has less cultural and historic information, and is overly positive about things that should get worse reviews. I got the Lonely Planet guide in addition to this one and only used the Lonely Planet guide while I was in Australia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacque Potter on October 4, 2013
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Gives good basic information. I am using this book as supplement to information provided by my tour company. As far as tips for the independent traveler, I found options, but no real strong recommendations for things to do and see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Haynes on October 2, 2013
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We planned a last minute (3 weeks out) trip to Austrailia, so we planned our own trip. We traveled up and down the east Coast of Austrailia and it was gorgeous. This book was invaluable to doing a self-guided tour of this beautiful country. actually couldn't take it with me b/c it was too heavy,but it was dog earred from use prior to the trip. I did have to down load another book when got to Sydney, which was probably one of the more challenging cities to discover. Don't let the cold, big city fool you. Get on a water taxi and travel to the islands outside of Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Not to be missed. Best travel book ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MiMi987 on September 18, 2013
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a really good book. Really involved information about Australia. More involved than I needed it to be for this trip. I will probably appreciate it more after my trip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diggy79 on October 22, 2012
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I was visiting friends back in May 2012 and staying at their place so I passed over the hotel suggestions. Since I was on vacation and friends were not, I was pretty much traveling alone most of the time and I toted Frommer's Australia along the way. I was able to get by pretty well with this guidebook. My entire time was spent in Melbourne and I took day trips around Victoria. The guidebook covered all the places I went to and was accurate about location with the small maps. There are maps, suggested itineraries and scattered images throughout the book. I found it very helpful with transportation (how to get someplace on the outskirts of Melbourne especially). I can't wait to revisit Australia and I will bring this guidebook again.
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