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Lonely Planet East Coast Australia (Travel Guide) Paperback – August 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 4 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741794714
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741794717
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There's a lot of good information in this book and it was in my experience timely and relevant.
John Elder Robison
In particular, places mentioned in the little blue boxes scattered around the book seem missing entirely.
MW100
It had an incredible amount of detail and even the tour guide acknowledged that it was a good resource.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MW100 on October 13, 2012
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Although this book contains worthwhile information, two deficiencies prevent me from rating it higher. Somewhere along the line Loney Planet seems to have lost their way. Originally producing guides for the backpacker set, in an apparent effort to broaden its market the budget traveler seems to have nearly been forgotten. There's far too much emphasis on $500 rooms and $300 dinners. While current exchange rates Australia is now an expensive place to travel, there are mid-priced and budget offering which LP mostly ignores.

The second problem: the index is inexcusably incomplete. That's not a problem when planning the trip and you're reading about a region. For that purpose, this book is decent. But it becomes frustrating to use when actually traveling because the town you're in (and mentioned in the book) is often absent from the index. In particular, places mentioned in the little blue boxes scattered around the book seem missing entirely.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jim's travels on May 17, 2013
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We traveled to Cairns and Sydney for several weeks and bought this book as our guidebook. It was a big mistake. We got very little helpful information from this book. For example, it tells you almost nothing about the Blue Mountains in Sydney, but devotes a lot of space to hotels and restaurants there. We found nothing which helped our time in Cairns. In both Sydney and Cairns, the information we got from the tourist information offices was much more helpful. That, combined with Trip Advisor, helped very much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on June 11, 2012
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I bought this book right before taking a trip up the East Coast of Australia. The book is helpful but I think it should be used in conjunction with TripAdvisor. They only list a few choices for accommodation and restaurants and I found that TripAdvisor was able to provide many more choices. It is helpful for maps and great to give you a bit of history and the areas you are driving through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Walton on October 16, 2012
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This book gives brief overviews, but mainly caters to the backpacking crowd. If you are interested in getting off of the Grayhound line and seeing some of the non-tourist areas this book is not very helpful. If you are doing a 'This is Tuesday, it must be Cairnes' kind of tour then you'll be able to use it.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ski Doc on September 7, 2011
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Just received this newly updated August 2011 edition. We are planning trip next year to East coast of Australia. We haven't traveled yet, so can't vouch for the reliability of the data. But, on initial review it looks quite good. Well organized. Easy to find stuff based on location or interest. Good maps. A lot to digest... but I think this will be the one guide we take with us on our trip next year. Compared to another East Coast Australia guide we bought, this one seems to have a lot more bang for the buck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Elder Robison on August 29, 2013
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There's a lot of good information in this book and it was in my experience timely and relevant. I'd recommend the Lonely Planet series to anyone touring Australia, and I recommend Australia as a destination even more highly! One of the bet bits of advice from this guide was to buy a local SIM card for my phone and Ipad as soon as I got there. Armed with that, these guides, and Yelp you are all set anywhere Down Under.
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I was very disappointed with this book. Supposedly updated just two years ago (2011), we encountered several inaccuracies (at least three), and that's without looking for them. Prices and hours were wrong, for example.

There was also too little information. I found much better information on Canberra through TripAdvisor, for example.

Finally, the information on getting around in the cities was less than helpful/thorough.

Oh, and I didn't care for the organization.

I really can't think of anything nice to say. Maybe Rick Steves will go to Australia soon!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Johanna Means on July 13, 2012
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I like Lonely Planet because of the amount of information provided, as well as the organization. However, if you are a visual person, which I am, this tends to be a boring book to go through. I wish Lonely Planet would add more photos or make things more colorful. It sounds silly, but some of us need that.
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