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Lonely Planet Sydney Encounter Paperback – September 1, 2007

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'...Encounter guides...discreet in size, but generous enough on page count to provide a fuller city experience minus the hefty guidebook load.' --Sherman's Travel, April 2007

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At Lonely Planet, we see our job as inspiring and enabling travelers to connect with the world for their own benefit and for the benefit of the world at large.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 4th edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740598393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740598392
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.2 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,996,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Sullivan on December 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is absolutely perfect for traveling in or around Sydney. Its small size belies its extensive information pertaining to nine major neighborhoods in metropolitan Sydney (City Centre; the Rocks & Circular Quay; Chinatown & Darling Harbour; Inner West; Surry Hills; Kings Cross; Darlinghurst & Around; Paddington & Woollahra; Bondi Bronti & Cooge and Manly). Each of these neighborhoods comes with a readable inset map and descriptions of sights to see as well as places to shop eat and have fun around the given area.

If all of this wasn't enough, the rest of the book contains a brief rundown of Sydney's history and culture as well as things to avoid while in the city.

I will be spending 10 months in Sydney starting in March 2008 and I can tell you that this book will never be far from my person.

Content: 5/5
Presentation/Functionality: 5/5
Durability: 3/5
Overall: 5/5
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. House on June 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've found this book to be a wealth of good ideas for activities while in Sydney. The reviews are concise and interesting and the information is timely. Great book. Mini-maps are very helpful as well.

Overall I would highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. Corson on March 20, 2012
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The map that comes with this book has been most helpful--great level of detail.

The problem with this guide book is that it aspires to be both safe and hip at the same time. Some good general info, and small enough to slip into a pocket, but that's about it as pluses go.

The day one itinerary reads well, until one actually is there...the Rocks area, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botantic Gardens, taxi to Bondi beach for a dip in the Pacific, then back to Sydney for drinks at the Opera Bar, a show at the Opera House followed by fresh seafood, Australian wine at a Circular Quay restaurant.....

Ok, so when/where do I change, and how do I get the sand off my feet and etc.?

PS Xic Lo p.72 Vietnamese restaurant at 215a Thomas Street is no longer there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BSquared on February 14, 2011
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I've never been to Sydney and the information in this little book is almost overwhelming. However, I've read the highlights and suggestions and I'm beginning to get a picture of what I'd like to see and do in Sydney. The Lonely Planet guides are for the budget concious traveler, so I like to pair them with something a bit more upscale -- to review and compare. I'm not going to stay in a hostel, but I want to find some low end good eats. And if Lonely Planet says to splurge -- you should definitely consider that! I find this little book is a good balance on what are the "must sees" as well as an idea of where you may want to explore off the beaten track. I like the walking tours. For itineraries (best to do in 3 days, I like Frommer's best.) A great guide for the budget traveler.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duck on January 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
This tiny book might be the only travel guide you need for Sydney. We have used the previous edition when we were in Sydney. Its small size makes it very practical, but no detriment to providing enough information about different parts of the city. There is some information about the recent history of the city as well. Botanical Gardens were the only place that we thought was worth a visit, but did not get enough mention in this book. It could use a few more pictures to get a better feel for each neighborhood, but otherwise the format of the book was perfect. Without such pictures, Darling Harbor, especially at night, and some of the beach areas turned out a lot more scenic than I expected.
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