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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 8 edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741795885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741795882
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just too dated.
Thomas A. Ruppanner
Good resource if you plan on touring Melbourne and Victoria (which are awesome places to visit!).
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Maps are too small and won't increase in size.
Gera Scott Chandler

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Festivus on December 11, 2011
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I just got back from a trip to various parts of Victoria, and four days in Melbourne, and I have to say that using this as my exclusive guidebook was a big mistake. If it were not for the Internet, I most likely would have missed out on lots of interesting stuff.

The complaints:

(1) The map of Melbourne covers way too small an area of the city.

(2) There are way to many places in the State of Victoria, including major towns, that are given short shrift, if they are mentioned at all. If you are going to do a guidebook that focuses on one Australian state, IMHO you should have an entry for each town of note (lets say, over 2000 population), but there are many glaring omissions in this book.

(3) Many of the reviews seem superficial, at best. In fact, they seem so superficial and divorced from reality that it seems like the authors just hit Google to see what was what in a given town and cut and paste that into the relevant sections, with certain modifications for the style of LP books.

To be fair, there has been a rather severe and hideous departure from a previous high level of quality for all LP books in recent years, and it seems like the editors have been pushing the authors to cut costs around the board by simply doing internet research instead of actually visiting places for each new edition--it really shows and the new owners of LP (the BBC) should be ashamed of themselves, but it seems that ever since the company was sold to the BBC in 2007 (or 75% of it, anyway), this has been the trend for all of their publications.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anon-ymous on July 2, 2013
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I bought this book before moving to Melbourne for work. I had visited the CBD of Melbourne before moving here, but nowhere else in Victoria. Ive found it useful for ideas for weekend activities. Like all Lonely Planets, in the CBD section theres a bit of a focus on "notable buildings" which often means lots of churches and government buildings. After using LPs for years, I think Im kinda getting sick of that :)

I do concur with a previous reviewer's feelings that it seems like a compendium of google searches. The reviews do seem a bit removed and makes you wonder if the authors actually visited many of the places, which used to be the big drawcard for LP. However, the google search compendium issue isnt necessarily a negative issue - if you're travelling and have limited time/access to the interwebs its useful to have reviews easily on hand.

Although most of my review seems negative, I do regularly pull this book out to give me ideas for what to do on the weekends so it is still useful. If you are familiar with LP and like what they offer, I think you will be satisfied with this book. Nowadays if Im going on a major trip I bring an LP plus one of its competitors - the positives of each typically outweigh the negatives of each. I'd recommend doing that with this book if you're coming to Melbourne/Victoria for a major trip.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gera Scott Chandler on November 22, 2012
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I used this book sparingly on our trip as it was difficult to use as a guide when travelling. Maps are too small and won't increase in size.
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By Thomas A. Ruppanner on January 6, 2014
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I think the book is fine...but I am finding the work at Trip Advisor more current and more accurate. Last travel book I buy. Just too dated.
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