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Frommer's Australia [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Lee Atkinson , Ron Crittall , Marc Llewellyn

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Februar 2012 Frommer's Australia
  • Full-color throughout
  • Free full-color, foldout map
  • Updated coverage of the impact of the flooding of the Brisbane River that caused $440-million dollars in damage to Brisbane and Queensland, as well as the the effects of Cyclone Yasi on Cairns and the Cassowary Coast.
  • Insider advice on strategies for seeing the best of this vast nation--whether you're a nature lover who prefers a trip to Kangaroo Island for some 'roo and koala spotting, an adventurer who makes the trek to Ayers Rock, or a foodie in search of culinary perfection in bustling Sydney or far-flung Perth.
  • Where to find the absolute best cheap eats in Sydney, the loveliest vineyards in the Barossa Valley, the best skiing in the Victorian Alps, and, of course, the finest wine that the "Land Down Under" has to offer.
  • Insightful commentary on viewing amazing wildlife, exploring the stark outback, learning about Aboriginal culture, and diving or snorkeling at the most gorgeous beaches--just to name a few of the most popular draws to the land of "Oz."
  • Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.
  • Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
  • User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.
  • Complete coverage of all the major cities and regions: Sydney, New South Wales, Brisbane, Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef and Cairns, the Red Centre (including Alice Springs and Ayers Rock), Darwin and "the Top End," Perth and Western Australia, Adelaide, Barossa Valley, Melbourne, Victoria, Canberra, Tasmania, and the Outback regions.


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  • 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

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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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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good for traditional tourists 1. Juni 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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3.0 von 5 Sternen Intro to Australia only. 16. April 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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Australia Travel Guide! 25. April 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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2.0 von 5 Sternen Overly positive 16. November 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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4.0 von 5 Sternen This guidebook is more like the Yellow pages of an ordinary telephone book than a vacation tour-guide 31. März 2012
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FROMMER'S AUSTRALIA 18th ed. by Atkinson, Crittal, Glewellyn, and Mylne is an 820-page guidebook printed on glossy paper, with a color photo or color map on almost every other page. There are 16 chapters, including Sydney (Chapter 4), New South Wales (Ch.5), Brisbane (Ch.6), Queensland & Great Barrier Reef (Ch.7), The Red Centre (Ch.8), Top End (Ch.9), Perth (Ch.10), Adelaide (Ch.11), Melbourne (Ch.12), Victoria (Ch.13), Canberra (Ch.14), and Tasmania (Ch.15). This book is ideal for people who live in Australia, as it discloses a wealth of attractions of only modest interest, as well as the occasional attraction of great interest. Aside from the Great Barrier Reef, and the unusual array of native animals, the book does not disclose any features of Australia that are likely to attract a visitor to travel all the way from the U.S., Japan, or Europe, for a vacation trip. FROMMER'S AUSTRALIA mentions an Australian landscape photographer, Ken Duncan. I visited Mr.Duncan's web site, where my goal was to see if Australia was really as lacking in dramatic scenery, that is, as lacking as the guidebook would have me believe. Mr.Duncan's web site revealed that Australia has the following dramatic scenery: KING GEORGE FALLS and MITCHELL FALLS in Western Australia, and MILLAA FALLS in Queensland, and that's about all. Mr.Duncan's other photos showed smaller waterfalls, mossy trees, and beaches (things that could not entice a traveler to schlep 1,000 miles to see). My conclusion, is that the authors should have done a better job at salesmanship -- the available photographs mostly show ordinary things, like bland city scenes or people walking. Perhaps, the next edition should include photos of the above 3 waterfalls. After reading through the FROMMER'S guidebook two or three times, my impression was that Australia really and truly does not include a wealth of interesting features in the landscape (aside from The Great Barrier Reef), but my subsequent independent homework (see below) revealed that Australia does have a number of dramatic tourist attractions that were excluded from the FROMMER'S book.

Regarding the photographs, we see KATHERINE GORGE and other rivers (pages 7, 182, 190, 457, 461, 462, and 715), an elevated rain forest canopy trail (page 16), and animals. There are many photographs of animals. These include cassawary (page 324), wallaby (page 72), wombat (pages 147 & 757), kangaroo (pages 8 & 218), camels (pages 393 & 404), fairy penguin (p.53), koala (p.9), tasmanian devil (p.739), ringtail (p.145), quokka (p.472), echidna (p.606), and platypus (pages 52 & 673). It can reasonably be concluded, therefore, that one of the primary reasons to visit Australia is to see the unique native animals.

We read about BECASSE (a restaurant serving pork neck, nettles, and Wagyu beef) (page 118), surf board rental outlets near Sydney (page 161), LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY in Brisbane, where you can cuddle a koala (page 250), THE GREAT BARRIER REEF in Queensland (p. 272-293), where you can see colorful coral and colorful fish and colorful nudibranchs, by diving or from glass-bottom boats. We learn that the best places to view the coral include LADY MUSGRAVE ISLAND, NORMAN REEF, and RIBBON REEF. Other attractions include TJAPUKAI ABORIGINAL CULTURAL PARK at Cairns (page 292-293), where tourists can join in a "tap stick dance," LIZARD ISLAND (p.306), where you can swim among huge potato cod and giant clams (p.306), the GOLD COAST (pages 370-385) where one finds glitzy skyscrapers, amusement parks, and opulant resorts such as PALAZZO VERSACE, as well as wildlife sanctuaries. Additional attractions in Australia include the CAMEL RIDE at Alice Springs (p. 404-405), galleries to buy Aboriginal art at Alice Springs (p.406-407), and ULURU-KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK, location of Ayers Rock (pages 418-425). Please note that Ayers Rock is one of the most publicized tourist attractions in Australia. However, in my opinion, if Ayers Rock were to be re-located, and carefully placed in the Utah (in the United States of America), nobody would ever take notice of it. If Ayers Rock was in Utah, it would not be noticed, because of the wealth of dramatic natural stone formations found in Utah, most of which, are infinitely more dramatic than Ayers Rock. Perhaps, if Ayers Rock was re-located to the middle of Nebraska, which is a flat desolate place (like the landscape around Ayers Rock in Australia), then perhaps a few people might visit it on weekends.

Further attractions in Australia include a crocodile museum and aviation museum in Darwin (pages 439-441), WARRADJAN ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTER located in a building shaped like a turtle (page 455), JIM-JIM FALLS (a huge double waterfall) (p. 457), photogenic NITMILUK NATIONAL PARK and KATHERINE GORGE (pages 462-463), a museum devoted to barbed wire (page 611), COOBER PEDY (an underground city) (pages 619-621). The book goes on and on and on, mostly disclosing zoos, art galleries, beaches, restaurants, boat cruises, more zoos, more art galleries, more restaurants, more beaches, and still more aboriginal art. In my opinion, the authors should have put more emphasis, by way of text and photos, on the handful of dramatic features found in the landscape. But in its present form, the guidebook is more like the Yellow pages of a phone book, and less like an enticing guidebook for tourists.

A few minutes of homework reveals that Australia has many more attractions for tourists, that is, attractions not disclosed by the Frommer's guidebook. These include DESERT PINNACLES in NAMBUNG NATIONAL PARK, located near Perth. A large photo of DESERT PINNACLES is featured on the cover of a competing guidebook, FODOR'S AUSTRALIA. But FROMMER'S has no photo of this. Australia also has the very amazing feature, called WAVE ROCK, located in HYDEN, Western Australia. Australia also has UNDARA LAVA TUBES, located in Queensland. Australia also has ORGAN PIPES NATIONAL PARK, located in Victoria (the organ pipes are the same thing as what is found in DEVIL'S POSTPILE, a tourist attraction located in California). Furthermore, Australia also has STROMATOLITES, located in Shark Bay (the stromatolites is an array of "pillows" looking like black stone. Stromatolites are rock-like structures built by microbes (single-celled cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae). Until about 500 million years ago, stromatolites were the only macroscopic evidence of life on the planet. The microbes that built the stromatolites were an essential building block for the evolution of more complex life forms.). To reiterate, my overall impression is that the authors were not particularly interested in enticing travelers to visit Australia.
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