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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.
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.