Advantages So much information
Disadvantages Slightly bulky to carry
+ Lonely Planet - Australia +The lonely planet Australia book is a must of you are travelling around Australia. It gives you lots of very useful information about the country, things to do and see, currently and lots more. As I was planning my trip and didn't have a clue on what there was to do and see in this large country so I decided to get this book and I was very pleased with it.
+ CONTENTS +This book has everything imaginable that you could need to try and plan an itinerary by yourself.
At the front there is a map of Australia which gives you an idea where all the towns are, where train stations run and a key so you can work out distances. It is quite detailed and gives you an overall feel for the size of this country.Highlights - this section will give you some highlights of Australia showing some stunning photographs, making you want to visit every place you see. It gives you a brief description of each place and tells you where its covered in more detail elsewhere in the book.
Getting Started - is very useful, giving you some pointers and tips. It includes some websites you may want to check out. It will give you a starting point to make sure you have got all your paperwork completed before you leave and that you bring all the necessary items needed. So you can make sure you are very organised meaning your trip will run more smoothly.Itineraries - will give you some set out itineraries that are recommended which you may want to follow. This gives people a rough idea on the best places to see and routes to go. I used this as a starting point and added in a few more places along the way.
The Authors section will give you some information on the people who wrote the book. It tells you their expertise and what they have brought to the book.There is a snapshot telling you some fast facts and general information on the country which is recent. This is in an article format which is more formal than the rest of the book.
History - this section will tell you about Aboriginal Australians straight up to the present date showing a timeline. I think this is very interesting and always read things like this first so I get a feel for the country.A section is dedicated to the environment with some more breathtaking pictures and will give you basic information on the wildlife.
The culture part will explain all aspects thinkable of culture from religion to arts or sports. This can give you an idea of how Australian's live and its been pretty accurate I must say!Food and drink is covered recommending general areas to dine in. It tells you do's and don'ts of the normal customs. A glossary will tell you some words Australian's shorten and their meanings which is very well laid out and easy to understand. I thought it was fun to read.
They have included a directory giving useful information from accommodation, work, money to dangers and annoyances and embassies. Anything you could need to get prepared can be found here. Travellers would find this particulary useful, as quite often they don't plan things and it gives you all the information you could need once you arrive in Australia and information if things go wrong.
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