Library Journal - Library JournalMovies, sports figures, and the Australian bicentennial (1988) have made Australia a popular tourist destination. These new guides provide four different ways to explore ``down under.'' Godwin's Frommer's Australia on $30 a Day is one of the classic budget series. After a brief introduction on Australia in general and an excellent ``budget survey,'' Godwin, an ``Aussie'' himself, gets down to particulars (including specific prices) on transportation, accommodation, restaurants, walking tours, sights, and activities. He covers all important cities and surrounding areas in Australia. Godwin has a chatty, popular style, which makes this entertaining as well as informative. Grundmann's Frommer's Touring Guide is more traditional. Basic information on transportation, accommodation, food, nightlife, etc., is given in a brief style that can be taken in at a glance. Major attractions are starred; triangles indicate price ranges. Each area of Australia is dealt with in turn; excellent maps and pictures are provided. Emphasis on museums and architecture, as well as essays on art and history, make this a good guide for the cultural tourist with more money and less time. Ellis and Cohen's Australia is essentially a field guide to the flora, fauna, and geographical sights found in Australia's 92 national parks and nature preserves. Descriptions of animals and plants, as well as 242 color photographs, make this an excellent book for the natural rather than the cultural enthusiast who plans to camp in Australia. However, there is little or no practical information here other than directions to the parks. Finally, for the really hearty, there is Chapman's Bushwalking. Written by two experienced bushwalkers, this is a guide to 23 ``walks'' of varying length. None are Sunday strolls; the shortest is a two-day hike in the Royal National Park. Walks are outlined for each area of Australia. Each includes vital information on maps, access, permits, seasons, and equipment, as well as suggested stages, estimated times, and basic topological maps. An excellent guide for experienced wilderness backpackers. All four guides would be excellent additions to travel collections. Judith Nixon, Purdue Univ. Lib., W. Lafayette, Ind.
BooknewsA spectacularly photographed (242, all in color) guide to exploring and enjoying the landscape, wildlife, and vegetation of Australia. The guide covers 92 parks, islands, and natural areas; 40 vignettes describe specific animals and plants. Plus the usual practical info about where to stay and how to get everywhere. A treat. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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