Rough Guide to Australia

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The Rough Guide to Australia is your indispensable guide to one of the most unmissable countries on earth. It is packed with practical information on once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Oz, from sunrise walks around Uluru to viewing Kangaroo Island's wild seals, sea lions, kangaroos, and koalas; from bush-camping safaris in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to exhilarating helicopter flights down the dramatic gorges of Aboriginal-owned Nitmiluk National Park.

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Overview

The Rough Guide to Australia is your indispensable guide to one of the most unmissable countries on earth. It is packed with practical information on once-in-a-lifetime experiences in Oz, from sunrise walks around Uluru to viewing Kangaroo Island's wild seals, sea lions, kangaroos, and koalas; from bush-camping safaris in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to exhilarating helicopter flights down the dramatic gorges of Aboriginal-owned Nitmiluk National Park.

Written by a team of widely-traveled, dedicated authors, this Rough Guide will help you discover the best hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops, and festivals around Australia and Sydney, whatever your budget. You'll also find expert background information on Australia's history, wildlife, cinema, and aboriginal culture, and the clearest maps of any guide.

Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Australia.

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Well researched and impeccably written, the Rough Guides are a great choice for anyone seeking to be an informed, prepared traveler. Due to the fantastic essays, the Rough Guides are as much fun for armchair travelers as they are for those actually on the road. Each edition comes with detailed maps, in-depth essays on the history and culture of each destination, a wide range of lodging options, and recommendations for off-the-beaten-path places to visit. The special attention paid to the writing is a boon for travelers, most of whom find themselves reading the guide cover to cover instead of just looking up their specific itineraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858284613
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: Rough Guides Travel Series
  • Edition description: 4th Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1088
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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When to go
Australia's climate has become less predictable in recent times, although like the rest of the planet the country has rarely had stable weather patterns over the last few thousand years. Recently observed phenomena, such as an extended drought in the eastern Outback, the cyclic El Nio effect, and even the hole in the ozone layer - which is disturbingly close to the country - are probably part of a long-term pattern.
Visitors from the northern hemisphere should remember that, as early colonials observed, in Australia "Nature is horribly reversed": when it's winter or summer in the northern hemisphere, the opposite season prevails Down Under. Although this is easy to remember, the principle becomes harder to apply to the transitional seasons of spring and autumn. To confuse things further, the four seasons only really exist outside of the tropics in the southern half of the country. Here, you'll find reliably warm summers at the coast with regular, but thankfully brief, heatwaves in excess of 40C. Head inland, and the temperatures rise further. Winters, on the other hand, can be miserable, particularly in Victoria, where the short days add to the gloom. Tasmania's highlands make for unpredictable weather all year round, although summer is the best time to explore the island's outdoor attractions.
In the coastal tropics, weather basically falls into two seasons. The best time to visit is during the hot and cloudless Dry (from April to November), with moderate coastal humidity maintaining a pleasant temperature day and night and cooler nights inland. In contrast, the Wet - particularly the "Build Up" in November or December before the rains - is very uncomfortable and is marked by stifling, near-total humidity. As storm clouds gather, rising temperatures, humidity and tension can provoke irrational behaviour in the psychologically unacclimatized - something known as "going troppo". Nevertheless, the mid-Wet's daily downpours and enervating mugginess can be quite intoxicating, compelling a hyper-relaxed inactivity for which these regions are known; furthermore the countryside - if you can reach it - looks its best at this time.
Australia's interior is an arid semi-desert with very little rain, high summer temperatures and occasionally freezing winter nights. Unless you're properly equipped to cope with these extremes, you'd be better off coming here during the transitional seasons between April and June, and or October and November.
In general, the best time to visit the south is during the Australian summer, from December to March, though long summer holidays from Christmas through January mean that prices are higher and beaches more crowded at this time. In the tropical north the best months are from May to October, while in the Centre they are from October to November and from March to May. If you want to tour extensively, keep to the southern coasts in summer and head north for the winter.
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Table of Contents


Introduction
Where to Go
When to Go
Colour section     1
Introduction     6
Where to go     7
When to go     10
Things not to miss     13
Basics     25
Getting there     27
Entry requirements     33
Getting around     35
Health     44
Accommodation     48
Food and drink     53
The media     58
Festivals and major sporting events     59
Sports and outdoor activities     61
Travelling with children     68
Working in Australia     70
Gay and lesbian Australia     72
Travel essentials     73
Guide     83
Sydney and around     83
Coastal New South Wales and the Act     225
Inland New South Wales     303
Coastal Queensland     357
Outback Queensland     499
Northern Territory     547
Western Australia     625
South Australia     719
Melbourne and around     817
Victoria     889
Tasmania     971
Contexts     1079
History     1081
Australia's indigenous peoples     1095
Flora and fauna     1100
Australian film     1105
Australian music     1114
Books     1122
Australian English     1135
Travel store     1139
Small print & Index     1141
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    Excellent content, cheap binding

    The content is comprehensive, detailed and exhaustively researched. It is the most useful source I've found for my trip planning, but the binding is cheap. On my copy the first color pages section (pages 1-27) fell out after 1 week of normal use.

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