Discover Australia

Posted on: 26 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Two new guide books enable visitors the chance to experience Australia to the full.

New South Wales: Whether you’re living it up in Sydney, escaping the masses in the Southern Highlands, doing a road triip around the back roads of Broken Hill, or maybe even exploring the isolated beaches of Western Australia, one thing everyone needs while travelling in Australia is a good guide book. Lonely Planet have just updated their two guide books dedicated to New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state, and Western Australia (WA), the country’s largest state, ensuring that travellers to the country get the most from their stay.

In the latestes Lonely Planet guide, Sydney is described as “the queen bee, the top dog, the cat’s pyjamas and just plain ‘it’ when it comes to New South Wales." This new guide gives the kind of invaluable advice – best views in town to genuinely top nightspots – which make uncovering this city a truly memorable experience.

Everyone’s favourite spot, Byron Bay, also gets ample coverage, describing this playground for the hip and happening as “a cultural institution, a surfers’ paradise, a place where diversity has never before been so welcome in mainstream society." The guidebook is essential reading if you want to find out which café in town does the best soy latte and where the surfers catch a wave or two.

But the state’s lesser known attractions aren’t overlooked either. New South Wales also boasts the most comprehensive coverage of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Canberra, described as 'a city that thrives outdoors, amid lakeside parks, green hills and patches of naturally ragged bushland,' highlighting however that the orderliness and planned feel of the Capital may not be to everbody's tastes. Buy The Lonely Planet Guide To New South Wales at Amazon.co.uk

Western Australia: Heading west, big skies and a rugged yet gorgeous landscape await the visitor bound for Western Australia. It’s a place possessing an unrivaled freshness where wide open spaces rule ad life revolves around the elements. Lonely Planet's Western Australia guide has been updated by a team of three Lonely Planet authors who bring vigorous coverage, highlighting the premier wineries of Margaret River in the state’s south to the ghost towns of its red arid interior. The guide’s fold-out road map shows off the state's sheer enormity, and a snappy itineraries section has a host of tailored trip suggestions for sun-loving travellers, families and wine devotees.

The world’s most isolated capital city, Perth, is also given ample coverage. Cycle through busy Kings Park, experience the cities best beachside pubs and discover kid-friendly attractions. Northbridge’s exclusive sleeping options and Fremantle’s funkiest eateries are reviewed with typical Lonely Planet zest. There are easy excursions from Perth as well as detailed information on the long drive north and coverage of the 12,500km coastline. Buy The Lonely Planet Guide To Western Australia at Amazon.co.uk

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