Australia is different--a vast island-continent with distances so great that the capital of Western Australia is closer to Singapore than it is to Sydney. The landscape embraces magnificent tropical rainforests and deserts the size of several European states; temperate areas that sustain a flourishing wine industry, making Australia the world's fourth largest wine exporter; a sixteen-thousand-mile coastline of breathtaking beaches; and its unique fauna is testament to the country's "down-underness." Indigenous Australians have inhabited the continent for more than fifty thousand years, yet European settlement is just over two hundred years old. Since the end of the Second World War the country has opened its doors to a hugely diverse immigrant population and slowly shaken off the mantle of British influence, transforming what was perhaps one of the dullest nations into one of the most stimulating. The Australians' old settler mentality--regarding themselves as "battlers," and embarrassed by their lack of sophistication--has given way to a new national confidence. The achievements of Australia's artists, sportspeople, entertainers, scientists, and businesspeople puts them on the global stage. Despite the diversity of ethnicities there is a pervasive homogeneity among Australians: a generosity of spirit and a forthrightness, sometimes disarming for the visitor. A sense of fairness and equality is valued, as is the ability not to take oneself too seriously. Culture Smart Australia introduces you to a young nation with one of the world's highest standards of living, "where people work to live" in order to enjoy a lifestyle that many across the globe covet, and in which Australians take great pride (and don't mind telling you about).
For advice you can trust, look no further than Marco Polo. The Australia Marco Polo Spiral Guide is a compact travel guide for people who have little time to prepare for a trip, don't want to miss anything, like to be inspired by great ideas for exciting days out and love all things ultra-practical and easy to use.Discover the best beaches, soak up the coffee culture, spend an evening under the stars or get up close with koalas, Kangaroos & co Australia awaits Inside the Australia Marco Polo Spiral Guide: Top 10 sights: From the top down to make it easy to prioritize That Australia Feeling: provides tips to help you experience the essence of the country. Find out what makes Australia tick and experience its unique flair - just like the locals themselves.Don't miss: Each chapter highlights the absolute must-sees for each area and what to do at your leisure if time permits.Chapters: Sydney, New South Wales & Canberra, Victoria, Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania. Organized by area; each chapter explores the most important and interesting sights. Restaurant recommendations, the best shopping streets and the hottest places to go for a night out are listed at the end of each chapter.Perfectly planned itineraries for each area including the best paces to eat and drink along the way, each with its own map, make exploring easy and stress-free Simply decide whether you want to travel on foot, by bike, car or public transport for Perfect Days in Australia Tours include: Shores of Mosman Bay, the Dandenong Ranges and the Southern Highlands. Coverage of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Canberra, Blue Mountains, Melbourne, Phillip Island, The Great Ocean Road, Great Barrier Reef, Gold Coast, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Barossa Valley, Adelaide, Margaret River, Perth, Fremantle, Port Arthur, Cradle Mountain and much more.Street Atlas & pull out map: The best of both worlds Some people prefer an atlas while others prefer a separate map - Marco Polo Spiral Guides have both The separate, fully indexed pull-out map is handily placed in a high-quality plastic wallet at the back of the guide, which can also be used as a storage pocket.Top 10 reasons to come back: For those undecided about a return visit...there is a list of Top 10 reasons to come back again
A new in-depth field guide to Australian birds
The Australian avifauna is large, diverse, and spectacular, reflecting the continent's impressive habitats and evolutionary history. Looking at more than 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide on Australian birds available, and contains by far the best coverage of southern seabirds. With 249 color plates containing 4,000 stunning images, this book offers a far more in-depth treatment of subspecies, rarities, and overall plumage variation than comparative guides. The artwork meets the highest standards, and the text is rigorously accurate and current in terms of identification details, distribution, and status. The Australian Bird Guide sets a new bar for coverage of Australia's remarkable avifauna and is indispensable to all birders and naturalists interested in this area of the world, including the southern oceans.
- Brand-new guide with an attractive look and design
- 249 color plates containing 4,000 superb images by some of the most talented illustrators working in Australia today
- Every bird species in Australia is covered (more than 900), including subspecies and rarities
- Up-to-date maps reflect the latest information on distribution
- Accurate and detailed text
Immerse yourself in Australia with this stunning collection of photographs and discover the nation's extraordinary range of landscapes and environments, cultures, creatures and people - from world-famous wineries and white-sand beaches to buzzing cities and ancient rainforests.
Beautiful World Australia is the perfect way to lose yourself in the country. Striking photos fill each page, while special gatefolds open to reveal magnificent panoramas. If you've been, retrace your steps and relive the time you spent there. If you haven't, this book is the perfect way to start planning an adventure.
We've divided the contents into states and territories. On your journey across Australia you'll explore the tropical paradise of the Whitsunday Islands and their impossibly white beaches, the Great Ocean Road and its star attraction, the 12 Apostles, snow-covered mountains, hip and happening Melbourne with its street art-filled laneways, migrating humpback whales and east coast surfing communities.
As you continue further, you'll discover the Great Barrier Reef and the incredible variety of life it harbours, as well as indigenous animals like the Tasmanian devil. You'll then discover the cowboys of Queensland cattle country, Aboriginal culture and craftwork, vineyards adorning the southern hills, the vast emptiness of the Outback and much more.
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- Wear a Loincloth
- Read a Hundred Books
- Diaper a Baby Monkey
- Build a Bungalow And Maybe, Just Maybe, Fall in Love * * Individual results may vary. The true story of how a quarter-life crisis led to adventure, freedom, and love on a tiny island in the Pacific. From the author of a lot of emails and several Facebook posts comes A Beginner's Guide to Paradise, a laugh-out-loud, true story that will answer your most pressing escape-from-it-all questions, including: 1. How much, per pound, should you expect to pay a priest to fly you to the outer islands of Yap?
2. Classic slumber party stumper: If you could have just one movie on a remote Pacific island, what would it definitely not be?
3. How do you blend fruity drinks without a blender?
4. Is a free, one-hour class from Home Depot on "Flowerbox Construction" sufficient training to build a house? From Robinson Crusoe to Survivor, Gilligan's Island to The Beach, people have fantasized about living on a remote tropical island. But when facing a quarter-life crisis, plucky desk slave Alex Sheshunoff actually did it. While out in Paradise, he learned a lot. About how to make big choices and big changes. About the less-than-idyllic parts of paradise. About tying a loincloth without exposing the tender bits. Now, Alex shares his incredible story and pretty-hard-won wisdom in a book that will surprise you, make you laugh, take you to such unforgettable islands as Yap and Pig, and perhaps inspire your own move to an island with only two letters in its name. Answers: 1) $1.14 2) Gas Attack Training Made Simple 3) Crimp a fork in half and insert middle into power drill 4) No.
The best photographic field guide to Australia's birds
Australia is home to a spectacular diversity of birdlife, from parrots and penguins to emus and vibrant passerines. Birds of Australia covers all 714 species of resident birds and regularly occurring migrants and features more than 1,100 stunning color photographs, including many photos of subspecies and plumage variations never before seen in a field guide. Detailed facing-page species accounts describe key identification features such as size, plumage, distribution, behavior, and voice. This one-of-a-kind guide also provides extensive habitat descriptions with a large number of accompanying photos. The text relies on the very latest IOC taxonomy and the distribution maps incorporate the most current mapping data, making this the most up-to-date guide to Australian birds.
- Covers all 714 species of resident birds and regularly occurring migrants
- Features more than 1,100 stunning color photos
- Includes facing-page species accounts, habitat descriptions, and distribution maps
- The ideal photographic guide for beginners and seasoned birders alike
Here's a book about Sydney that's seriously streetwise. Lonely Planet Kids' City Trails: Sydney features colorful themed trails, from history and culture to food and nature, that reveal amazing facts and intriguing tales that kids won't find on the tourist routes or inside the average guidebook. We'll show them where to find haunted pubs, ancient Aboriginal art, the best surfing, and lots more
Join Lonely Planet explorers Marco and Amelia as they hunt for more secrets, stories and surprises in another of the world's great cities.
Themed trails include:
- In the Beginning
- Sky High
- Making a Splash
- Sydney Spooks
- Convicts, Refugees and Ten Pound Poms
- The Name Game
- Sydney Shapes
- Do it Outdoors
- Float On ?
- Asia in Oz
- Walk on the Wild Side
- Looking Good
- Sporty City
- Mudbugs, Bush Tucker and Big Fat Snorkers
- Deadly Sydney
- Got to be Green
- Wet, Wet, Wet
- Sydney in the Dark
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About Lonely Planet Kids: Lonely Planet Kids an imprint of the world's leading travel authority, Lonely Planet published its first book in 2011. Over the past 45 years, Lonely Planet has grown a dedicated global community of travelers, many of whom are now sharing a passion for exploration with their children. Lonely Planet Kids encourages the next generation of global citizens to learn about the world around them with engaging books on culture, sociology, geography, nature, history, space and more. Whether at home, in school or on the road, every day can be an adventure. Come explore
Civilisation, winner of the New Zealand Book Award for Non-fiction in 2013, is brilliant New Zealand journalist Steve Braunias at the peak of his powers, the scavenger of social lodestone, rich, fascinating and sometimes disturbing stories of settlements - from Kawakawa in the north, to Mosgiel in the south, and Samoa and Antarctica over the seas - and the people who live there, their lives, loves, aspirations, and sometimes dark secrets.
This is a book that will enthrall all lovers of great travel writing and outrageous social comment. Jonathan Lorie, director of Travellers' Tales Festival, London, calls Braunias 'a writer the whole world would like to hear about'. He has won over 20 journalism awards, writes a weekly column for The New Zealand Herald, is books editor of leading culture websiteThe Spinoff, and author of eight critically acclaimed books.
"For three years, whenever I could, I went to places no one went to, drawn to their averageness, their nothingness, their banal and exhilarating New Zealandness - small towns, unremarkable suburbs, frozen bases and equatorial outposts ... wherever there was any sign of New Zealand civilisation. I chose them at random. I'd look at a map and say out loud, 'There.' People said, 'Where?' The next question they asked was, 'Why?' They especially asked that in the places I visited. They couldn't believe anyone would find where they lived of any interest. But the places were probably New Zealand at its best. I wanted to go and live in just about every one." - Steve Braunias