Lonely Planet’s New Queensland Guide: Recovery And Culinary Rewards
05 July 2011
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While the guidebook acknowledges the wild weather that inundated Queensland this summer, it reports that “in many parts of (Brisbane) little evidence remains of the 2011 floods” (p.58); while further north of the state, recovery from Cyclone Yasi “should be swift and travellers won’t notice too many changes” (p.265).
Meanwhile, the guide’s take on the current state of Queensland’s culinary scene is extremely positive. “Brisbane is redefining itself as a foodie destination,” it says. “Elsewhere in the state you’ll find culinary rewards great and small, from seafood feasts along the coast to sizzling steaks in the outback. Superb dining rooms are sprinkled all over Queensland, from Noosa … to Port Douglas” (p.13).
Four authors spent 130 days on-the-ground researching this sixth edition of Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef, which is published in Lonely Planet’s new-look, easier-to-read format, featuring more colour photos, clearer maps, and expanded planning tools.
The guide contains the trademark honesty and opinion for which Lonely Planet is renowned. It says the Gold Coast boasts “35 beaches and 300 sunny days a year,” and promises “a taste of the quintessential Aussie lifestyle of sun, surf and fun,” but counsels that Surfers Paradise’s “brash commercialism and relentless pace won’t appeal to everyone” (p.115).
Noosa is recognised as “a stylish resort town and one of Queensland’s star attractions,” despite its Hastings Street narrowing to “a slow-moving file of traffic” (p.144) on holidays. In Townsville, “things continue to change ... for the better” (p.262), Cairns “ticks to the tune of tourism” (p.306), while Port Douglas “thumbs its nose at Cairns by being more sophisticated and intimate ... and by having a beautiful white-sand beach right on its doorstep.” (p.355)
Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef (6th edition) is one of five new regional guidebooks to Australia that Lonely Planet is releasing this winter. Melbourne & Victoria (8th edition) and Perth & West Coast Australia (6th edition) are also available in July, with East Coast Australia (4th edition) and Tasmania (6th edition) following in August. The guides also feature an expanded focus on hot spots for interstate visitors, including recommendations for short-trips and weekend getaways.
Lonely Planet Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef Travel Guide (6th edition)
Released 5 July 2011
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