Discover Australia

Lifestyle hedonists the world over will delight in the release of two bumper new Lonely Planet guides dedicated to New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state, and Western Australia (WA), the country’s largest state.  

Whether you’re living it up in Sydney, escaping the masses in the Southern Highlands or doing a road trip around the backblocks of Bourke and Broken Hill, you’ll discover the standout attractions and hidden gems with Lonely Planet’s New South Wales.

Lonely Planet describes Sydney as “the queen bee, the top dog, the cat’s pyjamas and just plain ‘it’ when it comes to New South Wales” (pg 44). 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, gets ample coverage. Lonely Planet describes 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…” (pg 181).  Find out which café in town does the best soy latte and where the surfers catch a wave or two. 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 (“a city that thrives outdoors, amid lakeside parks, green hills and patches of naturally ragged bushland,” pg 334). And while the “relative serenity and orderliness of the Australian capital isn’t to everybody’s taste” (pg 334), it has interesting landmarks, museums and galleries to explore.

Heading west, big skies and a rugged yet gorgeous landscape await the visitor bound for WA. It’s a place possessing an unrivaled freshness where wide open spaces rule and life revolves around the elements. The only definitive guide to this alluring state, 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 WA’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 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.

Escape with Western Australia and New South Wales.