Reviews - What do customers think about West Coast Australia, 2nd (Footprint - Travel Guides)?
vast state Jun 7, 2008
If you ever have the time to visit Western Australia, the book can be a good guide to its vastness. The state is twice the size of Alaska, with scarcely 2 million people. And over half of these are in the Perth metropolitan area.
The book's coverage of Perth and Fremantle isn't bad. Describing places like Kings Park, with a magnificent view of the Swan River and the CBD. The city is basically as clean and safe as portrayed by the authors. Travel books are typically panglossian. Skipping carefully over the slums and bad aspects of a city. Since such books are sold to people going to a region. But the synopsis of Perth is accurate.
The south west has a slightly cooler climate. The grape growing in the Margaret River district is explained as world renowned.
While if you do venture north of Perth, the photos in the book illustrate the desolate beauty of the coastline. The outback stretches to the Indian Ocean. The mining towns of Tom Price and Newman are shown. Important in the global sense, for a lot of iron ore mined from here gets exported; mainly to Asia.