Day Trip Sydney: 52 Nature Adventures is first and foremost a guidebook designed to encourage people to get out and about in the Sydney region.
Walks are identified in a number of ways with the walk key at the front of the book being an integral part of choosing a walk. The first key identifier is by trailhead distance from the CBD (120 km to the west, 90 km to the north and 45 km to the south) which is a great way of identifying how much time you need to get to the walk start. From there the key provides the basic information such as walk distance and difficulty along with facilities including cafes, BBQs, picnic areas, dog access and more which is an easy way to identify what sort of experience is right for you.
I must admit to having this book sitting in my review box for a number of weeks before getting around to looking at it and it was a bit of a surprise packet when I did. The front cover has what looks like a typical outdoor image but is actually quite textual; this book feels good to hold. It’s when you get inside that this book really comes into its own. The images for each of these walks can be best described as ‘hero images’. They are not just artistic; they are the sort of images that make you want to visit the trail and do the walks. That’s what makes for a good guidebook.
The authors Andrew and Evi aren’t highly experienced hikers and in the case of this guidebook this becomes an advantage because its not written for experienced hikers, although that demographic will still enjoy it, but rather its written for the average person. The details on each of the walks includes enough of the main features to allow you to get there and do the walk without going heavily in-depth but it does provide what’s necessary including small maps. The layout of the book, the language used and the overall presentation are all designed to encourage the average person to get out and visit these hikes and as in that respect they have hit the mark. The walks coverage a range of locations and provides a variety of payoffs from beaches, to views, to urban hike and everything in between.
This guidebook is very well done and importantly it encourages you to get out and explore. It highlights many walks I am aware of but also a number that as a non Sydney resident, I didn’t know and I’m now keen to explore.
Listen to podcast episode 204, interview with the authors
Day Trip Sydney: 52 Nature Adventures
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Day Trip Sydney Book – cover image
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This review was done with product provided by the publisher, Thames & Hudson Australia for review