I've read several of Bill Bryson's books and this is my favorite so far. He loves Australia and his enthusiasm for the country is infectious. So infectious, in fact, that I finished the book and promptly booked tickets for my family's next vacation to be there. We've just returned and I have to say that this book prepared me well. Several times during our 3 weeks Down Under, we ran into situations or places that were exactly as he had described them. We made sure to visit several of the places he delighted in and were never disappointed. The only significant difference was that he traveled in January, in the height of Australia's summer, and so he was much, much hotter than we were. I recommend traveling in April, when things are beginning to cool off, and the rainy season is done in the tropics. Wonderful country!
I have read a lot of books by Bill Bryson and I have to admit that this my favorite one so far! I read the book while i was in australia and i was able to relate to a lot of places and events mentioned in the book. Highly recommend taking this along with your travel guide.