If the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate source for getting by in the cosmos, Explore Australia 2012 is the supplement you'd see E.T. pick up before hitting Earth's "Great Southern Land".
The 2012 edition of Explore Australia covers more than 700 towns and 70 cream-of-the-crop holiday regions.
With notes on local history, a handful of details on must-see sights, and tips on places to dine and stay, this guide has just about all the info you'll need if you're planning the big Aussie road-trip.
When you're also getting map references, population figures and radio station frequencies, there's plenty here to like.
There's a handy list of relevant phone numbers and online information for each town, too. And what can't be found between the covers can be loaded up in your smartphone's web browser (just don't go too far into the outback if that's your plan).
As a 728-page large-format softcover, Explore Australia 2012 Travel Guide & Atlas is a hefty lump of book for the iPad generation - and not one to squeeze into the 10kg carry-on if you're flying.
But if hitting the road in the old campervan, this is the guide to grab.
And if you've wound up in a rickety old wagon with no satellite navigation (and no Google Maps on your phone), the book's 140-page road atlas will see you through.
After 30 years on the job, the Explore Australia series has it all figured out.
Check it out at www.exploreaustralia.net.au
Win A Copy Of Explore Australia 2012
Thanks to Explore Australia Publishing, we've got one copy of Explore Australia 2012 to give away, valued at $59.95.
For your chance to win, tell us in 50 words or less what is the most interesting or surprising place in Australia you've visited, and why.
You can enter as many times as you like - if you've found more than one "most" interesting or surprising place.
Email your entry to [email protected]
Entries close December 31 and will be announced in the first week of January. Entries are open to Australian residents only, and will only be mailed within Australia.