Wanderlust is a real thing and today my destination is Melbourne, Australia. Even though I haven’t had the chance to visit what I’ve been told is a paradise down under, Dale Campisi takes his readers there in his newest book, Melbourne Precincts.
This summer, Melbourne was named the “World’s Most Livable City” by The Economist for the SEVENTH year in a row! After you read this book, this won’t be any surprise because in a city that’s walkable, has great public transportation, delicious food, lively nightlife, not to mention breathtaking beaches and vistas…you’d want to live there too!
Melbourne Precincts is one of the most succinct travel guides I’ve ever read, and what I really like about it is that it covers the city like a local would. Campesini picks out the very best of the best, whether it’s shops and restaurants, or places to hangout and take in the sights.
The book is organized by the twenty precincts in the city, starting with CBD Central and finishing with Yarraville and Seddon. Capesini suggests readers “use this book as a way into a place, then make like a Melburnian and go for a stickybeak down laneways and into suburban backstreets.”
Each precinct features a map that points out where locals eat, drink, and shop. There are individual descriptions and contact information for each place, complete with websites, hours of operation, and addresses. I’d recommend double checking before you go, just to make sure there isn’t a holiday or special event affecting your visit. Each precinct also features a Melburnian spotlight with a local’s insight about everything from local fashion style to where to find the best cup of coffee. Personally, I really liked this added insight because it made the book much more personal than a generic travel guide I could get online or at a travel agency.
This book is great to give in a variety of ways-as a helpful guide to the travel bug in your life who wants to visit Australia, a thoughtful keepsake to the world traveler who’s already been there, or a well-curated travel journal to the curious soul looking to learn more about a new place.
If you do end up picking up this title and are interested in more travel suggestions, I’d recommend other titles in the Precincts Travel Guide series, which currently includes: Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, and Kyoto. New York, Barcelon, and Hanoi will be released later next year!
I received this book complimentary on behalf of the publisher, but all thoughts and opinions in this post are my own. All photography featured in this post is my own; please seek permission before copying or reproducing the images.
Score Card: Cover Art 5/5 | Content 5/5 | Ease of Read 5/5
Book Stats: Title- Melbourne Precincts by Dale Campisi
Page Count- 245
Binding-Hardcover (color photography inside)