I have read all the Jamie and Laura books thus far and I have to say that this one was ok, but only just ok, it was my least favourite of the series.
As an Aussie who is very familiar with the places that the Newmans mostly stayed at, e.g. Brisbane and the Gold Coast, I was rolling my eyes at yet another description of how scary the animals in Australia are and how everything is out to get unsuspecting non-Aussies etc, which seems to be a typical perception of the British in particular. There was an effort later on in the book to correct this by saying that nothing actually happened to the Newmans in the year they lived in Australia but the overarching tone of the book was that it absolutely COULD have and they were just lucky.
Coupled with the portrayal of Australians as being overly casual even when they are in a business environment (trust me, the Aussies do know how to conduct business in a completely professional manner), the belief that Australians dont understand sarcasm and irony, and Jamie's pre-occupation with all things below the waist and it was kind of tough going. There WERE, however, some descriptions which were spot on - I could really picture the old Queenslander house at the beginning of the book, complete with slow moving fans and a complete lack of privacy and it is very true that Australians tend to shorten lots of words. We also do have some very winding mountain roads without a lot of protective fencing on the scary side!
The actual premise of the story was good - young couple going off to the other side of the world and reading about what happens to them along the way. The story had real potential - it was the way it was told which got annoying. I found myself not liking Jamie Newman very much by the end of the book and the good parts were not enough to bring this book into 4 star territory, for me.