Australia

Holiday Planning

Welcome to the planning page. This was used as we planned the journey before we set out. I've kept the details as is. In the diary you'll find we didn't follow the plan. Booking reference details have been deleted to avoid mischief.

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Flight times

Going out

LHR to SYD flight VS200 Thursday 9th November 21:30 Saturday 11th November 07:10

Flying time

There's a stop at Hong Hong (17:50 - 19:20).

21:30 GMT to 17:50

(21:30 GMT) to (09:50:00 Friday November 10th GMT)  Flying time of 12hrs 20mins.

19:20 to 07:10

(11:20:00 Friday November 10 GMT) to (20:10:00 Friday November 10th GMT) Flying time of 8hrs 50mins.

Coming back

SYD to HKG flight VS201 Tuesday 28th November 15:50 Tuesday 28th November 22:05

15:50 to 2205

(04:50 Tuesday November 28 GMT) to (14:05:00 Tuesday November 28 GMT) Flying time of 9hrs 15Mins.

A day in Hong Hong

SYD to LHR flight VS201 Wednesday 29th November 23:35 Thursday 30th November 04:50

23:35 to 04:50

(15:35:00 Wednesday November 29 GMT) to (04:50 GMT) Flying time of 13hrs 15mins.

Timeline

Not so much a plan, more a timeline.

Thurs 9th Depart London

Turn up at Heathrow Terminal 3 Zone A  three hours prior to flight. (18:30 for 21:30)

Fri 10th
Sat 11th Arrive Sydney

Arrive Sydney airport at 07:10.

Find the MERCURE SYDNEY hotel and sleep!

MERCURE SYDNEY 818-820 George Street, Sydney
(Phone +61 2 9217 6666)
Booking reference is xxxxxx for 11th and 12th (pay on departure)

Be jet lagged tourists. In and around Sydney:

Priscilla (Queen of the desert - the Musical) - runs to Sun 26 Nov.
Lyric Theatre, Star City Pirrama Road, Pyrmont MAP

Opera House (1 hour tour)
Harbour Bridge
Luna Park
Centennial Park
Botanical Gardens MAP
Darling Harbour (Centre of Sydney)
Public barbeque

Sun 12th
Mon 13th

Palm Beach

Hire car - Explore Sydney and beyond.

THRIFTY AUSTRALIA  pick up 10:00
75 William Street, Sydney 0061-1300-367 227
Carrental's "partner" 0034-952-048490
Booked with CarRentals +44 1483 263 380 ref xxx xxxxxxx

The following are listed north to south.

Palm Beach, the location for Home and Away. (No comment!) 41km N MAP
Skippy - Waratah National Park - 36km N   MAP

Manly beach (ferry),  17km NE MAP
Watsons Bay 11km E MAP Doyles Seafood Restaurant
Bondi beach 7km E MAP

Tue 14th Coogee

Coogee bay 7km SE  MAP
Coogee Bay Hotel
Dive Hotel (on Coogee beachfront)

Wed 15th Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains National Park, NSW  Tour - 92km W of Sydney MAP

Thur 16th
Fri 17th

Road Trip

Maroubra beach 12km SE MAP
Dingo Education Centre, Bargo  93km SW on Hume Highway 1 MAP

Sat 18th Coastal Drive Coastal Drive

Wollongong

Sun 19th Canberra - a planned city, just like Milton Keynes!

Canberra Space Centre

Kangaroo Valley

Mon 20th
Tue 21st Coastal Drive

Nowra
Batemans Bay
Eden
Parks
Bairnsdale

Wed 22nd

Coastal Drive

Wilsons Promontory
Phillip Island and Penguin Parade

Thurs 23rd Melbourne

Neighbours tour (Just out of curiosity's sake - I would never admit anything more.)
Bookings: (03) 9534 4755

Mt Buller Tour

Fri 24th
Sat  25th Portland

Great Ocean Road (west of Melbourne) MAP
Portland

Sun 26th Melbourne

Grampians National Park

Heritage walks and tours
Yarra River cruise
Rialto Tower's Observation Deck
Melbourne Zoo
Royal Botanic Gardens
Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne (Solar array)

Mon 27th

Melbourne (day) Return to Sydney in evening

Return car at Melbourne Airport.
Flight Virgin DJ899 (Booking no xxxxxxx - paid - Phone 1300 733 867)
Departure 09:15PM
Arrival Sydney  10:35PM

Hotel Ibis Sydney Airport
205 O'Riordan Street, 2020 MASCOT (MW paid) (Phone (02) 8339 8500)
Booking references: xxxxxx & xxxxxx

Tue 28th Depart Sydney, destination Hong Hong

Turn up at Sydney International Terminal three hours prior to flight. (12:50 for 15:50)

Flight arrives Hong Kong 22:05

Metropark Hotel, Mong Kok, Kowloon
(formerly Metropole Hotel)

Expedia.co.uk itinerary number: xxxxxxxxx

75 Waterloo Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Reservation questions: 0870 050 0808
Hotel: Tel: 852 (0) 27611711 (NH paid)
"Your room is guaranteed for late arrival."

Wed 29th Depart Hong Hong, destination London

Tour

Turn up at Hong Kong CHEP LAP KOK, Island F 3 hours prior to flight. (20:35 for 23:35)

Thurs 30th Arrive London

Flight arrives LHR  04:50

Links

To The Diary

timezoneconverter.com

travel.guardian.co.uk/netjetters/milly

thatsmelbourne.com.au/

www.sydney-melbourne.org

www.hotels.com

www.asiarooms.com/hong_kong/hong_kong/chek_lap_kok_airport-area.html

www.sydneytower.com.au

www.pylonlookout.com.au/Visitor_frs.htm

Albury-Wodonga

Australian Directory Enquires

Solar

Maps

Sydney to Eden: 495km Via The Princes Highway (1): The Coastal Route

Eden to Melbourne: 745km Via The Princes Highway (1): The Coastal Route

MELBOURNE TO SYDNEY: 911km. Via the Hume Highway (31)

Google Map

Australian Maps and Directions