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The Summer 2006 SYD Meet - Official Thread.  
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

Hi Everyone.

I recently came up with the idea of an a.net "gathering" in Sydney during the Summer of 2006.
I have since received some expressions of interest on this subject  

Here are the ideas I have:


  • Event to last anywhere between 5 and 10 days.
  • Include a tour of the city, etc
  • Trip to Bondi Beach (maybe)
  • Trip to Ayers Rock with overnight stay (depending on budget)
  • Major Beerfest with our cousins from down under 


Any ideas and input on this event are greatly appreciated.

What I need to know from you is your preferred dates, preferred flights/routes, and how much you are willing to spend on accomodation, etc.

Hopefully we can all work together to make this one of the the biggest and best A.Net meets ever   

Anyway, ill leave you to add your comments/ideas  


Bye for now,


Lee

EDITED: For Content.

[Edited 2005-07-03 06:01:07]


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User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2176 times:

Wait would this be in the December months in the Northern Hemisphere of 2006? Meaning the meet would take place in about a year in a half??? Just asking as it is somewhat confusing.

User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

Quoting Airlinerfreak (Reply 1):
Wait would this be in the December months in the Northern Hemisphere of 2006

I've edited my original post  Smile

For Summer 2006, I mean either the "Northern" Summer, or the "Oz" Summer.

I guess it depends which is the easiest for us all.

Whats the weather difference in Oz for those periods? Much of a change?


Thanks


Lee



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User currently offlineS12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2164 times:

Boy, that'll be spendy for us northern goers.

User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

I'm up for a meet in SYD in 2006. If you're planning for a meet in our summer...it will be during January - April...that's when we have summer here in 2006.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 2):
, I mean either the "Northern" Summer, or the "Oz" Summer.

Um..northern summer will be May - August? Our seasons are reversed here.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 2):
Whats the weather difference in Oz for those periods? Much of a change?

Well...its summer and winter, two different seasons depending on when you're planning to set up the meet. If we meet during the northern summer, then it'll be winter here and vice-versa. Is that what you asked? LOL..sorry but I didn't understand your question there BMIFlyer.

QFF should be able to give you more info on SYD though, I've only been there twice.



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2160 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 4):
Well...its summer and winter, two different seasons depending on when you're planning to set up the meet. If we meet during the northern summer, then it'll be winter here and vice-versa. Is that what you asked? LOL..sorry but I didn't understand your question there BMIFlyer.


Sorry about that, lol. I mean whats the difference in daily temperatures?  


Lee

[Edited 2005-07-03 06:21:03]


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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 4):
Well...its summer and winter

I think what he meant or, at least what I'd be interested in knowing, is what the difference between a Sydney Summer and Sydney Winter is. Here in Boston the difference between Summer and Winter is 35C in the Summer and -15C in the Winter.

I know SYD doesn't get those extreme differences but would one, in theory, be able to walk around in shorts or at least a light shirt and jeans or is it jacket and/or sweater weather?

LH423



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User currently offlineSoyuzavia From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2136 times:
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Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 4):
Um..northern summer will be May - August? Our seasons are reversed here.

And our toilets flush clockwise. And our national sport is called knifey-spoony.  Wink


User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

One thing to add to the timetable is tour of SYD. I have done this daytime tour, and have tickets for the twilight one in a few months time. It is worth the money.

http://www.airsidetarmactours.com/

Maybe we could get our own bus with them and it should work out cheaper.


User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2117 times:

Count me out for sure way to much £££ to spend on a meet up.

Kaz  Smile


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Ayers Rock is rather expensive, so if you are on a budget don't bother.
I suggest go for the holiday and do what you want to do; and if anyone turns up for a drink even better but don't plan your trip around a bunch of a.netters. Bondi is rather easy to get from the city centre and a Bridge Climb is a must, never done one yet, but have heard great things about it.



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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 2):
Whats the weather difference in Oz for those periods? Much of a change?

Well, keep in mind you are talking about a continent spanning over 7 million square kilometers. So there is going to be some temperature variation.

In Sydney during winter it can be relatively cold - usually hovers around 13-18 degrees C. Wheras summer is typically 20-30 degrees C. So if you can, I recommend you go in Summer. Any time in the early part of the year (January-March) is fine.

If you are planning to visit Bondi Beach during winter, you will be sorely dissapointed by it all. Although there is usually the odd group of intrepid Cornish tourists intent on surfing Bondi no matter what the weather.

There is a very good airside airport tour you can do at Syd. Not sure of the web adress, but you can find it at google.

There's so much to do really, site-seeing, the bridge climb, a little opera at the Opera House, spotting at Botany Bay. Of course you have an entire country to explore, and there is so much to do.

I could advise you more if you knew the sorts of things you wanted to do.

Quoting LH423 (Reply 6):
I know SYD doesn't get those extreme differences but would one, in theory, be able to walk around in shorts or at least a light shirt and jeans or is it jacket and/or sweater weather?

Jeans and a sweater. Sydney is certainly not the tropics.

QFF


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2100 times:

Coming there during the OZ Summer is a great idea for us in Alaska . . . and very doable.

I'm not about to leave Alaska Summer to go to OZ Winter, I get plenty of winter right here.

So lets get the time frame out of the way and then perhaps we can all go from there.

Besides, I'd like to come to Oz again - Oantas077 owes me a beer . . .  biggrin 


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

Sure, I would probably be interested in meeting some of you guys and I can easily get upto Sydney for the day.

User currently offlineSoyuzavia From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 594 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2059 times:
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Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 12):
I'm not about to leave Alaska Summer to go to OZ Winter, I get plenty of winter right here.

You'll have to look further than Sydney. I swear, guys like QFforever are like the 'Americans' of Australia  Wink -- there's no world outside of their city limits -- and unfortunately the rest of the world listen to these guys. Sydney is so passe.

But if you think an Aussie winter is bad, you need only need to look at the 'winters' in two of the best spots the country has to offer.

http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_003003.shtml
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_014015.shtml

Give me those 'winters' any day.


User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 11):
Quoting LH423 (Reply 6):
I know SYD doesn't get those extreme differences but would one, in theory, be able to walk around in shorts or at least a light shirt and jeans or is it jacket and/or sweater weather?

Jeans and a sweater. Sydney is certainly not the tropics.

During the day, most times you can still wear shorts and t-shirt. I know I do. But in the evenings, you need to put on a jumper. But you do see people rugged up to the eyeballs, and I am glad I am natually warm.

I have been in Sydney about 6 years, and I am gradually finding each winter "harsher". I haven't put the heating in the house on yet, and the only time I use heating in the car is early in the morning for my feet. Today is a top of 19. (currently 10).

If anyone is coming, I would recommend the summer months (winter time in nth hemisphere). I agree that there is more to Australia than Sydney (wouldn't go as far as Soyuzavia and call it passe), so you should try and fly into one port and out of another. That way you force yourself to see another city.

If you dont have time, then airplanes are your friend. Sydney and Canberra are probably the closest capital cities, and its about 3 hours to drive or 22 minutes in the air (the other 40 is spent taxiing). From Sydney it is quicker to go to New Zealand than it is to go to Perth.

I've had friends who have come over and wanted to do a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, or thought that a week would be fine to go by bus to Sydney-Cairns-Sydney and still see everything on the east coast. No problem, as we have that transporter thing off Star Trek, just for tourist's.

Its a big, great country, but it needs to be realistically planned. And beer is always cold.


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2038 times:

Quoting Wunala (Reply 15):
No problem, as we have that transporter thing off Star Trek, just for tourist's.

Oh good, that helps. Can you book me and a friend a ride in it in November as I'm coming over for a few weeks then. It'll save lots of hassle, cheers mate.

[Edited 2005-07-04 00:43:47]


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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2021 times:

Now ive come to my senses, I realise I cant attend the meet after all, its just way too costly for me.
Feel free to go ahead without me.

If I ever get married, i'll be sure to choose SYD for my honeymoon  Wink

Silly Me, I feel so stupid  


Lee

[Edited 2005-07-04 00:43:53]


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User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2008 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 16):
Oh good, that helps. Can you book me and a friend a ride in it in November as I'm coming over for a few weeks then. It'll save lots of hassle, cheers mate

And as a special this week, we are offering triple frequent flyer points to everyone.


User currently offlineN801NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 744 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

A friend of mine and I are tenativley planning to two week trip to Australia for April 2006. We are looking at SYD, MEL, and the Great Barrier Reef. Do not know what else as it is his idea, I'm just running with it.

It looks like the Qantas AirPass is the way to go for longer distances but does anyone have any rental car reccomendations? Are most tourist places accessible with a Camry-like car or would a 4x4 be useful?


User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1991 times:

N801NW,

Check and see if any of the flights give you internal flights too? If not, look at the internet and see if there are any deals for the destination. booked in advance they are usually cheaper than the airpass. Choices for the east cosat are www.qantas.com.au www.jetstar.com www.virginblue.com.au

You can get away with a Camry-esque car, you will see 99.999% of all tourist places with that. But if you want to go off road a bit, then I recomend the 4x4. If going to the GBR I recommend going to Port Douglas (about 60k's north of Cairns). There are a number of ways to get to the reef from there, and it is quicker than Cairns. Port Douglas is a nice town too, and stay in the town, rather than the outskirts, as you want to be able to walk places.

Cheers


User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1984 times:

Quoting Soyuzavia (Reply 14):
You'll have to look further than Sydney. I swear, guys like QFforever are like the 'Americans' of Australia -- there's no world outside of their city limits

Oh really?

You do have a talent for sweeping statements, I am most impressed. Because as we all know, there is nothing like a good old bout of Sydney bashing to show just how brilliantly metropolitan one is. Not to mention the fact that Sydney-siders so often desperately seek approval and comment from other Australians - we are rather fragile in this regard.

You might be a little interested to know (if you can actually see through that haze of Sydney-hatred you're producing) to know that I really love other parts of Australia, Canberra in particular.

It's extremely ironic that you would suggest I have a narrow view of Australia, when it is you who is excluding me (a proud Australian) from the collective population.


Tell me, where abouts are you from - Melbourne?

Quoting Soyuzavia (Reply 14):
Sydney is so passe.

In the absence of an acute accent I have no idea what you're talking about.

Quoting N801NW (Reply 19):
Are most tourist places accessible with a Camry-like car or would a 4x4 be useful?

lol Perhaps you should take a hummer, those crocodiles that patrol the inner cities can get pretty angry at tourists in sedans.

Seriously though, Australia has very high quality roads and highways. However I will say that if you're planning to drive in Sydney or Melbourne - don't. It's best left to the experts (taxi drivers). I always feel on the verge of death when I drive in Melbourne, those damn trams come out of nowhere and stop in the middle of the road.

I should point out though that to drive from Sydney to Melbourne takes about 8 hours+. To drive north to the barrier reef takes quite a few days as well.

If it were me, I'd be surfing Virgin Blue's and Jetstar's websites for some cheap flights.

QFF


User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 21):
It's best left to the experts (taxi drivers). I always feel on the verge of death when I drive in Melbourne, those damn trams come out of nowhere and stop in the middle of the road.

Oh God...don't even get me started about those awful trams...damn...are those drivers blind or what? I almost got smashed by a tram twice in one day! Maybe I'm not used to driving around trams as we don't have any here in ADL (well...we had one, but now it's out of commission..lol).



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User currently offlineWunala From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1976 times:

I think I wrote it in another thread about Australia, that you need to fly around the capitals rather than drive, if you don't have a few months. It took me 2 weeks to drive to Port Douglas from Sydney (about 3,000k's) as I wanted to see bits in between, but I think its about 31 hours solid driving. I did fly back though.

Probably best to put things into your own countries perspective. SYD-MEL is about 700k's or 460 miles. Think about where you are and where 700k's would be, and then what mode of transport you would take.

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 22):
Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 21):
It's best left to the experts (taxi drivers). I always feel on the verge of death when I drive in Melbourne, those damn trams come out of nowhere and stop in the middle of the road.

Oh God...don't even get me started about those awful trams...damn...are those drivers blind or what? I almost got smashed by a tram twice in one day! Maybe I'm not used to driving around trams as we don't have any here in ADL (well...we had one, but now it's out of commission..lol).

And dont forget that funny right hand turn that they have, the one that you pull into the left, then floor it to get across the road and tramway when the lights are changing. Stick with taxis in Melbourne.

Springbok747 - is that the trams that come from Glenelg that terminate outside the Hilton? Have they gone for good, or is there another one?

Cheers


User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1967 times:

Im going out there as well next year, want to see SYD finally

Seen the city in Mel, But never got into the main part of the city in BNE though i heard thereis not a lot there)


25 QANTASforever : I will be criticised for doing so, but I tend to agree. I wasn't really inspired by Brisbane. Perhaps it was closed the times I've visited? QFF
26 Bill142 : All of south eastern Queensland is pretty uninspiring. Gold Coast crawls with tourists and cheap sleazy people trying gain a dollar out of them. Ever
27 Post contains images QANTAS077 : a trip to Bondi?!?! how far do you think it is from Sydney? it's right in the city... if your planning on aviaiton photos in summer in Australia then
28 QANTASforever : I find Melbourne very depressing. It just seems so...bleak. QFF
29 N801NW : Would you guys skip a rental car in SYD? Is the whole city accessible by public transport? My friend doesn't mind big city driving. I do, but that is
30 Post contains links Wunala : In the capitals you dont really need a car to get around, except maybe Canberra. Usually book flights as soon as. There are specials that pop up, but
31 N801NW : Thanks for the replies, guys. I'm sure to have more stupid questions.
32 Bill142 : Yes a car is good in Canberra. Public transport isn't exactly great here. Its reliable yes, but coverage wise, to get to the tourits areas cars are a
33 Post contains links VirginFlyer : You may wish to coincide it with the spotting weekend which is run by the people over at the Sydney Airport Message Board. I am guessing it will be on
34 Post contains images HKGKaiTak : Wow would be great, look forward to it! It is only a couple kilometres from the city!!! You can even hop on a 380 (no not the A plane, but the bus fro
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