The Year End Holiday Plan
To bring my family on a 7-day free and easy self drive tour in Australia, from Sydney to Gold Coast, together with my sister-in-law’s family, on the second week of December 2015.
Self Proposed Itinerary
Day 1: @Syndney | Paddy’s Market | Madame Tussards (close at 7pm) | The Rocks (+shopping) | Darling Harbour (dinner) | Night Cruise
Day 2: @Sydney | Hop on Hop Off tour | Ferry pass | Jet boat ride | iMax (close 9pm) | Fish Market (Lunch) | Cruise Dinner
Day 3: @Sydney | Morning Herald Growers’ Market | Hertz (pick car) | Drive to Blue Mountain (2 hours) | @ Blue Mountain | Rail and Cable car | 3 sisters | shop | 1000 steps
Day 4: Drive to Port Stephens (2.5 hours) | @ Port Stephens | Sand Dunes | Camel Ride | Drive to Port MacQuarie (2.5 hours) | @ Port MacQuarie |Night Activities
Day 5: Drive to Coffs Harbour (2 hours) | @ Coffs Harbour | Service Centre | MacDonalds (lunch) | Drive to Gold Coast | @ Gold Coast | Ripley’s Believe it or not | Beach | Night Activities
Day 6: @ Gold Coast | Movie World | Apartment (self-cook dinner) | Night Shopping
Day 7: @ Gold Coast | Surfers Paradise Beach Front Market | Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (close 5pm) | Harbor Town Factory Outlet
Day 8: @ Gold Coast | Drive to Airport | Return Car | Fly Home
Renting a Car in Sydney Australia
- Reserved a Nissan Qashqai from Hertz at AU$573 for 5 days. Pick up from Sydney William Street and return at Gold Coast Airport.
Whale and Dolphin Watching in Sydney
- Whale is cancelled because they swim away from Australia at the end of the year. :(
- Where to see dolphins in or near Sydney Australia?
- We may skip dolphin watching altogether due to tight schedule.
- Plan another trip to watch the whales instead.
Trivial Questions that Popped Up
- How big is Sydney? Where is the border?
Sydney, Australia Travel Guide – Must-See Attractions https://youtu.be/LpgoeCpxU1M
More Questions about getting around in Australia
Any unlimited data mobile fees?
- 3 major telcos. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone
- smaller telcos. Virgin, Lebara, Amaysim, TPG.
- Need an unlocked phone.
- Need a passport of ID.
- May be I will stick with Starhub international data roaming.
- $18/Day DataRoam Daily Unlimited. Australia. Telstra. -http://www.starhub.com/personal/mobile/value-added-services/roaming/postpaid-roaming/coverage-18.html
- Price stated is applicable for International Roaming subscribers. A 20% surcharge applies on top of prevailing rates for Pay-As-You-Roam subscribers. Promotion price is valid till 31 December 2015. ^Not applicable to customers subscribing to RoamEasy. A 20% surcharge applies on top of prevailing rates for Pay-As-You-Roam subscribers.
- How do I enjoy DataRoam Daily Unlimited? Customers can simply log onto the designated preferred roaming operators in the designated countries/destinations to enjoy DataRoam Daily Unlimited.
- Who can enjoy DataRoam Daily Unlimited? StarHub Mobile postpaid customers subscribing to either International Roaming or Pay-As-You-Roam service are eligible to enjoy DataRoam Daily Unlimited Promotion. A 20% surcharge applies on top of prevailing rates for Pay-As-You-Roam subscribers. -http://www.starhub.com/personal/support/mobile/roaming/dataroam-unlimited-faq.html
- How much data does google map use on a 4-hour drive? About 20MB. -https://m.reddit.com/r/androidapps/comments/2pe0qe/how_much_data_does_google_maps_use_for_a_4hour/
- Guide to renting a car in Australia