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Title: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: ash on June 04, 2008, 12:48:13 PM
way to go i love sydney
go everywhere its a beautiful place, the city, bondi beach
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: ash on June 04, 2008, 12:50:14 PM
they have a train that goes through the city but it depends on where your staying
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Other Guy on June 04, 2008, 01:55:14 PM
Sydney's got great public transport.
As far as places to eat it's been quite a few years & I know places opened & closed...
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 21, 2010, 10:44:14 PM
ChabadLand a/k/a Sydney,AU  is a residental community where you will need Home Hospitality unless you dont mind mind walking over an hour to DownTown. (I call it CBLand since basically thats who makes up the vast majority of the local community with numerous shuls, unlike MEL).

So are there really no Hyatt/SPG hotels that are within a couple miles of shuls in SYD?
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 21, 2010, 10:47:32 PM
So are there really no Hyatt/SPG hotels that are within a couple miles of shuls in SYD?
I'll start to tackle my own question.
It looks like "Chabad of the City and CBD" is just a 1.1 mile walk to the Park Hyatt Sydney. (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=199+Clarence+Street+Level+4+Sydney,+NSW+2000&daddr=7+Hickson+Road,+Sydney+NSW+2000,+Australia+(Park+Hyatt+Sydney+Hotel)&hl=en&geocode=Fbww-_0dLzUDCSnFVKk6P64SazE4Rb_aeJLbjw%3BFQtn-_0dwUUDCSG7VjhoNgPRiw&mra=ls&dirflg=w&doflg=ptm&sll=-33.862612,151.207237&sspn=0.017782,0.038581&ie=UTF8&z=15)

But that Chabad house doesn't appear to have a website or any info.  Does anyone know anything about it? Do they have a minyan on shabbos?
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 21, 2010, 11:00:05 PM
I'll start to tackle my own question.
It looks like "Chabad of the City and CBD" is just a 1.1 mile walk to the Park Hyatt Sydney. (http://local.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=199+Clarence+Street+Level+4+Sydney,+NSW+2000&daddr=7+Hickson+Road,+Sydney+NSW+2000,+Australia+(Park+Hyatt+Sydney+Hotel)&hl=en&geocode=Fbww-_0dLzUDCSnFVKk6P64SazE4Rb_aeJLbjw%3BFQtn-_0dwUUDCSG7VjhoNgPRiw&mra=ls&dirflg=w&doflg=ptm&sll=-33.862612,151.207237&sspn=0.017782,0.038581&ie=UTF8&z=15)

But that Chabad house doesn't appear to have a website or any info.  Does anyone know anything about it? Do they have a minyan on shabbos?

 there is a Main Syn its next to SOTP (Sheraton on the Park) Id guess a 20-25 min walk from the PH, only most of those who attend drive to shul as they live in BB (Bondi Beach area). So Id say its closer to 90 mins BB to PH

Id be very surprised if Chabad has anything going on DT as no Jews live there and they reach most out in Bondi
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on June 22, 2010, 12:03:17 AM
That chabad doesn't have a minyan on shabbos, its about a 45-1hr walk from the cbd-westin to bondi
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 22, 2010, 12:14:21 AM
That chabad doesn't have a minyan on shabbos, its about a 45-1hr walk from the cbd-westin to bondi
Ah well.
Looks like Bondi is a 4-5 mile walk.  Definitely more than I would care to.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on June 22, 2010, 12:39:38 AM
Its a nice walk
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Eli on July 13, 2010, 08:52:13 AM
5- Shabbos is Home hospitality , I stayed by a friend and will do so again in Aug. There is a shul DT but no meals and most of those who come drive so if having a Shomer Shabbos minyan is important theres nothing DT

Home hospitality meaning I just post here and someone offers to have me? That would be awesome. I need the weekend of July 30th-Aug 1st. Seriously.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on July 13, 2010, 09:05:59 AM
Home hospitality meaning I just post here and someone offers to have me? That would be awesome. I need the weekend of July 30th-Aug 1st. Seriously.

 I will miss U by a week, I would ask my friend but they are suppose to still be in Israel that Shabbos themselves.

 I dont think there are many people from SYD on this site. So unless you PM aussie and ask if he could set you up , Id say the best thing to do is contact 1 of the Chabad centers in Bondi Beach area and inquire of them if theres a Hotel walkable to them or if they could make other arrangements
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 13, 2010, 09:10:15 AM
Home hospitality meaning I just post here and someone offers to have me? That would be awesome. I need the weekend of July 30th-Aug 1st. Seriously.
Are you traveling with a better half?
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Eli on July 13, 2010, 11:24:49 AM
Are you traveling with a better half?
Yes, indeed.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Eli on July 15, 2010, 10:13:49 AM
Ok, still no place to stay in Sydney, but I'm working on it.

Who can recommend an activity for Moitzei Shabbos and Sunday (full day)?
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 15, 2010, 10:15:41 AM
Ok, still no place to stay in Sydney, but I'm working on it.

Who can recommend an activity for Moitzei Shabbos and Sunday (full day)?
You want a Moitzei Shabbos activity as opposed to a Saturday night activity  ;), correct?
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Eli on July 15, 2010, 10:22:08 AM
Sat night activity is fine. Just remember, I also need to be back for Elul Zman.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on July 15, 2010, 10:56:12 AM
Sat night activity is fine. Just remember, I also need to be back for Elul Zman.
Lol.
Funnily enough, I actually haven't been in and around Sydney for a few years, too busy seeing the world. So I reckon those that were there more recently are more informed to chime in.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on July 15, 2010, 11:07:52 AM
Ok, still no place to stay in Sydney, but I'm working on it.

Who can recommend an activity for Moitzei Shabbos and Sunday (full day)?

 since you will be in town only a couple of nights , Id say MS to simply take the tarin into town (The Rocks Area/Circular Quay) and walk around and take in the Bridge and Opera House lit up.

 as for Sun you can take a ferry over to Manly and explore there, or to the Zoo (both have very nice views of the City) Do a GreyLine tour to Canberra (the Capital) or depending on the weather a train out to the Blue Mts (most likely this wont be good due to the weather but you never know), SYDs Grand Canyon
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 15, 2010, 11:08:55 AM
Ok, still no place to stay in Sydney, but I'm working on it.

Who can recommend an activity for Moitzei Shabbos and Sunday (full day)?
Did you check exactly how far the walk is from SPG or Hyatt to the nearest shul?  Might not be so bad to just walk shabbos day to a shul with a lunch. 
Or if you want to be by all 3 minyanim, leave before shabbos on public transportation to shul with money for the ride home.  Then you just need to walk back friday night, there shabbos morning, and stay there until MS when you have the money to take public transportation back to the hotel.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Eli on July 15, 2010, 12:00:57 PM
It's about 45 minutes from CBD to Bondi and not worth it in my opinion. People in Sydney are willing to have guests, you just gotta find them. Also, with all the money I'll be spending for the rest of my trip I'd like to take it easy for this weekend.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on July 15, 2010, 01:45:04 PM
http://www.youngadultchabad.org/
the chabad guy is really nice, call him and ask him, when i was there he offered to find me a place to sleep for shabbos
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Eli on July 15, 2010, 03:04:08 PM
Smirk, can you e-mail that guy you told me to e-mail and say something like "Hey, I gave someone your email address. He needs a place to stay..." cuz he didn't respond to me and it's been a day.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on July 15, 2010, 03:15:29 PM
Smirk, can you e-mail that guy you told me to e-mail and say something like "Hey, I gave someone your email address. He needs a place to stay..." cuz he didn't respond to me and it's been a day.
Funny, i emailed him last week randomly and haven't received a response yet, did you ask Chicago people for his number? or maybe ask Aussiebochur to hunt it down
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 15, 2010, 03:19:17 PM
Funny, i emailed him last week randomly and haven't received a response yet, did you ask Chicago people for his number? or maybe ask Aussiebochur to hunt it down
Looks like it's 61-4-2515-2404
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on July 15, 2010, 03:22:17 PM
Looks like it's 61-4-2515-2404
i dont get it, what am i missing??
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 15, 2010, 03:24:30 PM
i dont get it, what am i missing??
What don't you get?
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on July 15, 2010, 03:28:48 PM
Were looking for someones # and we didn't say a name, how would you know who were talking bout
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 15, 2010, 03:30:44 PM
Were looking for someones # and we didn't say a name, how would you know who were talking bout
Whoops, lol.
I assumed you wanted the number for the director of that Young Adult Chabad...
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on July 15, 2010, 03:32:58 PM
Lol :P
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Eli on July 15, 2010, 05:18:19 PM
I'm laughing...

Smirk, I guess I'll our chicago connections but I can't imagine they have a number for him. Is there some sort of Sydney Jewish Listing? Can you PM me the spelling of his last name?
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on July 15, 2010, 05:30:19 PM
I'm laughing...

Smirk, I guess I'll our chicago connections but I can't imagine they have a number for him. Is there some sort of Sydney Jewish Listing? Can you PM me the spelling of his last name?

I would imagine they do, his daughter stayed in Chicago for a couple of weeks, and maybe try going to his website (his email) and call his office
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Eli on July 18, 2010, 06:26:25 AM
For all of who who were working day and night to get me a place to stay in Sydney...I got one. Thanks...you can take a break now and go get a slice of pizza.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on October 05, 2010, 04:34:49 PM
I have found these flights, is it backwards to go through London?

2/5 CO9690 (Virgin) JFK-LHR  10:25pm-10:30am  Biz
2/6 VS200   (Virgin) LHR-SYD  9:25pm- 7:20am   Biz

2/22 VS201   (Virgin) SYD-LHR 3:45pm-4:50am   Biz
2/23 CO9689 (Virgin) LHR-JFK  4:50pm-8:00pm   Biz

If i tally up flights according to what it says per each its quite alot. If im not mistaken dont i look how much a flight from JFK-SYD is and its that? (67,500)

I want to got to one of the following for a week (can i do it on same *A ticket or book separate?)
Fiji, Maldives, French Polynesia or Langkawi.  Any Suggestions? (its for my honeymoon, i would like to get a overwater bungalow)

I'm open to any suggestions, Thanks!
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: leibima on October 05, 2010, 04:55:57 PM
I have only been to French Polynesia from any of those places, but it is magnificent. If you want an overwater bungalow, try staying in Tahiti or Moorea (which I have posted before as being on par with Bora Bora just quieter) since they will be cheaper than on Bora Bora.

Enjoy
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 05, 2010, 06:08:50 PM
If you want an overwater bungalow, try staying in Tahiti or Moorea (which I have posted before as being on par with Bora Bora just quieter) since they will be cheaper than on Bora Bora.
You can post that from today till tomorrow, but since you haven't been to BOB (nor has anyone else on this forum AFAIK) it's pretty much meaningless...

I for one couldn't bring myself to go to PPT and be so close to BOB (considered by some to be the most beautiful place in the world) and not make it there.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: leibima on October 05, 2010, 07:45:05 PM
You can post that from today till tomorrow, but since you haven't been to BOB (nor has anyone else on this forum AFAIK) it's pretty much meaningless...

I for one couldn't bring myself to go to PPT and be so close to BOB (considered by some to be the most beautiful place in the world) and not make it there.

That's why I put that quote in parenthesis. My post was to help in deciding if his priority is OWB. I still stand by it that if he is budgeting (which can't be much since nothing is cheap there) then he should look into Papeete or Moorea rather than Bora Bora.

I still would love to hear from someone that has been to both Moorea and Bora Bora!!
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on October 05, 2010, 07:54:34 PM

I still would love to hear from someone that has been to both Moorea and Bora Bora!!
Dan,
You can try both and write it off as a business expense  ;D
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on October 06, 2010, 04:50:27 AM
I have found these flights, is it backwards to go through London?

2/5 CO9690 (Virgin) JFK-LHR  10:25pm-10:30am  Biz
2/6 VS200   (Virgin) LHR-SYD  9:25pm- 7:20am   Biz

2/22 VS201   (Virgin) SYD-LHR 3:45pm-4:50am   Biz
2/23 CO9689 (Virgin) LHR-JFK  4:50pm-8:00pm   Biz

If i tally up flights according to what it says per each its quite alot. If im not mistaken dont i look how much a flight from JFK-SYD is and its that? (67,500)

I want to got to one of the following for a week (can i do it on same *A ticket or book separate?)
Fiji, Maldives, French Polynesia or Langkawi.  Any Suggestions? (its for my honeymoon, i would like to get a overwater bungalow)

I'm open to any suggestions, Thanks!
Going through London isn't backwards, its just a very long way. Although, they do say Upper Class is up there with the best.
This is a bit shorter,
Outbound:
Sun 2/6, UA027 JFK-LAX, 15:10-18:43, Business
Sun 2/6, TG795 LAX-BKK, 21:30-6:30+2, Business
Tue 2/8, TG471 BKK-SYD, 7:45-21:05, Business

The required mileage is the same whichever way you go, CO is nice enough to give the choice (something I hope stays through the merger...).

If you decide to go to Fiji or French Polynesia, youll definitely need a another ticket. Keep in mind they are both in the same zone so the mileage will be the same.

Maldives can be done on the same ticket (I think), you'd go SYD-SIN-MLE(stopover)-DXB-(Europe)-JFK, obviously subject to availability.

Langkawi doesn't have any *A flights. But you could route back via SIN with a stopover there and take a cheap AirAsia flight to LGK. Again subject to availability.

Help this helps putting some things into perspective.

If any of the info is wrong, please post.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on October 07, 2010, 06:25:21 AM

Maldives can be done on the same ticket (I think), you'd go SYD-SIN-MLE(stopover)-DXB-(Europe)-JFK, obviously subject to availability.

Im not finding any availability on ANA (the last week of the trip). would it make any sense to search on the actual airline that would fly that route?
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2010, 06:55:58 PM
Melbourne- Nothing much to do there however Penguin Island is very nice. Make sure to stop off at the wildlife park on your way to the penguins (Dont know where it is on the island but the information centre as soon as you arrive will have the details.)
You can buy cheap Uggs in Melb

Sydney- Darling Harbour and Circular Quay are nice. Centrepoint/AMP tower. Harbour bridge climb is aparently amazing. When you eat at Katzy's you have to try their poppyseed salad dressing and their sticky date pudding. YUM
Thanks!

Any other food/restaurant recommendations?
Also is their a list online of kosher food in supermarkets?  Like which cereals are kosher?

Bridge climb looks cool, but wow it's $$$$.  Can't imagine it could be worth it, but I'm sure those that have done it convince themselves it was.  I think I'll just walk accross the bridge and be yotzei.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on December 21, 2010, 07:28:44 PM
http://www.ka.org.au/index.php/component/option,com_kosherdb/Itemid,102/
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 21, 2010, 07:51:26 PM
http://www.ka.org.au/index.php/component/option,com_kosherdb/Itemid,102/
Thanks!
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on December 21, 2010, 08:17:41 PM
PITA MIX RESTAURANT

Excellent food! Take ferry from cicular quay
??502 Old South Head Road (corner Wilberforce Avenue)
Rose Bay, Sydney, New South Wales 2029 AU
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: RR on December 22, 2010, 12:45:33 AM
PITA MIX is a great restaurant. Good Israeli food. Taking a ferry there would be a really nice way of getting there but itís now a 1mile walk from the wharf as it moved. Their dine in menu is more expensive than their take away menu but you can always order off the take away menu and just eat there if you wish.

There is a great bakery across the road from pita mix called Grandma Moses which is definitely my favourite one in Sydney.

If any of your family members are into those alpha chocolates the factory is in Melbourne in the Jewish area. Best place to buy from. Cheapest and freshest. If you do go you have to check out how the factory runs. I still remember going as a child and seeing these alter bubbes managing the machines and conveyor belt. :P
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2010, 12:50:46 AM
Thanks for the tips guys, so what is the best way to get there now?
What kind of stuff is good at Grandma Moses?
What are alpha chocolates?

Thanks!
 
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: RR on December 22, 2010, 01:16:17 AM
Public transport is great in Sydney. A train will take you in to Bondi Junction from the city and right on top of the train station there's a main bus station with buses going in all directions. I think it's a 387 bus to old south head road.

http://www.131500.com.au/plan-your-trip

Give them any time and destination and they'll tell you the best way via public transport to get there (Some of their ways are a little idiotic so you should flip through the options first. You can even map it.)

Grandma Moses has good pastries, muffins etc. Can't recommend any in specific though when I go I usually buy black bread for myself and a lemon meringue pie for my husband.

Alpha chocolates are chocolates with either mint, orange, coffee, strawberry fillings and according to most taste pretty good. Many people buy them as presents for those back home in the US. You wonít know if you like them until you try them
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: RR on December 22, 2010, 01:17:34 AM
I almost forgot, if you're going to be in Sydney over the new year the new years eve fireworks are SPECTACULAR!
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2010, 01:26:50 AM
Also, where is the best place in SYD to buy shabbos food?
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on December 22, 2010, 01:41:09 AM
We walked to Pita Mix, its a nice walk.

Across the street from Katzy's is a good store, and bakery next door
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2010, 01:48:24 AM
We walked to Pita Mix, its a nice walk.

Across the street from Katzy's is a good store, and bakery next door

Accross from Katzy's is a good store for what?  What's it called?
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on December 22, 2010, 02:57:35 AM
Don't remember name, its toward the beach with a bench in front, good place to buy food for shabbos
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2010, 04:48:00 AM
Can't believe anyone would recommend bagels from Glick's...
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: zakdude on December 29, 2010, 05:02:22 AM
nutrigrain cereal is very good and kosher
and the pizza shop in sydney is good
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 29, 2010, 05:03:18 AM
nutrigrain cereal is very good and kosher
and the pizza shop in sydney is good
Yup, that was actually the first cereal we bought and it is good.
Whats the pizza shop called?  We'll be in Sydney next week.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on December 29, 2010, 07:00:49 AM
Can't believe anyone would recommend bagels from Glick's...

Saw my post on the main site? I warned you!

The "Legend" of Glicks bagels come from the Gentiles in Australia. They think that eating bagels makes them smart. I would assume that the Yidden know better...

Aussies are totally clueless about food. Must be the fact that they had to eat in English prisons for so long....
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: zakdude on December 29, 2010, 04:11:33 PM
sydney's pizza is called Bondi Pizza Gallery.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: RR on December 29, 2010, 11:45:00 PM
Also, where is the best place in SYD to buy shabbos food?

Katzy's
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 30, 2010, 04:16:44 PM
Are you bitter that they didnt invite you? :)
do you know them?
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 06, 2011, 05:23:28 AM
Heading down Carlise St from Hotham St, cross street after Heimishe bakery (William st.) you'll see ANZ bank on the left corner. Turn left, head down, youll see Rishon Foods on the right. Big green building with parking lot in front, can't miss it...

If you're also interested in the Alpha chocolates, the factory is also down there. If its closed you can at least buy the chocs at Rishon.
Apparently the factory had some issues (or is moving?) and there were no alpha chocolates to be found in all of MEL.
Think anywhere in SYD may have any?

Also Katzy's was awesome!!!  I guess we'll buy shabbos food there.
We're going to check out Pita Mix as well.
Any good milchig place in SYD besides for Pizza?

PH SYD is just incredible!!!!!!
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: SuperFlyer on January 22, 2011, 05:32:50 PM
Bit of a late reaction.

@ glicks deli I had a pizza, with lots of toppings.

Needless to say that my stay down under lasted only 23:30 hours.

It was my connection from HND to MUC via BKK (2x) and ICN.

I had my tix already, but glix made sure that I didn't regret it.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: harry on January 27, 2011, 03:47:58 AM
everything at glicks is full of oil. like a previous poster mentioned, glicks is good for it's bread and challah. dainishes etc, should be bought from haimishe.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 24, 2011, 11:58:36 AM
Try to get some Hyatt or Sapphire points!

That sounds like a good idea.  I guess there's a separate forum for that.  Staying at a Park Hyatt sounds nice; do they have something similar to Cash and Points though?
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 14, 2011, 07:48:45 PM
im going to be in sydney from thursday night until monday morning (4 nights)
some questions
1.whats the bottom line with shabbos? is the only option to buy food beforehand and eat in my hotel room?
eli you mentioned you worked something out with a local. care to share?

2. anyone have local contact info, as i would like to engage the services of a jewish babysitter

3. hotelwise, does it make sense to do 2 nights in dt and 2 nights in the bondi area (shabbos) or all nights in either?

4. dan do you mind forwarding me a copy of your correspondence with cutoms regarding shelf stable kosher meals?

thanks

 
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 15, 2011, 12:07:00 AM
We bought food from Glicks and Katzy's for shabbos and stayed 4 nights at the fantastic and stunning PH SYD.  They gave us kosher breakfasts, it turned out that it wasn't cholov yisroel, but they bought new breakfasts for us that were parve.

I'm sure you can contact any of the chabad houses and they can help you with accommodations for shabbos.

Email me for the exchange about long-life meals.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: moish on November 15, 2011, 07:31:27 AM
I'm sure you can contact any of the chabad houses and they can help you with accommodations for shabbos.
as of yet, i havent received any response to my emails
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on July 12, 2012, 02:50:57 PM
We bought food from Glicks and Katzy's for shabbos and stayed 4 nights at the fantastic and stunning PH SYD.
Is the Opera Room the basic room there?
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Suave on October 23, 2013, 01:12:26 AM
Katzy's?
Iirc correctly you rated the place 7.5 somewhere....all I hear from the locals is that its overpriced, overplayed and will leave you with heartburn...

I was actually at glicks for breakfast, not bad.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 23, 2013, 01:21:22 AM
Iirc correctly you rated the place 7.5 somewhere....all I hear from the locals is that its overpriced, overplayed and will leave you with heartburn...

I was actually at glicks for breakfast, not bad.
Bear in mind it was after eating rubbish for 3 weeks.
But did you really not like their ribs??
And everything in AU is overpriced.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Suave on October 24, 2013, 07:48:28 AM
Bear in mind it was after eating rubbish for 3 weeks.
But did you really not like their ribs??
And everything in AU is overpriced.
Tried katzy's tonight. Overall it was not too bad, the ribs were OK but NY does it better. Did Pita Mix last night, service was great - they replaced the falafel plate when we showed them the hair.
The schwarma lafa was mostly vegetables with about 4 pieces of chicken thrown in for flavor.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2013, 11:53:11 AM
Tried katzy's tonight. Overall it was not too bad, the ribs were OK but NY does it better. Did Pita Mix last night, service was great - they replaced the falafel plate when we showed them the hair.
The schwarma lafa was mostly vegetables with about 4 pieces of chicken thrown in for flavor.
Nothing in AU is great foodwise and everything is overpriced.  But Katzy's is the best of the bunch.
And those ribs after weeks in hostels and other strange places in Tasmania and the Grampians was just what the doctor ordered.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Suave on October 24, 2013, 04:28:33 PM
Nothing in AU is great foodwise and everything is overpriced.  But Katzy's is the best of the bunch.
And those ribs after weeks in hostels and other strange places in Tasmania and the Grampians was just what the doctor ordered.
Yeah, have to agree that after 2 months of mostly raw veggies and eggs - it was a welcome relief.
Best I have had here, was breakfast at glicks the other day.
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: rcarentals on October 26, 2013, 08:58:55 PM
Nothing in AU is great foodwise and everything is overpriced.  But Katzy's is the best of the bunch.
And those ribs after weeks in hostels and other strange places in Tasmania and the Grampians was just what the doctor ordered.
Next time I recommend buying some lamb chops, scotch fillet (what stray'ns call 'Boneless ribe eye') Aussie sausages (the best sausages period) and a slab of Aussie beer, and head out to a nice park like centennial park or a bay for an Aussie barbie!

To really have an aussie experience I would say go camping by the hawksberry river, fish for marlin off the rocks in Jervis bay or check out the royal agricultural show... Etc + much more - though those you would need more time for some of those..

 "Our land abounds in nature's gifts, of beauty rich and rare"
IMHO The Aussie lifestyle and habitat is yet to beaten by anyone.
OK yes I'm Australian and proud lol...
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Suave on October 31, 2013, 02:45:09 AM
Sitting at katzys as we speak. Leaving oz in a few hours.  Must say that the sculptures on the sea was the highlight of my visit. I strongly recommend it to everyone especially fellow art aficionados
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: tuvz on October 31, 2013, 04:27:57 AM
Sculpture by the Sea is quite incredible if you are lucky enough to catch it.

Katzys are best known for their pies, which you will either love or find a bit odd.
 
Walk down the road from Katzys and buy yourself some lamb
You wont regret it
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on December 01, 2013, 12:54:58 PM
PH SYD: City Harbour or Park King room?
Title: Re: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 01, 2013, 02:42:41 PM
PH SYD: City Harbour or Park King room?
Anything with an Opera view.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 29, 2013, 11:06:46 AM
http://skift.com/2013/12/29/australian-twitter-feed-alerts-beachgoers-when-sharks-approach-shore/
Title: Re: Australia Master Thread
Post by: harry on January 08, 2014, 10:27:31 PM
They gave us kosher breakfasts, it turned out that it wasn't cholov yisroel, but they bought new breakfasts for us that were parve.


Dan, whose catering was the breakfasts which weren't cholov yisroel?

Doe anyone have experience with Lewis packaged meals?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: moish on January 09, 2014, 05:39:31 PM
Dan, whose catering was the breakfasts which weren't cholov yisroel?

Doe anyone have experience with Lewis packaged meals?
yes, whats the question?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: harry on January 11, 2014, 07:37:35 PM
are they good quality tasting meals?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 11, 2014, 07:50:56 PM
Dan, whose catering was the breakfasts which weren't cholov yisroel?

Doe anyone have experience with Lewis packaged meals?
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/20210
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: moish on January 11, 2014, 08:21:18 PM
are they good quality tasting meals?
pretty decent, yes
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: ShmuliT on January 11, 2014, 10:24:09 PM
pretty decent, yes
+1 but u always have those who complain about airline meals.
If u get a chance to go visit their deli, they make great burgers.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 27, 2014, 01:18:22 AM
My Australia, Bangkok and Tokyo TR can be found here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=47138.msg979966#msg979966).
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on December 04, 2014, 03:55:51 PM
Does anybody have any recommendations for where to pick up some kosher food for shabbat? I am looking for some nice heimish food. Is Katzys my only option?

Also, I know AU is crazy strict when it comes to bringing food into the country. I am guessing that POM meals are not going to work. Would I be able to bring in shelf stable meals. I know Dan posted something about an exchange with customs. Who did you contact?

Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 04, 2014, 06:03:26 PM
Would I be able to bring in shelf stable meals.


yes
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 04, 2014, 06:05:15 PM
Does anybody have any recommendations for where to pick up some kosher food for shabbat? I am looking for some nice heimish food. Is Katzys my only option?

Also, I know AU is crazy strict when it comes to bringing food into the country. I am guessing that POM meals are not going to work. Would I be able to bring in shelf stable meals. I know Dan posted something about an exchange with customs. Who did you contact?
AU does have plenty of kosher food. Why not just buy there?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on December 04, 2014, 06:06:54 PM
AU does have plenty of kosher food. Why not just buy there?

I am going to be flying into and out of sydney (onwards to NZ) on the same day and want to maximize my time exploring the city. Not checking out the Jew-hood and finding stuff to eat. Also, from what I understand it is overpriced and mediocre food.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 04, 2014, 06:08:33 PM
I am going to be flying into and out of sydney (onwards to NZ) on the same day and want to maximize my time exploring the city. Not checking out the Jew-hood and finding stuff to eat. Also, from what I understand it is overpriced and mediocre food.
You can stop by any Coles of Woolworths in the city and pick up lots of regular products. You can probably also pick up much of the same stuff in NZ, but I don't know that for sure. I just know that many "regular" kosher products in AU come from NZ.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: ZCN on January 03, 2015, 08:51:14 PM
I have a trip this week to Sydney/OZ and I'm trying to put the final details together. Specifically, I am landing in Sydney at 8:30 AM, and I have a flight to Cairns departing at 2PM. I need to get food for Friday and Shabbos while stopping in Sydney. From reading this thread it seems that Kazty's would be the place to go. Is that correct or is there somewhere better to go?

Once I know where I'm going, the next question is how to get there. If I take the train to the CBD, what bus would I use to get to Katzy's?

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 03, 2015, 08:59:44 PM
Just have uber bring katzys food to the airport.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: ZCN on January 03, 2015, 09:18:13 PM
Not a bad idea, but since I was never there I want to see what I'm ordering.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: tuvz on January 04, 2015, 02:36:10 PM
I have a trip this week to Sydney/OZ and I'm trying to put the final details together. Specifically, I am landing in Sydney at 8:30 AM, and I have a flight to Cairns departing at 2PM. I need to get food for Friday and Shabbos while stopping in Sydney. From reading this thread it seems that Kazty's would be the place to go. Is that correct or is there somewhere better to go?

Once I know where I'm going, the next question is how to get there. If I take the train to the CBD, what bus would I use to get to Katzy's?

Thanks in advance.

333 or 380 will take you to Bondi Beach which is less than a 5 minute walk away from Katzys
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: ZCN on January 04, 2015, 04:03:31 PM
333 or 380 will take you to Bondi Beach which is less than a 5 minute walk away from Katzys

Thanks!
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Jetes64 on January 14, 2015, 10:51:30 PM
Hi,

Just found out I must travel to Australia for business... Need to leave next week. What are my best options to fly? I have plenty of Amex and Chase points. Would love Business/First class if it makes sense....

Please advise, o' wise ones....
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 14, 2015, 11:05:46 PM
Hi,

Just found out I must travel to Australia for business... Need to leave next week. What are my best options to fly? I have plenty of Amex and Chase points. Would love Business/First class if it makes sense....

Please advise, o' wise ones....
Doesn't your business pay?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: smart brit on January 14, 2015, 11:10:26 PM
Doesn't your business pay?
Some companies will give you a set amount for travel expenses, and you can figure out yourself the routes.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Jetes64 on January 14, 2015, 11:11:44 PM
Its my own business
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 14, 2015, 11:22:33 PM
Its my own business
You have DL?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Jetes64 on January 14, 2015, 11:25:42 PM
I can get. sure
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 14, 2015, 11:26:52 PM
I can get. sure
That's your best bet. Book VA with DL. There's lots of availability in J. It's considered the best value to Australia.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Jetes64 on January 14, 2015, 11:30:44 PM
Approx amount of points?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on January 16, 2015, 09:23:50 AM
Are there rental codes that will waive underage fee? I reserved cars with usaa code and afraid it might not be accepted.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 16, 2015, 10:21:17 AM
Are there rental codes that will waive underage fee? I reserved cars with usaa code and afraid it might not be accepted.
See @Yehuda's recent post in his TR of GIB about that.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on January 16, 2015, 10:36:39 AM
See @Yehuda's recent post in his TR of GIB about that.
I saw the post. That's why I want to know codes specific for Australia.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: LifesGood on January 18, 2015, 01:03:19 AM
That's your best bet. Book VA with DL. There's lots of availability in J. It's considered the best value to Australia.
Can you explain Why DL is the best value.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on January 18, 2015, 01:13:35 AM
Can you explain Why DL is the best value.
best availability in J.  very hard to find premium class seats to AU on other airlines.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: LifesGood on January 18, 2015, 01:33:06 AM
best availability in J.  very hard to find premium class seats to AU on other airlines.
Guess thats he option for booking a week in advance. Got it
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on January 20, 2015, 04:38:04 PM
My brother plans to leave SYD on a 9:40am flight back to LAX. The day before we will be in Melbourne. Can he fly on the 6am flight from MEL that lands at 7:25am in SYD, or is that cutting it close?
He is on QF F for the return journey which I assume will expedite the process.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 20, 2015, 04:41:00 PM
My brother plans to leave SYD on a 9:40am flight back to LAX. The day before we will be in Melbourne. Can he fly on the 6am flight from MEL that lands at 7:25am in SYD, or is that cutting it close?
He is on QF F for the return journey which I assume will expedite the process.
If he's on QF to SYD he he should be fine. His bags will transfer, and he might even be able to just check in in MEL even though it might be separate tickets.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on January 20, 2015, 04:45:06 PM
If he's on QF to SYD he he should be fine. His bags will transfer, and he might even be able to just check in in MEL even though it might be separate tickets.
That's great
His bags will transfer all the way? The domestic is avios booking on qantas and the other is with AA.
I just dont want it on my head if he misses his QF F flight.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 20, 2015, 04:56:24 PM
That's great
His bags will transfer all the way? The domestic is avios booking on qantas and the other is with AA.
I just dont want it on my head if he misses his QF F flight.
They should, as it's all on QF's metal.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 02, 2015, 08:54:02 AM
Kosher Pop-Up at the Intercontinental Sydney

http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/stockrooms-kosher-pop-up-restaurant-at-intercontinental-sydney-double-bay-tickets-15937552649
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on May 17, 2015, 12:39:56 PM
Im taking off in two weeks. I am looking for AJKs TR on Australia and cannot find it. Any help? I am trying to figure out the food situation at the moment.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 17, 2015, 01:00:14 PM
AJK has been to Australia?
Doubt the food situation has changed much since I was there.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on May 17, 2015, 11:59:03 PM
Nvmnd. I will find your TR then.  I knew I read one sometime,  just didn't remember whose it was.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on May 19, 2015, 12:12:21 PM
I cant find the post I am looking for ( and yes I spent time looking)
What is my best option for food within Australia? I am going for 3 1/2 weeks. We are starting in Sydney going to Darwin then Cairns and finally to Melbourne.
I will be in Darwin/Cairns for 10 days so need good options for there.
Thank you
any other tips are also appreciated.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 19, 2015, 12:15:53 PM
I cant find the post I am looking for ( and yes I spent time looking)
What is my best option for food within Australia? I am going for 3 1/2 weeks. We are starting in Sydney going to Darwin then Cairns and finally to Melbourne.
I will be in Darwin/Cairns for 10 days so need good options for there.
Thank you
any other tips are also appreciated.
You can buy tons of kosher food at Coles and Woolworths if you have the KA kosher book/website. For bread, meat/chichen/lamb, and cheese/dairy you'll need to stock up in SYD or MEL. The Coles and Woolworths in Bondi Junction have large kosher selections.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 19, 2015, 12:18:45 PM
I cant find the post I am looking for ( and yes I spent time looking)
What is my best option for food within Australia? I am going for 3 1/2 weeks. We are starting in Sydney going to Darwin then Cairns and finally to Melbourne.
I will be in Darwin/Cairns for 10 days so need good options for there.
Thank you
any other tips are also appreciated.
What's in Darwin?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on May 19, 2015, 12:26:13 PM
What's in Darwin?
Kakadu national park and Litchfield. I was told it is beautiful there this time of year.

You can buy tons of kosher food at Coles and Woolworths if you have the KA kosher book/website. For bread, meat/chichen/lamb, and cheese/dairy you'll need to stock up in SYD or MEL. The Coles and Woolworths in Bondi Junction have large kosher selections.
I think I am going to be limited when it comes to refrigeration. I am hopping between a bunch of hotels.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on May 19, 2015, 12:27:31 PM
Should I bring along Meal Mart or La Bruit meals? and are any of the meals prohibited to take?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 19, 2015, 12:30:42 PM
You can bring La Briute.
Whether you can eat them is another story ;)
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on May 19, 2015, 12:32:41 PM
You can bring La Briute.
Whether you can eat them is another story ;)
Do you have any favorites?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 19, 2015, 12:38:18 PM
Spaghetti Meatballs isn't bad.
Cheese Ravioli is fine if you add another tomato sauce on top.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 19, 2015, 12:38:31 PM
Kakadu national park and Litchfield. I was told it is beautiful there this time of year.
I think I am going to be limited when it comes to refrigeration. I am hopping between a bunch of hotels.
They sell UHT milk all over, no refrigeration necessary until open. Harvey Fresh in the CY brand.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: moish on May 27, 2015, 04:24:05 PM
Nvmnd. I will find your TR then.  I knew I read one sometime,  just didn't remember whose it was.
i wrote one back in the day
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: menachem on July 22, 2015, 07:49:45 PM
Tickets to sydney from ny/nwk per person for begining of sept to mid oct are $1311 per person on united. Not really looking for more then the 1 required stop and unfortunately don't have mileage this time around. Any ideas of how to cut that cost? Need 5 tickets. Have mileage for 1 so make that 4. Is it realistic to find cheaper? That's way over my budget..
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: mimb on August 10, 2015, 10:12:40 AM
Any tips on trying to find biz class availability in December/January from NYC? I have AMEX and UR points but want to figure out the most effective way of using them
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 08, 2015, 04:02:17 PM
Hotel recommendations for Sydney near a Shul. Also, where can I pickup Shabbas food? Thanks
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 08, 2015, 04:10:57 PM
Hotel recommendations for Sydney near a Shul. Also, where can I pickup Shabbas food? Thanks
The PH is the nicest place. There's a shul in the CBD, though it's a bit of a walk (under 30 min) IIRC. You can get take out from restaurants of buy regular food (not prepared) from Coles and/or Woolworths.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 08, 2015, 04:47:49 PM
Will be in Sydney from Thursday AM to Monday PM.

suggestions?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 08, 2015, 04:58:58 PM
Will be in Sydney from Thursday AM to Monday PM.

suggestions?
The Bridge Climb was amazing, as was Taronga Zoo.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on December 09, 2015, 12:02:08 PM
I took a ferry from the other side of the harbour into the city. Beautiful views of the bridge and Opera House.
I got student tickets Sat. night to a symphony there for $25AUD. was a great experience.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: bermo on December 09, 2015, 12:18:26 PM
Will be in Sydney from Thursday AM to Monday PM.

suggestions?
the gap is a must see.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 09, 2015, 03:50:06 PM
Which InterContinental is nice?

InterContinental : Sydney Double Bay
InterContinental : Sydney
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 09, 2015, 03:50:29 PM
Which InterContinental is nice?

InterContinental : Sydney Double Bay
InterContinental : Sydney
What, no PH for you?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 09, 2015, 03:51:40 PM
What, no PH for you?

I have 2 nights there. Trying to get rid of my IHG cert.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 09, 2015, 03:54:45 PM
I have 2 nights there. Trying to get rid of my IHG cert.
I saw the regular one, not Double bay, and it was very nice looking. Great location too. Double Bay is nowhere near the CBD.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 09, 2015, 03:56:30 PM
I saw the regular one, not Double bay, and it was very nice looking. Great location too. Double Bay is nowhere near the CBD.

Ok. Thanks
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: G11600 on December 09, 2015, 05:27:59 PM
Ok. Thanks

Double Bay isn't too far from CBD, but it will need a bus. There's a very active and friendly Chabad there. It's also very close to kosher facilities

http://www.chabaddoublebay.org/
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 16, 2015, 08:29:57 PM
In Bondi, are the kosher restaurants near each other or spread over a wide area?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 16, 2015, 08:37:24 PM
Spread out.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 16, 2015, 08:45:41 PM
Where can I pickup food for Shabbat this evening (Thursday)? (Staying at the PH)

And any restaurants near that place I can have dinner as well?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 22, 2015, 11:45:17 AM
Ok. Long night ahead.

4 hours till my 3 hour flight to Amman, then a 4 hour layover for my flight to Tel Aviv.

I hope by then end of it to have some Sydney written up. Pictures are going to be a pain to edit, but what can I do. The sooner I get it written the sooner I have free time.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 22, 2015, 11:50:15 AM
Ok. Long night ahead.

4 hours till my 3 hour flight to Amman, then a 4 hour layover for my flight to Tel Aviv.

I hope by then end of it to have some Sydney written up. Pictures are going to be a pain to edit, but what can I do. The sooner I get it written the sooner I have free time.
Looking forward.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 04, 2016, 06:04:54 AM
How do Lewis packaged meals compare to Kleins?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2016, 08:22:30 AM
They're very good.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: mimb on January 13, 2016, 03:12:46 PM
Do american citizens need to get a visa to enter Australia? Or any other requirements I should be aware of? TIA
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 13, 2016, 03:13:24 PM
Do american citizens need to get a visa to enter Australia? Or any other requirements I should be aware of? TIA
Not a visa, but you need to pay a ~$20 fee online before you go.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on January 13, 2016, 03:15:17 PM
Not a visa, but you need to pay a ~$20 fee online before you go.
I almost learned that the hard way.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: mimb on January 13, 2016, 03:37:47 PM
I almost learned that the hard way.

Yup just got that last night, thank you both!
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on January 13, 2016, 06:07:43 PM
Yup just got that last night, thank you both!
I somehow was under the impression that it can be done in the airport.
Even Jordan does that.
But...
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 13, 2016, 06:15:48 PM
I somehow was under the impression that it can be done in the airport.
Even Jordan does that.
But...
Australia isn't the only place that requires you pay a fee before landing. Argentina won't allow you in without the printed bar code on your payment receipt. Most airlines won't allow you to board a flight from the US or Canada there without seeing it either, since they have no interest in flying you there only to have to fly you right back because you didn't pay/print it in advance.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on January 20, 2016, 04:13:56 AM
Does the Park Hyatt Sydney still offer Kosher breakfast for Diamond members?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on January 20, 2016, 05:16:37 AM
Does the Park Hyatt Sydney still offer Kosher breakfast for Diamond members?
No
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: goodenglewood on February 05, 2016, 11:00:48 AM
I am planning on being in Sydney for Shabbos at the beginning of April, and it seems that the Sheraton on the Park is right next to the Great Synagogue. Looking at their website, it appears to be an Orthodox shul. Anyone know different? Seems like the perfect plan...
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: G11600 on February 06, 2016, 11:14:12 AM
I am planning on being in Sydney for Shabbos at the beginning of April, and it seems that the Sheraton on the Park is right next to the Great Synagogue. Looking at their website, it appears to be an Orthodox shul. Anyone know different? Seems like the perfect plan...

It is very close, and is an orthodox shul (though many/most members are not..).
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Zalc on February 08, 2016, 10:05:20 PM
What is the best place to stay for 2 nights while only spending a reasonable about of points?
Have plenty of points @ Chase UR and Amex MR.
Also have 22k SPG (enough for the 4 points by Sheraton and almost enough for the Sheraton on the park)

Is it better to use the SPG points as they may be devalued soon?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 08, 2016, 10:33:46 PM
What is the best place to stay for 2 nights while only spending a reasonable about of points?
Have plenty of points @ Chase UR and Amex MR.
Also have 22k SPG (enough for the 4 points by Sheraton and almost enough for the Sheraton on the park)

Is it better to use the SPG points as they may be devalued soon?

Thanks!
Why not just use two free nights at the PH? When I was there I didn't  have any UR and stayed at the Westin. While nice, it was a far cry from the PH. Another reason we didn't stay at the PH was because it was under construction while we were in town, but I'd really push for 2 nights there.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Zalc on February 08, 2016, 10:40:57 PM
Why not just use two free nights at the PH? When I was there I didn't  have any UR and stayed at the Westin. While nice, it was a far cry from the PH. Another reason we didn't stay at the PH was because it was under construction while we were in town, but I'd really push for 2 nights there.
We'll consider it.
How many points is that per night?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 08, 2016, 11:13:50 PM
We'll consider it.
How many points is that per night?
30k, but with a new CC signup you can use your 2 free nights for one of the best values anywhere.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Zalc on February 08, 2016, 11:29:26 PM
30k
That's quite a lot... although I hear that it is worth that much more if you go for it.

How are the other cheaper hotels? Which are worth worth looking into?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 09, 2016, 12:33:00 AM
That's quite a lot... although I hear that it is worth that much more if you go for it.

How are the other cheaper hotels? Which are worth worth looking into?
There are other hotels in SYD if that's what you're asking. As I said, while I regret not staying at the PH myself, the Westin was quite ok.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Zalc on February 09, 2016, 01:31:37 AM
Thanks!

Has anyone stayed at either Sheraton? How was it?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 09, 2016, 01:32:38 AM
Thanks!

Has anyone stayed at either Sheraton? How was it?
Why are you so curious about the Sheraton over the Westin?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Zalc on February 09, 2016, 01:35:21 AM
Why are you so curious about the Sheraton over the Westin?
I may not have enough SPG for it by the time I'm there...
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on February 17, 2016, 05:28:08 AM
I just realized that I booked my Virgin Austrailia flights two days earlier than I wanted. Would one complete day in Sydney be at all worth it? I would arrive from BKK Sunday night and depart SYD Tuesday morning. I would most likely fly Thai first to SYD. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 17, 2016, 09:01:30 AM
See what you can in SYD and go back another time? 3 days would barely be enough time FWIW.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on February 17, 2016, 01:13:11 PM
I'm not even there for three days. I'm there for one day. Is it worth it? Or should I just cancel my trip for now.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 17, 2016, 01:15:17 PM
I'm not even there for three days. I'm there for one day. Is it worth it? Or should I just cancel my trip for now.
It depends what you like to do. If all you want to do is climb or just see the Harbour Bridge and see the opera house it's enough time.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on February 17, 2016, 01:30:18 PM
My question is, is it worth going to Australia for one day?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on February 17, 2016, 01:34:35 PM
My question is, is it worth going to Australia for one day?
If you have nothing else to do yes. If you wont go in the future- NO.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 17, 2016, 01:35:29 PM
My question is, is it worth going to Australia for one day?
I understand your question. In short, no. It's not worth it for most people. If the only things you wanted to see in the entire country or at least in Sydney were just the ones I mentioned above it would be worth it. I think there are less than 1% of people in that category though.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on February 17, 2016, 01:49:53 PM
I understand your question. In short, no. It's not worth it for most people. If the only things you wanted to see in the entire country or at least in Sydney were just the ones I mentioned above it would be worth it. I think there are less than 1% of people in that category though.
I don't know when I would go again. I was thinking that it's only a 9 hour flight from Thailand...so why not, but on the other hand it's a lot of traveling. Especially the return from SYD-LAX being in economy. If I would be able to switch it two days later I would feel better about it.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 17, 2016, 01:53:00 PM
I don't know when I would go again. I was thinking that it's only a 9 hour flight from Thailand...so why not, but on the other hand it's a lot of traveling. Especially the return from SYD-LAX being in economy. If I would be able to switch it two days later I would feel better about it.
Do you fall into the 1% I detailed above? If you do, go for it. If not skip it. 9 hours may be close compared to NYC, but it's only 4 hours closer than LAX, and SYD-LAX wouldn't be a breeze in Y after an F flight to SYD.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on February 17, 2016, 01:58:25 PM
I don't think I fall into that 1 percent you speak of. However, I don't know if/when I would go next. This way I can say I was there although for only one day. I wish I knew if I can switch the dates without risking my ticket. Also if they are upgradable.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on February 17, 2016, 02:05:26 PM
I don't think I fall into that 1 percent you speak of. However, I don't know if/when I would go next. This way I can say I was there although for only one day. I wish I knew if I can switch the dates without risking my ticket. Also if they are upgradable.

The purpose of traveling 24+ hours is to "say you were there"? Are you related to Ben Schlappig?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on February 17, 2016, 02:14:53 PM
Possibly. It's not 24 hours cause I have to fly from BKK back to the US. It would just mean adding a 9 hour leg. I thought I would be there for over two days and it would have been semi worthwhile.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 17, 2016, 02:20:52 PM
The purpose of traveling 24+ hours is to "say you were there"? Are you related to Ben Schlappig?
lol! Not worth it IMO. Now to go on a 1 hour drive or ferry ride to say you were in another country is an entirely different story.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on February 17, 2016, 02:22:17 PM
lol! Not worth it IMO. Now to go on a 1 hour drive or ferry ride to say you were in another country is an entirely different story.

Even that is debatable.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on February 17, 2016, 02:25:36 PM
It's hard to give up a $150 OW ticket...
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 17, 2016, 02:36:10 PM
Even that is debatable.
True, but it's a lot easier to make a case for it. As you know I didn't go to Macau just to say I was there.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: menachem on February 17, 2016, 10:32:11 PM
I booked on the orbitz glitch lax to syd for $430 and syd to lax for $117. is it worth keeping the lax to syd? or will mileage be cheaper? I still need to go from jfk to lax and lax to jfk.. have 1/2 hour if I want to cancel.. Anyone?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 18, 2016, 12:47:49 AM
I booked on the orbitz glitch lax to syd for $430 and syd to lax for $117. is it worth keeping the lax to syd? or will mileage be cheaper? I still need to go from jfk to lax and lax to jfk.. have 1/2 hour if I want to cancel.. Anyone?
I hope you didn't cancel.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on February 28, 2016, 01:44:29 PM
Where's the closest place from Sydney to see kangaroos in the wild?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on February 28, 2016, 01:48:52 PM
Where can I find a schedule of concerts/performances for the Sydney Opera House?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 28, 2016, 02:57:45 PM
Where can I find a schedule of concerts/performances for the Sydney Opera House?
It may not be everything going on, but classical concerts can be found here (http://www.sydneysymphony.com/concerts-tickets/whats-on/full-calendar.aspx) and the Opera House's website is here (http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/index.aspx).
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on February 28, 2016, 03:26:15 PM
It may not be everything going on, but classical concerts can be found here (http://www.sydneysymphony.com/concerts-tickets/whats-on/full-calendar.aspx) and the Opera House's website is here (http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/index.aspx).

Thanks.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on February 29, 2016, 09:42:07 AM
Where's the closest place from Sydney to see kangaroos in the wild?

Bump
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 29, 2016, 09:51:45 AM
Bump
I don't know, but think of it as asking where you can see deer in the wild if you're in PHL. They're around, but you probably couldn't point someone to a specific place (I've seen them on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail once for example).
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on February 29, 2016, 10:16:40 AM
I don't know, but think of it as asking where you can see deer in the wild if you're in PHL. They're around, but you probably couldn't point someone to a specific place (I've seen them on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail once for example).

Pennipack Park
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 29, 2016, 10:40:49 AM
Pennipack Park
But it's not guaranteed. I don't know of an exact place in SYD though.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: mimb on February 29, 2016, 04:11:15 PM
But it's not guaranteed. I don't know of an exact place in SYD though.

I heard you can see them at Featherdale Wildlife Park which is a little outside Sydney. I'll be there in about a week so I can let you know once I confirm myself
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on February 29, 2016, 04:28:09 PM
I heard you can see them at Featherdale Wildlife Park which is a little outside Sydney. I'll be there in about a week so I can let you know once I confirm myself

Please do! Thanks.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on February 29, 2016, 05:56:58 PM
I heard you can see them at Featherdale Wildlife Park which is a little outside Sydney. I'll be there in about a week so I can let you know once I confirm myself
I wonder if a wildlife park is better than the zoo, considering how easy the zoo is the get to and costs just a tad more. Furthermore, Featherdale Wildlife Park is not in the wild, despite the name.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 02, 2016, 02:37:31 AM
Is a reservation required for an Opera House tour?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: harrym on March 02, 2016, 03:19:14 AM
No
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 02, 2016, 03:20:18 AM
No

Thanks.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 02, 2016, 09:02:47 AM
Is a reservation required for an Opera House tour?
Nope. We just showed up, but we almost didn't make the tour since it was almost full.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 02, 2016, 09:13:35 AM
Nope. We just showed up, but we almost didn't make the tour since it was almost full.

Is it possible to reserve online beforehand?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 02, 2016, 09:17:35 AM
Is it possible to reserve online beforehand?
I did see something on the Opera House  website about tours, but I didn't look to see if you can reserve online.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 05, 2016, 04:39:56 PM
Any recommendations for the best meat and dairy restaurants in Sydney?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: mendy613 on March 06, 2016, 11:46:20 PM
Does the Park Hyatt Sydney still offer Kosher breakfast for Diamond members?

Just had a back and forth with them via email.
I should've just looked here ;)
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 07, 2016, 12:01:10 AM
Just had a back and forth with them via email.
I should've just looked here ;)

What was the outcome?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 07, 2016, 03:08:36 AM
Any recommendations for the best meat and dairy restaurants in Sydney?

Bump
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 07, 2016, 09:27:52 AM
Bump
I don't think there are enough options to ask for the best, like asking the best meat and dairy places in 19004.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 07, 2016, 09:30:09 AM
I don't think there are enough options to ask for the best, like asking the best meat and dairy places in 19004.

Gotcha. So what are the options?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 07, 2016, 09:32:14 AM
Gotcha. So what are the options?
I didn't eat out there, but from what I understand a pizza place and a deli.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on March 07, 2016, 10:17:45 AM
Gotcha. So what are the options?
Katz's for meat
Shemesh pizza for dairy
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: bermo on March 07, 2016, 10:49:45 AM


katzy's for meat
Shemesh pizza for dairy

Ftfy
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 07, 2016, 11:33:20 AM
Thank you.

Katzy's closes at 830pm. Any meat place open later?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on March 07, 2016, 01:16:20 PM
Thank you.

Katzy's closes at 830pm. Any meat place open later?
Only tried Katzy's
And I just made a hugh error, Shemesh is in Melbourne not in sydney.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: G11600 on March 07, 2016, 01:51:35 PM
Thank you.

Katzy's closes at 830pm. Any meat place open later?

Pita Mix is open until 9pm (normally a bit later I think), as is Lewis'
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 10, 2016, 05:11:45 AM
Does the Park Hyatt allow you to use the steps on Shabbos?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 10, 2016, 07:39:34 AM

Bump

From my cousins in Sydney:

Not many options:
Meat: Katzys, pita pan or Louis'
Dairy: Bondi pizza, Glicks

Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 10, 2016, 07:49:50 AM
All in my TR...
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 10, 2016, 07:57:40 AM
From my cousins in Sydney:

Not many options:
Meat: Katzys, pita pan or Louis'
Dairy: Bondi pizza, Glicks
All in my TR...

Thanks.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 11, 2016, 09:10:13 AM
Any reason (other than a tourist trap) to go to Bondi Beach if I'll be spending time at the beach in Port Douglas?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 11, 2016, 09:13:11 AM
If you're going to Katzy's then you're right there anyway.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 11, 2016, 09:14:25 AM
Thanks.

To add:

Specifically: Pepper Steak Pies and rotisserie chicken at Katzys and Mexican Pizza at the Pizza shop!
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 11, 2016, 09:27:13 AM
If you're going to Katzy's then you're right there anyway.
+1. We didn't spend time there other than at a nice park overlooking the beach to get pictues.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 11, 2016, 09:48:42 AM
If you're going to Katzy's then you're right there anyway.
+1. We didn't spend time there other than at a nice park overlooking the beach to get pictues.

Got it. Thanks.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 11, 2016, 09:50:34 AM
To add:

Specifically: Pepper Steak Pies and rotisserie chicken at Katzys and Mexican Pizza at the Pizza shop!

I'll write that down. Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: mendy613 on March 13, 2016, 01:45:56 AM
Coming to Sydney in a few days for a week
Only staying one night at the Hyatt.

All the TR's I read seem a bit dated :(
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 13, 2016, 01:57:18 AM
Coming to Sydney in a few days for a week
Only staying one night at the Hyatt.

All the TR's I read seem a bit dated :(

They might be old, but all the info is still accurate.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: mimb on March 18, 2016, 02:14:00 PM
Please do! Thanks.

Just got back from 2 weeks all over Australia. You are in for an amazing experience if you aren't there already. Featherdale Wildlife Park was really nice and fun. It's a little bit of a commute from Sydney, but basically on your way if you're going to the Blue Mountains. The Park is a lot cheaper than the zoo (which I didn't go to) and you can actually get close and pet a lot of the animals (kangaroos, wallabys, koalas). I highly recommend it
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: mendy613 on March 19, 2016, 07:00:20 PM
Just got back from 2 weeks all over Australia. You are in for an amazing experience if you aren't there already. Featherdale Wildlife Park was really nice and fun. It's a little bit of a commute from Sydney, but basically on your way if you're going to the Blue Mountains. The Park is a lot cheaper than the zoo (which I didn't go to) and you can actually get close and pet a lot of the animals (kangaroos, wallabys, koalas). I highly recommend it

So happy I just saw this!
We are going to blue mountains for a night and this is perfect for on the way. (I also found 20 percent off for now)
We were going to do the zoo in darling harbour but decided not to when we got there (cheaper tickets were sold out online, and the reviews weren't too great)
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on March 28, 2016, 05:30:07 PM
Anyone have experience with staying at the PH SYD using someone else's Hyatt CC signup nights, with you added on as the "second guest" - do they allow it, or do they act like HKG-style jackasses, and say you can't check in unless the account holder shows up? Even better... what about staying FOUR nights - two from one Hyatt CC and two from another Hyatt CC, neither of which is yours?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on March 28, 2016, 05:35:00 PM
Anyone have experience with staying at the PH SYD using someone else's Hyatt CC signup nights, with you added on as the "second guest" - do they allow it, or do they act like HKG-style jackasses, and say you can't check in unless the account holder shows up? Even better... what about staying FOUR nights - two from one Hyatt CC and two from another Hyatt CC, neither of which is yours?
FWIW I stayed at the HR TST in HKG using someone else's free CC night for one night and my free night for the other, adding my name to their room (their room was even the first night). I didn't have any issues.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on March 28, 2016, 05:38:44 PM
FWIW I stayed at the HR TST in HKG using someone else's free CC night for one night and my free night for the other, adding my name to their room (their room was even the first night). I didn't have any issues.

While I truly appreciate your input, my experience has shown that the level of tolerance toward allowing a guest to check in using someone else's CC signup night varies greatly from one property to the next, even within the same country/city. So I'm asking if anyone has any input specifically regarding the PH SYD.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on May 02, 2016, 12:18:29 PM
Anyone with general know-how on what you can bring into Australia? Coming from Israel so most items will be in Hebrew...
-Packaged dry goods?
-Non-refridgerated milk
-Frozen meat?
-Frozen home-cooked meals?
-Hopefully retorted meals with meat/chicken from the US is ok?


I know I can buy things there but I'd like to avoid that to save time if possible
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 02, 2016, 12:41:28 PM


Anyone with general know-how on what you can bring into Australia? Coming from Israel so most items will be in Hebrew...
-Packaged dry goods?
-Non-refridgerated milk
-Frozen meat?
-Frozen home-cooked meals?
-Hopefully retorted meals with meat/chicken from the US is ok?


I know I can buy things there but I'd like to avoid that to save time if possible

Milk and home-cooked meat can be a problem. USDA approved meat may be ok. Packaged dry goods are ok most of the time, not sure if they'll allow it without English words on the package. In general I think you'll save yourself a lot of hassle if you just buy all the stuff there. True it will take more time, but you will potentially run into problems depending on what you're trying to bring in, which will then cost you more money and time if you have to go repurchase the items.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on May 02, 2016, 02:12:19 PM

Milk and home-cooked meat can be a problem. USDA approved meat may be ok. Packaged dry goods are ok most of the time, not sure if they'll allow it without English words on the package. In general I think you'll save yourself a lot of hassle if you just buy all the stuff there. True it will take more time, but you will potentially run into problems depending on what you're trying to bring in, which will then cost you more money and time if you have to go repurchase the items.

Very true. Looks like I'll be bring the bare minimum and buying mostly in Sydney - some of the main supermarkets and Katzys all deliver so I guess I'll just put in some orders in advance if I want to save the time of going there.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on May 02, 2016, 03:58:03 PM
Are you able to get a microwave at the PH SYD? Fridge? Any experience if they charge to heat meals?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: IsraelGuy on May 03, 2016, 04:13:31 PM
Are you able to get a microwave at the PH SYD? Fridge? Any experience if they charge to heat meals?

Microwave seems not, fridge yes. Any input on heating meals?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on August 02, 2016, 07:13:09 PM
2 nights PH MEL + 2 nights PH SYD vs 0 nights PH MEL + 4 nights PH SYD
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 02, 2016, 07:27:34 PM
2 nights PH MEL + 2 nights PH SYD vs 0 nights PH MEL + 4 nights PH SYD
If the 2 nights in MEL could work, but if you're asking whether to spend 2 days in SYD and 2 in MEL (not the GOR/Grampians) or 4 days in SYD then I'd say 4 in SYD unless you'd prefer MEL for shabbos.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on August 02, 2016, 07:34:40 PM
If the 2 nights in MEL could work, but if you're asking whether to spend 2 days in SYD and 2 in MEL (not the GOR/Grampians) or 4 days in SYD then I'd say 4 in SYD unless you'd prefer MEL for shabbos.

MEL would happen. But I might just stay with family unless the consensus is that the PH MEL is worth experiencing.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 02, 2016, 07:35:23 PM
MEL would happen. But I might just stay with family unless the consensus is that the PH MEL is worth experiencing.
I didn't stay there, but we loved our shabbos in St. Kilda East with friends!
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Tom Brady on August 02, 2016, 07:44:28 PM
MEL would happen. But I might just stay with family unless the consensus is that the PH MEL is worth experiencing.
The PH Melbourne is nice, but in no way is it in the same league as the PH Sydney. Basically, I'd say don't spend time in MEL over SYD because of the PH. If you want to spend time in MEL aside from staying in a nice hotel, that's obviously a different story.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on August 02, 2016, 07:47:25 PM
The PH Melbourne is nice, but in no way is it in the same league as the PH Sydney. Basically, I'd say don't spend time in MEL over SYD because of the PH. If you want to spend time in MEL aside from staying in a nice hotel, that's obviously a different story.

Thanks!

Would most likely do shabbes in Melbourne coupled with the Australian Open and a 1-2 day GOR adventure.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on August 02, 2016, 07:58:50 PM
Thanks!

Would most likely do shabbes in Melbourne coupled with the Australian Open and a 1-2 day GOR adventure.
Thay sounds good to me.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: zow on October 30, 2017, 10:57:18 PM
Thinking about a week-long Australia trip, with tonight's VA error fare. We can't spend more than a week, given school, and in fact, we would travel over Pesach to avoid missing school.

We would spend Shabbos and end of chag in either SYD or MEL, not sure yet, but the question for tonight is about food. I understand that bringing home-cooked frozen meals (or POM meals) is not likely to fly in Australia.  Given that it's going to be Pesach, it doesn't seem like many restaurants will be open during C'H (only Univ of Syd, per Yeah That's Kosher), so I guess we'll need to order meals from a kosher caterer in Australia.  I see several (Lewis, Mila, Kazimoto), so I'm sure we can find one.

So, the questions are
1. Can I expect that Chabad (SYD or MEL) will have meals for both 7th and 8th nights of Pesach? And Kiddush?
2. Is it reasonable to assume that I'll be able to pre-arrange pesadik meals from a kosher caterer to be delivered -- during C'H -- to our hotel?
3. Is there any update (I have read the relevant thread) on what I can bring into Australia?

Thanks in advance.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: G11600 on October 31, 2017, 02:15:37 AM
Thinking about a week-long Australia trip, with tonight's VA error fare. We can't spend more than a week, given school, and in fact, we would travel over Pesach to avoid missing school.

We would spend Shabbos and end of chag in either SYD or MEL, not sure yet, but the question for tonight is about food. I understand that bringing home-cooked frozen meals (or POM meals) is not likely to fly in Australia.  Given that it's going to be Pesach, it doesn't seem like many restaurants will be open during C'H (only Univ of Syd, per Yeah That's Kosher), so I guess we'll need to order meals from a kosher caterer in Australia.  I see several (Lewis, Mila, Kazimoto), so I'm sure we can find one.

So, the questions are
1. Can I expect that Chabad (SYD or MEL) will have meals for both 7th and 8th nights of Pesach? And Kiddush?
2. Is it reasonable to assume that I'll be able to pre-arrange pesadik meals from a kosher caterer to be delivered -- during C'H -- to our hotel?
3. Is there any update (I have read the relevant thread) on what I can bring into Australia?

Thanks in advance.

Not sure about Chabad, but there is a kosher (year-round) hotel in Melbourne which will definitely be open for meals - either as guests or external.
http://www.pesach.com.au/
Not cheap though..

You will definitely be able to find a caterer who can supply food delivery in Sydney or Melbourne, will be KFP (non-kitniot). If gebrocht is important you should double-check...
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: zow on October 31, 2017, 12:23:54 PM
Not sure about Chabad, but there is a kosher (year-round) hotel in Melbourne which will definitely be open for meals - either as guests or external.
http://www.pesach.com.au/
Not cheap though..

You will definitely be able to find a caterer who can supply food delivery in Sydney or Melbourne, will be KFP (non-kitniot). If gebrocht is important you should double-check...
Thanks very much.
Hotel looks great but too expensive for us.
Having second thoughts about this trip...
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: gswannabe on December 25, 2017, 06:01:35 PM
I will be in Sydney with my family or 1.5 days at the end of January.
We are 2 adults and 3 kids.
Is it worth renting a car?
Any suggestions for how to mazimize the short time that we have there?
Anyone do the opera house tour with kids?

Thanks
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 25, 2017, 06:19:40 PM

Anyone do the opera house tour with kids?

Thanks
I did
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: gswannabe on December 25, 2017, 06:47:31 PM
I did
What ages are your kids?
I have a 2, 4 & 6 year old
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: moish on December 25, 2017, 07:23:02 PM
What ages are your kids?
I have a 2, 4 & 6 year old
They were 4 and 1 at the time
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on December 26, 2017, 08:08:02 AM
I will be in Sydney with my family or 1.5 days at the end of January.
We are 2 adults and 3 kids.
Is it worth renting a car?
Any suggestions for how to mazimize the short time that we have there?
Anyone do the opera house tour with kids?

Thanks
Been there twice, don't think you really need more than that to see the main sights. I also don't think you need a car.
Take the train from the airport downtown. And check into a hotel there. From there you can easily Uber, take the Ferries or even public trans to the kosher food and everything else is downtown
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on August 27, 2019, 10:44:12 PM
Looking for advice on how to spend 5 days in Sydney.
I read up the TR's. No recent postings, however.
Any specifics on where to stay and where to eat that will also be good for Shabbos?
If I stay at PH or the other Hyatt downtown what options are there for Shabbos minyan?
Don't want to rent a car. TIA
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: mimb on August 28, 2019, 09:57:03 AM
Looking for advice on how to spend 5 days in Sydney.
I read up the TR's. No recent postings, however.
Any specifics on where to stay and where to eat that will also be good for Shabbos?
If I stay at PH or the other Hyatt downtown what options are there for Shabbos minyan?
Don't want to rent a car. TIA

you can spend a day by circular quay taking ferry rides, checking out the botanical garden and opera house (i think there's a coney island type of amusement park also). I would also do a day trip to the blue mountains if you like to hike and featherdale wildlife park. You can get up close to kangaroos and koalas there, we had a great time when we went. You can do a beach day in bondi as well.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 28, 2019, 10:20:21 AM
Looking for advice on how to spend 5 days in Sydney.
I read up the TR's. No recent postings, however.
Any specifics on where to stay and where to eat that will also be good for Shabbos?
If I stay at PH or the other Hyatt downtown what options are there for Shabbos minyan?
Don't want to rent a car. TIA

Consider shabbos in MEL?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on August 28, 2019, 08:54:09 PM
Consider shabbos in MEL?

Booked JFK-SYD RT 11/3-11/12 (arriving 11/5)
Enough time to see MEL?

Moish's TR mentioned Free ETA--link?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: G11600 on August 29, 2019, 12:10:32 AM
Looking for advice on how to spend 5 days in Sydney.
I read up the TR's. No recent postings, however.
Any specifics on where to stay and where to eat that will also be good for Shabbos?
If I stay at PH or the other Hyatt downtown what options are there for Shabbos minyan?
Don't want to rent a car. TIA

Shabbos in Sydney is fine. you can stay in city center and daven at Great Synagogue, either buy food in advance from Bondi or arrange hospitalty through shul.
You can also stay in Bondi where there are many shuls. Few hotels in Bondi, eg Adina Serviced Apartments (which used to be a jewish sports club with decent kosher restaurant, RIP).

I just returned from a week in Sydney, staying with family. Plenty to keep kids amused. Can recommend Taronga Zoo (by ferry from Circular Quay) or Sydney Zoo and Aqarium at Darling harbor (walk from city). I got discounted rates from experienceoz.com.au ,zoo + aquarium cost around AUD 45 (USD 30) combined per adult, AUD 30 for kids.
Lots of day trips if weather is OK.
Kosher options in Bondi pretty good - Katzys, Pita Mix, Savion, Jesse's were all good and reasonably priced (compared to Israel..).

Food options in supermarkets have improved - loads of dips available in all supermarkets (even Uluru/Ayers Rock), Hummus/Avocado, Egg Salad etc. Yumi brand with Australia Kosher symbol.

Any q's let me know.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on August 30, 2019, 08:48:05 AM
Shabbos in Sydney is fine. you can stay in city center and daven at Great Synagogue, either buy food in advance from Bondi or arrange hospitalty through shul.
You can also stay in Bondi where there are many shuls. Few hotels in Bondi, eg Adina Serviced Apartments (which used to be a jewish sports club with decent kosher restaurant, RIP).

I just returned from a week in Sydney, staying with family. Plenty to keep kids amused. Can recommend Taronga Zoo (by ferry from Circular Quay) or Sydney Zoo and Aqarium at Darling harbor (walk from city). I got discounted rates from experienceoz.com.au ,zoo + aquarium cost around AUD 45 (USD 30) combined per adult, AUD 30 for kids.
Lots of day trips if weather is OK.
Kosher options in Bondi pretty good - Katzys, Pita Mix, Savion, Jesse's were all good and reasonably priced (compared to Israel..).

Food options in supermarkets have improved - loads of dips available in all supermarkets (even Uluru/Ayers Rock), Hummus/Avocado, Egg Salad etc. Yumi brand with Australia Kosher symbol.

Any q's let me know.

Thanks for your input.

Have some, not a ton of Hyatt points. (Would love to stay at PH)
Is Hyatt Regency a decent option in the city center? Walking distance to Great Synagogue or any other shul?
Any shuls have Shabbos meals available?
TIA
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 30, 2019, 10:41:51 AM
Booked JFK-SYD RT 11/3-11/12 (arriving 11/5)
Enough time to see MEL?

Moish's TR mentioned Free ETA--link?
Personally I'd fly into MEL, drive the GOR and stay on the GOR, stay at the PH MEL for shabbos and eat next door at Chabad, and fly to SYD on Sunday and stay at the PH and hit up the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, etc.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on September 05, 2019, 10:26:05 PM
Personally I'd fly into MEL, drive the GOR and stay on the GOR, stay at the PH MEL for shabbos and eat next door at Chabad, and fly to SYD on Sunday and stay at the PH and hit up the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, etc.

Your trip itinerary would be L'chat-chila. I'm at the B'di-eved stage.

Hyatt Regency in the CBD- near the shul? Online reviews of the place are eh.
Other options?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 05, 2019, 10:30:32 PM
Your trip itinerary would be L'chat-chila. I'm at the B'di-eved stage.
Huh? Go use some Avios and fly onto MEL.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: G11600 on September 06, 2019, 09:49:13 AM
Thanks for your input.

Have some, not a ton of Hyatt points. (Would love to stay at PH)
Is Hyatt Regency a decent option in the city center? Walking distance to Great Synagogue or any other shul?
Any shuls have Shabbos meals available?
TIA

Hyatt Regency is fine. Close to Great Synagogue (5-10 mins walk max). Also close to Darling Harbour, CBD etc. Great Synagogue occasionally have shabbat meals, check website. Otherwise order takeaway from Katz's or Pita Mix. I'm sure they'd deliver if you arrange an Uber.
Personally I'd stay in Sydney, it's a great city.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on September 06, 2019, 10:11:00 AM
 :) Much appreciated.
The bridge climb- worth the cost?  TIA
 
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on September 06, 2019, 10:17:31 AM
Huh? Go use some Avios and fly onto MEL.
will consider
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 06, 2019, 10:21:11 AM
SYD is great, I just don't see how to spend more than a few days there.

Blue mountains perhaps? Or fly up to the GBR for a couple days?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: mimb on September 06, 2019, 10:31:34 AM
:) Much appreciated.
The bridge climb- worth the cost?  TIA

Didn't do the bridge climb when I went, think it was ~$200. Seems cool but too pricey
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on October 24, 2019, 08:21:36 AM
SYD is great, I just don't see how to spend more than a few days there.

Blue mountains perhaps? Or fly up to the GBR for a couple days?

What did you think of the Blue Mountains?
Worth it for a day trip and returning to Sydney same day?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 24, 2019, 08:23:50 AM
I didn't go.
@jj1000 did you make it?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: mimb on October 24, 2019, 09:26:30 AM
What did you think of the Blue Mountains?
Worth it for a day trip and returning to Sydney same day?

Did a day trip to Featherdale wildlife park (one of the best places in Sydney IMO) and Blue Mountains. Timing was a bit tough but it was nice hiking and exploring.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on October 24, 2019, 09:16:34 PM
The blue mountains are beautiful. I think its worth it. We also did the caves another day, I would skip those
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 25, 2019, 03:58:05 AM
:) Much appreciated.
The bridge climb- worth the cost?  TIA
The bridge climb is quite fun, but the overwhelming majority of the 2 hour tour is spent waiting aimlessly for the tour groups in front of you, so I would strongly recommend taking the first tour of the day to avoid that.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on October 25, 2019, 02:53:25 PM
Anyone able to offer advice on cellphone use.
Google Fi in Israel more expensive than I thought it would be.
Looking for other options in OZ.

Any places that don't accept CC's?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on October 25, 2019, 02:55:06 PM
Did a day trip to Featherdale wildlife park (one of the best places in Sydney IMO) and Blue Mountains. Timing was a bit tough but it was nice hiking and exploring.

Featherdale or Taronga? Not renting a car

Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: mimb on October 26, 2019, 07:36:22 PM
Featherdale or Taronga? Not renting a car

We did featherdale. Took a train and bus, it wasn't difficult.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on October 27, 2019, 06:33:04 PM
Any Shabbos issues while at PH SYD?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 27, 2019, 06:41:09 PM
Any Shabbos issues while at PH SYD?
See my TR?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on October 27, 2019, 07:41:27 PM
See my TR?
Awhile back.
 Will review
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on October 30, 2019, 08:06:01 AM
Kosher food availability near PH SYD?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 30, 2019, 12:57:27 PM
Kosher food availability near PH SYD?
No restaurants, just regular supermarket food.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on October 30, 2019, 02:00:02 PM
PH Sad doesn't have a standard suite to use certificates to upgrade into?
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 30, 2019, 02:02:04 PM
PH Sad doesn't have a standard suite to use certificates to upgrade into?
Nope. Sad indeed.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: G11600 on October 30, 2019, 03:37:19 PM
We did featherdale. Took a train and bus, it wasn't difficult.
Taronga is much easier and fun to get to by public transport - just a direct ferry from circular quay.
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: BBPAPA on October 30, 2019, 07:52:27 PM
Kosher food availability near PH SYD?

Need guidance for Shabbos food prep.
Will PH SYD heat up meals for you?
TIA
Title: Re: Sydney Master Thread
Post by: cdlaz on November 25, 2019, 06:16:38 AM
Anyone able to offer advice on cellphone use.
Google Fi in Israel more expensive than I thought it would be.
Looking for other options in OZ.

Any places that don't accept CC's?
Used a Partner IL roaming package, had good coverage in BNE, MEL and SYD
Discover wasn't accepted anywhere other cards yes, best if you have a tap-card, can even use it for tap-on/off public transport