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Old 03-12-2009, 11:41 PM
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Guys, I'm plannin' a trip Down Under for myself, wife, and 3 kids. We're looking at coming down for 3 nights & 4 days or so sometime between 3 - 20 April.

We're planning on staying in Sydney most, if not all, of the time. I just have a few questions.

1 - Any hotels that we should look into first? I don't need a 5 star hotel, but it'd be nice to have a decent place to stay that's well kept and kid friendly.

2 - Do I need an international driver's license to rent/operate a vehicle there?

3 - Is it even necessary to drive if we're just doing the tourist thing in Sydney?

4 - Is there anywhere to rent a JK?

5 - Any suggestions of "can't miss" sites in/around Sydney?

I'm sure there are more, but I can't think right now.
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Old 03-17-2009, 04:43 AM
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Hi jeeperjkj,

You'll love Sydney - unfortunately I don't live there so I can't put you guys up for accommodation but to answer your questions:

1) There are heaps of hotels in Sydney but to get yourself a good deal I would look here:
http://hotels.lastminute.com.au/acco...&CID=LMAUH3721

2) Yes - a U.S drivers licence is not valid, however an International Licence is. Remember - we also drive on the other side ofthe road so if it is your first time - take you time!!

3) You can easliy get around by public transport, but there are things to do around Sydney too which a car is great for.

4) Not that I have ever heard of - the closest is a Rav 4 or Nissan Patrol

5) The Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk (You have to be 10yrs+ and over 1.2m tall)
http://www.bridgeclimb.com/?mt_typ=9...FQ_DbwodJlxnpw

Good luck and let me know if you need any more info.

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Originally Posted by JKohn View Post
Hi jeeperjkj,

You'll love Sydney - unfortunately I don't live there so I can't put you guys up for accommodation but to answer your questions:

1) There are heaps of hotels in Sydney but to get yourself a good deal I would look here:
http://hotels.lastminute.com.au/acco...&CID=LMAUH3721
Thanks, I'll look into that site.

2) Yes - a U.S drivers licence is not valid, however an International Licence is. Remember - we also drive on the other side ofthe road so if it is your first time - take you time!!
I'll definitely look into the int'l license then. I've driven on the LH side of the road before. Took a short vacation to England while stationed in Germany. It was definitely weird at first, but I got used to it quickly.

3) You can easliy get around by public transport, but there are things to do around Sydney too which a car is great for.
That's about as much as I figured. That's good to know, though, in case the rental falls through.

4) Not that I have ever heard of - the closest is a Rav 4 or Nissan Patrol


5) The Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk (You have to be 10yrs+ and over 1.2m tall)
http://www.bridgeclimb.com/?mt_typ=9...FQ_DbwodJlxnpw
Unfortunately, I'll have my 7, 5, and 2 year olds with me. Guess that's off the todo list.

Good luck and let me know if you need any more info.

JKohn.
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