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Hello Gals! Im getting Married abroad in Sydney! I just wanted to get some tips on the weather, places to go (we will be there for 4 days then continue our around the world honeymoon trip! ). We are also staying an extra night and have to get a hotel for that night. So far I am trying to find one close to Bondi beach which is pretty pricey. I saw a hostel called Bondi Beachhouse YHA and sound awesome for a one night stay. Any suggestions would be great! From where to get my nails done or do a quick press on our wedding clothes. ,are taxis cheap, is bus travel better? lol. Any helpful tips on Sydney! 🙂
Post # 3
@skschick: congrats, sydney & bondi beach are awesome. Theres a great bar down the end of bondi beach with fantastic views, to the right when you face the ocean. Taxis are not as cheap as the usa in australia. So bus is cheaper but it depends how you want to travel. Also i would think the accomodation will be quite budget but no idea what it will be like.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@skschick: We went to Sydney on our honeymoon! Let me know if you need any tips! Are you and your Fiance American?
We live in Houston and so compared to the cost of food and everything else here, Sydney was a little expensive. But taxis were actually cheaper – especially since Aussies don’t necessarily tip (and when they do, it’s nothing like the 20% that we’re accustomed to tipping!). I don’t know anything about getting married in Sydney, but if you want ideas of things to do and places to eat, let me know! We also traveled to the Great Barrier Reef (we stayed in Port Douglas) – not sure if you’re headed there too, but happy to help with your itinerary!
Post # 5
It is very expensive, but worth it, definitely go for a walk exploring while you’re there! The ferries are good for getting around fairly easily without having to figure out when to get off a bus or train. Hope you have a great stay in Australia 🙂
Post # 6
Watsons Bay for the fish restaurant which is on the beach if you have the money its once in a life time thing but it is approx $200 a huuuuge fish platter. looking across the sea with sydney city light up at night. stunning! also go to blue mountains maybe stay a night or two and see the sisters.x
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@Mrs. Wallaby: Thank you ! Much appreciated! yes, any suggestions are welcomed! ty! What time did you guys go? and are the buses fairly easy to get? Also, around how much are taxis over there, as we will be getting one to go to our hotel. 🙂
Post # 8
I will try to add some more helpful things a bit later, but just wanted to chime in and say taxis are NOT cheap, but I wouldn’t recommend the bus for a tourist either. I live here and I don’t even understand the bus system! You need to pre-purchase tickets at participating newsagents and know how many “sections” you need to travel etc etc. How you know which the correct stop to get on and off at is a nightmare as well.
Where possible, train, train, train! And avoid public transport during peak hour. I hope I’m not turning you off coming lol, it’s beautiful here! 🙂
Post # 9
@Cyri: Agree- the bus system in Sydney is horrid.
Also May can be wet and cold. The average top temp in May is 66F and on average it rains 13 days out of 31. It will also get dark early as it is Autumn. Swimming in the ocean will be cold and I certainly wouldn’t do it without a wetsuit (but to be honest I wouldn’t even bother).
The hostel will be roughish because well it is a hostel. If you understand that and accept that then you will be fine but defiantely don’t expect hotel/motel standards. Accommodation in Sydney is expensive but there are some great deals out there. Try looking at the Aussie versions of groupon, living social and deals.com.au and scoopon or spreets for hotel deals.
Post # 10
@j_jaye: Thank you! We actually found a place for our “beach day” at airbandb.com. We are staying with an awesome lady who is renting a room. def. better than a hostel. The other days, we will be staying at hotels in prep for our ceremony in Kirribilli, Jefrreys Wharf. I am so sad to hear about the beach! Aww being that I am from the coast (both cali girl and also being from south america) I was looking forqward to swimming there. I may still want to lol. Does the water ever get warm in Australia? just curious. We will be going to bronte beach also, which has those natural pools, I feel that would be great for my fiance since he does not know how to swim and is a bit wary about water lol. Also, what time does it usually get dark there? We are planning to get married around 2:30-3:00 and then photos afterwards. Of course our photographer has advice for this and will be prepared to take the best shots, but just out of curiosity I am asking so I can get that nice sunset look in our wedding pictures. Even though it will be chillier than other months, what is the temp. around May. Chilli over they may be considered normal warm weather over here haha. 🙂
Thanks again everyone!
Post # 11
No the water very rarely gets warm in Australia especially along the east coast. Even on a 40 degree celcius day int he middle of summer the water can be freezing.
In winter/fall it starts dark about 4:30pm but it also depends onthe weather. if it is an overcast gloomy/rainy day then it will be dark earlier than a bright sunny day.
If it is a clear sunny day then a sunset shot wont be a problem but if it is a horrible day then the cloud cover might block a sunset.
I hope you get a lovely day 🙂