Strattons Hotel

249 Castlereagh St (Corner of Pitt St), Sydney, 2000, Australia
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Buying a car/van

by golfermad

I'm a joiner going to Sydney in oct '10. I'm gonna be wanting to buy a car, but preferably a van, can anyone give me any pointers on where to look for good decent second hand vehicles? Also are vans harder to come by at good prices? Whats the story with insurance, tax, MOT etc, is it all the same as in England?
Hope some1 can help, cheers Nick ;)

Re: Buying a car/van

by lynnehamman

Hi Nick

I think that you will find some very useful info on this website:

It answers all your questions (just copy & paste into url)

Re: Buying a car/van

by colin_bramso

Hi Nick. Yes, it's much the same as in the UK. The MoT equivalent is a 'pink slip' which is needed to re-register vehicles over (if memory serves) five years old. Insurance is the same - third party, fully comp etc. - companies like NRMA and AIMI are good for insurance. The NRMA is the equivalent of your AA or RAC too and you should join that. I'm sure you'll find it all much cheaper than in the UK.

The usual place to go to buy or tyre-kick is 'auto alley', a big stretch of used car dealers on Parramatta Road, but there are also plenty of used vehicles for sale in the local classifieds. To get an idea of what's available you can check out

Travel Tips for Sydney

views galore!

by willy_wonka

the views from the observation deck are simply fantastic, and i urge anyone who thinks the $22 price tag is a joke to just splurge and do it!

the views are phenomenal, you can see for miles and miles, and you can really appreciate just how beautiful sydney and its harbor is!

please click on the link to see a travelogue with more photos of lovely views!

You must go to Kings Cross at...

by olsens

You must go to Kings Cross at night to the many clubs and have a few drinks and soak in the ambiance. You must climb the Sydney harbor Bridge. For $100.00 you can experience the greatist thrill and view. The diversity in the city and the friendly people that I met. My friend Leslie that lives in Darlinghurst and the many free events that go on all the time in this great city. Breakfast at the Fish Market in the picture at Darling Harbor.

The Rocks...

by Ronald_T

NO, I won't start with the Sydney Opera House, but with the place where the history of modern Australia began,
'The Rocks'. In this cove, the 11 convict ships of the First Fleet dropped anchor in 1788 and on the peninsula known as The Rocks, the first European settlement took root on Australian soil. No other place offers more to see and do than The Rocks. The unique blend of history, culture and modern living makes The Rocks one of Sydney's first attractions. This is the place to steep yourself in Sydney's history - and so much of it is free. View the rich collection of archaeological findings; tour historic buildings and public spaces. Learn about the landing of the First Fleet in 1788, and the first camps set up against the rocky sandstone ridges that give the area its name. See for more info and pics in the Rocks travelogue please.

Take a visit at the Fitzroy...

by Ronald_T

Take a visit at the Fitzroy Gardens in the heart of Kings Cross. This patch is less about the plant world and more about the underworld. For decades this local landmark has been a handy meeting spot for tourists, alcoholics, prostitutes, drug dealers and users. Everything that is not allowed in the park (park signs) happens. The police station is only about 30 metres away. So, they can keep an eye on what is happening and interfere when necessary. Some people are afraid of this place, but it's busy enough to be relatively safe during the day, and it can be fun to sit and watch the goings-on. On Sundays there is an outdoor market and has about 50 stalls selling a mixture of new and old wares, including everything from arts and crafts and Indian jewellery to second-hand and new clothing, bric-a-brac, crystals and candles, pottery, pot plants, and paintings. There's nothing to eat, but you'll find a wide selection of fast-food outlets and cafes on nearby Darlinghurst Road. It's really worth a visit.  See for more pics in the City Views travelogue please.

What to bring when coming to Sydney

by Joseph69

What to pack: I noticed some people coming from their Northern Hemisphere summers thinking Sydney will be not too cold and they get caught out being without jumpers, closed shoes, etc. Go to the Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear section for a month-by-month clothing tip. January, February & March: Hot. Clothing for swimming. Bring a light jacket as certain nights can get cool, especially after an afternoon thunderstorm. Shoes = anything! mosquito repellent.

April & May: Same as above but also bring warm clothing (jacket, jumper, jeans, closed shoes) for those cool/cold nights.

June & July: Bring warm clothing, jacket, closed shoes. Min temps in City/Coastal areas about 6 to 9 degrees avg and Inland suburbs -3 to 7 degrees avg.

August: Dry, some of the best weather. Sunny days are common. Bring warm clothing, but also bring lighter clothing for some of those sunny days.

September: Dry, it can be cold and hot. Bring all types of clothing & sunscreen!

October & November: Warming up. More rain which can last days. Bring light clothing, a jacket, jumper, all types of shoes, swimming clothes, sunscreen, mosquito repellent.

December: Summer-time! Yeah! Rain is common, but it's not cold. Same for January. Toiletries and Medical Supplies are plentiful at any chemist. If you have prescription medicines, my advice is to bring some spare with you, but in an emergency, you won't have too many hassles. If you plan to go camping, especially between the months of April to November, make sure you bring warm clothing, jacket, gloves. It can get very cold at night. As for the summer months (December to March), bring mosquito repellent or else! For all times of the year bring wet-weather clothes. It can rain anytime of the year.

Be prepared to see spiders whilst camping. Spiders are more common in summer-time too of course. Most are harmless but there are two types of dangerous spiders (funnel-web... highly dangerous and the red-back... somewhat dangerous) you need to be cautious of. Bring medical supplies, and a satellite phone can be handy (these can be hired) in case of an emergency. If you get bitten, don't move unless absolutey necessary and call emergency immediately.

Tip: An emergency beacon can be purchased from Camping stores in case of an emergency.

Note = Mobile-Phone reception in rural/bush areas is next to useless. EMERGENCY NUMBER: Dial 000. Yep, just remember triple-zero. When you have a medical, fire or police emergency, just dial 000 (free-call).


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