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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Trying to decide if it's worth my while flying over to Sydney for NY to see a friend. To buy tickets now would cost about NZ$800 which is a lot.

But I imagine, Sydney is a pretty great place to be for New Years. Can anyone tell me what they think?

Thanks,

Evelyn

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 10y

Woaw... that much? I've flown back and forth between Australia and New Zealand a couple of times, and never had to pay more than $300 (AUD, so say $350 NZD max) for a return flight. I guess it's the most expensive time of the year for flying, but even so...

I was in Melbourne for New Year's, so can't comment on what Sydney is like (Melbourne is boring; I had a good time the year before in New Zealand though, climbing Mount Maunganui just before dawn to be one of the first in the world to greet the light of the new year), but just checking: you don't have a working holiday visa for Australia lined up, do you? Because if so, the year for that would start with this entry - you can't postpone it to a later date. (And also, if this friend isn't offering accommodation, you'd better make certain you can find some before booking any plane tickets. Everyone wants to be in Sydney for NY.)

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Okay Sander, thanks for that. Dont have A WHV for Oz so that wouldnt be a problem at least, but as you say it is expensive. i was pretty shocked when the girl in the travel agents gave me those flights yesterday (and they were the cheapest deal she could get). It was a bit of a jump from the sign on the window saying " $320 Sydney Return" but it's Christmas I guess.

Anyway,thanks for the info. Will need to have a bit of a mull abou this one. ;)

4. Posted by Dantcol (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Hey ya..I would recommend spending New Years in Sydney it is a fantastic time to see the harbour at it's best filled with hundreds of people and boats on the harbour all centering around the midnight fireworks, it is an amazing sight to see!!!

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Hi Ev - we will be in Sydney for NY lm hoping it lives up to the hype!! Our flights from Sydney to Auckland to Wellington and Christchurch to Queenstown cost us £240 starting on 4th Jan 07 so that IS expensive!

6. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y

Evelyn,

check out www.Webjet.com.au.

I just did a quick check (leave NZ on the 18th return on the 3rd) and Qantas from Auck to Sydney Return is $426.... half what you were quoted...
Check the airlines out that do the route and then see which is the cheapest (depending on your dates of course)

As for NY in Sydney... absolutely brill! Here's a web site for you :

www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/nye/

I personally preferred getting a Eski and sitting getting drunk on Bradleys head over the course of the day, however, the Gardens are also quite good (apart from you can't take your own booze etc.)
The site above gives you a guide as to the vantage points and the services provided in each.

Taffski.

7. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Oh Diamonds are this years theme!! If you cant take booze to a vantage point whats the cost of a beer if its sold on site? Is it worth just going somewhere where booze is sold or better to BYO?

8. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y

Hi Purdy,

sorry, can't remember the actual price of a beer, however, I do remember it varied in price and tasted of P*ss water (but it was cold at least!). The following year we took some "Goon Bags" of wine ($15 or so for 5 litres!) and some butties and got thoroughly wasted on Bradleys head on the North Side. The buses were free to get home too and on NYE there's free bus services all over the city (It's very busy though :)

It's up to you guys. For Convenience, the sites that sell booze are handy, however, more expensive. You need to decide whether you want to spend $50 - $100 each on booze and food or whether you do it "on the cheap" and make butties and take a goon bag or three :)

You will find though that the more popular sites are those where you can't take booze (commercialism at it's best) so it does get busy and you do after a while get pissed off with having to leave your stuff and wonder off to get some booze!

Sorry can't be of more help
Taffski.

9. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Hiya Taffski - you voiced what l was thinking - really judge it at the time! Just wondering how in hell you can keep your beer/wine (l drink white!) cold all day!! I dont mind buying food - a bag of chips will fill the hole but hate paying over the odds for as you say p*** water!!

Oh l will get drunk and not care!!

Thanks - great to know about free buses although we are staying pretty central - Macquarie Street (at least l believe its central!)

Heather

10. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

Read all about it here.

http://cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/nye/