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1. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 12y

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Hello Travellers,

Can anyone confirm the correct address for me to give to friends so I can collect post in Sydney?

I think its George Street but the website is very unclear.

Hope someone can help..

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 12y

Hello nicnac,
The Post Restante service delivers mail to the MAIN Post office in the given city - it's up to you to find out where that is, but your friends don't need to know.
e.g. I used the system in Brisbane and all you need to do is put:

SURNAME (in capitals), first name
Post Restante
Brisbane (...Sydney, Melbourne or wherever)

And the letters/parcels will go to the main post office.
You then work out where that is in that city (I don't know for sure, but George St is probably right, as it's in the centre of the CBD, but ask before you make a special trip) and pick up your parcels.
Don't forget you will need some form of ID, like your passport.

3. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 12y

can anyone do this or do you have to sign up for it somewhere before you leave?

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 12y

I think it is in Pitt Street in Sydney, just off Martin Place.

5. Posted by nicnac (Full Member 69 posts) 12y

Thanks for all your advice

Yes peeps anyone can collect post from the post office, no need to register:)

6. Posted by New Guy (Full Member 22 posts) 12y

Ah, I've just replied to a later post here: on the same topic, that should give all the info you need !

p.s. Nicnac, I agree with you, the website IS rather unclear, I've sent an email to them (Australia Post) to say so !;)

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

I am pretty sure it is Pitt Street too, about two or three blocks down from Martins Place :) It's Sydney NSW 2000 if I recall correctly

8. Posted by New Guy (Full Member 22 posts) 12y

OMG, I give up !:) I tried to give people a definitive answer, by providing the appropriate link and how to go about it, etc., etc., but obviously nobody could be bothered "going through the motions" !

OK, here you go, here's the OFFICIAL answer:
Suburb: SYDNEY NSW, State: NSW, Postcode: 2000

Not on Pitt Street, not "near" Martin(s) Place, it IS no. 1 (Numero Uno) Martin Place ! ;)

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

Sorry New guy, I saw your instructions but was relying on the info I used when in Australia. There might have been a change in GPO (I did use the Australia post system and saw that it's now marked as Martin Place 1) but it used to be at 130 Pitt Street (now listed as Royal Exchange). Having said that, the GPO never used to be where the Poste Restante mail was actually picked up!

Poste restante mail to Sydney NSW 2000 always used to be collectable at 310 George St., on the third floor of the Hunter Connection shopping center. It was open Monday through Friday from 8:15am to 5:30pm. This is however nearly three years ago and maybe the collection place has changed (it was a tricky place to find already back in the day I remember!). I think you could try calling them at 02 9244 3733 if that number is still right (yes, I did some more research before posting again).

That is the pick up only though, to send the mail address as follows:

LAST NAME, First Name
c/- Poste Restante

Whether it is Pitt Str, George Str or Martin Place, these lie about a block from one another so when picking up mail that shouldn't be a problem either way I suppose.

You could also use another post office in Sydney if you like, for example the Glebe one (near Central Station)
LAST NAME, First Name
c/- Poste Restante

This system will work all over Australia as there is a post office or collecting place in pretty much any town. Any mail not picked up within a month goes return to sender....

Don't forget ID when picking up your mail and that most post offices are closed on weekends.

10. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 12y

New Guy
You have too much time on your hands. The full address simply isn't necessary.