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

If new guy has too much time on his hands, I'd like to know what you think of my post :)

It isn't necessary to add the entire address, however that way you could pick it up at specified post office according to what I have looked up. However, it seems that often the mail ends up going to the main poste restante office anyway, regardless of address specified so I would stay away from making it too confusing and just go with the postal code.

These are two separate issues though. One is the addressing (see previous post), the other is where to exactly pick it up.... this isn't a problem in most places but Sydney seems to offer some confusion :) Like I mentioned though, they are all very close together so all should be doable ... i'd start at the George Street pick up though, that's where it used to happen.

12. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 12y

One final point:

The Poste Restante adress to SEND postage to, and the address to PHYSICALLY COLLECT your mail, are NOT one and the same.


GPO, 1 Martin Place, SYDNEY, NSW, 1045 (yes, that's 1045)


130 Pitt Street, SYDNEY (Which happens to be around the corner from Martin Place).

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

Uhm, in that case aren't you just sending mail to the post office? Poste restante is always supposed to be labeled as such and although you can specify a street address, the following is sufficient for Sydney;

LAST NAME, First Name
c/- Poste Restante

The mail will go to the poste restante pick up spot in Sydney central which always used to be Hunter connection but I guess now could be Pitt street....



14. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 12y

Maybe he should just get an email address

15. Posted by yaara83 (Full Member 30 posts) 12y

general info about post restante:

Australia Post will reliably hold mail marked "poste restante" for at least a month at any Post Office or agency anywhere in Australia - longer if the sender indicates a different period. There may be a fee for parcels held longer than one month.

Any postal product (letter, parcel etc) can be forwarded to, and received from, the Poste Restante.

At the end of that time, if the item is not claimed, it will be returned to the sender, generally free of charge.

Your mail should be addressed :

- Your Given name + FAMILY NAME in large print -

Poste Restante

-TOWN - state- Australia - postcode, if possible-

To collect your mail, simply advise anyone who wants to write to you of your planned route and approximate date of arrival at each place. All towns in Australia, even quite small ones, have at least an agency of the Post Office, though you may need to check with a major post office before you leave, if your map indicates no other services at all at the destination (eg no petrol or hotel).

You will need to present some form of identification to collect your mail.

At the time of writing, there is no extra fee for this service, apart from the cost of the postage paid by the sender. As unclaimed mail will be returned, eventually, it is also reasonably safe even if you happen not to collect it.

This service is useful even to send a letter or parcel to yourself at some point on your future journey (see above for parcel information).

One possible difficulty is that some Post Offices offer a 5 day (only) service, that is , they may be closed on weekends. So you may need to plan your arrival to coincide with opening times.

16. Posted by bendaniel (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

310 George St Sydney.
Opposite the Winyard station entrance.
Second floor.
I've been using that service for 15 years.
Full name
Poste Restante
Sydney, NSW 2000
A photo ID required.
Passport or driver's licence.

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