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Amazing Australia - January 2019
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G'day fellow Poms,

I'm looking forward to meeting you all, my Aussie Explorers, next week.
If I don’t see you at check in, I'll meet you in the Aspire lounge at Heathrow – check your paperwork for the directions to it. 

If you put a JY label on your handluggage it’ll be easier to spot your travel companions.
 
Two of you are flying at different times: one of you I’ll meet in Singapore for the connecting flight to Perth; for the other one of you we’ll meet up on Thursday morning in Perth.  I’ll email some info to the hotel for them to pass on to you when you check in.


Travel tips
I recommend that you don't take too much with you. 


Luggage allowance
Hold/checked cases = 30kg but aim for 23kg.  

Although we can take more, remember that you are likely to buy souvenirs or gifts (even if you don’t think you will), so you need to allow a few spare kgs for extras.  All airlines are now strict about weight.
 
Top tips
You’ll pack more than you’ll wear – so take less.
You’ll buy more than you expected to. 
Having the full weight allowance before you start means no room for any extras...
 
** If you can’t lift it, don’t pack it!

Hand-luggage weight - it is reasonable on the domestic flights but for international flights Qantas are strict about weight and size. Officially only 1 piece of hand-luggage for Economy (although having a couple of bags is usually okay); 2 per person for Prem Econ/Bus/First; all classes = 7kg max per bag.

Packing
* Don't attempt to take enough clothes for the 3-4 weeks - just take enough for 7/8 days; every hotel has laundry facilities (self-service washing and tumble drying machines, or hotel service) and you will have time to put the washing on and leave it to dry overnight if you don't want to use the dryers. 

* Every room has an iron & ironing board and a hairdryer (most are decent); as well as a kettle, cups/mugs with sachets of coffee, tea bags, sugar and milk - so no need to bring any of this with you, (fridges are provided in all hotel rooms).  Plus there are plenty of supermarkets!  So you can leave these items at home.  (This applies to New Zealand hotels as well.)
* Please note: Australia and New Zealand have VERY strict quarantine laws re: certain food/edible items that are not allowed to be brought in. 
* Adaptor plug (the one with the 2 flat pins)
* Mossie repellent – you may want to bring some with you, but there are some very good products available in Oz.

* Suncream with High SPF


Currency
There are plenty of ATMs where you can use your debit cards or pre-loaded cash cards.  (Ensure you advise your bank that you will be away.)
You can pay for many things using your debit/credit cards or cash cards.
 
Optional excursion payment
If you haven’t pre-booked some/any of the trips I will be able to take payment in cash Sterling £ or AUS $, but also by debit/credit card, via a Just You authorised payment site.


Communication
If you plan to use your mobile phone whilst away, if only for text messages, ensure you check with your provider that your phone is open to make calls from overseas.
 
 
Happy packing and don't forget your sunnies, suncream and sense of adventure, it's going to be great.  
Hooroo, Sarah
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Thank you, Sarah. Look forward to meeting you at Heathrow!
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