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Old 05-28-2012, 01:33 AM   #16
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We stayed in Sydney last weekend with my 5 year old nephew and I would also vote Paramatta. It is very easy to get into the City from there and you can get more of an apartment style for the family.

However we stayed at the big 4 holiday park at Parklea and I would NOT recommend it. Normally I love big 4's but this one is just not up the same standard with a lot of residential houses surrounding it (right near us there were 2 men drinking on their balcony at 7am in the morning!). They also advertised on their website they had a jumping pillow and upon arriveal they informed us that it had been broken down since December last year??? This park definitley does not have the same excellent facilities as other Big 4's...

When we drove through Paramatta we wish we had stayed there - it looked like a lovely area to stay and not the cost of the City!
oh god not parklea....so glad you survived
parra city is better.....
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:37 AM   #17
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Try oaks goldsborough. It is across the road from the Novotel at Darling Harbour and is quite reasonable. Our two bedroom appt also had a sofa bed and there were 3 bathrooms.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:40 AM   #18
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Do they realise early August is only eight to ten weeks away - thats going to be one mad rush to organise a wedding if they dont even have the venue sorted!
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:51 AM   #19
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You could check out the punthill apartments on the North Shore, its close to chatswood for shopping, near a train line and less than 20 mins to the city
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:54 AM   #20
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Argh my eyes hurt from checking out everyone's ideas. DH wants to stay Darling Harbour 'as it's close to everything and we can do Sydney well from there and we don't need a car'. Yikes - major budget blow-out. Maybe we should just head off to the second wedding they are having in China as well... it'd work out the same.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:57 AM   #21
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Do they realise early August is only eight to ten weeks away - thats going to be one mad rush to organise a wedding if they dont even have the venue sorted!
Yeah that was my thought too. I can't see them getting it off the ground in some ways. However they were suggesting 6 days post our return from LA in October as an alternative and DH wouldn't be able to make that. It's my brothers second marriage and the brides first - she's an only child too and her mum & dad will be flying out from China for it. I honestly thought the idea of taking all the rellies on the Disney Wonder and doing the vows there would have been lovely. I bet her parents would have loved a trip to do something completely different. Worked really well for us too!
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:09 AM   #22
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When we travel to sydney for work, as a public servant, I am given $160/night for sydney.
I've had some good accommodation at Wynyard Travelodge - right over Wynyard Station.
The Menzies at Wynyard has some unrefurbished rooms which are cheaper - and they are large rooms.
At North Sydney Station is the Harbourview Hotel - this has good prices and the added bonus of spectacular views over the harbour.
Milson's Point (1st rail station on the other side of the harbour bridge) has a couple of B&B type places.
Although I have to admit - I am with the others and am wondering how they will get a wedding at a harbour venue in only a couple of months!
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:38 AM   #23
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oh god not parklea....so glad you survived
parra city is better.....
Thanks I so should have asked you before booking!!

I just presumed if it had a Big 4 out there it must be okay...

All good we had a great time in Sydney and we even went to the Rooty Hil Skatepark for my 5 year old nephew!!
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Well my brother has just had heartfailure when I told him how long it takes to get a wedding dress organised! Think that might push the date out a bit. He's offered to help cover our costs, which stunned me - it must be love.
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Wow I forgot how far into the year we are

I had a 2 and a half year engagement, so I can't imagine organising everything by August! Fair enough August probably isn't "busy" season for weddings on the harbour, but the logistics of it boggle the mind!

You can get a dress off the rack, you can book any available location, you can do your own hair and makeup, and you might be able to find a photographer that has the day free, but why such a rush? maybe there's another reason they want the wedding so soon...

Personally I'd put it off until early next year and take the time to make sure everything is perfect, and not make do with what's available...
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Wow I forgot how far into the year we are

I had a 2 and a half year engagement, so I can't imagine organising everything by August! Fair enough August probably isn't "busy" season for weddings on the harbour, but the logistics of it boggle the mind!

You can get a dress off the rack, you can book any available location, you can do your own hair and makeup, and you might be able to find a photographer that has the day free, but why such a rush? maybe there's another reason they want the wedding so soon...

Personally I'd put it off until early next year and take the time to make sure everything is perfect, and not make do with what's available...
I think the rush is that they both work at the same very large financial institution. Her bosses boss is my brothers internal client and she wants to be taken for the bright woman she is (which she'd have to be to be doing the role she is anyway, so personally I think she's worried over nothing) rather than 'sleeping her way to the top'.

I completely agree, I would not rush it - it has to be right.
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