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[AUS] Sydney: home of the Kurnell Desalination Plant

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:46 am UTC
by hermaj
This thread is now the perpetual Sydney hangouts thread. This post will be updated with details for whatever we're currently planning whenever I remember.

Guys, I am pretty awful at remembering to update this first post. The title is updated to reflect whichever date we're organising things for, and the information for current plans can generally be found in the last page of the thread. I will try to link to the post containing the bulk of the information here in future but if you're confused just post in the thread and we'll sort you out.


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Because it sucks how most of us cannot go to the meet-up in September, I propose a meet-up of our own on the night of September the 23rd, somewhere in Sydney where we can get our booze on all night. :D

This is just to see who is interested! If there is enough interest I will then move this to the September meet-up forum and we can actually start planning and co-ordinating this thing.



Okay, this was in General long enough and there seems to be enough interest for us to start planning things now. Anyone with any ideas, feel free to start chucking them in.

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 5:56 am UTC
by pollywog
I need to know the cost of such a rendezvous. Flights to Sydney are cheap here, but staying even for two days might break my budget. (That doesn't count food, or transport, or anything)

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:22 am UTC
by GhostWolfe
I'm going to see if I can convince my BF to make this my b'day pressy.

First, I have to convince him he wants to come meet a bunch o' strangers I know from teh interwebs.

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 6:28 am UTC
by __Kit
I wouldn't be surprised if you got as much people as the American one :o

But yeah, when your a kid (even if you have the money) it is hard to say "Mum, can I go to Sydney for a couple of nights to meet up with some crazy peoples I met over the interwabs!?"

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:03 am UTC
by Hawknc
I'm all for it, but like everyone else it'll depend on money. I've got to go to Canberra the week prior to that, so I'll see if I can fit a trip to Sydney in as well.

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 7:49 am UTC
by tarkadal
Sydney is a long way away, but that's what I get for living in the most awesome city in the world. I need more information, so that's what I voted. Getting time off work to meet people from the internet might be problematic though.

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 8:52 am UTC
by ShadeWolf
I might be able to make it down for the weekend & monday, but it will have to depend if I can get the time off work

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:21 am UTC
by damienthebloody
I will be there, and it will be awesome.

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:02 am UTC
by Chawmp
I'd would probably be very fun, but, being a kid, yeah, just no.

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:10 am UTC
by Toeofdoom
I dunno, I'd kinda like to go, but it might cost a bit much for me, and I still live with my parents and stuff too...

also september seems kinda soon...

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 12:22 pm UTC
by hermaj
Well, there are zillions of hotels, motels and youth hostels around Sydney, and most are pretty affordable. I looked into a few back when Gordon was thinking of coming here.

How about, those of us who are for definite can try and think of an ideal location - right in the city seems best, I think, but we'll talk - and from there we can work out places for people to stay and approximate costs? If flights are too expensive you could always take the train, for example. The train trip from Canberra to Sydney, for example, is only four hours, $30, and it's lovely. Anyway, I'll wait a couple of days until people have had a proper chance to have a look and then I'll move it over and we can plan properly.

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 12:29 pm UTC
by TheKhakinator
Sadly this is pre-exams and I can't make a trip to Sydney at such a critical time. Would rock if there's one next year.

You've been trying to organise this for ages from what I've heard. I guess it's hard because with fewer forumites here it needs to be an optimal time for everyone.

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 1:15 pm UTC
by hermaj
Yeah, I've been trying to get Sydney people together for a while. But we're all pretty lazy, I think. :P The idea for making it bigger and having it coincide with the meetup only struck me this morning or yesterday or whenever I annouced this.

Ooh, this afternoon, even. Time does fly. :roll:

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:01 pm UTC
by German Sausage
its about a hundred dollars from melbourne, and its an all-day train ride. which sucks, but its bearable. don't start anything before 8:30pm, ok?

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 2:55 pm UTC
by Hawknc
$100? You can fly for cheaper than that these days. Jetstar has flights for $69 each way (VB is down right now, and Tiger doesn't fly to Sydney).

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:17 pm UTC
by jmrz
I would be all for this, except for the fact that it is a few weeks before my HSC and I have already planned a weekend in Sydney for the 15th for other internet people. And Sydney is so easy to get to as well. Damn.

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 4:34 am UTC
by Verysillyman
too much cost, otherwise, sure!

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 5:43 am UTC
by VannA
I heartily endorse this event or product.

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 2:21 pm UTC
by Toeofdoom
I'm not sure it would be such a great idea for me either if I have exams or assignments around then, although I could easily afford it, and I'd probably have fun.

Is there any chance of having it at a different time of year? I suppose after exams would be more expensive though anyway...

actually, I shouldnt have exams until a bit after then... Still, I'd still only be 17 then and my parents might think it quite a bad idea and I'd be obliged to listen.

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 3:15 pm UTC
by German Sausage
Isn't September 23rd the middle of mid-semester break? I know it's during a holiday for me.

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:24 pm UTC
by jmrz
For uni kids it might be, but for those in Year 12, HSC exams are coming up really fast.

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 2:52 am UTC
by hermaj
When does it start? It's like mid-October, right? Also, how many of you are year 12ers?

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:14 am UTC
by TheKhakinator
*hand up* Right here, year 12.

Exams are around october, because there's Schoolies week at the start of November IIRC.

It's REALLY not a good idea to do this kind of thing in the leadup to exams (if you have them).

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 4:45 am UTC
by German Sausage
Thats so weird! In Victoria exams start in November/late October

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 7:53 am UTC
by TheKhakinator
German Sausage wrote:Thats so weird! In Victoria exams start in November/late October

I'll admit I'm guessing.

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 8:48 am UTC
by pingu
rem

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 9:44 am UTC
by The Mighty Thesaurus
I won't be going to the Cambridge meet up (my mother decided to renege on her promise to finance the trip), but I can make it to a Sydney based one.

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:22 am UTC
by hermaj
TheKhakinator wrote:It's REALLY not a good idea to do this kind of thing in the leadup to exams (if you have them).


It's fiiiine. Honestly, I have done my HSC. Once you get into your first exam, you are all "Pah! Is that all?" Also, it's one night three or so weeks before.

I really would like to have a meet at the same time as the proper one, just because the idea was for us to feel a part of it all even though we are far away. If the HSC is that big of an issue, I'm sure we could organise another Sydney meet some time in the summer for people who can't make this one. But the September one is the one you really want to be trying for because we can actually be arsed making sure it gets organised and making a bigger thing of it.

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 11:07 pm UTC
by pollywog
hermaj wrote:When does it start? It's like mid-October, right? Also, how many of you are year 12ers?


Year 12 in Australia is Year 13 in NZ, right? The last year?

Anyway, I can't come.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:47 am UTC
by jmrz
HSC exams start on October 18 I think, English Paper One is on the 19th. And yes, Year 12 in Australia is the last year.

Re: AUSTRALIA/NZ PEOPLE!

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:47 am UTC
by gormster
hermaj wrote:Because it sucks how most of us cannot go to the meet-up in September, I propose a meet-up of our own on the night of September the 23rd, somewhere in Sydney where we can get our booze on all night. :D

This is just to see who is interested! If there is enough interest I will then move this to the September meet-up forum and we can actually start planning and co-ordinating this thing.


I AM COMPLETELY IN

Also this is two nights after my nineteenth b'day!

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:36 am UTC
by TheKhakinator
I've done year 12 exams before. (I did some year 12 subjects in Year 11). I wanted to die. Beforehand, anyway. And especially after the maths one. :P But that's just me. They're not too hard.

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:01 pm UTC
by recurve boy
23rd is my birthday!

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 1:16 pm UTC
by hermaj
Yay!

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 2:36 am UTC
by gormster
Ideas! Places! Question?

... Manning Bar? I'm guessing there's a fair proportion of students here, and even if you don't go to USyd I'm betting you at least know where it is and probably go there a lot. Also, cheap drinks + free music + no ID checks (for those of you who are underage... within limits).

Other than that, somewhere in the city.

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:11 am UTC
by Toeofdoom
My university student card conveniently doesnt have my DOB on it, and everyone knows people under 18 dont go to uni anyway >.>

Although I havent tried getting into a bar or anything anyway...

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:00 am UTC
by gormster
Yeah, man, I was slightly disappointed that I virtually never got ID checked after I turned 18. I kept thinking "How long could I have been pulling this off for? Months? Years?"

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:24 am UTC
by hermaj
Until I got my hair cut and styled the way it is at the moment, I looked under 18 and got carded all the time. Now I do not get carded any more! It is really exciting. :D


Anyway, I do not have a problem with Manning Bar, I am sure. I don't know how to get there, but I know lots of people who do. And you don't have to be a Sydney student? (Fun fact: One of my mild pet peeves is people that say USyd and New South. I yelled at pretty much everyone in my grade about it. :P)

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 2:34 am UTC
by Pebbles
jmrz wrote:HSC exams start on October 18 I think, English Paper One is on the 19th. And yes, Year 12 in Australia is the last year.


I did the english exam on my 18th birthday, it was sadness all round. Also yay being a uni kid and getting awesome holidays :) Im in syd all the time these days so ill def consider coming along to any meetups

Also, Toeofdoom.. I tried using my uni card to get into a club before and they wouldnt take it. I think they are getting stricter, its only licenses and those over 18 cards they take now.

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:07 am UTC
by damienthebloody
I spent an entire undergrad degree in Manning. It's not a bad place, it's relatively easy to find, but I wouldn't rely on not being carded there if you are underage.