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  1. Guest

    What's the best way?

    Hi Can anyone advise if there is a better way to get from Brisbane to Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport? Aside from driving or taking a taxi that is. On public transport I can only see journeys that involve two trains and two buses? Is there a simpler way? We need to get there on a weekday for late afternoon. Thanks.
  2. Hi, We're moving over next yr and are considering where to live. My husband is going to look for work at an international airline so we need to live within 45 mins of an airport. We thought Brisbane was going to be most suitable as we have a good work contact there but finding somewhere to live within walking distance of a nice beach is proving unlikely from the research I've been doing (I've just put a post in the Queensland section in case anybody has any bright ideas that we've missed). We are unmovable on living near to the beach - at the moment we live a 10 min drive away in the UK but never get around to going and I'd like to be able to take the kids after school regularly. We loved Sydney but don't think we can afford to live close to the beach there as house prices are too high (unless there are suburbs further out that are accessible to the airport where house prices are more reasonable?) Although we liked Cairns when we visited, we don't like the fact you can't swim in the water. Perth is an option as we loved it there too, but feel he would have a long commute to the airport in order for us to be able to find an affordable beach suburb. Can anyone suggest where might be a good fit for us? We haven't visited Melbourne, Adelaide and lots of other potential cities. We have three kids so need good schools and are looking for a place that has a community feel. Any suggestions of places we could research would be appreciated! x
  3. Members additions and recommendations are very welcome please. http://www.airlinequality.com/AirportRanking/hkg.htm Cathay Pacific Airways UK Website http://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/en_GB/homepage Cathay Pacififc Airways Australia Website http://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/en_AU/homepage Seat Reviews :http://www.airlinequality.com/Product/Yseat-CX.htm Airline Review: http://www.airlinequality.com/Forum/cathay.htm Airport Review: http://www.airlinequality.com/Airports/Airport_forum/hkg.htm CATHAY PACIFIC CHILDREN AND BABIES AIRLINE POLICY See Post No 7 Inflight Laptop Power Inflight laptop power 110 V AC PC Power: Need to keep your laptop computer running at full speed onboard? We offer you inflight laptop power! This service is available to all passengers in all classes on long-haul flight. The voltage is 110V AC, maximum power output is 100 watts. 15 V DC PC Power: When travelling on regional flight equipped with DC power, you need to have your own universal air power adaptor that plugs into an "empower" socket. This is different from your terrestrial power charger, and can purchase on the ground at major computer store. The voltage is 15V DC, maximum power output is 75 watts. Enquire about availability when you check-in for your Cathay Pacific flight. Frequent Flyer.. Marco Polo Club http://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/en_HK/ffp/mpo Currency:HKD.. Currency Converter ..http://www.xe.com/ucc/ Interactive Map of Hongkong Airport which includes shopping and dining http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/interactive-map.html Visa: Nationals of the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand don’t require a visa to enter Hong Kong for stays of 90 days, six months for UK nationals. You will need six months validity on your passport. UK Embassy Hongkong: http://ukinhongkong.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/our-consulate-general/contact-us Australian Embassy Hongkong:http://www.dfat.gov.au/missions/countries/hk.html Pay-in Lounge You can now relax and indulge yourselves at the first arrival pay-in lounge, the Plaza Premium Lounge, located at the central access way (non-restricted area) between the two terminals. Offering a wide range of relaxations, including hot showers, all day food and beverage, beauty and massage services, the brand new lounge is the first lounge tailored for all passengers and airport users. It is easily accessible from Terminal 1 via the central access adjacent to the Airport Express Station (To City) or from Terminal 2 near the Coach Station Hall on Level 3. Location : Level 3, Ground Transportation Centre (Near Airport Express Station (To City) or Coach Station, Terminal 2) (non-restricted area) Telephone : +852 3559 1108 Service Hours : 24 hours Website : www.plaza-network.com Email : enquiry.pplhk@plaza-network.com A 15,000 sq. ft. flagship lounge offers full amenities under one roof and a secluded area for VVIPs to enjoy the tranquility as well as privacy during travel. This includes showers, massage, spa, dining, wifi, rest areas, tv... see link http://www.plaza-network.com/index.php/locations/hongkong Travellers Lounge West Hall , 6W524, Departures Level, Terminal 1 Hong Kong International Airport (after Gate 35) Open 24 hrs daily Plaza Shower & Relaxation Lounge 7W509, Departures Level 7, Terminal 1 Hong Kong International Airport (after Gate 60) • Opening Hours : 24 hours Daily • Tel : (852) 2261 2608 • Email : enquiry.pplhk@plaza-network.com Plaza Premium Lounge Arrival Hall An airport lounge at the Arrival Hall takes care of passengers with late or early morning flights - a decent place to stay, rest and refresh after hotel check-out or early arrival in Hong Kong. 4G024 Ground Transportation Centre Hong Kong International Airport (beneath Airport Express Platform, connecting Terminal 1 and 2 • Opening Hours : 24 hours Daily • Tel : (852) 3559 1108 • Email : enquiry.pplhk@plaza-network.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Regal Airport Hotel The Regal Airport Hotel is connected to Terminal 1 by an air-conditioned bridge. The hotel provides superb accommodations with 1,171 rooms, extensive meeting and conference facilities and an extensive array of high quality restaurants and bars serving Cantonese, Shanghainese, Western and international cuisines. Location : 9 Cheong Tat Road Hong Kong International Airport Telephone : +852 2286 8888 Fax : +852 2286 8686 Service Hours : 24 hours Website : www.regalhotel.com Email : rah.info@regalhotel.com Regal Airport Hotel SkyCity Marriott Hotel Novotel Citygate Hong Kong Hong Kong Hotels Association Information Counters AsiaWorld-Expo World Trade Centre - Hong Kong International Airport Children Play Areas The colourful children's play areas provide young passengers with a feast of fun during their stay at Hong Kong International Airport. Location : Between Gate 23 and 25, Departures Level, Terminal 1 Location : Between Gate 509 and 510, Departures Level, North Satellite Concourse Children’s TV lounges Young passengers can watch cartoons and other shows at four Children's TV Lounges near Gate 1, 15, 40 and 60 while they wait for their flights to board. A number of fun games are also available. Location : Near Gate 1, 15, 40 and 60, Departures Level, Terminal 1 Internet and business facilities Wi-Fi Internet access Stay connected at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) before boarding your flight! You can enjoy free wireless Internet access at Terminal 1 and 2, North Satellite Concourse and SkyPier using your Wi-Fi enabled device. Click here for details. Offering extensive in-terminal wireless broadband coverage, HKIA is one of a handful of major international airports where passengers enjoy free wireless Internet access. Miniature gardens and resting lounges Passengers wishing to rest in a relaxing green environment can visit the miniature gardens and resting lounges on the Departures Level near Gate 21, 26, 34, 41 and 61. Green plants with comfortable seating are available to rejuvenate tired passengers and airport users. Smoking Lounges Smoking in the terminals is prohibited by Hong Kong law, except in the designated smoking lounges at the restricted areas of Terminal 1. Battery recharge service 194 charging points at Hong Kong International Airport allow passengers to conveniently charge their notebook computers and other communication devices while enjoying the free Wi-Fi internet service at the airport. The charging points are situated at 53 locations either at seating areas or adjacent to public phone from Level 4 to 6 of Terminal 1. To enjoy the service, please be reminded to bring along an adaptor that complies with Hong Kong’s specific safety requirements, i.e. 3-rectangular-pin fused plug rated at 13A. Mobile phone and notebook computer battery recharge service is available at Aisle H in the Check-in Hall on Level 7 of Terminal 1 at a reasonable cost. Please contact Worldwide Flight Services on its 24-hour hotline (+852 2261 2727) to request for the service. Health and medical services The Airport Medical Centre, operated by Raffles Medical Group, provides a comprehensive range of health care services including standard clinic consultations, X-ray/ laboratory services, first aid/ emergency services, stretcher services, vaccination and physiotherapy. For a full list of medical services and corresponding fees, or for other enquiries and appointments, please contact the Centre. Location : Room 6T004 & 6T009, non-restricted areas of Terminal 1 Telephone : +852 2261 2626 Service Hours : 07:00 – 24:00 Nursing rooms Parents with tiny tots can freshen up in the airport's well-appointed nursing rooms. 33 nursery rooms, equipped with changing and feeding facilities, are located throughout the terminals and SkyPier - 21 in Terminal 1, five in Terminal 2, five in North Satellite Concourse and two at SkyPier. Baby stroller rental Baby strollers are available for hire at Hong Kong International Airport. The service can be procured through your travel agent, airline, airline’s handling agent or Worldwide Flight Services, which operates a 24-hour hotline (+852 2261 2727). Electric vehicles A fleet of 14 electric vehicles operates in the restricted area of the Arrivals and Departures Levels to carry passengers to and from the aircraft gates at a reasonable charge. This service is provided by Worldwide Flight Services. Departing passengers can procure the service at the two service counters at both ends of Departures East Hall, Level 6, Terminal 1. Arriving passengers can contact the operator on its 24-hour hotline (+852 2261 2727) to request for the service. Wheelchair service A wheelchair service is available for departing, arriving, transfer and transit passengers. The service can be procured through your travel agent, airline, airline’s handling agent or Worldwide Flight Services, which operates a 24-hour hotline (+852 2261 2727). Unaccompanied minors service An unaccompanied minors service is available to guide and assist juvenile passengers (under the age of 14). Departing youngsters are accompanied from the Ground Transportation Centre (GTC) or car parks, all the way to the Check-in Hall and the departures gate. Arriving young passengers can be met at the arrivals gate and escorted to the GTC or car parks. You can contact Worldwide Flight Services on its 24-hour hotline (+852 2261 2727) to request for the service. Post Office Sending a postcard or mailing a last minute letter is easy at Hong Kong International Airport. The Post Office is conveniently located in the Check-in Hall of Terminal 1. In addition to the box at the Post Office, you can also drop your postal items in three other post boxes at the following locations: Location : Departures East Hall, Level 6, opposite Alfred Dunhill, Terminal 1 Departures West Hall, Level 6, near Gate 41, Terminal 1 Departures Hall, Level 5, near Customer Services Centre, Terminal 2 Terminal 2 Banking: Bank Of China..HSBC.. Travelex Travelex Worldwide Money Travelex Financial & Travel Services Centre offers one-stop and integrated services catered to travel and financial services needs of travellers and clients. In addition to an extensive array of money exchange and travel-related products and services, including purchase and sale of more than 30 foreign currency banknotes, Travelex is also expanding its insurance product range to cover accident, health and personal lines. Terminal 1 Departures East Hall, Level 6 Restricted Area 06:30 - 23:30 Terminal 1 Departures West Hall, Level 6 Restricted Area 07:00 - 23:15 http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/shopping/insideshopping/all/money/trav.html 4D Extreme Screen With about 360 seats, the 4D Extreme Screen is equipped with state-of-the-art 3D projection system supplemented with seven multi-sensory special effects providing audiences with unique experience beyond any normal theatre. The size of the projection screen is the largest 4D screen in Asia. Terminal 2 Level 6 Non-restricted Area 11:00 - 22:00 AVIATION Discovery Centre The Aviation Discovery Centre (ADC) is targeted to provide a channel for visitors to discover the fascinating aviation related topics with focus on the aviation development of Hong Kong through fun and exciting settings. The ADC is decorated throughout with aviation themed exhibits and graphics with attractions including a HKIA visitor centre, SkyDeck, Interactive Kiosks, Cockpit Simulator, a full-motion plane-cabin ride simulator 4D Motion Ride and many more. Terminal 2 Level 6 Non-restricted Area 11:00 - 22:00 i-Sports i-Sports offers various one-of-a-kind sports simulators such as soccer, basketball, golf, boxing, skiing, car racing, shooting... which welcome beating challenges from amateurs to professionals. Other prize catchers and photo machines are also available for leisure visitors. i-Sports, the most enjoyable place in the airport for passengers and visitors who want to have fun and challenge under the wholesome environment. Terminal 2 Level 6 Non-restricted Area 11:00 - 21:00 Playstation @Gateway PlayStation® Gateway, the only dedicated special gaming area to be found within an airport in Asia, lets you play free of charge to your heart's content with the next generation PS3™, PSP® games and games with the themes of aviation, transportation and movies. You can even enjoy the free latest PSP® trail games download service at PlayStation® Spot. Besides, there is a high-definition family cinema playing the latest movie and game trailer to bring you the totally different gaming experience free of charge! Terminal 2 Level 6 Non-restricted Area 11:00 - 22:00 SKY CITY NINE EAGLES GOLF COURSE SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course is a unique leisure facility of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) nearby Terminal 2 and adjacent to AsiaWorld-Expo. It is the Hong Kong's first nine-hole golf created to United States Golf Association standards and offers a relaxing amenity to passengers and users of HKIA. Inspired by the world's famous 17th hole at the Tournament Payers Club in Sawgrass, Florida, the Nine Eagles adds a new dimension to the Hong Kong golf scene with a signature hole, Island Green. Situated on an island in the middle of an artificial lake, this signature hole is unique in Hong Kong. Other services include: • Nine Eagles Golf Academy running by acclaimed golf instructors • Equipment rental • Baggage storage • A Thai restaurant • A pro-shop • Flood lighting system allowing swing and putt at night Oriental Massage Centre Only massage centers in the airport providing oriental style foot, head and shoulder massage service. The reflexology value is attributed to improving the health conditions as well as easing muscle pain for airport passengers especially for long haul flights. Terminal 1 Departures West Hall, Level 6 Restricted Area 07:30 - 22:30 beauty express Beauty Express offers a streamlined selection of “quick pick” beauty products and exclusive travel sets for the newly arrived and transit passengers. Terminal 1 Arrivals Pre-immigration Hall, Level 5 Restricted Area 07:30 - 23:00 Wellness Salon Either you simply want to pamper yourself during weekends or need to take a flight in the airport, you can enjoy our hair and beauty services, seated and foot massage in SkyPlaza at Terminal 2 to relax and renew your body and soul. Terminal 2 Level 3 Non-restricted Area 09:00 - 21:00 3150 8146 7/11 Shops SkyPier Shop 106, Level 4 Restricted Area 07:30 - 22:00
  4. my Giirlfriend and i are coming over to work, she works for Virgin Australia NZ as a flight attendant and i am a farm worker, though she would like to have a place within 20 minutes of Melbourne airport and i would like to be near to the countryside than the city. any help appreciated thanks
  5. Does anyone know which queue I will join to get through passport control, on arrival in Sydney, if I am travelling on my Aussie passport and my 4 yr old is travelling on their British passport???? :eek: Many thanks
  6. stephaniepomroy

    Taking work tools??

    hello, my partner is a plasterer and is coming to oz sept, was wondering if he was aloud to take work tools? (hawlk & trowel) silly question i no but dont fancy hefty fines at brisbane airport x
  7. Hi all, Am new to this forum. My partner, my 2 year old son and I will be making the move to Melbourne towards the end of the month. I will be working at Tullamarine Airport and my partner will pick up some part time work to start with where she can. Can anyone suggest some nice areas to live which are close(ish) to the airport. I don't mind a 20-30 drive. I will be on a scooter on my commute which should be handy. Ideally we would like to be as near to the city as possible, but we don't want to be cramped into a snug townhouse without a backyard etc. Some people have suggested Coburg/Pascoe Vale, but in our price range we are either going to get an older property or a new townhouse which I know is going to be cramped. Also, areas with nice parks, daycares, transport to the CBD and shopping (supermarkets, general stores) close by would be ideal. Thanks so much.
  8. I thought I would commence a thread on Singapore Airlines, it would be great if members could also add their wealth of knowledge to the thread also.. and update where applicable. http://www.singaporeair.com/SAA-flow.form?execution=e1s1 Joining KrisFlyer https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/ppsclub-krisflyer/registration-form/ Babies and Children Seat Policy... Please see the end of this post A380 Seating Configeration.. http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Singapore_Air/Singapore_Air_Airbus_A380.php Special Needs @ Changi Airport http://www.changiairport.com/at-changi/facilities-and-services/special-needs THE WORLD'S 5-STAR AIRPORTS Hong Kong International Seoul Incheon Singapore Changi Airport Ambassador Transit Hotels If you are transiting in Singapore Changi Airport, you can check the flight information displays at the airport for details of the departure terminal of your connecting flights. Information is also available at the Transfer Desks located at the departure transit areas. Transit Hotel For a short rest after a long flight, just book a room at the Transit Hotels if you are transiting in Terminal 1, 2 or 3. You don't have to clear Immigration to get to the hotels. Terminal 1 - Tel: (65) 6542 5538 (is being upgraded until the end of 2011) Terminal 2 - Tel: (65) 6542 8122 Terminal 3 - Tel: (65) 6507 9788 Visit the Transit Hotel webpage. http://www.harilelahospitality.com/transit_hotel_roomrates.html Exchange rates .... http://www.xe.com/ucc/ All Prices here are quoted in Singapore Dollars and conversion rate to be found in the above link Connecting to different terminals Customers connecting to flights at another terminal may use the Skytrain to get to the next terminal. The Skytrain operates from 5.00am to 2.30am daily. During non-operating hours, passengers can use the free shuttle bus to travel between terminals. Please refer to map below for more details. Swimming Pool Location Operating Hours Terminal 1, Departure Transit Lounge Level 3, Ambassador Transit Hotel Tel: (65) 6542 5538 0700hrs to 2300hrs daily Charge SGD $13.91 nett for non-hotel guests. Price for use is inclusive of pool usage, shower, basic toiletries and a non-alcoholic drink. (Approx. GBP 6.96) Swimming Pool Enjoy the relaxing ambience of the Balinese-themed swimming pool and poolside area operated by Harilela Hospitality Pte Ltd. Passengers staying at the Ambassador Transit Hotel may use the pool and jacuzzi for free. Otherwise, a small fee of $13.91 is charged to non-residents for the use of the swimming pool and jacuzzi, including the use of the shower facilities, a towel and a complimentary non-alcoholic drink from the bar. Showers Just arrived from a long-haul flight? Pamper yourself with a well-deserved shower. Locations Operating Hours Terminal 1, Departure Transit Lounge Level 3, Ambassador Transit Hotel Tel: (65) 6542 5538 24hrs Terminal 2, Departure Transit Lounge Level 3, Ambassador Transit Lounge Tel: (65) 6214 1778 24hrs Terminal 3, Departure Transit Lounge Level 3, Ambassador Transit Lounge Tel: (65) 6507 9798 24hrs Charge SGD $8.56 nett for non-hotel guests Price for use is inclusive of basic toiletries and a non-alcoholic drink. (Approx GBP 4.30) Gymnasium Work out how you want, when you want right here at our well-equipped gymnasium. Locations Operating Hours Terminal 1, Departure Transit Lounge Level 3, Ambassador Transit Hotel Tel: (65) 6542 5538 24hrs Terminal 2, Departure Transit Lounge Level 3, Ambassador Transit Lounge Tel: (65) 6214 1778 24hrs Terminal 3, Departure Transit Lounge Level 3, Ambassador Transit Lounge Tel: (65) 6507 9798 24hrs Price for use is inclusive of shower, basic toiletries and a non-alcoholic drink. Transpa (Massage, Hair & Nails Be revitalized and set off in style for your next destination, with Transpa’s wide range of massage, hair, nail and beauty services at affordable rates. Locations Operating Hours Terminal 2, Departure Transit Lounge South, Level 3, Ambassador Transit Hotel Tel: (65) 6542 2849 1100hrs to 2100hrs daily Terminal 3, Departure Transit Lounge, Level 3, Ambassador Transit Lounge Tel: (65) 6507 9798 1100hrs to 2100hrs daily My Foot Reflexology My Foot Reflexology is a massage center which offers therapeutic massages to the traveller before flights. Relax and de-stress away your physical and mental fatigue with nationally certified therapists with massages that help to ease away discomfort, aches and tiredness.... this can be located @ ... Terminal 3 Departure Transit Lounge Opening Hours : 6.00am - 1.00am Tel : (65) 6242 9110 After immigration Fish Spa & Reflexology Fish Spa & Reflexology offers you traditional therapies handed down from generation to generation, to fun and refreshing fish spa treatments. Soak in the relaxing ambience, breath-taking views and incredible services. This is the perfect pit stop for your travel journey. Fish Spa & Reflexology is the place to relax, unwind, be pampered, nurtured and to put your mind, body and soul in the perfect balance. Relax. Refresh. Rejuvenate. This can be located @ .... Terminal 1 Departure Transit Lounge Opening Hours : 24 hours Tel : (65) 6542 8308 After immigration The Ultimate Spa Foot reflexology, full body massages and facials as well as manicures and pedicures for the well-heeled traveller are offered here. Whether you are looking for moments of therapeutic massage bliss or for a quick beauty fix while on transit, stop by for the ultimate spa experience. This can be located @... Terminal 2 Departure Transit Lounge Opening Hours : 5:30am - 1.00am Tel : (65) 6542 0885 Email : daphne@theultimate.com.sg After immigration Satisfy your cocoa cravings Changi’s Guylian Belgium Chocolate Café (Terminal 3) is chock-a-block with cocoa-filled treats, from hot chocolate to truffles and cakes. It’s also the only Guylian café to spring up at an airport, serving the sweet stuff 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Medical Services If you feel unwell or require medical assistance while at Changi Airport, you may go to the following clinics, located at: Terminal 1 Raffles Medical Group at Departure Transit Lounge West, Level 2 For more information, you can call (65) 6543 1113 Operating hours: 24 hours daily Terminal 2 Raffles Medical Group at Departure Transit Lounge North, Level 2 For more information, you can call (65) 6546 3815 Operating hours: 6.00am - Midnight Raffles Medical Group at Basement South, Public Area For more information, you can call (65) 6543 1118 Operating hours: Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 5.30pm Terminal 3 Raffles Medical Group at Departure Transit Lounge North, Level 2 For more information, you can call (65) 6241 8333 Operating hours: 6.00am - Midnight Raffles Medical Group at Basement 2 South, Public Area For more information, you can call (65) 6241 8818 Operating hours: 24 hours daily In case of emergency, you can contact the Raffles Medical Group Emergency Hotline at (65) 6543 2223 Pharmacies Pharmacies catering to your prescription needs are located at: Terminal 1 Guardian Pharmacy at Departure Transit Lounge East, Level 2 Terminal 2 Watsons at Departure Transit Lounge North, Level 2 Watsons at Departure Check-in Hall North, Public Area, Level 2 Terminal 3 Watsons at Departure Transit Lounge South, Level 2 Watsons at B2 Mall North, Basement 2 Mobility aids We offer a range of services for passengers who require special assistance. Read on for the services offered and contact us if you need assistance with any of the services outlined here. We recommend that you make your travel plans early to enable us to serve you better. Wheelchair, mobility aids and assistive devices If you require the use of wheelchairs (both manual and electric) or mobility aids (canes, crutches, walkers, mobility scooters etc.), please make your travel plans as early as possible. Please note that the carriage of assistive devices does not count towards your free baggage allowance. Our aircraft are also designed to accommodate your basic needs. They are all equipped with an onboard wheelchair that can be used to shuttle between the seat and the lavatory and have wheelchair-friendly lavatories. Our seats also have movable armrests to facilitate the transfer between the onboard wheelchair and the seat. Please note that we will not be able to offer you seats at the emergency exit row and seats on the upper deck of the Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Butterfly Garden Terminal 3 Departure Transit Lounge, Level 2 The world's first Butterfly Garden in an airport is designed as a tropical butterfly habitat with a profusion of flowering plants, lush greenery and a 6 metre grotto-waterfall. You will see different tropical butterflies species during the different seasons of the year. Visit the educational corners within the garden to gain a deeper understanding of butterflies. Individual enclosures let you witness the breeding and feeding of butterflies at close range. You'll be amazed by the transformation of butterflies from pupae, preparing to take their first flight in the Emergence Enclosure! The garden is also home to a collection of 200 carnivorous or insectivorous plants from about 30 species of Nepenthes - tropical pitcher plants from Southeast Asia, especially Singapore. These plants have adapted to growing in nutrient-poor soils by evolving ways of trapping and ‘feeding' on insects and small animals to obtain nutrients. Cactus Garden Terminal 1 Departure Transit Lounge, Level 3 This award-winning garden showcases more than 40 species of cacti and succulents from Africa and the Americas. Have an out-of-the world experience in this forest of surreal plants like the Golden Barrels, Silver Touch, Oldman Cactus, towering Prickly-Pear and giant bottle shaped Club-Foot trees. There is also a collection of massive prehistoric Cycads, towering Euphorbia's and tree-like Dracaenas. Fern Garden & Koi Pond Terminal 2 Departure Transit Lounge, Level 2 Be wowed by the giant Tasmanian tree ferns - Dicksonia Antarctica, which is probably a survivor of the dinosaur era and are known to live for more than 400 years! Landscaped together with tropical tree ferns from the oldest rainforests in the world, the garden also features a wide range of unique ferns like the Birds' Nest Fern, Elephant Fern, Fish-tail Fern, Rabbit-foot Fern and Staghorn Ferns. Be refreshed by the cool green freshness of ferns and swirling waters of the Koi Pond teeming with graceful koi. Orchid Garden & Koi Pond Terminal 2 Departure Transit Lounge (Level 2) Exploding fireworks of colours greet visitors to the Orchid Garden from the massed display of tropical and temperate orchids; colours also reflected in the bright orange, red and yellow koi in the pond. The garden features Spider Orchids, Singapore’s famous and enduring hybrid Butterfly Orchids and the fabulous Moth Orchids from the Orchid Island of Taiwan, displayed in a natural setting of rocks or cascading from aged driftwood in a lush tropical landscape of towering Foxtail Palms and unique foliage plants. The garden also features a changing exhibit of rare orchids and seasonal display of Singapore's National Flower - the Vanda Miss Joaquim and Changi Airport's very own - the Dendrobium Changi Airport. Sunflower & Light Garden @ T2 Terminal 2 Departure Transit Lounge, Level 3 It's a sunflower garden by day and then voila! a light-themed garden by night! This is the newly revamped Sunflower Garden at Terminal 2 Departure Transit Lounge, Level 3. Reopened on 16 March 2010 with new design features and walkways, it also boasts new lighting effects and illuminating fixtures to transform the Garden into a Light-themed garden by night (7.00pm - 7.00am, daily). Some of the new exciting features include: Firefly Lights which replicate a "firefly" effect at the garden Illuminated Bamboo Walkthrough featuring bamboo-cast structures placed on both sides of the pathway Award-winning "Aura Seating System" - Aesthetically pleasing and structurally innovative curvy chairs designed for ultimate comfort Custom Designed Lighted Seats placed around the Graden to provide a total visual experience Smoking Areas If you wish to smoke, you can make your way to any one of our Smoking Areas located at: Terminal 1 Departure Transit Lounge West, Level 3 Terminal 2 Departure Transit Lounge North and South, Level 2 Terminal 3 Departure Transit Lounge North and South, Level 2 Outdoor Smoking Area, opposite gate B10, Level 2 Outdoor Smoking Area, next to gate A21, Level 2 Outdoor Smoking Area, next to Silver Kris Lounge, Level 3 Smoking Bars.. See Post 10.. Harry's Bar (Courtesy of Pablo) Children's Playground A place suitable for children aged from 1 to 12 to have moments of fun. This play area is located at: Terminal 1 Departure Transit Lounge West, Level 3 Terminal 2 Next to Family Zone at Departure Transit Lounge North, Level 2 Terminal 3 Next to SATS Special Service Lounge at Departure Transit Lounge Central, Level 2 Outside gate holdroom A16 - A20 at Departure Transit Lounge South, Level 2 Next to water fountain at B2 Mall, Public area Fun for the Kids http://www.changiairport.com/at-changi/entertainment-lifestyle/changi-aviation-gallery Singkids Playsystem Rain or shine, kids can have an endless supply of fun at Singkids Playsystem. The little ones can explore every nook and cranny of this indoor playground, with movable equipments aimed to provide a more exciting and dynamic play environment. Other popular attractions include the Waterfall Tunnel, Spinning Palm Tree, Dancing Balloon and Sky Rider.. this can be located @ ...... Terminal 3 B2 Mall Opening Hours : 11.00am - 11.00pm Games galore Changi airport offers LAN and console games on the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 at no charge. Plus, in Terminal 2, there are music corners where you can listen to your favourite tunes in comfortable booths. Plane spotter heaven? As well as an close-up view of aircraft pacing down the runway, Changi’s Aviation Gallery, which opened in April this year, has hands-on interactive displays and offers an insightful behind-the-scenes look into the airport’s bustling operations. A nice touch are the 600 miniature aircraft hanging from the ceiling to show the number of flights handled at the airport each day. (Level 3, Terminal 2 Public Area). 3D Xperience Zone The 3D Xperience Zone is specially designed to be a full interactive experience of cutting-edge design combined with technology, which will amaze and entertain you. Check out the latest Samsung Galaxy Technology showcase featuring the latest and most exciting 3D content and games in the market. Be entertained with a large format display screen, 3D TV, free Internet surfing kiosks, 3D gaming stations, custom built-in speaker seats, and more. There are also fun photo-me kiosks, where you can take a self-portrait and share them via email. Have fun adorning your photos with specially created templates featuring Singaporean icons, making them priceless souvenirs of Singapore and Changi Airport. The 3D Xperience Zone is located at Terminal 2's transit area behind Lee Hwa Diamond Gallery. Movie Theatre Die-hard movie fans will find the Movie Theatres in Terminals 2 & 3 the best place to relax when in transit at Changi Airport. You can enjoy movies of different genres at Terminal 3 or the latest movie screenings on Star Movies at Terminal 2. These screenings are available free of charge for your viewing pleasure. These entertainment hubs are open 24 hours daily and are located at: Terminal 2 Near the Sunflower Garden at Departure Transit Lounge South, Level 3 Terminal 3 Near the Ambassador Transit Lounge at Departure Transit Lounge North, Level 3 Internet Services Staying connected is easy at Changi Airport, with many free and paid options available at all our Terminals. If you have a laptop, simply plug in to our numerous dial-up PC Connection or Ethernet LAN points for free access. You can also use our Free Internet Corners for a quick internet session. If you prefer to surf on the go, you can enjoy free wireless broadband (up to 1Mbps) with Wireless@SG. Simply choose Wireless@SG as your network ID (SSID) and register for an account, and you'll get your password on your Singapore-registered mobile phone. You can also drop by any Information Counter for a temporary account. With your Wireless@SG account, you can enjoy free broadband internet at hotspots throughout Singapore. Recommended Transfer Experiences With our exciting array of facilities, services, shops and dining offerings, you will definitely find something that meets your needs and guarantee an unforgettable transfer experience. Here's our recommendations based on your transit dwell time at Changi Airport. 2 to 3 hours Surf the Internet or send out some emails with FREE Internet services (15 mins) Enjoy a stroll in the world's first Butterfly Garden in an airport at Terminal 3 (20 mins) Get a FREE foot massage at the Foot and Calf Massage Stations (15 minutes) Pick up fantastic gifts from a wide selection of souvenirs, toys, fashion and books (30 mins) Grab a light and healthy meal at Quick Bites (30 mins) 3 to 4 hours Try out a fish micro-massage therapy at the Fish Spa & Reflexology (30 mins) Refresh with a quick shower (20 mins) Have a go at the FREE Xbox 360 and PlayStation® 3 games at the Entertainment Deck (30 mins) Shop at the wide selection of fashion labels, gift choices and lifestyle brands (1 hour) Enjoy delicious gourmet dining at our wide range of restaurants (45 mins) More than 5 hours Join a FREE Singapore Tour and take in the sights and sounds of Singapore, as well as get a glimpse into Singapore’s ethnic heritage and tourist attractions. (2 hours) Try out the various cuisine from local, Asian and international dining outlets in the airport (45 mins) Don't miss out on some great buys from our wide range of duty-free products (1 hour) Catch a nap at one of our quiet Rest Areas or check into a napping facility (1 hour http://www.changiairport.com/at-changi/internet-and-business-services/internet-services Visa Requiements for Singapore. Please check your nationality status http://singapore.visahq.com/ VISA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY INTO SINGAPORE FOR UK AND IRELAND British and Irish passport holders do not require visas to visit Singapore for a stay of less than one month, if they have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the departure date from Singapore, a confirmed onward return ticket and sufficient funds for their stay in Singapore. Left Luggage Facilities...http://www.changiairport.com/at-changi/facilities-and-services/baggage-services SIA Hop-on bus Boarding Pass Privileges Enjoy complimentary unlimited rides on the SIA Hop-on bus on the Singapore Stopover Holidays (Hotels + Transfers + Attractions). The SIA Hop-on bus is an air-conditioned tourist bus service that lets you hop on and off at any designated stop, allowing you to explore Singapore at your own pace. Now, with the Sentosa Rider, visiting Sentosa has never been easier! Operating from 9am to 9pm daily, this bus service allows you to hop on and hop off at designated stops within walking distance of ethnic districts, major attractions, shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment hot-spots. Handy onboard maps enable you to embark on a personal adventure of discovery on foot and rejoin the bus whenever you please. Free Singapore Tour If you are transiting in Singapore and have at least 5 hours to spare before your connecting flight, you can register for a 2 hour sightseeing tour of Singapore, with a choice of a Colonial Tour or Cultural Tour. Registration is based on first-come-first-serve basis and are subject to entry visa requirements stipulated by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority. Certain conditions apply. Registration timing and operating hours Tour timings 7.00am to 3.15pm, daily (Terminal 2) 7.00am to 3.00pm, daily (Terminal 3)9.00am, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 3.00pm, 4.00pm (All tours are conducted in English) Swing by any of our Free Singapore Tour booth located at: Terminal 2 Near the escalators to North Arrival Immigration and Skytrain station at Departure Transit Lounge North, Level 2 Terminal 3 Next to Transfer Lounge B at Departure Transit Lounge North, Level 2 Note: If you are at Terminal 1, please proceed to Terminal 2 for registration. *Please see Post No 37 for Frequently Asked Questions At Changi Airport SINGAPORE AIRWAYS CHILDREN POLICY Do I need to reserve a seat for my infant? Children up to two years old (24 months), are not required to have their own seat. You must, however, inform Singapore Airlines that you will be traveling with an infant on your lap. Only one lap child is allowed per adult. If one adult is traveling with more than one infant under two years of age, contact Singapore Airlines as special arrangements are required. You can also choose to purchase a seat for your infant as long as you have the proper child restraint device. Will I pay for my infant to travel domestically? Contact Singapore Airlines for more information. Will I pay for my infant to travel internationally? Yes, a child under two years old (24 months) is usually charged 10% of an adult fare plus taxes, even if the infant will be on the lap of another passenger for the flight. What if my child turns two on the trip; will I have to buy a ticket for the return flight? Yes, a ticket will have to be purchased for any flight on which the infant will be over two years old. What types of child restraint devices are allowed? The use of booster seats is prohibited. Approved car-type child seats may be used for children under three years but not less than six months of age. The seat must be forward facing and can be secured to an aircraft passenger seat by means of an aircraft safety belt. It must also be approved under one of the following foreign airworthiness authority / government standards: United Kingdom (UK) Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States of America as meeting the Technical Standard Order TSO-C100b; or seats that have two markings: “This Restraint is Certified for Use in Motor Vehicles and Aircraft" in red lettering and “This seat conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS)". European Safety Standard requirements of United Nations ECE Regulation 44 (UN/ECE 44). Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) No. 213 titled “Child Restraint Systems" or CMVSS No. 213.1 titled “Infant Seating and Restraint Systems". Australian/New Zealand design standard AS/NZS 1754 for infant car seats. Child harness approved by FAA is also accepted for use on the aircraft. However, not all models may be fitted on our First and Business Class seats. You may wish to contact our Singapore Airlines office for more details. Manufacturing standards and instructions must be provided by the customer to our ground staff and crew for reference. Usage of child car seat and child harness on board is subject to all child safety seat requirements. Both cannot be installed on seats in the emergency exit rows as well as the rows immediately before and after it. What infant amenities are available on the aircraft I'll be flying (i.e. bassinets, diaper changing tables)? Infant amenities vary by aircraft. When you're on the airplane page, look for the Infant Amenity Icon. If it is present, clicking on it will tell you what infant services are available on that airplane. If you do not see it, infant amenities are not offered on that aircraft. You can always contact Singapore Airlines for more information. While a limited number of bassinets are available on board on a first-come, first-served basis, Singapore Airlines recommends that you request a bassinet upon booking to assure easy travel with your infants. The dimensions of the bassinets are 768 L x 298 W x 158 H (mm). Bassinets can support a maximum weight of 14kg. Can I sit in the exit row with my infant? Lap children and infant seats are not allowed in exit rows. In fact, no one under the age of 15 is allowed in the exit rows.
  9. Hiya We are flying with emirates to Perth and was wondering what we need as proof that we have our 457 visa? Do we just print out the confirmation email and our passports, or is there anything else we need? Thank you:smile:
  10. The Pom Queen

    Perth Airport to Expand

    Work will begin on the expansion of Perth Airport in early 2012, with $750 million to be invested in it over the next three years.** Perth Airport CEO Brad Geatches welcomed the expansion of both the international and domestic terminal. He said: “This is a very exciting time for Perth Airport. Construction has begun on the new domestic terminal, adjacent to the current international terminal, which will service regional WA and some interstate routes. “This represents the beginning of a significant development programme, allowing passengers to move seamlessly between regional, domestic and international services.” The development includes a major expansion of the current international terminal with a new arrivals area, enhanced departures area and a new domestic pier, which will become home to Virgin Australia in 2014. “Building on the $200 million invested in recent years, a further $750 million will be invested over the next three years to ensure Perth Airport delivers an airport experience befitting our state and one of which we can all be proud,” added Mr Geatches.
  11. gaunty

    Airport Hotel Recommendations

    Hi All We'll be arriving in Melbourne from the UK in March next year and we've a 5 and 2 yr old. We get in at 8pm ish from Dubai and we're hoping to get an airport hotel room for the night to crash in before picking up a hire car and driving down the GO Road. Anyone got any recommendations for hotels that we should look into or any that might be a little further afield that do a reliable pickup (given that our kids will want to be in bed as soon as possible)? Regards Gaunty
  12. Hi All Any advice or info on taking lap-top, external hard drive & memory stick thru airport security and the X-Ray machines. Thanks
  13. Hey guys, My flight is booked for 17th january and im supposed to be landing at 20:30 at night , just wondered what are the peak times at sydney so i know what kind of line at customs i should be expecting, plus i have my new boss picking me up from airport so don't want to keep him waiting for a long time haha Thanks
  14. My husband is travelling to Perth this week with Emirates and will probably want a shower in Dubai both ways. He has access to the Lounge by being a member of priority pass. Does anyone know are the showers in the lounges? Do they provide you with shampoo, towels etc?? Many thanks. x
  15. Hi Guys, Need to get from the airport to Mornington on the evening of the 29th November, any recommendations for a taxi firm to do this? I know its going to be pricey but dont want to get ripped off. Any help greatly appreciated.:biggrin:
  16. Hi Everyone, Well we are finally coming out to validate our visas in December, staying in Mandurah first then onto Scarborough (Seashells in both) 13th till 27th December. :jiggy: Can anyone suggest a reasonably priced Taxi Wagon to collect us from Perth International Airport and take us to Mandurah??? 4 passengers & 4 suitcases on 13th December 2011 at 3pm. I've booked our hire car from Bayswater Car Hire in Freo........a Corolla Sedan.......hope its big enough to carry us and our suitcases!!! What do you think? We will be in the Seashells Scarborough for Christmas, can anyone suggest somewhere nice to eat out on Christmas Day or would you do a BBQ on the beach? I'm so excited to be finally heading out to Perth but also a little scared.............so many big decisions will be made on this trip! Will we find a suburb we like? Will there be work for my roofer husband? Can we afford a house? Will my 16yr old fall in love with Perth and agree to come with us? But at least at the end of this trip we will finally know what direction our lives are going in instead of the limbo we've been in for the last 3yrs while we've been trying to secure our Visa. Fingers crossed by August 2012 we will be living in Perth. :biggrin: Thanks Little Lisa xxx
  17. The Pom Queen

    Melbourne Airport Strike

    TRAVELLERS are being warned to arrive early to Melbourne Airport tomorrow as customs officers go on strike again. Hundreds of customs officers will walk off the job* for four hours from 7am tomorrow for two hours, followed by another four hour stoppage from 9pm. The move will add significant delays to passengers to the processing of passengers travelling on international flights both in and out of the airport. A spokesman for Melbourne Airport today said that passengers would face delays. "This will affect arriving and departing passengers on what is one of the busiest days of the week for international travel," the spokesman said. "We are strongly encouraging international travellers tomorrow to follow the advice from Customs which is to arrive at the airport early, and go straight to customs." It comes after talks on a new deal failed this afternoon. Qantas baggage handlers and ground crew from the Transport Workers Union will also go on strike tomorrow for two hours from 7am and again from 4pm in a further headache for airline travellers. Qantas management will fill in for baggage handlers and ground crew tomorrow in a bid to minimise disruption. But the TWU action will still impact on more than 6,800 passengers, with 14 flights cancelled and 38 flights delayed by up to an hour.
  18. Should we book one? We have 6 hours stop over. I am thinking kids and swimming pool - do we get towels? Do we need to book a room for all 5 of us? or would we be o.k with eg a triple? We don't need the extra beds - more of a bag and wee -pee stop. And if we book one which terminal or are they all close together that it won't really matter??
  19. How do most people get to the airport with all their bags and passengers????? I am not even sure what 40kgs looks like bags wise. Will we fit it all in one car? Or are we best doing a hotel the day before?
  20. Guest

    Car Rental Brisbane airport

    Hi every 1, Just got a quick question, Does anybody know of any good car hire companies from Brisbane airport want to hire a car when we arrive for a few weeks, any feed back would be great chris :biggrin:
  21. Hi, I've been told to expect at least a 1-2 hrs wait to get through Customs at the airport as they check the actual contents of your luggage. Anyone had any recent experiences of going through Customs in Melbourne? My flight gets in at 910pm so trying to estimate how long my friend will be waiting for me. Thanks :wink:
  22. The Pom Queen

    Caloundra Airport Suburb

    I'm sorry but this really winds me up, the developers get planning permission to build houses next to the airport then the residents who have purchased there are complaining and going for legal action about the noise, for goodness sake why the hell did they buy there in the first place:mad::mad:
  23. We're flying into Brisbane airport at 0050 on a saturday morning and wanted to have a hire car booked from this end. my problem is however, i cant find anywhere open at that time in the morning with most of them closing at 12. I reckon by the time we get through immigration and stuff it'l b bout 0200. Has anyone used a rental company at that time of morn?
  24. Hi, I am looking for accommodation for single male, 45 yrs old, FIFO 9/5 from 31 August 2011 ongoing until mid October. Need a room with en-suite. Willing to pay approx $125 p/w As close to the Perth domestic airport as possible. Urgent request! Thanks
  25. Hi Can you please help am looking for a hotel near Melbournes main airport in feb, cheap as possible as we land at 10.30pm and will have to check out at probably 12.00. It for 2 adults & 2 children. Thanks