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Sydney Airport to Kiama

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Sydney Airport to Kiama

Hi,

Long time lurker here.

Our flight arrives around 6:30am late July.

By the time we get through immigration and customs and pick up our car we assume it will be 8:30am.

Google maps estimates the trip to Kiama and our hotel takes around 2 hours. It seems a pretty direct route along the A1.

My question is, is that time frame reasonable. Heading out of town, I think we would be driving against the traffic that time of the morning.

After 2 nights R&R there, we begin a 3 week road trip to Adelaide along the coastal route to pick up our flight to Singapore. No itinerary, no bookings, just winging it and looking to staying in cabins/motels as suggested many times on the forum.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Sydney Airport to Kiama

Are you actually driving after arriving from New York?

Is that really a wise plan?

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2. Re: Sydney Airport to Kiama

Hi,

If your flight is a long haul rather than a domestic east coast flight stay at Rydges across the concourse from the International Terminal (two minutes walk with luggage) and drive to Kiama the following day. Driving after a long haul is like driving drunk, throw in driving on the left, pitch black winter night and Bitc### Betty on the GPS and you are an accident looking for a place to happen.

If you are arriving following a short haul domestic flight your drive to Kiama should be ok but you still miss the scenery and hopefully the wildlife.

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3. Re: Sydney Airport to Kiama

No, we are arriving from SFO.

But don’t see a problem.

Why do you ask, Able?

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4. Re: Sydney Airport to Kiama

Why do I ask? Pretty obvious ...

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5. Re: Sydney Airport to Kiama

He is asking as you might be jet lagged. Not a good idea to drive for 2 hours on unfamiliar roads after a long flight.

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6. Re: Sydney Airport to Kiama

Am sure we will be fine.

We are well travelled and used to unfamiliar roads, even in our own country, and also driving on the left after living in the UK for many years.

Just wanting to know if the 2 hours in a reasonable travel time.

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7. Re: Sydney Airport to Kiama

Hi,

>>Why do you ask, Able?<<

Answered in post #2.

Also reminds me of the young boy asking the sage how he came to name each of the children born into the tribe, he said I name the child after the first thing I see when I wake in the morning, "why do you ask two dogs f#####g".

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8. Re: Sydney Airport to Kiama

Donald, are you used to driving jet lagged?

I hope you and other road users will be safe.

In normal circumstances, 2 hours from the airport to Kiama is reasonable.

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9. Re: Sydney Airport to Kiama

Why Kiama and not Sydney for 2 nights ?

The questions about driving after a long haul flight are pretty sensible to me.

Anyway, drive to Kiama will be less than 2 hours if you take the most direct route on the A1/M1. The more scenic drive is via Stanwell Tops/coast.

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10. Re: Sydney Airport to Kiama

Thanks to all for your concern.

Am not one for putting myself and my wife or others in danger.

Our flight leaves late evening, we will sleep well on lie flats in business class.

8am Sydney time is 3pm SFO time so jet lag will be minimal on arrival.

A two hour drive, now confirmed, will not be a problem.

Why Kiama not Sydney? Just not interested in cities any more and wanted to get a bit of a start to the journey away from the hustle and bustle of one.

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