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Canberra bus out of sync with lodge booking weeks

Discussion in 'Charlotte Pass' started by alferg, Jun 27, 2015.

  1. alferg

    alferg Hard Yards

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    Hi,

    Just wondering if anyone else has encountered this issue.

    We are planning to fly from Brisbane to Canberra, get a bus to Perisher & then oversnow to Charlotte Pass for a week.

    The problem is that the snoExpress bus only runs Canberra <-> Perisher on Fridays & Sundays, while the booking week at Charlotte Pass is Saturday > Saturday.

    So what is the best way to get around this? So far everything I've looked into is a huge pain &/or prohibitively expensive.

    Cheers, Alferg.
    (PS. This is my first post on these forums since about 2005!)
     
  2. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty

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    There might be a bus or two that runs to Bullocks Flat (Ski Tube) on the odd days.
     
  3. alferg

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    Thanks Angus :)

    A bit more fishing around revealed that Greyhound does in fact have a daily bus service that stops at Bullocks Flat. Not as convenient as SnoExpress direct to Perisher, but it appears to be the best solution to my dilemma. Only bummer is that the return bus doesn't get to Canberra Airport until 7.35pm, which is too late for a flight back to Brisbane. So it looks like we'll have to spend a night in Canberra on the end of the trip, which is a bit dull but still a whole lot cheaper than any options involving 1 night in Charlotte Pass or Perisher!
     
  4. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty

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    @alferg Depending on the numbers of you travelling, it may be cheaper to hire a shytebox from Canberra for the week, drop passengers at Perisher and for the driver to drive back to Bullocks and leave the car for the week (Cheapest I could find was a Hyundai Getz for $256 for 8 days from CBR) . Do the numbers. A bit of a PITA but the price paid for skiing such a great place as CP. Just hope Huey delivers the goods before you get there.
     
  5. alferg

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    Wow, I hadn't even considered hiring a car - but yes, some rough maths suggests that it's the cheapest option - partly because it means I can choose the cheapest flights. Will scope this out further & report back. Thanks so much Angus! Lang may yer lum reek (from a fellow Scotsman :) )
     
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  6. cold wombat

    cold wombat Twitter Contributer Social Media Mod Ski Pass: Gold

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    Crossover point for me has always been more than one person. Cheaper to hire a car than try for the bus, even for a week. And a hell of a lot more convenient.
     
  7. Charlie

    Charlie Still the most depraved poster here Ski Pass: Gold

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    A Scot would surely never refer to himself as a 'Scotsman'?:
     
  8. alferg

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    I think u have it back to front - its SCOTCHman that's incorrect - Scotsman is the correct one ;)

    (Although like most Scots, I am a Scotch man - love the stuff! :D )
     
  9. Charlie

    Charlie Still the most depraved poster here Ski Pass: Gold

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    och weil!
     
  10. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    They refer to themselves as Scots. Individually as a Scot. No "man". It's the skirts, I think.:out:
     
  11. WaitAwhile

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    We have always hired a car from canberra ,using public transport just
    wasted to much time for a week on snow and plane/bus times were did not correlate.
     
  12. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly What a plonker. Ski Pass: Gold

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    And "scotch" is a verb meaning to scour or scrub. Perhaps appropriate for mass-market red-labelled varieties, but whisky is still Scots or Scottish. No matter what the label on the bottle mistakenly says. Labels are designed by marketing people.
     
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  13. alferg

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    It's a braw bricht moonlicht nicht the nicht!
     
  14. alferg

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    Skirts, lol :D

    So... who can tell me... what's worn under a Scotsman's kilt?
     
  15. Charlie

    Charlie Still the most depraved poster here Ski Pass: Gold

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    Evvverrrythings in perrrfect worrrrking order!

    Boom Tish!
     
  16. alferg

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    LOL

    As the Queen can confirm...:eek:
    [​IMG]
     
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  17. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Auditioning for the John Brown position.
     
  18. alferg

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    Ha, nice! (But I had to google before I got it :doh:)
     
  19. alferg

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    So I'm all booked! WOOT!

    Ended up finding that Europcar has a 5+ day deal going, so I've got a Hyundai I20 for $232 - cheap as chips!

    Will probably just drive to Bollocks Fat & we will all catch the tube, because A) the car isn't insured above the snowline & B) the kids will get a buzz catching a train through a mountain :cool:

    So total transfer cost is 232+60 (approx, for petrol) + 79x2 & 42x2 for skitube = $534

    Compared to the SnoExpress bus for $560 + Canberra accom (unknown) + general difficulty due to not syncing with flights.

    So overall, it's a win!:thumbs:
    Thanks again @Angus_McCrory :cheers:

    PS. Jerrabomberra gave me a 5% discount too :D
     
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  20. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty

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    @alferg You will enjoy yourself. Jerra is a pretty good lodge, just a shame that Rick the Legend (Walkom) wont be there this year.
     
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  21. WaitAwhile

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    Something else that you might want to consider is domestic travel insurance for the driver,this covers you for the rental vehicle excess,should you be unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident , its far cheaper than what they will try and sell to you at the counter.
    All this can be done online through someone like 1 cover or others and they charge about $45 for the week.
     
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    might not be a problem ;)
     
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  23. alferg

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    Sounds like there's a few stories behind that name - I'll ask around at the lodge!
     
  24. alferg

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    Great tip for anyone hiring a car :thumbs:
    & fortunately I was getting travel insurance anyway (with 1Cover) & was very excited when I noticed the hire car excess cover! Although, I was also kicking myself for all the times I've hired cars & been ripped off, doh :doh:
     
  25. alferg

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    Yeah totally - I used to drive uninsured hire cars above the snowline all the time, but it's not worth the hassle in this case. My son asked if the snowtube was literally a tube - he was imagining something like the glass transport tubes in "Futurama" :D
     
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    Prepare him for disappointment
     
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  27. telecrag

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    They havent even changed the perspex in the windows since it was built!
     
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  28. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty

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    Windows.... thought they were frosted screens.............
     
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  29. alferg

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    Ha! Nah, he'll love it - he's only 7 & still gets excited catching the train to Southbank!
     
  30. WaitAwhile

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    A lot of kids (and a few older ones) get a kick out of sitting at the very front or the very rear seats, the drivers compartment only takes up half of the front window and there are seats on the other side that give you a great view either uphill or downhill, as you go over the Thredbo River and up into the tunnel.
     
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  31. cold wombat

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    Get on quick if you want one of those seats.
     
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    The sign on the tube indicated a "50 point penalty" for interfering with a compartment door.

    Can anyone explain how you would suffer a 50 point penalty?
     
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    Check Skitube prices for open return tickets.
     
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  34. alferg

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    Yes - pretty damn expensive @$79 return per adult, but it's still my best option.
     
  35. Legs Akimbo

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    In NSW fines for naughtiness are stated to be a certain number of "penalty units" in various acts. It means that to increase fines they don't have to amend eleventy gazillion bits of legislation. They only have to change one act to redefine the monetary equivalent of a penalty unit. I think a point is worth about $120 at the moment, but there is every chance I'm wrong.

     
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  36. cold wombat

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    Pedantry: They have to amend a regulation, not the act that provides for the regulation.

    Just read your post properly. I think I'm wrong.
     
  37. David Andrews

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    plenty of rumours floating around about what Vail resorts will do about shitty connections at Canberra airport & whether Cooma airport will have commercial flights again. All too late for this season, but hopefully next, we might see jets operating into Cooma again.

    Know of one airline who's seriously looking at jets into Cooma. Maybe they've already spoken to Perishers new owners. We've been told that Vail resorts underwrites a far chunk of seats into Vail airport in Colorado. For those who don't know, Vail airport @ Eagle is about 40 mins drive to Vail & bit over hour to Breck, whereas Denver is 2 hours roughly to Vail & about 1 hour 40 to Breck + much easier & therefore quicker to get out of Vail airport than Denver.
     
  38. Frimbo

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    Hiya, just read this. Some other points. Some of the Charlottes lodges have Sunday as changeover day for week stays. It helps even out the bookings on the oversnow so the whole village isn't coming and going on Saturday. Depending on what time you get to the skitube also watch out if you have luggage since between 8am and 10am they restrict it to only skis going up and 3:30 till 5 coming down. It's all on their timetable.
     
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    What Frimbo said about luggage restrictions...

    I think the no baggage rule is for people taking pallet loads of stuff up there. I've seen people with a full trolley each and more turn up at the ski tube.

    We've got on the skitube during the restricted times with luggage before, because we have so little, we can carry it all without a trolley, even with my ski bag stuffed with mine and my kids skis.
     
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