Australia

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Fishing

Rock fishing safety information http://www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au

Weather http://www.bomb.nsw.gov.au

Tides http://www.bom.gov.au/oceanography/projects/ntc/ntc.shtml

Optus Voicemail

To call optus voicemail while overseas call +61 411 000 321 from the mobile phone.

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Banks

HSBC swift code is HKBAAU2S. HSBC charged by 10 AUD when I made a deposit.

Sydney

Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre gives nice views of the city from Ultimo. There is a secure car park beneath the centre. On 2011-09-02 it costs $12.80 for an adult swim & sauna.

Fish Markets, Pyrmont

You can park at the Sydney Fish Markets. It can be hard to find a spot to eat on weekends.

There a couple of shops, you can walk between them until you find the best food.

On 2012-09-28, we picked up some Coffin Bay Pacific Oysters for $12 a dozen and also some Sydney Rock Oysters. I prefer the Pacific Oysters, they are sweeter. Sydney Rock Oysters have an yellow tinge. Smaller oysters and prawns and taster, so I usually pick up the medium sized ones. The premium paid for large ones is wasted on me.

Castle Towers, Castle Hill

It has a cinema and free parking.

In The Piazza section you can visit Max Brenner for hot chocolate or dessert.

Smithfield

Candelori's restaurant serves pricey Italian. We ate here on 2012-09-27 and enjoyed the lobster ravioli ($27) and duck ragu ($26). Tea costs $5.

Castle Towers

Costi's Seafood

A fishmonger franchise.

2015-06-06: Calamari was $16.99/kg, tiger prawns $27.99/kg, dozen unshucked oysters $14.45