customs/ suggestions

Old Sep 22nd, 2006, 09:43 PM
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customs/ suggestions

I am flying roundtrip from LAX to Australia on Qantas. I will be making a connecting flight from LAX to JFK on Delta. The Qantas flight was arranged by a travel agent. I am wondering if I have to go through customs at LAX and is 5 hrs enough time to get luggage, go through customs and check in for the Delta flight?
Also does anyone have any suggestions for things to do/see and places to dine. During Nov. I will be in
Brisbane 4 nights
Sydney 5 nights
Adelaide 3 nights
Melbourne 3 nights
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Old Sep 23rd, 2006, 04:24 AM
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Greetings from down under. Everytime you arrive from an international destination and have to change to a domestic flight you clear customs at the first port of call. I have always had to collect my bags in LAX and re-check in my luggage. From memory you turn right after Customs to the transfer desk.

You must dine at least once in the Opera House area. Bennelong (in the Opera House) and Aria restaurants are recommended. Love the fish and chips in Quayside and Lenin serves cheap pub food. For great views, try Altitude in the Shangri-la hotel and Forty One. Tetsuya's (very expensive but an experience) in the city centre is one of the top restaurants but you have to book quite far ahead. for reviews etc.

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is very popular. I would also recommend a harbour cruise, there's one by the Sydney Ferries at only $24 per pax for quite a few hours.

The Sydney harbour area is the most beautiful especially on a sunny day. Bondi Beach is a popular beach with tourists. Darling Harbour is quite buzzy on a weekend.

I'll post again if I can think of anything else!
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Skip the harbour cruise and just take the ferry to Manly. Manly's a great place to stroll, along the Corso to the beach, and the ferry shows you all the sights for a fraction of the price.

Have a pizza and a pint or three of Little Creatures Ale at the Australian Hotel in The Rocks, after working up a thirst poking around the fascinating Susannah House Museum across the street. Other "hotels", or pubs, of interest are found on the other side of the bridge -- the Hero of Waterloo and the Lord Nelson.

In Melbourne, be sure to ride the trams out to some of the near suburbs -- Fitzroy, Richmond, St. Kilda. At the last-named, have a pastry at one of the famous Acland Street cake shops.
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To answer your question, 5 hours between flights in LAX is plenty of time to cear immigration, claim bags, clear customs and check in for your Delta flight to JFK. You'll probably have it all completed in under 2 hours so bring along a good book or plan on passing time in one of the airport restaurants or bars.
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5 hours is heaps of time though with the upgraded security at present it could hold things up. One time we did customs and transfer to a flight to Denver in 1.5 hrs. Got into the lounge and sat down for 5 minutes and they called our flight. Hd no choice as our flight from Sydney was late.
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