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Question on car seats / booster seats (any info appreciated)

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Reinbow

Hi all

 

(first post, excuse me if I'm not familiar with etiquette) 

I have tried googling a bit and so on, but would appreciate any clarity or info anyone would have on booster seats.

We have a South African standard (SABS approved) booster seat which we use for my 4-year old son. Would it even be worth it to fly it over? (We arrive in Sydney 1 Feb)

Initially we are going to be renting a car and using public transport, until we get licences converted, etc.

 

I know Australia seem to be quite stringent and finicky (with good cause) about these laws, and I do intend to eventually buy an "Australian approved" booster seat when we get there and we are driving regularly, my question is, would the current booster seat be ok in the interim, or not? Has anyone had experience with this, and please, what specifically would you recommend?

 

Thanks a mill.

 

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HadEnoughofJuju

Hi Reinbow

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

Depends on which state you are headed to. Here in good the good old United State of QLD they are pretty sticky about car and booster seats. Believe it or not they have a 10 year expiry date on them and here in QLD they must have an Aus Standards sticker which also includes the weight and age rating.

 

Most of the car hire companies have cars seats that you can rent with the car and Gumtree and FB  are your friends here in Aus. You should be able to pick up a decent seat for a reasonable price.

 

P.S. You have 3 months to drive around on your South African licence before ypu habe to convery and do yourself a favour by getting lettet from the traffic department validating your South African licences. As far as  can remember NSW requires this letter to convert. QLD doesn't yet, and I'm not sure about the other states. Rather be safe than sorry.

 

Happy Foruming

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LM17

HI, you need a letter in Sydney to convert your license - pretty easy to get, 

As for car seats, SA car seats are not legal here (SA seats comply with Euro standards not Aus) , main difference is that all car seats must have a theater strap attached to the back of the main car seat (you wills see what i mean when you get here)

My advice:  leave your seats at home, and buy  when you get here  (Gumtree or  Target/BigW/Kmart)

 

PS: in Australia there is no concept of "OK in the interim"  its either legal or not.....;-)   ....takes us a while to get use to this, 

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Reinbow

Ok thanks very much, appreciate the info, we'll give it away this side then, and rent / buy one as soon as we get there.

 

:)

 

 

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Reinbow

Sorry, one more question, when we land in Sydney, the idea was to Uber to a hotel and just recover from jet lag, sight-see for a few days, before we fly to Melbourne and settle in. I know in NYC there's an option to add a booster / car seat to UberX, but I don't see the same for Australia.

What would be the best way of getting from the airport to hotel with a car seat?

 

Thanks again.

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data

Take a cab. For some reason, you don't need a seat in a cab... as if they are safer.

 

Or bring your seat from South Africa for the uber ride from and to the airport and bin it when you get to Melbourne.

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monsta

Another option is to book an airport shuttle... cheaper than a cab. 

 

I have used these guys before:

http://asntransfers.com/asn_pub/

 

ASN Transfers look like they go up to the north shore and city mostly... but I am sure you could a similar one if those locations don't suit. 

 

The advantage with an airport shuttle is, when you book online, you tell them how many child seats you need. Also you tell them which flight you are on, so if your flight is delayed or early they arrive at the appropriate time.

 

Also, driving though Sydney is like driving through driving through Johannesburg traffic at peak hour times two. There is also little parking in the built up (touristy) areas. Most locals going into the City to see the harbor bridge with kids, put their little ones in a pram and catch a train or bus. 

 

Most Sydney parents (like me) will go and buy a $700+ pram because it really helps on the public transport... 

 

 

 

 

 

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