Travel to Port Macquarie, Australia with Nasreen

20150808_09113220150805_162048After our stay-over in Warner’s Bay we continued onto Port Macquarie. My trusty Samsung map and navigation app delivered again. The mini laptop I carried was freezing up so much that I was just about fed up with it. And I entered ‘nearest Apple Shop’ and it pointed to Charlestown. We drove to it. And bought myself an Apple MacBook Air 11 inches.

So now we all know that my Mac mini is from the 20150805_162041Charleston Square shopping mall. Had a lovely guy serve me who did discounts and made up a proper tax invoice so I could get vat refund on my way back.

Tip: When buying expensive items overseas, make sure to find out if you could get tax refunds at the airport and then get proper documentation.

 

My Australian experience: I searched online for tax refunds and they had an app. I downloaded it to my Samsung mobile and entered the tax invoice number. The app did all the work. I just had to show it to the Vat Refund Counter at the International Departures after we go through customs. And voila! The refund went to the Visa Debit card I had specified.

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Back home I use a Laptop and a desktop simultaneously for work.

 

Getting back onto the motorway we followed my Samsung mobile phone’s map app and drove to the address I had specified.

Port Macquarie is a town at the mouth of Hastings River in the state of New South Wales. Its mostly popular for its penal colony past…convicts settled there. St Thomas’s Anglican Church was built by convicts in the 19th Century.

 

We had family to visit to we went straight to the address I was given. This was our first trip out of Sydney driving ourselves. But luckily my trusty navigation held.

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The town centre just next to the sea is beautiful. With big hotels and good restaurants. There is a Westfields Shopping Mall. We had coffee and cupcakes in the foodhall of the mall.

 

We drove to the Tracking Point Lighthouse. The views from here are really great. But it was a fairly windy day too.

 

Overall a great experience and would love to go there again soon.

 

7 thoughts on “Travel to Port Macquarie, Australia with Nasreen

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      You welcome. Tax returns are also in Singapore. And many other countries. Thanks for visiting here!

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    What a fun blog! I can’t believe it too me so long to find it. I love to travel. I don’t do much outside the US, but would like to. Until I can. I can live vicariously here.

    My mini laptop freezes too. Enjoy your new one!

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      Hi Elizabeth!

      It is a travel site so I hope you enjoy it. If anyone has a travel book, I’d love to review it here too!

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    It was very clever of you to look into whether or not you can get tax refunds, and I think a lot of people could benefit from learning to do that and remembering to! It sounds like you had a really good trip, so I am glad to hear you enjoyed it so much 😀

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    Such an interesting blog, Nasreen! Wonderful photos and really useful information.
    The place where you live must be fabulous as well. I’m looking forward to knowing more!

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