Wardrobe advice for a trip to oz at easter

(16 Posts)
permaquandry Wed 13-Feb-13 10:36:42

I'm just going to pack as I would for a med holiday in summer but with lightweight raincoat and cardis.

I won't be taking any closed-in shoes, just flip flops and sandals.

Am I mad? All of the clothes I'll take will only go with summer shoes, I don't ever wear trainers, have converse, but again, won't they go with dresses etc.

I've never been further than the med and although sounds a bit shallow, I really care what I look like 100% of the time. Ie, won't just 'bung anything on to keep warm/dry' etc. also, obv have weight restrictions on the flight.

Advice much appreciated.

MarshaBrady Wed 13-Feb-13 10:37:27

Where are you going in Aus?

MarshaBrady Wed 13-Feb-13 10:38:01

Melbourne can get a bit chilly, north is much warmer.

permaquandry Wed 13-Feb-13 10:41:36

Sydney. Will that be the same as Melbourne?

MarshaBrady Wed 13-Feb-13 10:46:07

Warmer but it I suppose you can get rainy days.

Mild, nice and sunny I believe. So take a sweater, jeans and stuff for warmer days.

AlwaysBizzy Wed 13-Feb-13 10:48:56

It's colder than you think. we were in Sydney & the gold coast in April a few years ago & you'll need a warn long sleeved jumper/hoodie in Sydney and jeans rather than summer dresses.
If, like me, you think you can buy what you need out there...be warned...aussie clothes are either cheap & cheerful (think new look) or super expernsive (Marc Jacobs) there's very little in between. It's one of the biggest gripes of bristish expats...we are very spoilt here by comparison

permaquandry Wed 13-Feb-13 11:09:44

Really, bit gutted to hear that. So would be like our may/June weather? Looks like I won't be packing much then, we've only got 20kgs each. Plus the kids keep going (so inconvenient) and so they need new stuff but was going to get them summer wardrobe now all new and lovely to to to oz?

Ho hum, jeans it is.......

I've been in Oz at Easter a good few times. Think it's generally around 20-25 in Sydney around then. It can get blowy and showery, though. I'd take light layers, a pair of jeans, and a light waterproof in addition to your summer things. Have fun!

porridgeLover Wed 13-Feb-13 13:32:09

I was in Oz over Easter a few years ago.
Anticipated and told by friends we were visiting that we would need to bring one hoody and maybe a long pair of trousers.
We bloody froze. (we were just north of Melbourne, not quite as north as Sydney).
YY to their clothes being high end/ low end.
If you've access to washing machine, you dont need as much.

If I go again, I'll raid Primark for long sleeve t's that can be dumped on way home. Hoody and shorts covered kids for most days. I needed an assortment of shoes for city walking/museums/bush trekking/beach/the odd restaurant night. Nice gladiators would serve well. Maybe one multi-functional dress for you and any DD's.
Dont know if I'd bother with jeans TBH; not great for heat if you need it. Chinos more multi-functional esp in dark colours that could be dressed up/down.

Backpack/messenger bag for city trips especially carrying sun-cream, waters, hats, extra layers.

As you mention the Med; you know how you would make an effort to go out at night in Spain, and would fit right in. I had one (big celebration for friends) big night out and dressed casually enough I felt, but was definitely the most dressed up there. Australians have a casual reputation for a reason.

PS I brought a lot of travel sized make-up; mostly used tinted sun-block, lippie and mascara.

leannac Wed 13-Feb-13 18:04:57

I've been in Sydney a few times over Easter & its been really cold. One trip during a 3 wk period I only wore shorts once & had to go buy more cardigans & jumpers!

What everyone else said. It will be chilly

permaquandry Wed 13-Feb-13 18:11:42

Crumbs, so colder there than here? Might have to sneak in a med holiday later in the year then.......?

Thx for all the replies. Am a bit gutted as thought it would be warm. But due to school etc, can only go during Easter.

Do I not need to bother with sun cream then either?

farmersdaugther Wed 13-Feb-13 18:17:27

My sister lives north of Sydney, i visited for several weeks over March. We had several days of really lovely weather, shorts and tea shirts and then several days of it being quite cold. I would pack warmer clothes for the evening and days when it's just a bit chilly. Do pack a pair of pumps or trainers.

Have a lovely time, not at all jealous!

Just get sunscreen when you are there. Much cheaper.

farmersdaugther Wed 13-Feb-13 18:19:31

Yes to sun cream...the sun is much stronger than here, so even if its 15 degs i would still wear a light amount on your arms and face --but i burn--Also they are just finishing summer and will be used to the warmer weather unlike us snow ridden Brits gringringrin

porridgeLover Wed 13-Feb-13 22:30:41

Oh no bring/get suncream. Even on an overcast day, you'll need it.

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