Arriving in Sydney?
If so, and arriving well before 10 AM, you can catch the city rail at the underground station at the far east end of the arrivals area.
Take this to Central Station.
At Central Station, buy a Country Link Rail Ticket all the way to Manilla.
The Train stops in Tamworth and the Country Link Bus is there to take you (all of 5 minutes later) straight to the Royal Hotel (Pilot "Head Quarters") in Manilla.
If you have to overnight in Sydney:
My all time favorite "Motel" is the Formula 1 Hotel at Kings Cross Sydney.
http://www.hotelformule1.com/gb/hotel-5 ... ndex.shtml
Kings Cross is Â± the Night Life capital of the world.
If you are arriving Sydney on weekends, staying there is a MUST.
You would NOT believe the high end fashion on display by all the girls waiting to get into night clubs, let alone those already inside!
Formula 1 is even less expensive chain than advertized on Accors high end list of hotel chains in the next post.
They have an hourly shuttle bus to and from the airport for $10.00 which stops right at the entrance. Just ask till you find it. It is one Shuttle Bus that services 20 different cheap hotels + backpackers in the Kings Cross area.
If you plans are to drive from Sydney to Manilla:
Manilla Road Trip Scenic Drive Tips:
Drive the Putty Road = Highway #69 west of Sydney (Starts near Windsor) and heads north through the Blue Mountains Parkway joining up with the Highway to Tamworth at Singleton.
Another good road route is straight north of Sydney towards Newcastle on Highway #1, watch for astonishingly beautiful Rock walls blasted out during the highway construction.
Then heading west to Tamworth, keep the car window open in forested sections, keeping your ear out for Bell Birds. = Awesome!
- but the Putty Road is hard, hard to beat.
Inland (between the two) is a neat road from Calga via Woolongie to Cessnock traveling north to the Hunter Valley. (Napa Valley of OZ.) Watch for Wombats.
Then head west towards Tamworth and on to Manilla. - common XC route to/from the Newcastle area. Plus another good route to listen for Bell Birds. (The best is bush roads to the Ocean Beach on your way from Sydney to Stanwell "Tops
The Hume Highway from Sydney to Canberra is a wonderful drive. One good flying site (east facing) above the lake half way there.