Minimum booking cost is one week.
Architecturally-designed, small 2-bedroom house (no smoking inside or on the decks, but is no problem in the extensive garden). Three single beds (+ very comfortable single sofa bed with new 4" spring mattress in the lounge room if there is a fourth person - $35 p.n. extra). However, please note that this extra applies for a 4th person even if the sofa bed is not used, e.g., if a portacot is used for a baby.). Reverse cycle air con/heating, gas heater and ceiling fans. Polished timber floors throughout.
All utilities. Fully-furnished with complete gas stove, microwave, refrigerator, washing machine, 32" digital T.V., DVD, radio, dining table & 4 chairs, sofa, cookware, iron and ironing board, crockery and cutlery, hairdryer, and clothes airer. Universal adapter available from landlady on request.
Mini Stereo (plays CDs, radio). Moveable, if you like, out of the way of toddlers and teen-agers!
WiFi available - $10 p.w. extra.
The bathroom has shower, sink and toilet, and excellent railings for safe holding.
There is lots of wardrobe and drawer space in both bedrooms. All bed linen, blankets and towels are provided (with electric blankets in season) - in fact, everything that may be needed for a short, comfortable stay is here. (While some complimentary items will get you started, you need to supply your own consumable goods like shampoo, soap, etc.)
Lighting is excellent throughout the house and surrounds, and window coverings afford total privacy. Vertical blinds cover the glass doors in the lounge and main bedroom, both of which lead out to small decks. In the safe, fenced garden are a table with overhead sun umbrella and chairs, and swing lounge. Also, there is a well-lit BBQ area plus a shared clothes line.
The birds that visit "Mum's House" are unique to this type of short-term rental, we feel. Rainbow Lorikeets, Corellas, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos visit us regularly. We also occasionally foster RSPCA dogs for a short while during their owner's stay in hospital. If this would be a problem, let me know. (No dog is allowed in "Mum's House".)
Parking: There is always space to park your vehicle on the street in front of the property. (Speak to the owner if on-street parking would be a problem for you.)
The owner lives across the courtyard, and is happy to provide sightseeing advice. We have an extensive collection of brochures about favourite Sydney and NSW tourist spots. We also supply telephone and street directories plus transport schedules for our guests' use.
Guests may bring one dog (only) to stay here, as long as they're happy to stay outside or come into my home - this does work with some dogs, obviously not all.
This is a cosmopolitan area, with shopping nearby (Coles, Woolworths, Aldi in suburbs close by, and local Asian shops) and public transport is just 5 minutes away. There is a pretty 'chain of parks' close by for your morning walk or run.
Lowest tariff is $910 pw, highest is $1155 ( Christmas '16).
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MINIMUM BOOKING IS 1 WEEK.
Homebush West is approx. 15 km. west of the City and 3 km. from the Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush.
For efficient public transport use, buy an Opal Card online before you come, as tapping on and off (don't forget!) as you travel is the easiest and cheapest way to go. The Cards can be topped up at newsagencies and convenience shops at any time. The Opal Card is capped at $15. p.d or $60 p.w. ( Sydney Airport access fee is additional). A 30% discount is allowed if the Card is used outside peak hours (generally, 7-9 am and 4-6.30 pm).
The only paper tickets still available for train travel are single and return MyTrain tickets and these are sold at ticket vending machines and station ticket offices.
Our railway station is Flemington, less than 500 m away, just a 5-minute walk from "Mum's House". Trains run frequently, and it takes 30 minutes to get to the Harbour - $5.88 return adult fare off-peak (Opal Card) or $9.60 (paper ticket). Also, 7 buses a day run to and from the station, if you don't fancy the Flemington station steps; they will take you to Strathfield where there are ramps and lifts to the platform.
We're about 10 minutes by private transport from the Olympic Park, or you can walk it in 30 brisk minutes! (In 2008, 3 wheelchair racers staying at "Mum's House" wheeled back and forth daily!) Or take the train one station west then change to the Sprint train for a short ride to Olympic Park.
We're just 2 stations from Strathfield, a central interchange, from where 1000 trains a day will take you to just about anywhere in NSW.
If you can drive to Homebush Bay Wharf, the Rivercat ferry commute to the City is quite magical. (Or take the train to Parramatta and catch the same ferry from there.)
"Mum's House" is about a 25-minute, $60. drive from the International Airport by taxi (about $65 from Domestic), or if just one person is travelling with little luggage, a $16.77 train ride is a viable option (off-peak, Opal Card). If using the train, you could take it to Strathfield where there is a taxi rank, and the cab fare from there will be about $13. This avoids having to carry your luggage up and down the stairs at Flemington. (Cabs add 20% to the fare for travel between 10 pm and 6 am.)
Where to go? What to see?
The Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush was the site of the 2000 Olympics, and now is a hub for many sporting, and other, events. There are 2 stadiums, the marvellous Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre (you'll never get the children out of there!), the very busy Sydney Olympic Sports Centre, and the lovely Bicentennial Park, home to thousands of migratory birds, the Golden Orb Spider and other fascinating, harmless Australian wildlife. You can rent bikes (& helmets) there as well.
Go to the Sydney Olympic Park's web site to see what events are taking place at the Athletic Centre, the Golf Centre, the Sports Hall, the Tennis Centre, and the myriad other venues.
We're just 2 minutes' walk from the Hudson Park Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 60 accredited course, or 5 minutes' drive from Strathfield Golf Club, which is par 71.
The new 38-lane AMF bowling centre is 5 minutes away.
Rosehill Race Track is a 15-minute drive away, while shopping centres, cinemas, and houses of worship are within 15 minutes' transport.
Cook's River Cycleway, Rookwood Necropolis (one of the best surviving examples of a Victorian cemetery in the world), and the Sydney Markets are all nearby.
Sydney Produce Market is the largest fresh fruit and vegetable wholesale market in Australia and one of the largest in the world.
One of Sydney's biggest and best clothing/homewares disposal complexes, Direct Factory Outlet (DFO), is near Olympic Park, and can be reached by car or bus. The very smart Rhodes Shopping Centre, with the biggest IKEA in the Southern Hemisphere, is just a 5-minute drive away.
Homebush West has many well-frequented Chinese/Vietnamese restaurants and a bottle shop. Just 2 suburbs west (but with a change of trains) is wonderful Turkish food, and 1 suburb east are Sri Lankan and Indian restaurants.
Amazingly, considering the low tariff and comfortable accommodation, we're no more than 30 minutes from Sydney's downtown, with all its exciting sights and events, like the Opera House and the Harbour.
And while you're here, catch up on our fascinating Guest Books that we've been keeping for the 15 years we've been in business (and 2016 is our last year, I'm afraid).
"We thought a guest book would be a perfect addition to the suite, and are excited to be the first to say how great it was. We are so looking forward to going home, but we have many fond memories of our Ozzie adventure. Good luck with future rentals - I'm sure they'll feel as at home as we did.
R.H. & P.J., Vancouver, Can., 2/03"