PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 August, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 August, 1998, 12:00am

Qantas, Ansett and Cathay Pacific offer competitive deals on routes to Australia with trips to Sydney providing the perfect jump-off point for an east coast golf tour. Simply disembark, get a hire car and follow the Pacific Highway north.

Australian hire car rates are not cheap by international standards but the falling value of the local dollar makes them more affordable.

Villa hotel accommodation at Cypress Lakes Golf Course will cost upwards of A$120 (HK$540) a night. However, tariffs for quality bed and breakfast motels nearby are half the price.

Similar motel rates apply at Forster and Tuncurry outside peak holiday seasons such as Christmas.