Sydney man travelled 1600km for less than $20 using his Sydney Opal transport card
A man has worked out how to travel more than 1600 kilometres on public transport for under $20 with his Opal card - before new fare changes in September will make the same trip almost triple the price.
Starting on Monday, Sydney man Angus Kidman made it his mission to travel as far as he could by train and ferry using an Opal hack which allows passengers to travel for free after they spend $15 on in a day or make eight journeys paid in full.
Over four days he travelled to Scone, 274km north of Sydney, Goulburn 193km south of Sydney, and Bathurst 202km west of Sydney, using trains and took two of New South Wales' longest ferry trips to Manly and Parramatta - which cost him $19.72 in total.
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Angus Kidman (pictured) found a way to travel to the furthest points of the New South Wales public transport network in under $20 in four days on an Opal transport card (stock) in time for September fare changes
Mr Kidman finished his adventure with the longest ferry trip in New South Wales – an hour from Circular Quay to Parramatta with a total value of $19.72 spent on his Opal card (stock) this week
An online calculator created by finder.com.au that lets commuters work out how much they will be paying after September, found that Mr Kidman's trip would have cost a total of $56 under the new fare rules.
He said: 'It would still be cheap but I wouldn't be able to do go to the four compass points of the network for $20.'
pre bonded hairIn a blog detailing his journey Mr Kidman explained that a short bus trip can cost $2.10 for an adult but fares are currently capped at $15 a day – after which, any subsequent travel is free.
He said: 'Seven separate short bus trips, where you get on at one stop and get off at the next, cost $14.70.
'Take one more of those on a Monday, and you've made eight trips. Everything else you do for the rest of the week is free.'
The same principle applies on trains although commuters have to avoid peak times and space trips by at least an hour to avoid it being counted as a 'transfer'.
Mr Kidman documented his journey on a blog and travelled to Scone (pictured), Goulburn, and Bathurst, on New South Wales public transport
The Sydney based writer also made two ferry trips to Manly (stock) and Parramatta
Mr Kidman took his final trip, an hour long ferry trip from Circular Quay to Parramatta, on Thursday after spending four days travelling from the city through mountains ranges, past rivers and left in isolated rural towns.
He told Daily Mail Australia: 'My favourite journey was to Scone, in part because on my return trip, I was the only person on the train for a lot of the trip.
'I have my laptop, my phone and a wireless hotspot so I've mostly been working (or hanging out on Facebook). And there's always eavesdropping on other passengers if things get dull.'
Under current rules New South Wales commuters pay no more than $15 a day when using their Opal card, no matter how many trips they take or how far they go.
Another rule is that after eight trips you receive free fares for all subsequent trips in that week.
Mr Kidman said: 'The secret to Opal hacking is to cram in as many possible trips as you can before you hit the $15 limit.
The move will provide an incentive for more people to use the public transport system, Treasurer Andrew Constance (pictured) said
remy hair extensionsThe trip to Manly was 38 minutes long and combined with a trip to Bathurst allowed Mr Kidman to travel 314 kilometres
But after September the daily cap will increase to $18 and fares will no longer be free after eight paid trips.
Mr Kidman said: 'After September 5, the Weekly Travel Reward will be half-price trips, not free ones.
'The best tactic for cheapskates will be to take advantage of the $60 weekly cap or the $2.50 flat fare on Sundays.'
Sydneysiders have also been taking advantage of the hack heading to places like the Blue Mountains or the Southern Highlands on weekends for free.
Pictured in Goulburn Mr Kidman calculated the total cost of what the trip would be post September fare changes and found that it would cost $56
Passengers' fares (stock) are only covering a quarter of the $4.8billion annual cost of public transport, according to the New South Wales government
The New South Wales government is set to apply the changes on September 5 this year commenting that the perk has led to a $300million loss in revenue.
The changes are in response to recent recommendations made by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Authority.
Passengers' fares are only covering a quarter of the $4.8billion annual cost of public transport, according to the New South Wales government.
The move will provide an incentive for more people to use the public transport system, Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.
As a sweetener, the government has announced a $2 discount for multi-modal commuters from September 5, where they currently pay full fares if they switch transport modes.
Public transport fees will be frozen at least until the end of the 2016-17 financial year, with current fare caps at $15 per day and $2.50 for seniors to remain.
The New South Wales government is set to apply the changes on September 5 this year with the New South Wales government commenting that the perk has led to a $300million (stock) loss in revenue
As a sweetener, the government has announced a $2 discount for multi-modal commuters from September 5, where they currently pay full fares if they switch transport modes
Chris Rock's 33-year-old girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke flashed a diamond ring on her wedding finger on Saturday evening while at the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 party in New York City.
The timing is interesting as the next day the comedian finalized his divorce from wife of 20 years, Malaak Compton-Rock.
The ring - a yellow gold double band with a small diamond - could be an engagement ring. As PageSix revealed on Thursday, a friend shared a clear image of the ring and added it was time to celebrate 'new beginnings,' strongly suggesting the standup could be on his way to another marriage.
Bling it on! Chris Rock's girlfriend Megalyn Echikunwoke flashed diamond ring on wedding finger on Sunday the night before his divorce was finalized from wife of 10 years Malaak
'Last night we celebrated new beginnings . . . #lovewins,' the unidentified friend wrote in the caption.
The site pointed out Echikunwoke seemed to take a dig at Malaak when she replied 'Bye, Felicia,' which is a catchphrase that pretty much translates to 'don't let the door hit you on the way out,' only not as polite.
perruques cheveux naturelsA friend added crying-laughter emojis.
They look good together: The standup and Echikunwoke at the Governor's Ball at the 88th Academy Awards back in February; she does not appear to have the ring on here
The post was then taken down.
The beauty glowed as she held onto Rock, who was also in great spirits. She had on a lovely floral-print dress with spaghetti straps and her hair was worn down over her bare shoulders.
A source told PageSix, 'she always wears that ring,' which appears to be true as she has had it on several times in the past six months. They have been dating for one year and she lives at his New Jersey home.
The last one: Rock and Malaak back in 2014; they have two daughters together and have raised an adopted daughter as well
His rep then said Chris was '100 percent' not engaged.
On Monday Chris and Malaak both appeared in a New Jersey courtroom to finalise the split, reported TMZ.
The 51-year-old comic actor and his wife - who have been separated since 2014 -have two daughters Lola Simone, 14 and Zahra Savanna, 12.
Chris and Malaak Compton-Rock also appear to have been raising eight-year-old Ntombi, who first came to live with them from South Africa when she was six months old, according to the website, although details are unclear.
In divorce papers, Malaak listed Ntombi-futhi Samantha as a dependent along with the Rocks’ two biological daughters.
The kids: Chris with Malaak and children Lola, Zahra Savanna and Ntombi at the Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted premiere in NYC in 2012
She stated that in addition to their two children, there is a child 'who has resided with the parties since before her first birthday.'
But rather mysteriously, a spokesman for Chris told TMZ he does not have an adopted child.perruques cheveux
TMZ previously reported that back in 2008, the family took in Ntombi who remained in their house and was subsequently enrolled in a local school.
She mingles with the big guns: Chris and Megalyn with Harvey Weinstein at the Apollo party
The site added that the girl's parents were thought to be unemployed and from South Africa, although it is not known why she was living with the Rock family.
They add that when Chris and Malaak began divorce proceedings, Chris maintained contact with his two biological daughters.
However their divorce case is sealed so it is not known what settlement was reached.
Meanwhile, Chris began dating actress Megalyn earlier this year. Megalyn, who has had recurring roles in 24, ER, CSI Miami, The 4400, 90210 and Damien, was most recently featured as the animal-powered Vixen in the TV series Arrow.
Madonna surprised fans with an unexpected appearance at a 25th anniversary screening of her documentary Truth Or Dare on Wednesday.
The superstar showed up at the event held at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan to the delight of the 400 or so in the audience.
The 58-year-old pop culture icon shared a couple of photos on her Instagram showing her standing between two on-screen images of herself from her Blond Ambition tour of 1990.
'Surreal moment!' she wrote alongside the picture.
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lace front wigs'Surreal moment!' Madonna surprised fans at a 25th anniversary screening of documentary Truth Or Dare and posed next to images of herself from the 1990 Blond Ambition Tour
Madonna: Truth Or Dare was first released in May 1991 and followed the Material Girl on tour and showed her behind-the-scenes with then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, praying with her backup dancers and facing arrest for public indecency at her concert in Toronto, Canada.
'So many freedoms we take for granted that we did not have then. Thank you Alek Keshishian. We changed history with this film.!' Madonna wrote.
Keshishian directed the film that was shot in black and white.
Who's that girl? The pop icon, who just turned 58, delighted the 400 or so fans gathered to watch the film at the museum Of Modern Art in Manhattan on Wednesday
Demure: Madonna wore an off-he-shoulder red dress with white floral detailing and cinched at the waist with a black band for her surprise appearance
Sharing 'a kiki': She was accompanied by her daughter Lourdes 'Lola' Leon, 19
In a second photo shared via her Instagram, she's seen sharing 'a kiki' with daughter Lourdes Leon or Lola as she calls her.
Madonna wore a red off-the-shoulder dress with a flounce neckline and black spaghetti straps.cosplay wigs
The frock features white floral detailing, half-sleeves and was cinched under the bust with a black band.
She added a matching black and white floral patterned purse and wore her signature blonde hair styled in loose waves to her shoulders.
Madonna had just returned from a birthday trip to Cuba with Lola, 19, and adopted children, 10-year-olds David and Mercy.
Truth Or Dare AKA In Bed With Madonna showed behind-the-scenes footage of the singer including candid moments with then-boyfriend Warren Beatty and prayer circles with her dancers
Getaway: Madonna recently celebrated her 58th birthday with a trip to Cuba accompanied by daughter Lola, 19, and her adopted children David and Mercy, both 10