Looking to line up for the iPad launch? Here are your options

Xavier Verhoeven
27 May, 2010
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All Apple Stores are opening at 8am local time tomorrow (Friday, 28 May) to release the iPad to the Australian public. If you’re planning on heading to a store, here’s our rundown of where to go:

Bondi, NSW

If you have your heart set on an iPad on day one, Bondi might be a store to steer clear of. The grand opening is also tomorrow morning at 8 o’clock, meaning you’ll need to wrestle with everyone there to grab a free T-shirt. However, AMW editor Dave Bullard will be in attendance so if you’re hanging about, make sure you say hi!

As it’s an outside store, lining up will mainly be subject to the weather. Apple generally has security for its grand openings, so they will undoubtedly help you find the right spot to wait it out.

Chadstone, VIC

A spokesperson from the Chadstone shopping centre has confirmed that they will allow Apple fans to queue overnight for the launch. The centre will have its bus transit station (outside Coles) open overnight for anyone wanting to camp out. As people arrive, they will be given numbered tickets to mark their spot in the queue. At 5:30am, security guards will escort those waiting to the Apple Store to claim their position.

I’ll be there as early as I can manage, so I hope to see plenty of Australian Macworld fans in the queue.

Chatswood Chase, NSW

A spokesperson for the shopping centre has confirmed that they will be opening at 6am to let people queue for Apple’s 8am launch. They suggest the best way in to easily access the Apple Store is the Victoria Ave entrance.

Chermside, QLD

A spokesperson for Chermside shopping centre has confirmed that the centre will open at 6:30am. The spokesperson thought they would likely have security on staff and barricades to ensure an orderly queue. The best way in is via the Woolworths entrance.

Doncaster, VIC

A spokesperson has told us that the fresh food and bus bay entrances will open at 6am, which can be accessed via the Doncaster Rd (yellow) carpark and Williamsons Rd (blue) carpark, respectively. Westfield has also said that Apple has informed them it only has limited stock, so the line will be cut off if it exceeds the number of available iPads. No numbers are known at this stage.

Robina, QLD

Robina Town Centre staff were unable to give us any official information on opening hours, however they did say the centre would be open ‘early’. Given that the centre’s normal opening time is 9am, ‘early’ may simply refer to the 8am Apple Store opening. Proceed with caution – a line may form outside the centre.

Sydney, NSW

Like the Bondi store, the Sydney flagship store is located on the street, so lining up will be a matter of braving the cold. The queue is reportedly already forming, so you may want to get in quickly!

Resellers

Resellers were unable to confirm whether they would have iPad stock available tomorrow. One person we spoke to suggested you could call up to reserve an iPad and they would let you know when stock arrives – they’re hoping for a delivery tomorrow, but are unsure.

Telcos

A Telstra spokesperson confirmed that its stores would not be stocking the iPad, however Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Three all have MicroSIMs available should you decide on a 3G model.

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