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Enjoying the Campsie Food Festival, Sydney

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WHEN TO GO

Dec-Feb Mid-Dec to the beginning Feb are the busiest months with summer school holidays. Beaches are packed and the water is warm.
Mar-May Autumn has the best walking weather, getting crisper as winter approaches and whale watching season begins. Note Vivid Festival may start in May.
Jun-Aug Wet and cold (for Sydney), this is low season for tourism, but the ski season gets fully underway in July.
Sep-Nov Weather warms up but without the humidity of summer, making it a great time to visit.

Health

Sydney has a very good healthcare system, but of course always buy comprehensive insurance. Despite Australia’s reputation for dangerous creatures, you won’t find many of these in urban areas, but if you’re planning to hit the beach (and you should) pay attention to the lifesavers flags and wear sunscreen. Recommended Vaccinations

Visas

Only New Zealanders do not need a visa for Australia. There are myriad classes of visas, but if you’re coming for a holiday (depending which passport you have) and you are staying for less than three months, apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) with a cost of UAD$20. For other visas visit the visa finder page of the Australian Government.

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CURRENCY

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES

$1.00 USD = 1.33 AUD
€1.00 EUR = 1.54 AUD
£1.00 GBP = 1.83 AUD

The Australian currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD).
ATM machines are all over Australia and generally dispense AUD$10, $50 and $100 notes. Credit and debit cards a almost universally accepted and paying by cash is almost considered quaint on restaurants, supermarkets and hotels. If heading ‘outback’ carry extra cash in case of ATM unreliability.

LANGUAGE

ENGLISH IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF AUSTRALIA.
Australian English language, ‘hello’ in Australian English, ‘g’day mate’. Copyright © 2019 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

ELECTRICITY

ELECTRICITY IN AUSTRALIA IS 220 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
Electricity in Australia is 220 Volts. 50 Cycles/Sec. Australian power plugs.

LOCAL TIME

CURRENT SYDNEY TIME
Time in Sydney:

Sydney’s Time Zone is (GMT+11)
Sydney’s daylight saving (one hour forward) generally starts in October and finishes in April.

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TRANSPORTATION

AIR/LAND/SEA

Sydney’s main airport (SYD), might be just 8km from the Sydney CBD, but it can be a frustrating journey. There’s a train, however it’s not a dedicated airport line. Take an Uber or a Taxi (about US$35) to the CBD. To get around it’s best to buy an Opal Card which works for Sydney’s embarrasingly ragtag selection of train, bus, ferry and light rail services.

Sydney Daily Costs

Budget

Daily Budget Up To:

US$150

  • Hostel dorm bed: US$25–60
  • Fast food, pizzas, meat pies: US$5-17
  • Short bus/tram/train ride: US$3

Mid Range

Daily Budget From:

US$200–350

  • Double room in a Motel/Hotel: US$120–250
  • Good cafe lunch: US$20+
  • Greyhound Bus (Bris-Syd): US$100

Luxury

Daily Budget From:

US$350+

  • Boutique hotel or resort: US$250+
  • Negroni Cocktail: US$20+
  • Domestic Flight (Bris-Syd): US$100+

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