THE GRANTOURISMO TRAVEL GUIDE TO

Sydney

Sydney Travel Guide

Stay in Sydney

Best Sydney Hotels for New Years Eve Fireworks with Harbour Views. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved. Four Seasons, Sydney.

Best Sydney Hotels for New Years Eve Fireworks – Hotels with Harbour Views

The best Sydney hotels for New Years Eve fireworks are…

Best Sydney Boutique Hotels in the City Centre. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved. QT Sydney, Australia.

Best Sydney Boutique Hotels in the City Centre and Inner City for a Sydney Staycation

The best Sydney boutique hotels in the Sydney city centre…

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Accomodation

Booking.com

Insurance

Safety Wing Nomads Insurance

Eat in Sydney

Rumi's, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved. Where to Get a Taste of Multicultural Australia.

Where to Taste Multicultural Australia and Australia’s Delicious Culinary Diversity

Multicultural Australia is where you can get a taste of…

Spicy Potato Wedges Recipe with Sweet Chilli Sauce and Sour Cream. Potato sides recipes. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Spicy Potato Wedges Recipe With Sweet Chilli Sauce and Sour Cream

Our spicy potato wedges recipe takes the classic Australian café,…

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Drink in Sydney

Christmas Cocktail Recipes and Tips From Sydney's Best Bars. Cocktails at Hinky Dinks, Sydney, Australia. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Christmas Cocktail Recipes and Tips From Sydney’s Best Bars

When we spent Christmas in Australia last year we shared some…

A Local Guide to the Sydney Small Bar Scene. The Roosevelt, Sydney, Australia. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

A Local Guide to the Sydney Small Bar Scene

One of the things we love about our favourite city…

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Explore Sydney

Our Guide to the Best Inner City Sydney Suburbs to Experience. Balmain, Sydney, Australia. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Our Guide to the Best Inner City Sydney Suburbs to Experience

Like most great cities in the world, the most interesting…

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Experience Sydney

Our Guide to the Best Harbour and Ocean Swimming Pools in Sydney. Bondi Icebergs, Sydney, Australia. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Our Guide to the Best Harbour and Ocean Swimming Pools in Sydney

The best harbour and ocean swimming pools in Sydney should be…

Monday Memories – Coasting Over Sydney. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Monday Memories: Coasting Over Sydney

When most people think of Sydney they probably imagine the…

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Book Sydney Tours

Absorb Sydney

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Australian Art curator for the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Sydney, Australia. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Absorbing Australian Art at Art Gallery of NSW With the Curator

Last week the winners of Australia’s most important and most…

A Local Guide to Sydney Architecture by Local Architect Eoghan Lewis. Sydney architect and Jørn Utzon expert, Eoghan Lewis. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

A Local Guide to Sydney Architecture by Local Architect Eoghan Lewis

The Sydney Opera House is Sydney’s most recognisable asset and…

Shop Sydney

Cooking Quality Australian Produce Home Delivered By Hudson Meats. Hudson Meats, Sydney, Australia. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Cooking Quality Australian Produce Home Delivered By Hudson Meats

We love to cook when we settle into places longer than a…

Price Check: a Sydney Shopping List. B.B.Q. King, Chinese BBQ Restaurant, Sydney, Australia. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Price Check: a Sydney Shopping List

After posting our guide to experiencing Sydney on a Budget…

Sydney Festivals & Events

Best Sydney Hotels for New Years Eve Fireworks with Harbour Views. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved. Four Seasons, Sydney.

Best Sydney Hotels for New Years Eve Fireworks – Hotels with Harbour Views

The best Sydney hotels for New Years Eve fireworks are…

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Sydney Local Knowledge

Local Knowledge – Richard Graham from Sydney. Richard Graham of My Sydney Detour, Sydney, Australia. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Local Knowledge: Richard Graham from Sydney

Richard Graham is the kind of traveller we identify with.…

A Local Guide to Eating and Drinking in Sydney by Restaurateur John Fink. Sydney Restauranteur, John Fink. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

A Local Guide to Eating and Drinking in Sydney by Restaurateur John Fink

This local guide to eating and drinking in Sydney comes…

Sydney Resources

How to help koalas harmed by Australian bushfires. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

How to Help Koalas Hurt and Homeless from Australian Bushfires

How to help koalas hurt and homeless from Australia’s bushfires…

Sydney on a Budget – Our Guide to How to Experience Sydney on a Budget. Korean food and a classic meat pie and gravy, Sydney, Australia. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Sydney on a Budget – Our Guide to How to Experience Sydney on a Budget

Sydney on a budget is indeed possible. While Australia can…

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Sydney Essentials

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.

LOCAL TIME

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

WEATHER

CURRENT SYDNEY WEATHER

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 Essentials

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+