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Sydney Travel Guide

Stay in Sydney

Where to Stay in Sydney — Apartment Rentals

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Where to stay in Sydney? Well, just like Melbourne, Sydney has plenty of choices when it comes to somewhere to check in — boutique places, flashy five stars, backpacker hostels, and, of course, our pick: apartment …

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Book Sydney Accommodation

Eat in Sydney

Australian Food Trends We Love

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While no-booking policies, done-to-death dude food, and massive ‘shared plates’ drove us crazy when recently dining out in Australia, the food scene in Australia has never been more exciting. Here are some of the Australian food trends …

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Drink in Sydney

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Explore Sydney

A Self Guided Stroll Around Sydney

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A self guided stroll around Sydney is something you should do the first day you arrive – and by around, we mean around the city’s perimeter. The city of Sydney may look large with its lofty …

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Experience Sydney

Monday Memories: Coasting Over Sydney

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When most people think of Sydney they probably imagine the photographic landmarks of this bright, sun-friendly city. Sure these kinds of icons – and yes, I'm loathe to use that word – exist in other great capital …

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Absorb Sydney

Shop Sydney

Sydney Festivals & Events

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Sydney Local Knowledge

Sydney Resources

Sydney, It Only Took A Second

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It only took a second to fall in love with Sydney all over again. Just a glimpse of the glittering harbour and the Sydney Opera House sails through the train window as we pulled into …

Staying Connected in Australia

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One of the biggest challenges for travellers is staying connected in Australia. Surprisingly for a developed nation, Australia has abysmally slow Internet speeds and some archaic telecommunications practices still in place, especially in hotels. Staying …

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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.

Insurance for Sydney

CURRENCY

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES

$1.00 USD = 1.41 AUD
€1.00 EUR = 1.60 AUD
£1.00 GBP = 1.84 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+

Sydney Reading List

Sydney Map

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