I persuaded Terence to make pavlova over Christmas. Partly because I love pavlova — meringue, cream and fresh fruit; it’s hard to go past that — and partly for reasons of nostalgia. Pavlova in the summertime was a ...
Chef Peter Gilmore and Quay Restaurant in Sydney are two icons of the city's gastronomic scene. The chef is one of the most passionate and inventive of Australia's cooks, while the restaurant with its spectacular ...
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.
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
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.
ENGLISH IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF AUSTRALIA.
ELECTRICITY IN AUSTRALIA IS 220 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
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.