All your pre-visit and on-location info, from taxis and tipping to visas and vaccinations. At a glance: lovely weather and visas all round

Language

English

Time zone

Australian Eastern Daylight Time (GMT+10). Daylight saving in summer

Currency

Australian Dollars (AUD$)

Country dialling code

+61

Weather

Sydneysiders are rightly proud of their weather ­– temperatures around 26C/79F from December to February, 16C/61F June to August. They’ll never mention the occasional rain

When to visit

April to September/October – the Australian winter – is high season for tourists. You’ll still be able to swim in Sydney, and there’s the opportunity to visit other regions which would be too hot and/or humid during the Australian summer

Visas

All visitors require a visa. Type of visa is dependent on a traveller’s passport – find out more here

Vaccinations

None required

Electronics

Type I (two- or three-prong)

Tipping

Not expected, but always appreciated for good service. There is an extra service fee on some public holidays, and weekends

Emergencies

Dial 000 for fire, police or ambulance

Tourist office

Visit australia.com

Getting there

Airlines and airports: Sydney’s international and domestic airport, Kingsford-Smith, is in the city’s southeast. Most major airlines fly there


Transfers:. There are trains, buses, shuttles and car hire at the international and domestic terminals at Sydney Airport. Taxis cost around AUD$50 to the city centre. Alternatively, you can look into car hire here

Getting around

Public transport: There’s a regular and extensive bus, train and ferry network (ride the ferries for pure pleasure, too)

Cabs: Not cheap and their quality varies, plus booking fees usually apply. Major groups include taxiscombined.com.aupremiercabs.com.au and legioncabs.com.au, but many locals prefer to use Uber

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