Sydney Opera House // Sydney Harbour Bridge // over 3,000 restaurants // Harbourside setting // Bondi Beach // 4.6 million people…
Sydney is the most populous city in Australia with 4.6 million inhabitants amounting to 20% of the total population of Australia. It is the state capital of New South Wales, sitting on the East Coast. With it’s enviable harbor and ocean side location it has some of the most stunning city views you will find.
The Best Time To Go Sydney is a great city to visit all year round with a pleasantly moderate, temperate climate. The temperature in the winter months (June, July, August) averages between 9 and 15 degrees celcius. If you want to fully experience some of the city’s world famous beaches, and maybe try your hand at surfing, then visit in the summer months of December, January and February when the air and sea temperatures are in the twenties.
Getting Around The City Airport Transfers A taxi from the International Terminal at Sydney airport to the central business district will cost between $30 and $40 AUD depending on the traffic and the route taken. There is a rail link that runs every 10 minutes and takes about 20 minutes, with tickets costing about $15 for an adult one way.
Buses, Trains and Ferries Sydney is well served by it’s transport network and to get around most visitors will need the bus, train and ferry at some point.
No visit to Sydney is complete without a trip on a harbour ferry, so we advise the myMulti tickets that can be purchased from any transport ticket office, and give you unlimited access to the trains, buses and government run ferries (excludes the mono rail and the airport rail link). These cost around $20 for a day or $43 for a week per adult for the city zone, with outer zones, concessions and family tickets also available.
Driving in the city can be expensive and time consuming as there are tolls on some main roads, bridges and tunnels. Traffic is heavy during the morning and early evening and car parking can cost anything from $20 to $60 for 6 hours.
For more information on travel visit www.131500.com.au for comprehensive travel information and route planning across all modes of transport.
Taxis Taxis are abundant in the centre of town and are easily found on most streets, but you may want to have a number to hand if you venture into some of the outer residential suburbs. Taxis are a safe, regulated mode of transport and in our experience most seem to know the street layout.
Tipping Tipping in Sydney is not the norm, but is becoming more and more common. Waiting staff don’t actively solicit a tip, and the only addition to your bill will be a 10% GST (goods and services tax). However, tips are always greatly appreciated and around 10% for stand out service is considered polite. Tipping in taxis and bars is not expected, with most locals rounding up the coins to the dollar, and saying “keep the change”.
Don’t forget… Sunscreen. The Australian’s have a high incidence of skin cancer and everyone is encouraged to wear a UVR protection of SPF30+ daily.
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