Destination Guide - Sydney

Sydney is one seriously shiny city – the sun illuminates the busy skyline while bronzed Aussies reflect the ubiquitous beach culture. See the harbour sights while lazing on a ferry or get physical and walk some of the historic suburbs such as Surry Hills and Paddington. If you like your history served with a side of shopping, check out the elegant Strand Arcade and QVB in the CBD – exploring the heritage architecture while weaving in and out of boutiques almost makes a spending spree culturally justifiable. If you’re feeling adventurous climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge and see Sydney in all of its radiance from above.

The Basics

Currency: Australian Dollar (A$)
Population: 4,400,000
Time zone: +10
Daylight savings: Last Sunday in October to last Sunday in March
Language: English
Country code: +61
Area code: 02
Electricity voltage: 220-240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM, CDMA


  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Bondi Beach


  • 1-31 October
    Crave Sydney International Food Festival
  • 26 December-1 January
    Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
  • 26 January
    Australia Day


In winter (June to August) the average temperature is cool approximately 15-17°C but rarely freezing cold. In summer (December to February) the temperature undulates between approximately 25°C and 40°C.

Getting there and around

Sydney has an extensive public transport network, comprising train, bus, taxi, monorail and ferries. Taxis are also readily available.

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Travel Insider Sydney suggestions

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Harbour Bridge, Sydney
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Scattered across Sydney is a melange of Gallic eateries, fashion houses and purveyors of fine French food, wine, cosmetics and homewares.

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Further reading

Here are some suggestions for other travel destinations near Sydney and around New South Wales.


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