Sydney

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With its vibrant and bustling city, beautiful harbour, pristine beaches, iconic structures and favourable weather, it's little wonder why Australia's Sydney is a mecca for tourists near and far who flock its way for a holiday, catch up with family or a business venture.

When in town, spend time in the city with the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tower Eye, Opera House and Taronga Zoo in your sights and explore the restaurants and small bars, filled with world-recognised cuisines and tipples.

Venture out from the bustle to comb the beaches up and down the coast or head inland for a hike signature snap and Aboriginal tour through the Blue Mountains or any number of National Parks that New South Wales has to offer. Whatever your itinerary, this Sydney travel guide will help you get to Sydney and see, eat and experience everything you need to make your journey a memorable one.

FAQs about Sydney: What should I know before I go?

Is Sydney in New South Wales?

Yes. Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales.

Is Sydney a city?

Indeed, it it. Sydney is the most densely populated city in Australia and Oceania.

Does Sydney have daylight savings?

Yes. New South Wales, including Sydney, observes daylight savings. Daylight savings commences on the first Sunday in October and ends on the first Sunday in April.

Health and safety

Is Sydney safe at night?

Sydney is a relatively safe place, but like most cities, it isn’t completely crime free. Here are a few tips on safer travel in and around Sydney.

  • Crime: Keep your personal possessions close to you at all times, and keep your passport in your hotel safe or in a locked bag in your room. Violent crime in Sydney is rare, but beware of some neighborhoods, especially at night. In particular, Redfern is questionable, so avoid the area if possible. If you’re staying in western Sydney, steer clear of the areas of Mount Druitt, Blacktown and Wiley Park. King Cross is a notorious party district that can also be dangerous if you’re not cautious. Just remain alert and attentive.
  • Wildlife: The suburbs of Sydney are home to snakes and spiders, but if you’re planning on sticking to the city, they shouldn’t pose a risk.

Does Sydney have Uber?

Yes. Uber is widely available throughout Sydney. Your Uber options include uberX, uberXL, uberASSIST, UberSELECT, uberTAXI, UberBLACK, UberLUX and UberSUV. Uber prices start at $2.50 for a basic fare, and a charge of $1.45 per additional km thereafter. The minimum fare in Sydney is $9.

Sydney also has ride share service from Taxify and GoCatch.

Where is Sydney Opera House?

Sydney Opera House sits on Bennelong Point in the city centre, with the closest train station being Circular Quay.The Sydney Opera House is Australia's most recognisable building and an icon of the country’s creative and technical accomplishments. It attracts worldwide respect and admiration for its design and construction,

Where is Sydney Lyric theatre?

Sydney Lyric theatre offers the opportunities to experience stage shows, musicals, opera, ballet and concerts. It’s situated on Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, Sydney next to The Star casino complex.

Where is Sydney Olympic Park?

Home to sporting, leisure and educational events, Sydney Olympic Park is both a complex and suburb, and sits about 17km west of the city centre. It’s situated on Rod Laver Drive, Sydney 2127 and is connected to the city by train.

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Where is Sydney Airport?

Sydney Airport is located on Airport Drive, Mascot. It’s situated approximately 8km south of Sydney city centre and is colloquially also known as Kingsford Smith airport, or Mascot airport. It’s connected to the city centre by train.

Does Sydney airport have free Wi-Fi?

Free Wi-Fi access is available in both the domestic and the international terminals. Connecting to the Internet is easy, just follow these steps:

  1. Using your device, scan the available networks and choose “Free Internet by sponsor’s name & SYD”.
  2. Provide answers to questions.
  3. Read the terms of use and click “Proceed”.

You will be directed to a website after the sponsored message. You can enjoy Internet browsing for two hours and data usage of up to 500MB.


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    DebbieOctober 5, 2017

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