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Sydney Travel Guide

Sydney. A city with a rich, aboriginal legacy; a colonial past; and a multicultural future — a place where sacred, sprawling land meets swirling sea. It’s a hub for anthropologists, hikers, surfers, divers, adventurers, storytellers, and photographers alike. The city is both a gateway into Australia and a destination in and of itself. Whatever you chase — sun, surf, or stories — you’ll find it in Sydney.

Sydney Essentials


English, Aboriginal

Time Zone

GMT +10


Type I


Australian Dollar

Plan Your Trip

All you need before you book your tickets and zip your bag!

A Budget Guide to Sydney

While Sydney may be your dream destination, it’s far from an inexpensive locale. Depending on your starting location, getting there alone may break the bank.

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Quick Facts

  1. Because Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere, seasonal weather occurs in the months opposite to what most travelers are used to (i.e. summer spans from December to February, and winter from June to August).
  2. If you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand, you will need a valid Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), Electronic Visitor Visa (EVV) or Visitor Visa before you enter Australia.
  3. Sydney is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with up to 32 percent of its population born overseas and over half being first- or second-generation immigrants from all corners of the globe.
  4. Although Sydney is known for its good weather, the Australian sun has rays that can be extremely harmful. Since the 1960s, Australia’s ozone layer has depleted between 5–9%. That means you’ll burn, even on a cloudy day.

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