Sydney FAQs

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Area geography

Sydney holds the distinction of being the oldest as well as the largest city in Australia. It is located in a coastal basin which is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Blue Mountains to the west, the Hawkesbury River to the north and the Woronora Plateau to the south. Sydney boasts of more than 70 harbors and beaches – the famous Bondi Beach is one of them.

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Australia’s currency is the Australian Dollar ($).You can get your currency exchanged at the ATMs and also at the Sydney airport’s bureau de change desk. Most of the banks in the city exchange foreign currency; however, the time taken might differ from one bank to another.
You would have no difficulty in finding ATMs in Sydney as they are fairly well distributed all over the city. Credit Cards are widely accepted at all restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and shops in Sydney.

Cellular service for tourists

To avoid high roaming charges while travelling in Sydney, Australia, you can buy a local Australian pre-paid SIM card from one of the many mobile services providers in Sydney. You can also rent an international phone in Sydney on a weekly or monthly basis (depending upon your needs).

Wifi internet

In Sydney, accessing Wi/Fi connections is an easy task. Efforts are being made to install more and more free wireless WiFi hotspots in Sydney. You can avail free wireless WiFi services in the city libraries, in most of the cafes and bars, while travelling on a Sydney ferry and also at the Sydney airport.

Drinking laws

The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years.

Tipping

Tipping is generally not expected in Sydney and has not been a norm historically. Most of the Sydney citizens generally do not tip. Even in a restaurant you are not expected to tip the waiters; however, tipping is definitely appreciated. You are expected to round up a taxi fare to the next dollar.

Custom visa

On arrival at Australian Immigration and Customs

Upon arrival in Sydney, foreign citizens must present their passport and completed Incoming Passenger Card to a Customs and Border Protection officer on arrival before collecting their baggage.

Declarations and Allowances

Most personal items such as new clothing, footwear, and articles for personal hygiene and grooming (excluding fur and perfume concentrates) may be brought into Australia in your accompanied baggage, free from duty and tax.

Personal goods are free from duty and tax if they are:

  • Owned and used by you overseas for 12 months or more
  • Imported temporarily (a security may be required by Customs and Border Protection)

There are certain restrictions on the amount of alcohol and tobacco products that may be transported into Sydney under duty free regulations:

  • If you are aged 18 years or over you can bring 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products duty-free into Australia with you
  • If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring 2.25 litres of alcoholic beverages duty-free into Australia with you

Prohibited and Restricted Goods

The following information broadly outlines what goods are prohibited or restricted –

Anabolic or androgenic substances         

Firearms and ammunition

Antibiotics          

Fish and toothfish

ANZAC

Fly swatters/mosquito bats - electronic

Asbestos            

Growth hormones and substances of human or animal origin

Australian flag and coats of arms              

Hazardous waste

Cat and dog fur products             

Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs)

Ceramic ware - glazed   

Incandescent lamps

Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises)      

Kava

Chemical weapons         

Knives and daggers

Chewing tobacco and oral snuff

Laser pointers

Cigarette lighters            

Money boxes, novelty - toxic materials

Safety

This city has a low crime rate and therefore it is considered a safe city. However, petty crimes like pick pocketing or bag snatching are common. As such, it is important to always be cautious of the surroundings and avoid few dangerous areas.

General information

Languages spoken

English

Time zones

GMT + 10 hours

Major religions

Christianity

Domestic international calling codes

00612

Electricity standards

240V AC, 50Hz | 3-flat-pin plug

Emergency numbers

Ambulance - 000

Police - 000

Fire Brigade - 000

Lifeline - 131 114

Sydney Police Centre - (02) 9281 0000

Rape Crisis Centre - (02) 9819 7357

1800-424-017 (free call)

Domestic Violence Line - 1800 656 463 (24 Hours)

Child Protection - 13-2111

Crime Stoppers - 1800 333 000

Translating & Interpreting Service - 131-450

Kids Help Line - 1800 55 1800 (free call)