From the beaches to the restaurants and exciting nature to palaces of the fine arts, an effortless, relaxed coolness sweeps through the atmosphere of Sydney. Visitors to this popular city in Australia have been known to extend their Visas to get even more familiar with this loud, attractive, metropolis.
Sydney is ideal for lazy days exploring beaches and colourful side streets, where you can pop into the nearest bar and are likely to run into some sports fan or a live band. On the other hand, jutting out of this concrete jungle, you will find majestic, modern buildings for the fine arts and botanical gardens. You’ll have the opportunity to dress up, dress down, relax on the beach, climb hills, mountains and stroll through colourful gardens. Sydney really does have it all and it’s just waiting for you to fall in love with it, as many before you have done.
Fun Facts About Sydney
- Dangerous critters: The city is home to one of the most dangerous spiders on earth, known as the Sydney Funnel Web Spider. This arachnid is so dangerous, it can kill a human being in just 15 minutes.
- As seen on TV: You may recognise some parts of Sydney without realising why. If that’s the case, then it may be that you’ve caught an episode or two of popular Australian soap opera Home and Away, as the exterior shots are often taken from Palm Beach in Sydney.
- On the silver screen: It’s a hub of film and celebrity, with famous actors such as Russell Crowe and Rebel Wilson being Sydney natives. The iconic city has also provided the backdrop for major Hollywood blockbusters, like Planet of the Apes and The Matrix.
- An Easter celebration like no other: Every Easter, Sydney hosts the largest annual event in the country: the Sydney Royal Easter Show. A little under a million people attend each year and it is well worth checking out if you are in the city during this time.
Top Tips for Travelling to Sydney
- Know how much to tip: Tipping in Sydney is expected in restaurants, with a reasonable amount considered to be between 10- 15%. If you would like to reward exceptional service, you can add a little extra gratuity onto your bill though.
- Dress appropriately for the weather: Although Sydney is relatively mild for the most part, it can get very hot in summer. With that in mind, make sure you dress in light, airy clothes and bring plenty of sunscreen. Rainfall is also fairly common so pack accordingly, just in case
- You don’t need to carry too much cash: Sydney is a modern city and as such, cash is usually not needed for most transactions, with credit cards accepted at most stores and restaurant. The exception to this would mainly be very small, local or independent retailers. If you do need cash, there’s plenty of places to exchange your holiday money for the local currency.
- Make note of dress codes: Sydney may be well known for the laid back attitudes of its locals, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t the odd dress code here and there. So if you’re planning on heading somewhere particularly fancy, we recommend checking on expected dress before rocking up in shorts and sandals
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Getting Around In Sydney
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Despite its huge size and large population, getting around Sydney is a lot easier than you might actually think. The public transport services offer a high quality experience and areas are very well connected. There are trams, ferries, trains, buses and more, and owing to popular attractions being very close together, walking around is also very easy to do.
Sydney Opal Card
This card is an integrated smartcard that you can use on most public transport systems. You will be able to purchase one of these at a number of newsagents, convenience stores or supermarkets in Sydney. Once you have purchased your card, you can top it up and just touch the card reader at the designated spots when using the transport systems.
Buses in Sydney
Sydney has a large bus network operating around the city, which usually runs from 05.00 in the morning until midnight. After midnight, the night bus system starts but these are less frequent than the day time buses.
Bus tickets are available from the drivers for AU$2.40-4.70. However, there are some services that are prepay only: in which case, you’ll have to use an Opal Card. There is also a free shuttle bus (the 555) that runs between Central Station, George Street, Circular Quay and Elizabeth Street from 09.30 to 15.30 on weekdays, except for Thursday when it runs until 21.00. During the weekend, it is operational from 09.30 to 18.00.
The ferries in Sydney are usually operational from 06.00 to midnight and fares are quite cheap for harbour destinations (usually less than AU$8.00).
Trams in Sydney
The tram system in Sydney runs between Central Station, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, The Star Casino, Sydney Fish Market and Glebe. You can purchase your ticket from the tram conductor and prices range from AU$3.80-4.80.
Cars in Sydney
Along with a number of taxi companies, you can also hire your own car and drive around Sydney. However, we would recommend using the public transport system as Sydney has a number of one way driving systems that can be quite confusing. Furthermore, finding a parking spot can prove to be difficult. Ask your concierge for more help when trying to acquire a taxi.
Flights to Sydney
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When arriving in Sydney, you will land in the Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport. The primary hub for tourists and locals entering the city, this international airport is conveniently located in the suburb of Mascot, just 8km south of the city centre. This means it is easy to travel onto your destination by hired vehicle or public transport once you arrive.
With nearly 42 million passengers each year, Sydney Airport is the busiest in the whole of Australia, so it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of flight services to choose from. There are around 65 flights every week from Singapore Changi airport, with seven airlines offering direct flights between the two airports. The average flight time between the two destinations is 7 hours and 35 minutes.
You’ll be pleased to know that Expedia Singapore have a huge selection of airlines that fly to this sunshine city. Explore the website further to find out which flight to Sydney is perfect for your trip.