This section will be pretty helpful in preparing for your trip to Sydney. From the city's currency and dialing code prefix to the city's most important emergency numbers. Once you are in Sydney, you should have them with you at all times.
- Official Language and other languages spoken - Even though Australia has no official language, English is considered the national language. The same goes for Sydney. English is the most spoken language, the next ones are Arabic and Mandarian.
- Entering the city: Procedures and requirements - Visa is not required only for citizens of Australia and New Zealand. Other travelers should have a valid passport and a visa. For more information, you should contact New South Wales or Australian Embassy in your country.
Emergency Numbers - The main emergency number is 000 that can be dialed at any time from both mobile and fixed phones.
- Ambulance - 000
- Police - 000
- Fire Brigade - 000
- Lifeline - 131 114
- Kids Help Line - 1800 55 1800
- Rape Crisis Center - 1800 424 017
- Translating and Interpreting - 131 450
- Currency - The official currency of Sydney, as well as the whole country, is the Australian dollar (AUD). The sign is the same as for the American dollar -＄ and 100 Australian dollars equals around 72 American dollars, or €65.
- Sydney is considered the most expensive city in Australia. Around €130 should be enough for one day in the city on a budget trip. Remember, even though Sydney may not be one of the affordable cities to visit, it’s worth seeing. You should nevertheless try to save some money. We will give you some advice on how to spend less money on your trip to Sydney.
- Since you will need to use public transport, take advantage of taking any type of it for just $2.80 for a whole day. This is an excellent option if you want to explore some of the different parts of the city.
- Get an Opal card for the metro. It’s a free card that you just have to load with money for the tickets. This card will save you some money since the fare is lower than the regular price.
- Even though some of the most famous museums are expensive, others have free entrance. Take the chance to visit them. We recommend you to go to The Sydney Observatory and The Rocks Discovery Museum.
- If you would like to explore the city and still save money, you should take a free walking tour. I’m Free Walking Tours is one of them. They are organized daily and the starting point is the city center.
Useful apps, free travel map
- EatClub - This is a great app that shows you the nearest restaurants with great deals they are offering at the moment. This will be an excellent opportunity to eat in some of the most famous Sydney restaurants and also to save some money.
- Hey You - If you are in search of a delicious coffee, try installing this app. It will give you information on the cafes near you and help you to find and choose the perfect cup of coffee.
- Opal Card - We already mentioned Opal Card, which will make your rides in public transport more pleasant. And getting this app will help you to recharge the card for your ride fares. It will also show you where to take the bus and when to get off.
- Gumtree - As well as Airbnb, this app provides you with information on accommodation in Sydney. You can find private rooms and apartments as well as a house share.
- XE Currency - Since Australia has its own currency, it will help install the XE Currency app. You will be able to see the exchange rate in Australia and compare the Australian dollar to any currency.
- TripView Sydney - last but not least, this app will help you get around the city. It shows all the transport lines you will need, alongside timetables and directions of every public transport.