Sydney Basic Information

High on any seafood aficionado’s list should be to sample the freshly caught crustaceans and fish at the Sydney Fish Market – a local institution and a frenzied sight around Christmas and Good Friday. For more insider info, here are our must-know-before-you-go tips for Sydney.

Visa Requirements

Australian residents can explore the country with no limitations! For most international travellers, a normal holiday visa (eVisitor) permits three months’ travel within Australia over a 12-month period. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, please contact your local Australian embassy or consulate.

Currency

The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and other currencies fluctuates constantly so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For overseas visitors, consider using a credit or debit card or a travel money card for safe spending while you are in Australia. A Multi-currency Cash Passport™ is ideal for international travellers as the card can hold a range of currencies including Australian Dollars, and can be used like a credit card.

Food

Sydney knows food. Whether its award-winning nuanced French-Japanese flavours at Tetsuya’s in the CBD or a comforting mushy pea and pie float at the iconic Harry’s Cafe de Wheels in Woolloomooloo, visitors are spoilt for choice in the Harbour City. You can literally eat around the world in Newtown with cuisines ranging from African to Asian and European to Mod Oz. Sushi, Thai cuisine and Italian specialities are popular local choices, while breakfast is an institution at cafes like bills. Head to Australia’s largest Chinatown for yum cha and the Friday Night Markets for satisfying street food. Sydney is also a major domain of celeb chefs – book ahead if you wish to sample dishes created by your fave TV personalities.

Nightlife

Sydney’s after-hours scene has something for revellers of all persuasions. There’s no shortage of pubs, bars and clubs in the central areas of the CBD or Darling Harbour, while Kings Cross is the city’s dedicated entertainment precinct and comes alive on the weekend with everything from piano bars to the notorious strip. The eastern suburbs set favour nightspots in Double Bay and Bondi, or head to Newtown or Surry Hills for grungy live music venues. Darlinghurst and Paddington are similarly dotted with pubs and bars along Oxford Street. A must-visit is the multi-level Ivy in Sydney’s CBD with a glamorous Pool Club, disco-themed Changeroom, The Den Art Deco-inspired cocktail lounge and decadent Pacha Sydney among the onsite venues.