Sydney

photo by Kewal W  

Updated, Aug 2020

City

about the city
population, Language, currency,  plug point, emergency no, time zone
entry requirements and best time to visit




Getting In & Around

Getting in
Sydney Airport: 10 km south of city center, Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport is one of the busiest and largest airport in the world. it has 3 terminals. T1 is international. Sydney has good transportation from airport. Free terminal transfer Shuttle available. 
T8 Airport line: A$19.40/ A$15.40 book here, Shuttle services: around $16-20 and more. Book on Redy2go, Airporter, Mozio, City Bus (400 & 420): $3.73 – $6 takes about 30-40 min (depends on distance), Taxi: $45-$55 one way to city center.(20 mins), car rentals are also available
 
Sydney Central Station: Central railway station. Station is connected by NSW Train Link, suburban Sydney Trains, Light rails, city buses and coaches. Station is open 24 hours, Tourist info center, restaurants, luggage store and toilets are available
 
Sydney Coach Terminal: Coach station is adjacent to railway station. visitwebsite
Getting around

Public Transport: web: transportnsw.info. There are 4 modes of public transport available in Sydney.
Opel card, a smart card system used in Sydney transport. No charge for card, but minimum top up is A$20 or A$10 online. Card allows travel discount in public transport than single ticket. 30% more discount on holidays, non peak hours(peak hours : 7 am – 9 am & 4 pm – 6:30 pm) and weekends. for kids under 15 years, tickets prices are 50% of adults.

**Opel card allows you to travel in its system unlimited and you never pay more than $16.10 a day, $50 a week, or $2.80 on Sunday. cards are available at counters, many retailers, newsstands. one can book Opel card online or get it from Opel retailers) more information about Opel card.

Tickets: Buses: $2.90 – $6, $2.24 – $4.80 ( with Opel card) distance based. Metro & Sub-Trains: $4.50 – $10.80, $3.61 – $8.86(with Opel Card) distance based. Ferry: $7.60 – $9.40, $6.12 – $7.65(with Opel card) distance based. Light rail: $2.90 – $6, $2.24 – $4.80(with Opel card)*

Photo by Kailash Gyawali


See & Do

City Highlights

Sydney Opera House
architectural landmark | opening hours: Open daily, and depends on events
Closed on Easter Sunday and Christmas day (25th December).Reach here by public transport to Circular Quay and take few minutes walk to the Opera House. Sydney Opera House is an iconic landmark and world heritage site in Australia. Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. Opera house is world famous architecture marval. It is the center of arts, culture and history. Opera house many shows around the year, experiencing one of them is an ultimate experience. One can take a guided tour to go in details, also can dine in nearby restaurant.
Tickets: Opera house is free to visit. but for more detailed experience, you can book a show or a guided tour. Tour ticket: $42 Adult, $22 Kids (5-15 years), Tour Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Welcome Centre remain open from 9:00am to 8:30pm(Mon to Sat) 10:00am to 6:00pm (Sun). Visit Website Phone:  +61 2 9250 77778 

Sydney Harbour Bridge
bridge | Spanning over five hundred meters, Sydney Harbour Bridge is the largest steel-arch bridge. Its another landmark of the city. It can be better explored on foot or by bike. Visitors can also climb on the top with ‘Bridge Climb’ tours, which is expensive or can reach the much cheaper Pylon to get Panorama views. The bridge was opened in 1932 and known as ‘Coat-hanger’ by locals. Towering 134 meters high in the Sydney harbour. Sailing under the bridge is another activity can be explored.
Tours: Bridge Climb tour -3 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW 2000. starting from $174 Adult/$148 Kids, More information on Climbing bridge or Packages. Pylon Climb (Cheaper), 10.00am to 5.00pm, $19.00 Adult/ $9.50 Kids (5-12 years), more information on Pylon lookout, Visit Website 

Bondi Beach
beach | Bondi Beach is one of the best white sand city beach in the world. It’s Often crowded as one of the most visited attraction in the country. It’s around 1 km long in crescent shape, and just about 8 km east of Sydney, It is a great experience. 
Take a walk around it, a swim in the ocean, surfing or anything you want to do on a beach, as well as amazing food to enjoy the ocean view. Kindly follow the instructions before you dive into the ocean or for surfing, to stay safe. also remember that, Bondi Beach is an alcohol free zone. Location: Bondi Beach is about 8 km east of Sydney City center, Bus no 333 or T4 train to Bondi Junction and bus 380

Darling Harbour
waterfront | Darling harbour is one of the most happening place in the city, it has many activities around. there is Sydney aquarium, Sydney wildlife world and many more. There are also many restaurants around it. you will never gonna get bored. good for food and drink, Cruise, New Year celebration Spot. Visit Website. phone+61 2 9240 8500

Museums & Galleries

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Since 1981 Art Gallery of New South Wales is presenting fine Australian and International, Modern and contemporary Art masterpieces. It offers major collection galleries, exhibitions and other educational programs. Admission to the Gallery and all permanent exhibitions are free. Gallery also showcase many temporary exhibitions, some of them has small fee. Visit here for Free and Customized tour options. getting here: 5 minutes walk from Macquarie Street, across the Domain, or from Hyde Park, Bus: 441, Train: 10 mins walk from St James and Martin Place stations, More info
opening hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday. till 10:00 pm on wednesdays (Art after hours) Closed on Good Friday and Christmas day, General Entry is Free, but some temporary exhibitions may have fee. Visit Website  Phone:  1800 679 278. address: Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000, Sydney, Australia.

Museum of Sydney
It is sitting on the once used to be the first Government House for 57 years. Museums is showcase of wonderful history of Sydney. Art and architecture will take you to the journey in the time of the Harbour city. 
opening hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Closed on: Good friday and Christmas, tickets: Adult – A$15, Concession – A$12, Family – A$38, Kids under 3 are free. or
Buy Sydney Museums Pass and Visit 12 Museums and historic houses. Adult – A$35, Kids – A$28(5 to 15 years), Family Pass A$75, address: Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000, Visit Website Phone:  +61 2 9251 5988

Australian Museum
opening hours: closed for renovation, tickets: adult $15, child free. address: 1 William Street, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia, website: australian.museum, phone: +61 2 9320 6000, email: [email protected]

Brett Whiteley Studio
opening hours: Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. tickets: free, address: 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia, website: visitwebsite, phone: 02 9225 1881, email: [email protected]

Australian National Maritime Museum
opening hours:
10:30am–4pm, tickets: exhibitions adult $35, child $20. address: 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour. website: sea.museum, phone: +61 2 9298 3777, email: [email protected]

Anzac Memorial
opening hours: monday to friday 10am to 4pm, tickets: free but, tickets needed. address: Liverpool Street, Hyde Park South Sydney, website: anzacmemorial.nsw.gov.au.  phone: +61 2 8262 2900, email: [email protected]

St Mary’s Cathedral
Sydney’s main catholic cathedral. its in the city center next to Hyde park. it is surrounded by many important buildings. Its made of local sandstone and architecture is what makes it stand out. length : 107 meters, Height : 75 meters (spires)
opening hours: 6:30 am – 6.30 pm Monday to Friday, 8.30 am – 7.00 pm Saturday, 6:30 am – 7.00 pm Sunday, tickets: Cathedral is Free to visit for Public. Cathedral Crypt : $5, Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Tickets at the Cathedral Shop. Free Guided Tour every sunday 10:30 am. address: 2 St Mary’s Road, Sydney NSW 2000. Visit Website. Phone: +61 2 9220 0400

Elizabeth Bay House
opening hours: Fri – Sun 10am to 4pm, tickets: adult $15, reduced $12 or Buy Museum Pass. address: 7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, NSW 2011. visit website, phone: +61 2 9356 3022.

Elizabeth Farm
opening hours:
wed-sat 10am to 4pm, tickets: adult $15, reduced $12 or Buy Museum Pass. address: 70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW 2142. visit website, phone: +61 2 9635 9488.

Hyde Park Barracks
opening hours:
Thu to Sun, 10am to 5pm. tickets: adult $24, reduced $20, child(5-15) $16 or Buy Museum Pass. address: Queens Square, Macquarie Street Sydney, NSW 2000. visit website, phone: +61 2 8239 2311. email: [email protected]

Justice & Police Museum
opening hours:
closed until further notice. tickets: adult $15, reduced $12 or Buy Museum Pass. address: Corner Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney, NSW 2000. visit website, phone: +61 2 9252 1144. 

Museum of Contemporary Art
opening hours: Tue – Sun, 10am to 5pm, tickets: free. address: 140 George Street, Circular Quay, Sydney NSW 2000, website: mca.com.au, phone: +61 2 9245 2400, email: [email protected]

Old Government House
opening hours: Thu – Sun 10am to 4pm, tickets: adult $15, child $10. address: Parramatta Park, Pitt Street Entrance, Parramatta 2150 NSW. visitwebsite, phone:  (02) 9635 8149, email:  [email protected]

Powerhouse Museum
opening hours: 10am to 5pm, tickets: free, booking required. address: 500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia, website: eventbrite.com.au, phone: +61 (02) 9217 0111, email: [email protected]

more places

  • Sydney Jewish Museum – adult $15, reduced $9
  • The Rocks Discovery Museum – free entry
  • White Rabbit Gallery – free
Park & Outdoor

Royal Botanic Garden
opened in 1816. and the oldest of such kind of institution. it has thousands of verities of plants. There are also many features including rose garden, shops, restaurants, lawns, pond etc. Garden is overlooking Sydney harbor.
opening hours:
7 am to 8 pm (sunset). tickets: free, Free Guided Walk  : Daily 10:30 am – 12 pm, Garden Is open to Public from 7:00 am in the morning to 5:00 pm June, July, 5:30 pm May, August, 6:00 pm April, September, 6:30 pm March, 7:30 pm October, 8:00 pm November to February, address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia, website: Visit Website

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
claims to exhibit more than 13000 creatures of more than 700 species of underwater life. you will see your favorite Dolphins and Penguins as well as dugongs, sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, seahorses, and much more. Check out some of them here
opening hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm (last entry 5:00pm) everyday. Time may differ on some holidays (9:30 am-7:00 pm), Check here, tickets: Adult – A$46*, Kids – A$33* (4-15 years), *Book Online and save up to 20% , address: 1-5 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour, Sydney 2000, Visit Website. phone: +61 1800 199 657

Taronga Zoo
is opposite of the Sydney Opera house in the north side of the Sydney Harbour. A 15 minutes ferry ride from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour will get you to the Zoo. 
Zoo is one of the best in Australia in animal care. you will see unique Australian animals, likes of kangaroo, koala, wallaby, platypus, emu etc and other animals like elephant, gorilla, tiger, bear, giraffe, zebra, snow leopard and as well. 
opening hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm* everyday of the year. tickets: Park Pass required Adult $47, Kids $27 (4-15 years), Family $118.40 (2 adults, 2 kids), Kids under 4 years are free, Tickets are 10% individual/ 20% family off if you buy online, Parking is $18 a day, address: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, Visit Website, phone: +61 2 9969 2777 , email: [email protected]

more outdoor places

  • Barangaroo Reserve
  • Centennial Park
  • Chinese Garden of Friendship – adult $8, child $4
  • Cockatoo Island
  • Hyde Park
  • Luna Park Sydney – $23/44/54 (height based)
  • Martin Place
  • Nielsen Park
  • Sydney Observatory – adult $26, child $22
  • Sydney Park
  • Sydney Tower Eye – adult $29, child $20
  • WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo – adult $44, child $31
     
     

Beaches

Bronte Beach, Clovelly Beach, Coogee Beach, Manly Beach, Maroubra Beach, Shark Beach, Shelly Beach.

Bondi Beach. Photo by Road Trip with Raj




Activities
 

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