Looking for a Sydney Australia travel guide? Do I need a visa for Australia? where to stay, where to eat, the point of interests in Sydney and more. Here is the ultimate Sydney travel guide- everything you need to know based on the things I personally recommend.

Little background story for you guys – 12 years ago, I was living in Nepal daydreaming about living in other countries, experiencing new and diverse cultures, and of course tasting the local cuisines. You see I wasn’t born rich, didn’t marry a rich man or didn’t win a lottery… well, at least not yet! But with the help of my family and scraping together my little savings, I packed my bags and said tearful farewells to my family and moved to Sydney, Australia. This was my destination number one! Since then, I have lived and breathed this beautiful city I call home. Its about time, I share my recommendations with you. So, this guide comes from my personal experience and hope you enjoy using it during your time in Sydney!

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Visa

There are many options to choose from when it comes to Visa. Australia wants the world to come and enjoy our great weather and beautiful sights!

It could be just holiday visa, working holiday, students, partner, joining a family, starting a business, investing, and more types of visas are available. You can use this official Australian Immigration website to find out which visas fit you best and how to apply.  This is a brand new government site which they are testing at the moment (sep 2018) and you can provide feedback as well.

If you wish to use the old and trusted website, go here.

As most of my readers are from the USA –  Most U.S. passport holders travelling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Apply on Australian government official website here.

Remember while on the tourist visa, working isn’t legal in Australia unless you have a working holiday visa.

Note

The visa application fee is nonrefundable, so make sure that your information is entered correctly the first time and that your photo meets the specifications.

Is WIFI any good? What about the local sim?

Compared to international standard, WIFI is a little slow here in Australia but it does the job. Most cafes would give you password once you order your coffee. For free WIFI head to the nearest library.

In regards to the local sim, if you have an unlocked phone that is compatible with Australian GSM technology, then all you will need is a SIM card and a prepaid plan. Having said that, there are other options available too. For example Package deals, data deals, capped inclusions, and contract options. I suggest comparing either one of the following 4 major cell phone carries in Australia and buy what suits you best.

1 Telstra – Australia’s leading provider of mobile phones, mobile devices, home phones and broadband internet, 2. Optus – second in the area covered behind Telstra; about 30 personal plans + 8 business plans; 3. Vodaphone – the smaller of the 3 major providers and covers mostly metropolitan and larger regional areas); about 38 plans; and 4. Virgin Mobile – uses the Optus network; about 27 plans.

What cell phone/plan is good?

Well, that depends on what you are after. If you are like me a social media fanatic then perhaps best to get a data plan but if you are into talking and texting a lot then getting a call and msg plan would suit. There can be many considerations like how much data you might need, what network coverage is available and whether you should enter into a contract or go prepaid. But if you are here for a short amount of time, I wouldn’t worry too much, and just get a prepaid plan that you can cancel anytime.

However, if you are planning to travel or live in Australia for over 3 months, then spend some time researching beforehand as many options are available. Weigh up prepaid vs entering a contract.

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Where to book the cheap flights to Sydney?

I swear by using these two websites Skyscanner and momodo.

Skyscanner lets you search “everywhere” to see where is cheaper to fly to and from! It also lets you search full month if you are flexible with dates. Momodo lets you filter by airline alliance, which is also helpful when trying to earn frequent flyer miles in a particular loyalty program. It also displays an overview of information about your route and the factors that affect the price.

Note:

Remember to use an incognito window for searching or clear your browser’s cache after searching to avoid price increases! But if you are using Skyscanner mobile app there is no need for incognito mode.

If you are after a proper travel resource. Read my travel tips here.

After years of full-time travelling, I’ve spent hours trying to figure out how to travel cheaper and better. This is a collection of the best travel resources when it comes to flights, accommodation, gear, travel insurance, and more. I have personally used all of those items listed and recommend to you.

Getting around in Sydney

Once you landed in Sydney, You can catch the train, a bus or a taxi to and from Sydney Domestic and International Airports. Trains and buses run frequently between 5 am and midnight. There is also Uber available. You can use this link for a discount.

Handy Info

Currency = Australian Dollars
Hello = Good Day, G’day!
Bye = See you later!
Capital City = Canberra
6 states (New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, Tasmania) and 2 territories (Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory)

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Do you know any must do things in Sydney?

Click here for this extensive list of must-do things in Sydney. How many of these AMAZING activities can you tick off?

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How about the best walks in and around Sydney?

I got it all written down here for you guys. Enjoy the nice Sydney weather with the fresh walk!

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What are Sydney’s top attractions?

I took the time to go to many places in Sydney and came out with some awesome and different experiences. I included the fun and best point of interests here.

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Where to stay in Sydney?

Did you know Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs and residents of Sydney are known as “Sydney Siders”? Well, I have crafted a blog post answering this very question. If you want to pick the best place in town or to find out the options that are available, read this.

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What about the best beaches that Sydney is famous for?

I got the 9 best beaches in Sydney, Australia for you here.

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And any hidden bays and secret beaches?

Yup! Since I am a local, I thought why not show you my hidden beaches and bays too. Find it here and enjoy, just don’t tell more people 😉

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Where to get the coffee and cafe fix?

I covered that question too 🙂 Here you can find the guide to cool cafes in Sydney, Australia.

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Recommendations on where to eat in Sydney?

As you can imagine, there are thousands of dining places to choose from. This guide comes from my personal experience of eating at many restaurants in Sydney multiple times. So, they are on the list after a long and hard trial! They won’t break your bank either, prices are reasonably standard except for the Japanese one as it’s a fine dine. This straight to the point guide will help you uncover different cuisines and restaurants not to miss in Sydney, Australia.

I have written a blog post dedicated to this questions. Read it here.

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Any Instagram worthy list of places in Sydney?

Here are the 16 most Instagrammable places in Sydney, Australia that you can visit and won’t be disappointed. All 16 of them are my favs, if you get a picture for IG, don’t forget to tag me 🙂

What I used to take these photos:

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera

This has been my favourite Camera so far. I love how my pictures come out crisp and colourful. It also has a screen which is useful when vblogging. You can check out what I meant on my Instagram which is here.

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GoPro HERO4 Silver

This is the good old Go pro that I take with me everywhere. I recommend it because it is small, lightweight and waterproof. I have had made many memories with this trusted item and looking forward to more.

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SanDisk 64 GB Memory Cards

I have been using SanDisk since my first camera which was back in 2009. They build quality memory cards. I recommend getting at least two, just in case something happens to one of them.

All-in-One Memory Card Reader

Do you think it’s a hassle of plugging your camera into your computer? This memory card reader will fit cards of all sizes and make an easy transfer to your computer. The reader supports all popular SD memory card formats, including SD™/SDHC™/SDXC™ memory cards, UHS-I SDHC/SDXC memory cards, and microSDHC™/microSDXC™ memory cards. It is also compatible with the latest UDMA 7-enabled CompactFlash cards.

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25 thoughts on “Sydney, Australia Travel Guide- everything you need to know

  • September 25, 2018 at 2:15 pm
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    It has been a few years since I was last in Sydney, so I am due to return. I will definitely keep in mind all of your recommendations. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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    • September 25, 2018 at 4:40 pm
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      Hope you get to visit and use this guide soon Alex! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

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  • September 25, 2018 at 7:04 pm
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    I never really thought about going to Sydney before, it looks beautiful though. May need to add it to my want to do list.

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  • September 25, 2018 at 9:37 pm
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    Oh my goodness I have always wanted to got to Australia! You’re pictures make it look so beautiful 🙂 This is such a great post with so much helpful information… thank you!

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  • September 26, 2018 at 12:27 am
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    I am dying to visit Australia, it has been on bucket list for year, hopefully one day soon I will see all these beautiful places.

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  • September 26, 2018 at 3:10 am
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    Thank you for sharing! Australia is one of the number one countries on my bucket list right now and I’m hoping to go as a celebratory trip once I graduate from my masters program. This guide will come in handy for the planning!

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  • September 26, 2018 at 3:23 am
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    One day when I’m not running Coombe Mill I going to travel. Long haul like this would be wonderful, what a handy guide you have here.

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  • September 26, 2018 at 3:43 am
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    This is a perfect post for me, as I’ve yet to visit Sydney. It looks like such a great city to see, and I love your photos too. I’m inspired to finally visit!

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  • September 26, 2018 at 4:29 am
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    I have never been to Sydney, so these recommendations are great when I plan my travel out there. I did love Melbourne.

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  • September 26, 2018 at 7:34 am
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    Thanks for this, have saved it as a reference. I have so many friends and family in Australia these days, and I can see us making the trip next time we’re in the Far East. Daily blogging, eh, good luck with that!

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  • September 26, 2018 at 9:20 am
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    I’ve never being in Sidney before! but your travel guide is amazing, you really cover every detail I should know before travelling there! I love it!

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  • September 26, 2018 at 10:43 am
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    I would love to get down to Australia sometime. It has always captured my attention whenever anything about it is on tv.

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  • September 26, 2018 at 10:45 am
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    I need to save up for my Australia trip! 🙂
    Do you know that telstra customer service hub is in the Philippines?

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  • September 26, 2018 at 4:02 pm
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    I would love to visit Sydney someday. Any kind of international trip like that would take planning and a careful packing check list. Thanks for your ideas of where to visit!

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  • September 27, 2018 at 7:16 pm
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    I’m glad you were honest about cell phone service in Australia. We just came back from Paris and was surprised to find how bad our cell service was. We had ordered the enhanced plan and everything and it was still not good enough that we could rely on it to use for GPS. This looks like an awesome place to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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  • September 27, 2018 at 8:16 pm
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    Australia always is my bucket list. but just have some problem with the visa. but will figure it out soon since i read you beautiful guide post now. thank you

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  • September 27, 2018 at 8:29 pm
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    ThIs is all I need to travel to Australia. It has been on my bucket list for years, but I’m tying to gather up the courage for the long haul flight (we are in Florida). One of these days. Thank you for this thorough post that includes everything.

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  • October 1, 2018 at 9:31 am
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    wow, it seems stunning in your picturesQ made me wanting to go

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  • October 2, 2018 at 7:14 am
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    I am adding Australia to my bucket list. Thanks for this very comprehensive post

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