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.

The 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. It’s 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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Here I cover, everything you need to know before you go to Sydney, Australia from where to go, what to eat, what to see to visa, Wi-Fi, phone plans and more. You don’t want to miss it.



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 a 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.


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.

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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 a 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.


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 best travel tips right 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

Install the Uber App
First thing first, download the Uber app for going around in Sydney. Better than waiting for taxis and trains, get the reliable and fast door to door Uber service. For my readers, I’m giving you $10 off your first ride on the Uber app. To accept, use code ‘k7zapn’ to sign up. Enjoy! Details: https://www.uber.com/invite/k7zapn

Alternatively, you can catch the train, a bus from Sydney Domestic and International Airports. Trains and buses run frequently between 5 am and midnight.

Handy Info

Currency = Australian Dollars
Hello = Good Day, G’day!
Bye = See you later!
Capital City = Canberra
Main cities and 6 states = (Sydney -New South Wales, Melbourne -Victoria, Adelaide -South Australia, Perth -Western Australia, Brisbane -Queensland, Hobart -Tasmania) and 2 territories (Canberra -Australian Capital Territory and Alice Springs -Northern Territory)

Sydney Australia travel guide – Everything you need to know

Let’s start!

Must do and must see in Sydney

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


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!


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.


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.

On a side note, if you aren’t camping, the easy alternative is to stay at Airbnb. You would be spoilt for choice on some of the best neighbourhoods. Here is the $55 discount for your first booking with Airbnb. Click here.


What about the best beaches that Sydney is famous for?

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


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 😉


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.


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 these questions. Read it here.

As a lover of beautiful places, I seek and find Insta worthy places in all the countries I travel to. The time has finally arrived to share my favourite Insta worthy places in my own backyard. Let’s start!

Here are the 28 most Instagrammable places in Sydney, Australia that you can visit and won’t be disappointed!

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.

Accessories For Canon GX7 Mark ||

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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.

Accessories For Go Pro Hero 4

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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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