Australia’s Harbour City has been a top spot for a long weekend break. Sydney is the city celebrated for its harbor walks, museums, architectural flourishes, fusion cuisine, coffee and cocktails, shopping districts, and beautiful views. While in Sydney, don’t forget to take a ferry ride to the underrated Cockatoo Island, hike from the Spit Bridge to Manly, a pleasurable walk from Coogee to Bondi and soak in the glorious coastal views or, stop for a quick swim at one of the beaches. If you are a history buff, do not miss out on Sydney’s Rocks Discovery Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), and the iconic Sydney Opera House. If these don’t seem satisfying enough, you may brace yourself for one of the spookiest ghost tours at Q Station. The locals are a welcoming bunch, with a cosmopolitan outlook and you’ll have no problem getting around smoothly. To experience Australia at its best, there can be nothing better than a Sydney vacation.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Sydney
Where to Shop
Wondering where to start shopping from in Sydney? Head to Birkenhead Point, on the Parramatta river, where you will come across outlets for brands like Country Road, Billabong, Alannah Hill, Witchery, Saba, Mimco and most David Jones brands. The spectacular Queen Victoria building on 455 George Street is the home to high fashion brands such as Gorman, Coach, Fossil, Rodd & Gunn, MJ Bale, Camilla and more. Shopping at Harbourside Shopping Centre, on the Darling Harbour has its own delight. You will not only find brands like Valleygirl, Giordano, Cotton On Kids, Tarocash, Glue, but also eateries like McDonald's, Subway, KFC, Waterfront Grill, Baskin Robbins, Hard Rock Café and others. For entertainment there are a lot of theaters and cinemas. If you are on an indie shopping spree, visit the Paddington Markets (held on Saturdays only). You can also drop into designer boutiques like Dinosaur Designs dotting Paddington’s Oxford Street. You can find everything here from antique silverware to watercolor paintings. If you want to pick vintage dresses, coats, and accessories take a trip to Surry Hills. Other popular shopping centres are World Square, The Strand Arcade, Westfield Sydney, Glebe Markets, and the Pitt Street Mall.
What to Eat
When traveling to Sydney, food draws as much attention as does historical sites and beaches. Must-try Sydney dishes include Pho (Vietnamese noodle broth), Typhoon shelter crab, Rosewater meringue served with watermelon and pistachio, Whiskey-brined pork chops, grilled garfish, Portuguese tart, Date tart, Japanese stones (cocoa butter “stones” stuffed with cherry-chocolate liquid at the center),truffled egg pasta, sausage rolls with fennel seeds and pork fillings, the Benjamin platter (three types of cured salmon served with cream cheese and bagels), and Hawaiian poke bowls (raw fish and vegetables blended with steamed rice, and served with Japanese dressings).
The Local Language
Australian English is widely spoken and understood by the majority of Sydneysiders. However, you may also come across people speaking in Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese or Greek. Due to its diversity, over 250 different languages are spoken in Sydney.
Dos and Don’ts
• Avoid drinking on the streets as there are several dry zones established by the law.
• To order a drink at the bar, show the ‘V’ or victory sign with your palm facing out. Australians consider the palm facing-in version to be an insulting gesture.
• Do not hire vehicles from unauthorized operators.
Emergency contact numbers
• General SOS – 000
• Fire – 000
• Police – 000
• Ambulance– 000
• Medicare:12 20 11
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Sydney?
The airlines offering cheap air tickets to Sydney are China Southern, and Vietnam.
• What is the time zone used in Australia?
Australia follows - Australian Western Standard Time (AWST; UTC+08: 00), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST; UTC+09: 30), and Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST; UTC+10: 00).
• What are the most popular airlines flying from London to Sydney?
From London to Sydney, the most popular airlines are Emirates
and Thai Airways
• What is the shortest time for a London to Sydney flight?
The shortest time for a London to Sydney flight is around 22 hours 25 minutes.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Sydney?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Sydney are the Sydney Opera House, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and the Sydney Observatory.
• What is the currency of Australia?
The currency of Italy is the Australian Dollar.
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