Set on the world’s largest natural harbour, Sydney is Australia’s iconic face to the world. It’s home to the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and tops most people’s list of dream destinations. The city consistently ranks high on global measures of liveability, sustainability, and health, safety and security.
Well known as a place of breathtaking natural beauty, Sydney is also home to a rich base of mind-blowing local talent that is helping to shape our future. The city is energetic and engaging; a hive of innovation across a number of key industries, including financial and professional services, the digital economy, education and research, and medical sciences.
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Travelling to/from Sydney
Sydney Airport is Australia’s international gateway, serviced by all the major passenger airlines. It offers more than 600 scheduled services per week, including direct or one-stop services from major hub cities. The city centre is a convenient 8 km (5 miles) from the airport, accessible by train or taxi.
Unless you’re an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you’ll need a visa to enter the country for your event. For the most up-to-date information about how to apply for a visa before arriving in Australia, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Currency & Taxes
Australian money comes in both notes and coins. The notes are: $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. The coins are: 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, and $1 and $2. You’ll find currency exchange facilities at the international airport, throughout the city centre, and at most banks and Australia Post offices. All major credit cards (including Visa, Mastercard, American Express) are widely accepted in Australia. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are available throughout the city and accept most common cards.
A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% is included in the ticketed purchase price of almost all consumer goods and services in Australia.
In Sydney, and throughout Australia, the electrical supply is 240 volts, 50Hz. International adaptors are readily available at chemists (drug stores) and electrical supply stores. Most hotels provide 110-volt outlets for shavers.
Sydney enjoys a pleasant and temperate year-round climate, with more than 340 sunny days a year! To pack appropriately, we recommend you learn more about local forecasts in the area you’re planning to visit.
- Summer – December to February
- Autumn – March to May
- Winter – June to August
- Spring – September to November
Sydney is one of the first cities to wake up each day. We’re 10-11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), depending on the time of year.