The laid-back feel and multicultural makeup of the city provides an interesting and enjoyable atmosphere for foreign travelers visiting Sydney. The weather is mild year-round with a warm summer experienced from December to February. Transport in Sydney is easy to navigate, with an abundance of buses, trains, taxis and ferries as well as hire car services.
Customs and etiquette
Sydney is about as open and relaxed as anywhere else in the world and social etiquette amounts to general manners. There are a wide variety of races, religions, cultures and sexual preferences prevalent in the city and no one should feel uncomfortable, with locals being particularly friendly and laid back.
Tipping for services in Sydney is not mandatory although commonly accepted to be around 10 to 15 percent when dining at restaurants. Casual dress is fine for most occasions unless visiting a five-star eatery or trendy bar, which often have a dress code.
The Australian dollar (AU$) is the local currency used in Sydney. Moneychangers are plentiful in the city, especially in the tourist areas, and coupled with hotels and banks offering foreign exchange services, visitors will have no problem accessing local currency.
Cash is needed for public transport and small store purchases. Foreign ATM cards are widely accepted at almost all machines located throughout the city. Credit cards can be used in most restaurants, shops and department stores.
Sydney enjoys a temperate climate with four distinct seasons: summer lasts from December to February, fall from March to May, winter from June to August and spring from September to November. Winters are relatively mild with lows of 10°F and summer temperatures can reach over 100°F.
Rainfall is consistent, with an average of 12 days each month having precipitation, totaling approximately 47 inches for the entire year. Sydney is fine to visit year round, with relatively mild weather. The summer time allows for beach activity although it can be quite hot for other activities.