Travel Tips Before Visiting Sydney, Australia

Built with a stunning harbour and boasting a rep for beautiful beaches (not to mention a famous bridge), here’s a lowdown on what to do when you’re visiting Sydney, Australia.

Check the Weather

Sydney’s climate is temperate, with warm summers and no dry season – think balmy days in bikinis and budgies, followed by evenings eating al fresco as the sun sets.

The average annual maximum temperature is 21.8°C, while the minimum sits at around 13.8°C. However, there can be big variations, prepare by bringing layers. The BOM weather app provides up-to-date info on weather conditions, forecasts, radar and warnings – handy in a city prone to cracker storms.

Remember, Sydney isn’t just sunshine and beaches, though. Sydney is quite interesting, when a heat wave rolls in, a storm rounds it out by cooling the city down. Be sure to pack your wet weather gear, because Sydney’s warmest months actually tend to be the wettest.

Transportation Around Sydney

Not going to lie, Sydney is a beautiful city to walk on foot. But we all get tired when playing tourist. Sydney is worth every penny of your visit, but it's pretty expensive to travel around. To lower your cost of travel, pass up taking a cab or Uber and take public transportation.

The public transport is well planned in Sydney and all lines link to the Central Business District (CBD) as the hub. Luckily, most attractions are close to the CBD. Check out the Transport NSW website to plan your trip by bus, ferry, train and light rail, and for fare and timetable info.

The easiest and cheapest way to travel around Sydney is with an Opal card. (Must have in order to take trains, trams, and busses!) Load it up and you’re good to go. The Opal Travel app lets you top up, plan journeys, manage your account and find out about service disruptions from the convenience of your phone.

Where to Eat

This is our favorite topic, because let's be honest. The way to a traveler's heart is through our stomach. Like its rival Melbourne , Sydney is a haven for foodies.

The options are endless - everything from gourmet dishes, through to fish-n-chips by the beach! For your best bet, the Liven app –helps you discover great restaurants, bars and cafés to chow down, and rewards you for everytime you eat with the app!

Things to Do in Sydney

Of course, there’s the iconic Sydney Sydney must-sees like the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Bondi Beach. But Sydney is about more than waterside wonders. The Blue Mountains, for example, are only two hours away by train. There, you can ride a glass-topped carriage through the depths of the Jamison Valley, or grab some selfies against the backdrop of an ancient gorge.

Check out our blog on top things to do in Sydney here!