⏹ Helpful things to know about Sydney

Weather

Sydney is renowned for its mild climate all year round although there is a wide variance depending on whether you are close to the harbour and beaches or you are further inland. In general terms in the summer months (December-February) expect day temperature to be 25-32 degrees celsius although temperatures can go as high as 40 degrees in some days. In winter months you can expect day temperature of 10-20 degrees celsius.

🌞 Sunburn : Be careful of the severity of the Australian sun, even on quite overcast or cloudy days and always wear protective clothing (i.e hat, sunglasses) and sunscreen.

Getting to and from the airport  

Sydney airport is relatively close to the city and travelling from the airport is easiest by UBER or Taxi (costing around $40 to a city hotel). You can also catch the airport train from either the domestic terminal or the international terminal and although this train line will deliver you to the Central Business District you may need to walk a small distance or catch a city loop train (with your luggage to your hotel).

If you book a tour with Neutral Bay Tour Co we would be pleased to collect you from the airport and deliver you back there from your tour if that fits with your schedule (free of charge).

Tipping

Tipping is not generally expected in Australia due to minimum wage laws, however increasingly it is becoming more commonly expected at higher end restaurants.

Therefore, as a rule of thumb you do not need to tip at cafes or more casual dining places unless the service is exceptional and you wish to reward your waiter.

At more formal restaurants for lunch or dinner with very good service, a 10% tip would be a general guide.

Public Transport

Sydney has a good public transport network of trains, buses and ferries. If you are a visitor you will be able to purchase a OPAL card (much like a plastic credit card that is pre-loaded and you swipe on and off each transport mode). This card gives you access to all forms of public transport. The Opal card can be purchased at most Convenience stores located around the city.

Safety & Security

Sydney is a large city and like most large cities it has its share of crime and some “no go” areas late at night. If you take the usual precautions you will be very safe as you travel around.

Drinking Water

Sydney water is of very good quality and fine to drink. If in doubt bottled water is readily available.

Where to stay in Sydney

If you are unsure of where or what area to best stay please drop me a line and let me know what you are ideally looking for and I can give you some recommendations.

Swimming

If swimming at ocean or surf beaches (remember there are also many harbour beaches in Sydney that are generally safer) take care as some of the ocean beaches can be very treacherous. Always swim at PATROLLED BEACHES AND SWIM “BETWEEN THE FLAGS.”

Refund of GST (Goods and Service tax which is 10%) (Source: Tourist Refund Scheme)

You can claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia. The refund only applies to goods you take with you as hand luggage or wear on to the aircraft or ship when you leave the country

What can be claimed?
You can claim a refund if:

You purchased the goods in the 60 days before you leave Australia.
Your purchases are from a single business with the same Australian business number (ABN) and total AUD 300 (GST inclusive) or more. For example, if you bought items from one business, even on separate invoices, that together total AUD 300, these items could be eligible for a tax refund under the TRS you, as the travelling passenger, paid for the goods.
You have an original tax invoice for the goods. Refer to ‘What is an eligible tax invoice’.
If the shop has issued you with an electronic tax invoice you will need to provide this on your device when making a claim. Refer to ‘Do I need the original tax invoices or can I use photocopies?’.
You wear or carry the goods as hand luggage aboard the aircraft or ship as you leave Australia
If the goods are liquids, aerosols or gels (LAGs), or oversized or bulky goods that the airline requires to be checked in as hold luggage you need to have these good verified at the ABF Client Service office before checking the goods in with your luggage. More information is available in the section ‘Claiming TRS on liquids, aerosols or gels, or oversized goods’.
Tax invoices of AUD 1000 or more in value must contain your identity (name, address, email or passport number). Contact the retailer and request a new tax invoice if this information is missing, as the tax invoice will be rejected at the TRS facility without this information.

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