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Sydney is a cosmopolitan city. From its beginning, it has been a home to people from all over the world. Many generations and cultures have left their mark in defining Sydney’s evolution into one of the world's most diverse and exciting social centres. The city is also a key player in the Asia-Pacific region.


All visitors to Australia require a visa — only New Zealand nationals are exempt.

Visa application forms are available from Australian embassies, travel agents or the website of the department of Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs. Please note that there are several different types of visas. Be sure to arrange for the one most relevant to your travel status and plans.

View visa requirements from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs


The unit of money is the Australian Dollar (AU), made up of 100 cents.

Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls. 24-hour automated teller machines (ATMs) are widely available.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

AUD 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.64 Euro (EUR)
0.48 British Pound (GBP)
47.30 Indian Rupee (INR)
87.69 Japanese Yen (JPY)
1.09 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
1.02 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.73 US Dollar (USD)


A 10% Goods and Services Tax applies to most purchases.

This tax is refundable to visitors with purchases in excess of AUD 300 per store made within 30 days before departing Australia. It applies only to goods visitors take with them as hand luggage.

Please call 1300 363 263 or visit www.customs.gov.au for further information.


Tipping is not compulsory. However, it is acceptable to give a gratuity for good service.

Business Hours

Bank Hours
9.30am - 4pm, Monday through Thursday
9.30am - 5pm, Friday

Office Hours
9am - 5.30pm, Monday through Friday

Shop Hours
9am - 5.30pm, Monday through Wednesday and Friday
9am - 9pm, Thursday
9am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday

Public Health

Healthcare in Australia follows Western traditions with advanced medical resources widely available. However, we do recommend that all travellers be in good health prior to undertaking any strenuous travel.

Drinking water from the tap is safe throughout Australia. Bottled drinking water is also available in every hotel room.


Australia is known to be casual in its approach to dressing. However, light suits and dresses are appropriate for business meetings.


Sydney has an oceanic climate with warm summers and mild winters. Rainfall is spread evenly throughout the year.

Expect temperatures ranging from 18 C to 30 C (65 F – 86 F) during the warmer months (October - March), and between 12 C and 25 C (50 F – 63 F) during the cooler months (April - September).


Partly Sunny

Partly sunny; breezy in the afternoon

High: 24°C / 75°F
Low: 15°C / 59°F



Sunny and pleasant; breezy in the p.m.

High: 25°C / 77°F
Low: 17°C / 62°F
Sunny, Thunder Showers High: 28°C / 82°F Low: 18°C / 64°F
Sunny, Thunder Showers High: 30°C / 86°F Low: 17°C / 62°F
Intermittent Clouds High: 22°C / 71°F Low: 16°C / 60°F

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Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 26ºC 19ºC
Feb 25ºC 18ºC
Mar 24ºC 17ºC
Apr 22ºC 14ºC
May 19ºC 11ºC
Jun 17ºC 9ºC
Jul 16ºC 8ºC
Aug 17ºC 9ºC
Sep 20ºC 11ºC
Oct 22ºC 13ºC
Nov 24ºC 15ºC
Dec 25ºC 17ºC

5 million


Time Zone
GMT + 10 hours

Metric System

220 / 240 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800 / CDMA 800