While Sydney has a reputation as a welcoming and safe city, you may find these tips on how to travel safely helpful. Don't forget, if you have an emergency, dial 000 for police, fire or ambulance services.
If you're a visitor planning on driving in NSW, you may drive using a foreign licence. You must have your licence with you when you are driving; there is an on-the-spot fine for not having it with you. You'll also need a translation if it's not in English. Speed limits are strictly enforced in Australia and it is illegal to drive if your blood alcohol is 0.05 per cent or higher. Find out more.
The sun in Australia is very strong, even on cloudy days. Take care in the sun between 11am and 3pm, wear a hat and sunscreen.
Be careful when swimming at the beach, rockpools or rivers. Check to see if the beach is patrolled by surf lifesavers.
Public hospitals in the city centre include the Royal Prince Alfred (RPA), the Royal North Shore and Sydney Children's Hospital. Australian residents are covered by the Government-run Medicare system, which does have reciprocal agreements with some countries. Check if your country has an agreement here. Travel insurance is recommended.