Useful information

Australia’s largest city is the gateway to the rest of NSW and a good starting point for travellers to Australia. Sydney has a good public transport network and Sydney Airport is easily accessible from the city centre. Sydney is a clean and safe city with stunning natural attractions and a mild climate. 


For the current local time in Sydney, click here.     


Australian Country Code: +61 

Sydney City Area Code: 02 

Calling Sydney landlines from overseas: +612 

Calling Australian mobiles from overseas: +614 

Calling overseas from within Australia: 0011 

Emergency services

Dial 000 

Mobile phones

Unlock your smartphone from your carrier before you come to Australia, so you can use a cost-effective local prepaid voice and data SIM card when you arrive. 


Most countries have consulates in Sydney. For more information, visit the Australian government’s list of consulates in NSW. 


220-240 volts AC


Sydney: 5 million

NSW: 8 million


Australian dollar (AUD) A$1 = 100 cents


Extending over two major regions, the Cumberland Plain and the Hornsby Plateau, Sydney rises 200 metres above sea level and is dissected by steep valleys. The urban area is 1,800 sq km. 


January is the warmest month of the year, with an average temperature of 19–26°C (65–78°F) and up to 30°C (86°F). The coldest month is July, with an average range of 8–17°C (46–61°F). 

Trading hours

Popular shopping precincts in Sydney are open seven days a week, from 9am/10am to 5.30pm. On Thursdays, stores open until 9pm. City supermarkets are open for up to 24 hours. 

NSW public holidays

On public holidays many businesses close for the day. For dates, visit the NSW government’s list of annual public holidays


Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) 

Daily Telegraph (NSW) 

The Australian (National) 

The Australian Financial Review (National) 

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Wi-Fi access

You'll find Wi-Fi at internet cafes, hotels, backpacker accommodation and youth hostels, major airports, some train stations, fast-food chains, public libraries, Darling Harbour and aboard Sydney Ferries.