Useful information

Sydney is a clean and safe city, with a mild climate and sophisticated infrastructure to service your needs.



For the current local time in Sydney visit



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


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, with an average temperature of 18.6–25.8°C (65–78°F) and up to 30°C (86°F). The coldest month is July, with an average range of 8–16.2°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)


Social Media


Wi-fi access

You'll find wi-fi or plug-in at internet cafes, most hotels, backpacker accommodation and youth hostels, major airports, some train stations, fast-food chains, public libraries, Darling Harbour and aboard Sydney Ferries.