Get Ready to Go!

Find out a few interesting things about Sydney before you go. That way, when you get there, you'll already feel familiar with the place!

Do's and Don'ts

Do drink lots of water when it’s hot, and don’t forget the sunscreen – it’s possible to get sunburn even when it’s cloudy!

Don’t take offense at what people say, Aussies are famously straight talking

Do take the ferry to get around – it’s a really nice way to travel!

For more tips, check out our Real Tips for Parents section!

Food that you must try

Fish and chips on the beach, some ethnic food – Sydney has great food from all over the world, have barbequed food!

For more yummy things to eat, check out kidsGo! Sydney travel guide!

What to wear?

If you are planning to go eat at a fancy restaurant or go to a swanky shop in the city wear appropriate clothes.
During the summer, it is hot and steamy, so to go sightseeing, wear cool clothes. In winter, however, it can be chilly, so it’s a good idea to bring several layers that you can put on and take off as required.


The currency of Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD). Each Aussie dollar is divided into a hundred cents. 1 US dollar is worth approximately 1 AUD.

For up-to-date exchange rates, check out this currency converter.

What's the weather like?

Remember that Sydney is in the Southern Hemisphere so Christmas time is the height of summer! Spring runs from September to November, and the weather is cool, ranging from 55F/13C to 72F/22C and sunny. Summer – December to end of February – can get pretty hot with temperatures going up to 90F/32C or higher. The weather in Autumn is similar to Spring, but during winter (June to end of August) the temperatures can plunge to about 46F/7C – i.e. very chilly! Sydney tends to be quite dry all year round, and regularly faces drought.

For the current temperature in Sydney, click here:

Some Sydney landmarks

The Opera House – a beautiful building on the harbor that is built in a shape that resembles the sails of a yacht.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge
Mrs Macquarie’s Chair (sometimes known as Lady Macquarie’s Chair) overlooking the harbor in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Speak the Lingo!

English is the main language spoken in Sydney, so you shouldn’t have any problems communicating if you are reading this, however, here are a couple of very ‘Aussie’ (or Australian) phrases:
G’day, mate: Hello!
How ya goin’?: How are you?
Ta: Thanks

Check out the kidsGo! Sydney travel guide for more lingo!

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