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LUXE City Guides - Sydney - - Front Page -

There’s re­ally no bad time to visit. Dec-jan is sum­mery, hot n’ hap­penin’; Feb can be moist; Mar-may is clear and bliss­ful; Jul-aug gets nippy, but has blue skies Syd­ney Air­port to city by cab: 30 mins / AUD60 + toll Trains and buses are OK, cars are handy for longer trips. Take a taxi and you may find you’ve been in town longer than the driver, so Uber in­stead / uber.com Make sure you spec­ify the sub­urb as well as the street or you’ll be all over the damn joint Ma­jor events: Syd­ney Fes­ti­val in Jan / syd­neyfes­ti­val. org.au; Syd­ney Gay & Les­bian Mardi Gras in Feb/mar; Vivid Light, Mu­sic and Ideas Fes­ti­val in May-jun / vivid syd­ney.com; Syd­ney to Hobart race 26 Dec; the an­nual New Year’s Eve har­bour fire­works – boom! Syd­ney is all about the glo­ri­ous out­doors, but in sum­mer don’t use sun­screen, use SUNBLOCK The city is prone to drought, so be wa­ter aware Book ev­ery­thing way ahead in peak sum­mer sea­son, when many restau­rants also close for hols (bah!) That said, you can’t book at many pop­u­lar restos, and some will only seat you when the whole party ar­rives Goods and ser­vices tax is 10%, tip an ex­tra 10% at restau­rants and bars, leave change at cafes All in­door restau­rants and bars are non-smok­ing Drink­ing age is 18, carry photo ID for venue en­try Beer – a schooner is 425 ml, a middy is for the mis­sus Swim­ming can be treach­er­ous, so choose your beach to suit your abil­ity and stay be­tween the flags It is risky to try and drown your­self just for the sake of be­ing res­cued by a strap­ping life­guard. If, how­ever, you are drown­ing, Bondi has the best look­ing ones Thongs are ac­cept­able day­wear – they’re flip flops. For nights, smart/ca­sual is best, this in­cludes denim Coun­try code is +61 and 2 for Syd­ney Emer­gency no. is 000 for fire, am­bu­lance or po­lice

Three Aus­tralian phrases that may be of use...

How ya goin’? : Hello/how are you? Good on ya, mate : Thanks aw­fully Cop a squizz at that! : Lookie over there

...al­righty, strap in, Sheila

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