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Climate

In November, the average daytime temperatures in the city are generally around 20°C and high temperatures can hit a balmy 24°C on some days which can feel rather hot. The average minimum temperatures generally tend to stay above 16°C throughout the month.

Currency

The currency in Australia is Australian dollar. Current exchange rates can be obtained from your bank. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia.

Tipping

Service charges are not added to accounts by hotels and restaurants. You may tip hotel porters and restaurant wait-staff (up to 10% of the bill) if you wish to acknowledge exceptional service. At any time, tipping is your choice.

Electricity

In Australia the power plugs and sockets are of type I. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. If your country uses the same mains voltage as Australia all you need is a power adapter. This enables you to plug your appliance into the sockets in Australia. Visitors from New Zealand do not need either a voltage converter or power adapter. Your appliances will work in Australia.

Safety and Risk

Sydney is like any other major city, it’s not crime free, but it is relatively safe, particularly in the main tourist areas. With a rating of 88% Australia, is ranked 10th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest countries.

In case of an emergency

Australia’s primary emergency call service number is Triple Zero (000), which can be dialled from any fixed or mobile phone, pay phones and certain Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. When you dial Triple Zero (000) you will first hear the recorded message: ‘You have dialled emergency Triple Zero. Your call is being connected.’ An operator will answer your call and ask whether you need police, fire and rescue, or ambulance. There are also two secondary emergency call service numbers—112 and 106. 112 is available from all GSM or GSM derived mobile phones. 106 connects to the text-based relay service for people who have a hearing or speech impairment. All calls to the emergency numbers, whether from fixed, mobile, pay phones or VoIP services are free-of-charge.

Getting Around Sydney

Below is some helpful travel tips and information for your holiday in Sydney.

Opal Card

For more information, visit www.opal.com.au.

The Opal card is an easy, convenient way of paying for your travel on public transport in Sydney. It’s the only card you’ll need to get around on all public transport including trains, ferries, buses and light rail.

TripView

TripView displays Sydney train, bus, ferry and light rail timetables, showing your next services. By TripView Pty Ltd.

Download TripView from the App Store

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