Tips and Taxes
Generally tips are not expected in Australia, but it entirely up to you, and if you enjoy a great meal or service, then by all means add a tip. GST (10% Goods & Services Tax) is inclusive within charges, not additional to it, and there are no local taxes that are added to the prices that you pay in shops and restaurants – so the displayed price on a menu is what you should expect to pay. Some restaurants may charge a Corkage charge (for opening a bottle of wine that you brought with you) or a Service Charge for holiday periods.
You can click on our hotel booking link to book a hotel to stay, but before doing so, here is some general information to help you find the Hotel or place that best suits your budget and needs. Finding a Hotel that is close to the things you want to see will save you travel time, and there are lots of options in size and price levels, with and without breakfast, parking, wi-fi and other services.
At the airport there are buses that will drop you to some of the larger hotels in the City CBD.
In Sydney CBD there is a FREE Route 555 Shuttle Bus that runs from Central Station to Circular Quay via Elizabeth and George Streets. You will also see a red double decker ‘Sydney Explorer’ bus with an open top deck which travels to various Tourist locations in the city and also to Bondi. You can buy a 24 hour ticket and ‘hop on- hop off’ the bus to see the main sites in the city. See www.sydneyexplorer.com.au Tel: 9567 8400
There are also buses that run out to the various suburbs, and in the CBD you will see buses and bus stops with numbers and destinations on them. Also Sydney CBD has bus lanes marked for the exclusive use of buses to travel on.
there are a number of Taxi companies that operate from the most popular locations where there are also Taxi Ranks.
To phone/book a Taxi – phone one or more of these numbers
Water taxis –around Sydney Harbour
www.h2owatertaxis.com.au Tel: 1300 420 829 www.watertaxis.com.au Tel: 9555 8888 www.watertaxissydney.com.au Tel: 0414 708 020 www.vipwatertaxis.com.au Tel: 0418 847 777 www.yellowwatertaxis.com.au Tel: 9299 0199
It is possible to hire a chauffeur driven car – everything from a stretch limo, Mercedes, Hummer or exotic car. Listed here are some websites of some Limousine companies
car hire can be organised from the airport or city.
NOTE: Cars drive on the left side of the road in Australia.
These are some of the main Hire Car company numbers. BEWARE: be careful to check the car to make sure that any dents or scratches are noted on the paperwork. Also check the insurance options and what they call ‘the excess’. The excess is a charge they make if you damage the car – and even if the damage was minor, they may demand the ‘excess’ to pay for it which can be substantial.
Most Ferries and the Rivercat to Parramatta travel to and from Circular Quay wharfs, but Tourist Boats berth at a number of different locations.
Check at Circular Quay for different ferries. There is also a fast ferry to Manly – Manly Fast Ferry www.manlyfastferry.com.au Tel: 9583 1199. There is also a ferry that travels to a number of different wharfs around the harbour, where you can hop on or off as you please over a 24 hour period – See www.sydneyharbourecohopper.com.au Tel: 9583 1199
Water Taxis are also available See www.watertaxis.com.au Tel: 9555 8888
Larger cruise liners (P& O, Cunard, Princess and others )berth at the Overseas Terminal in the Rocks, but also at White Bay Cruise Terminal – near Anzac Bridge.
Banks – ATM machines are located all over the city, and retailers will accept Eftpos, and Visa, Mastercard and in most but not all places American Express and Diners Club Card. The main Australian banks are Commonwealth (CBA), National (NAB), ANZ and Westpac.
Most have offices in the CBD or are represented by affiliated airlines.
Travel agents – the biggest Travel Agency companies in Australia are Flight Centre, and
Sydney has four seasons – Summer being December, January, February; Autumn (Fall) being March, April, May; Winter being June, July, August; and Spring being September, October, November. It can get hot in the middle of Summer, with some heat wave days, but generally the temperature in summer will be 25? to 30?C. Winter can be colder, but it does not snow in Sydney and while the nights can get below 10?C the days will be generally between 15 and
Sydney has beautiful sandy beaches along the coastline and these beaches also have waves. These waves can be small, but also big and dangerous too in rough weather. While surf riders love the big surf and good waves, they also check the wind and the surf conditions each day, they also recognize that the surf can also be dangerous too.
For swimmers if you are not used to waves, the big waves called ‘Dumpers’ can easily knock you over (dump you). There are also sometimes ‘rips’ and ‘strong currents’– where the surge of the water coming to the beach, has a pull back current that can be quite strong, pushing you out or along the beach, making it hard and sometimes impossible to swim against it.
Most but not all beaches are patrolled by surf live savers or life guards – and on patrolled beaches the life savers check the water for rips and each day pick the safest place for swimmers, putting up two red and yellow flags each side of the safest swimming area. Always swim between these flags, and only go into the water to a depth that you feel safe in.
DO NOT swim in the surf if you see a RED flag (highly dangerous currents or surf) or take great caution if you see a YELLOW flag (indicating dangerous conditions).
A couple of surfing hints
SURFING can be great fun and it is certainly that is healthy, free and will make you stay in Sydney more memorable.
Gyms and Sports centres
a lot of Hotels have their own ones, but there are gyms and sports/fitness centres all over Sydney. See www.curves.com.au and www.fitnessfirst.com.au , but there are many others.
We hope the information above will help you find the things you are looking for.