Sydney Travel Advice | Information for Travellers to Sydney

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some commonly asked questions about Your Sydney Guide and my services and also answers to questions about visiting Sydney generally. If you have a particular question or are looking for some reliable, local Sydney travel advice then please feel free to either email me or use the contact form and I will be happy to share my experience and knowledge of our beautiful city.

Questions about Sydney Tour details.

1What should I bring on the day?
If you on a Blue Mountains or South Coast Tour you should have with you comfortable walking shoes (no thongs), a rain jacket, a hat and something warm in case of weather changes. A camera is recommended as well as some local currency for lunch or other purchases. For South Coast Tours you should also bring something to swim in and a towel.
2Are children welcome on tours?
Yes, 100%. I have 2 young children myself and will happily look after families with children of any age. Suitable car seats can be arranged if notice is given prior to the tour date.
3What weather can I expect?
Depending on the time of year and even within a day, weather can change drastically, especially in the Blue Mountains, where it can be sub zero in cooler months and over 30 degrees (celcius) in Summer. Tours will run in all weather conditions unless it is unsafe to do so.
4How many guests can you cater for?
My own air conditioned VW Transporter is ideally suited to 7 guests or 8 if there is children in the group. I am licensed to drive vehicles that carry up to 20 people and I can cater for groups up to this size if at least 3 days notice is provided.
5Can I choose a different vehicle?
Yes, absolutely. Although my VW Transporter has dual air conditioning and is very safe & comfortable my whole philosophy is to cater to my clients exact needs so if you would prefer to tour in something a little more exotic like an Audi, Mercedes or luxury SUV then just let me know and arrangements will be made. Note that costs for this service will be factored into tour pricing.
6Can guests make suggestions on itineraries?
Absolutely! My whole philosophy it based around being highly flexible and accommodating. I can tailor a tour based on your general preferences or if you have specific places you would like to visit (or avoid) then that will be built in to your day. Just contact me via email to discuss.
7What is your cancellation policy?
Tours will proceed regardless of weather conditions unless it is unsafe to do so. In this case you can reschedule your tour date. Except for unavoidable circumstances the following timeframes will apply regarding cancellations.
  • Less than 72 hours prior to time of departure – 100 % cancellation charge
  • Between 4 – 7 days prior to day of departure – 50% cancellation charge
  • Between 7-14 days prior to day of departure – 30% cancellation charge
  • Greater than 14 days – no cancellation charge
  • Sydney travel advice and information

    1What time of year should I visit Sydney?
    My own opinion is that Sydney is at its most beautiful in our Spring (Sept - Nov) and Autumn (Mar - May) seasons. It is not as hot and the temperature and general weather are perfect for being outdoors. In Summer with day light saving we have nice long days which is great and it is better beach weather, although temperatures can get above 40 degrees Celsius. Winter in Sydney is fresh and crisp too with temperatures down to around 7 degrees at night and up to around 20 during the day.
    2What are the best day trips out of Sydney?
    Okay, so you are busy planning your perfect Sydney trip and wondering what places around Sydney to visit during your stay. Below are some ideas to get you started:
    The Blue Mountains: One of the most visited regions in Australia and for good reason. They are only 1.5 hrs west of Sydney and are a perfect day trip. Deep gorges and valleys, lush rain forrest, prolific bird life, quaint villages and amazing views at every turn.
    The Royal National Park: Less than an hour south of Sydney and a true hidden treasure. Pristine Australian bushland, sparkling beaches, waterfalls, dramatic sea cliffs, scenic roads through towering forests and a laid back feel.
    South Coast (Jarvis Bay): In my opinion this place is pure magic. Turquoise waters, white sand, dolphins, diving and vast coastal bushland make this place incredibly scenic.
    Hunter Valley: 2.5 hours north of Sydney and a wine and food lovers dream. If you appreciate great wine then add this to your list for sure.
    Port Stephens: Famous for its vast sand dunes, friendly local dolphins, beautiful beaches and relaxed coastal feel, this region is well worth considering.
    3How long should I stay in Sydney?
    Always a hard questions to answer. I would love for you to stay for as long as you can to enjoy Sydney. I would say that a minimum of 3 days would be needed to see Sydney properly. This would allow for one day tour to Blue Mountains or similar plus some time to see the city sights. If you stay for 5 nights or longer that would be ideal.
    4What are the best restaurants in Sydney?
    I have a list of some amazing Sydney Restaurants with links to their websites over on my Links page. There are many amazing places to eat in Sydney and my advice would be to enjoy some meals in and around Sydney city but also venture out to some outer suburbs like Balmain, Paddington, Haberfield, Surry Hills, Marrickville, Petersham and mix with some Sydney locals who enjoy food from all over the world. Greek, Italian, Vietnamese Japanese, Korean, Thai, Nepalese, Spanish, vegan and vegetarian...you will find it all here in Sydney.
    5What is the best location to stay in Sydney?
    You are probably reading reviews on TripAdvisor till your eyes hurt trying to find the right Sydney Hotel. The good news is that you can to anywhere around Sydney regardless of where you stay, but it still worth thinking about where to be. Here are a few options:
    Sydney Harbour:Stay near the harbour for great views, night time walks, access to ferries and close to icons like Opera House and The Rocks.
    City Centre:Better for shopping, close to trains, Hyde Park, cinemas and art galleries etc.
    City fringe:Choose a hotel in Surry Hills, Potts Point, Darlinghurst or similar for a more 'Sydney' experience and mix with the locals.
    6Is Sydney a safe city?
    The short answer is yes. Sydney is a great place to live or visit and is not only very beautiful but very safe as well. Even travelling solo you can feel confident that people are generally kind and helpful and if you ask someone for help you will be well looked after. As with any city there are areas that are less safe, especially at night, so use common sense and ask someone if you are not sure.