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The city of a hundred beaches

Sydney is the largest and most emblematic city in Australia, located on the east coast of the country and capital of the state of New South Wales. A destination full of academic and work opportunities for international students. In this city you will find the best combination of modern skyscrapers, natural parks, picturesque bays and dream beaches. Do you want to study and work in Sydney? We tell you all its secrets!

When you think of Australia, three things inevitably come to mind: a koala, a kangaroo and the Sydney Opera House. And, with almost 5 million inhabitants, Sydney – Sydney in English – is, in fact, the most recognized and populated city in Australia, as well as the capital of the state of New South Wales.

Pros and cons of living in Sydney

Advantages of Sydney

  • You will always have some new and attractive plan waiting for you: from going on a hike or meeting for a brunch to simply going for a good coffee. There are thousands of things to do!
  • It is one of the cities in the world with the most beaches. There are more than a hundred! You will find the ideal beach for all types of activities: surfing, snorkeling or simply relaxing having a barbecue with friends.
  • There are many job offers and students usually find I work quite easily. City salaries tend to be higher!
  • Sydney was built on one of the most beautiful bays in the world. In addition, it is also famous for having two other of the most famous icons of the country, the Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach.
  • It is very well connected to other cities in the country and allows Sydneysiders to combine life from the big city with the tranquility of the beach.
  • It is a place where people from dozens of different countries come together to create an incomparable multicultural city.

Cons of Sydney

  • Everyone wants to live in this wonderful city, so the city will always be full of people and movement.
  • It is an expensive city, although it should be noted that it is extremely easy to get used to.
  • The traffic is truly crazy. Bus drivers drive very badly, they never arrive on time and, if you don't stop them, they won't either. Pay attention to the traffic lights! They change color in a matter of seconds.
  • In Sydney there are many sloping streets and it will be difficult for you to get around by bike.
  • The rains are regular, sudden, and are usually accompanied by wind. Nothing a raincoat can't fix!

Where is Sydney located?

Sydney is located in the state of New South Wales. We suspect that after reading this information you are practically as lost as before, so let's say it more clearly so that everyone understands: Sydney is at the bottom right on the map.

In the 20th century, Melbourne and Sydney competed to become in the capital of Australia. And the debate did not seem to have a clear winner. For this reason, to prevent the discussion from prolonging even further, a different city was chosen that was halfway between both: Canberra. However, during this century, modernization occurred in Sydney's urban infrastructure. This fact caused people from countless and diverse countries to flock to the city in search of a better life. Hence its multicultural character.

In addition, in 2000, the city gained worldwide attention when it hosted one of the most relevant editions of the Olympic Games in recent history. We have already said that Sydney is one of the most recognizable symbols of Australia... and the truth is that there is no shortage of reasons!

Weather in Sydney

Australia is located in the southern hemisphere, which means that the seasons of the year go the opposite way than in Europe or America. When it is summer in Europe, it is winter in Australia and vice versa. Although you probably already knew this.

When we think of Australia, heat, sun and summer come to mind all year round. But the truth is that it is not exactly like that. The temperature in Sydney can vary drastically from night to morning. You may wake up on a sunny day and in the afternoon there will be one of those downpours to remember.

Sydney's climate is oceanic, we could describe it as humid subtropical, with mild summers and somewhat cold winters. Its proximity to the sea means it has moderate temperatures and in summer the feeling of heat is accentuated due to the humidity. There are days when you think you are going to melt from the heat!

And on rainy days, often unexpected, forget the umbrellas! When it rains, it is usually accompanied by a strong wind, so if you don't want to get soaked and be left with a broken umbrella, it is best to always carry a raincoat with you.

Summer

From December 1 to the end of March.

It is characterized by having very hot days and unpredictable, brief but intense afternoon rains. Of course, during the summer the barbecues in The beach is continuous and there is a lot of activity in the city. Summer is the time when most tourists visit the city.

The month of January is the hottest, with temperatures that can exceed 40 degrees.

Otoño

From April 1 to the end of May.

In March the cold begins to arrive and, with it, autumn. Although the temperature begins to drop, the climate is very pleasant. There are some rainy days but many others with intense sun at midday that invite you to go to both the beach and the mountains.

Winter

From June 1 to the end of August.

Unlike Spain, winter begins in the month of June, and for 3 months the cold is the protagonist of the city. With average minimum temperatures of about 8 degrees, the days are short and the nights longer. The wind coming from the arctic creates a somewhat cold thermal sensation. Even so, the days are sunny and perfect for going for a walk.

The month of July is usually the coldest month of the year, with temperatures around 2 degrees. However, did you know that Sydney has only seen snow once? And it was in 1836…

And don't worry about surfing, you should know that you can practice the quintessentially Australian sport all year round. There are always surfers in the water in Sydney!

Spring

From September 1 to the end of December.

The weather during spring is sensational. Perfect. The rain is not the protagonist and the temperature is mild, with somewhat cool mornings and slightly hotter afternoons. Many Australians and foreigners are starting to go to the beach to sunbathe and take their first dip of the season. In addition, the streets are dyed purple due to the jacaranda trees.

How to get around Sydney

With the Opal Card you can move easily by bus, train, ferry and all public transport in the city. Getting the card is free and you can recharge it at many points in the city. The minimum price is 2.10 AUD for a short trip, but it always depends on the distance traveled. Keep in mind that from the eighth weekly trip onwards, the ninth will be half price. Oh, on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays , whatever trips you take you will not pay more than AUD 8.40!

On the other hand, Uber is the trendy service in the city. And there are no shortage of reasons! In case you didn't know, Uber is a service similar to taxis, but cheaper. Look for the application, download it to your smartphone and use it every time you are late to get out of trouble. The driver will come pick you up wherever you are and, logically, will take you wherever you want.

An Australian alternative to Uber is DiDi, available at 28 cities in the country.

The best neighborhoods to live in Sydney

One of the most common questions among newcomers to Sydney, or among those who are seriously considering going to live there, is: «what are the best areas to live in Sydney?».

We answer your question:

  • The center: The CBD is what we know as the Center Business District. There is no There is a lot of accommodation available and what there is is usually a bit expensive. Of course, if you live there you will be in the very center of Sydney.
  • Darlinghurst: It is one of the closest neighborhoods to the city. There are many cafes, restaurants and clubs. It is a good area to live and prices range between 200-300 AUD per week for a single or shared room.
  • Surry Hills: It is attached to the neighborhood of Darlinghurst and therefore shares the same characteristics. It has areas with a lot of atmosphere and others that are more residential.
  • Pyrmont & Ultimo: These two neighborhoods are located to the west of the CBD. They are neighborhoods with many students. In the Ultimo neighborhood there are quite a few people of Asian origin. It has supermarkets, bars and is well connected to several buses and trains. Prices are around AUD 180-220 per week for a shared room.
  • Redfern & Chippendale: These neighborhoods are south of the CBD and are also characterized by being neighborhoods with many students. They are well connected and close to the city. The prices are very similar to those of Pyrmont and Ultimo.
  • Glebe: It is a neighborhood with very good energy. Many cafes and restaurants, and every Saturday there is a market, one of the most famous in the city. A single room can cost around 265 AUD per week.
  • Newtown: It is the quintessential underground neighborhood of the city. It is further away from the beach, but there are always things to do. It has many second-hand shops and highly recommended cafes. The rent is around 220-280 AUD per week.
  • Bondi Beach: It is the most famous beach in Sydney, and rental prices in this area increase significantly in the summer season. A shared room ranges from 200-250 AUD and a single room from 250 AUD to 400 AUD per week.
  • Bondi Junction: is 10 minutes by bus from Bondi Beach. It is the area where the neighborhood's shopping centers and supermarkets are located. It is close to the train station and a large bus station. Prices are very similar to Bondi Beach.
  • Coogee: is another beach area where there are always things to do. It is quieter than Bondi, but in summer a lot of people also gather. It is well connected with several buses that go to the city and other beach areas.The rental price  is between 220 and 370 AUD per week.
  • Maroubra: This beach area is one of the quietest, but it is one of the furthest from the city (about 40 minutes by bus). Prices are around 200 to 300 AUD per week for a single room.
  • Manly: The neighborhood of Manly is located on the other side of Sydney Harbor. There are restaurants, bars, cafes and a great beach for surfing.If you live in Manly, you're not moving from there. The best way to get to the city is by ferry and prices range from 200-300 AUD per week (everything changes depending on the season).

Find out about all the events

We have compiled a compilation of the best events in Sydney so you don't miss out on what's happening in your new city:

  • January: Sydney City Festival. Throughout the month you will find various activities such as music, theater and art in the emblematic park of Hyde Park.
  • FebruaryChinese New Year. For a week the city is flooded with celebrations to welcome the Chinese New Year.
  • MarchAustralian Open Surfing. It is the well-known Open Surf in Australia and is held on Manly beach. If you love waves, you have a must see.
  • April: Spanish Film Festival. For two weeks, various Spanish films are screened.
  • June: Vivid Festival. It is the festival of lights. For 20 days the city is flooded with lights and colorful shows.
  • July: It is already a tradition and during the month of July an ice rink opens for skating on Bondi Beach.
  • SeptemberSculpture by the Sea. It is an art exhibition that can be seen on the costal walk from Bondi to Coogee.
  • December: with the arrival of summer, the music festivals flood every corner of the city, such as theSecret Gardens, Lost Paradise, Subsonic, etc.

Mistakes you should avoid

  • Do not pass the Opal Card when getting off public transport. The classic error that we all make when you arrive in Sydney. Remember that if you don't tap, it tells you the entire journey.
  • Walk on the right instead of the left. Keep in mind that cars drive in the opposite direction here, so be careful and look both ways on both sides of the road before crossing. But we are not referring only to this. On sidewalks or stairs, you will also have to change. sideways. Attention!
  • Speak in Spanish to people. Forget it, you are no longer in your country. Try to make the effort and speak English, the Australians will try to help you.
  • Do a thousand activities the first weeks. It's good that you come wanting to see the world - that's why you've gone to the other extreme - but it's important that the first few days you focus on search for an apartment and job. Then you will have time to enjoy.
  • Missing a room for not bringing the “down payment” money. It is important that when you do an inspection in a house you bring money to leave the bond (signature), so you will be sure that that room will be yours . Think of it as the law of the fastest: whoever pays first gets the prize.

What to do in Sydney

We know that you love to travel and discover new places, that's why we have made a list so you know what to visit in Sydney. 

  • Sydney Opera House: declared a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2007 and designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon. In addition to being a symbol of Australia, it is a true marvel.
  • Botanic Gardens: The Botanic Gardens surround Sydney Harbor with many native plants. Admission is free, so it's a must-see.
  • The Rocks: it is the most European neighborhood in the city. Full of cafes, restaurants or corners worth discovering, it is an excursion that you cannot miss.
  • Bondi Beach: who doesn't know Sydney's iconic beach? Let yourself be immersed in the atmosphere of its cafes and its people, and enjoy!
  • Manly: it is the quintessential surf town in Sydney. The ideal is to go by ferry and return at dusk to see the sunset behind the city skyline.
  • Royal National Park: is the National Park of the city of Sydney. It is an hour away by train and you can do countless activities.
  • Blue Mountains: The Blue Mountains are 2 hours from Sydney by train and are stunning. You will see the Three Sisters - you will learn about the history of these three rocks - and, if you like walking, you will be able to see the occasional waterfall.
  • Palm Beach: it is one of the most beautiful beaches around Sydney. Climb the lighthouse and see how the beach is between two waters. Simply wonderful.
  • Morriset Park: If the first thing you want to do upon arriving in Australia is see kangaroos, you have to go to Morriset Park. Take the train and in two hours you will see Australia's most famous animal.
  • Jervis Bay: It is a natural park that is almost three hours away by car. Be amazed by Hyams Beach, the whitest sand beach in the world.

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