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Time Zone

Climate

Under the Sun

On the Road

Electricity

Useful Phone
Numbers

General Information

Time Zones   [back to top]

Sydney is in time zone GMT +10, i.e. when it is 00:00 GMT, it is 10:00 at Sydney.  The follow table cross reference the standard time for Sydney and some major cities in the world:

Sydney Hong Kong
(-2)
Paris
(-9)
London
(-10)
New York
(-15)
San Francisco
(-18)
Tokyo
(-1)
Auckland
(+1)
00:00 22:00* 15:00* 14:00* 09:00* 06:00* 23:00* 01:00
04:00 02:00 19:00* 18:00* 13:00* 10:00* 03:00 05:00
08:00 06:00 23:00* 22:00* 17:00* 14:00* 07:00 09:00
12:00 10:00 03:00 02:00 21:00* 18:00* 11:00 13:00
16:00 14:00 07:00 06:00 01:00 22:00* 15:00 17:00
20:00 18:00 11:00 10:00 05:00 2:00 19:00 21:00

 * means previous day.

Note that Sydney has summer daylight saving.  Between November and March, Sydney becomes GMT +11.  Add one hour to the Sydney time in the above table.  For example, during November to March, when it is 18:00 at Hong Kong, it is 21:00 at Sydney.

 

Climate   [back to top]

Being in the southern hemisphere, Sydney has its summer in December and winter in June.  The follow table shows the average daily minimum/maximum temperatures and rainfall::

Month Celsius Fahrenheit Rainfall (mm)
January 19-26 66-79 102
February 19-26 66-79 113
March 17-25 63-77 135
April 17-22 63-72 135
May 11-19 52-66 121
June 9-17 48-63 131
July 8-16 46-61 100
August 9-18 48-64 80
September 11-20 52-68 60
October 13-22 55-72 78
November 16-24 61-75 81
December 17-25 63-77 78

 

Under the Sun   [back to top]

Sunlight can be very strong in Australia.  Appropriate clothing, broad brimmed hat, sunglasses and sun screen with high protection factor (SPF 15+) are strongly advised.

 

On the Road   [back to top]

Whether you are a pedestrian or a driver, be aware that Australians drive on the LEFT hand side of the road.  Keep this in mind when you are crossing roads.  Every one in a car must wear seat belt, including passengers in the rear.  Motor cyclists as well as bicycle cyclists are required by law to wear a helmet.

Do not hitch-hike and do not pick up hitch-hikers.  It is dangerous and should be strongly discouraged.

Electricity   [back to top]

The voltage in Australia is 240V.  Wall socket looks like this   and takes a flat, two- or three-pin plug.  So if you from from overseas, you are likely to need an adapter and/or transformer.

Useful Phone Numbers   [back to top]

Emergency
(police, ambulance & fire brigade)
000
(112 on digital mobile)
Poisons Information Centre 131126
Translating & Interpreting Services
(talk to doctors, police, legal practitioners etc., not for tourist information or advice)
131450
Tourist Information Centre 132077
Weather 1196
Time 1194
Directory assistance 013
Operator assisted calls 1234


See also www.sydneyatoz.com.au for other useful tourist and travel information on Sydney.


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