Sunny Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. It is the ideal location for those seeking a cosmopolitan lifestyle interspersed with afternoon swims or weekend hikes in the Blue Mountains.
Sydney has a subtropical climate which is perfect for integrating its beautiful nature into your lifestyle. Summers are hot and sunny and winters don’t tend to fall below 12 degrees. Its proximity to the ocean can make the weather unpredictable and short bursts of rain are always a possibility. On the other hand surfing at the infamous Bondi Beach or the Coogee Coastal walk is enjoyable year round.
Sydney’s transportation network uses a combination of trains, buses and ferries. The rail network is divided into two main zones for the inner city area and services run regularly until 11pm Monday to Thursday and until midnight on Fridays and weekends. The city has recently introduced a 24 hour inner city rail service to promote enjoyment of the city’s nightlife. Most bus routes operate 24 hours. The best way to take advantage of the public transport is to purchase an Opal Card which can be used on buses, trains and ferries in the inner city as well as surrounding areas. This is an efficient way to explore the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands regions surrounding Sydney. The city is very user friendly for cyclists in that it is both scenic and safe.
Sydney is one of the most visited cities in the world and is used to greeting young people on working holidays and international students. Australia’s employment laws recognise the important contribution travellers make to its dynamic hospitality culture: many workplaces such as hotels and bars pay a higher wage for weekend and night shifts. The minimum wage is $17.70 per hour. Tipping in hospitality roles is more prevalent in this city than in smaller areas of Australia. Although the wages from a part-time job can seem lucrative, we advise students to bear in mind Sydney’s high cost of living. As Sydney is Australia’s commercial centre, it is also an excellent location for those considering internships in publishing, communications and finance.
Australian students elect the ‘flatting experience’ which generally entails sharing a small villa with a 2-4 other people. Typically, you could expect to have your own bedroom and share the bathroom and kitchen with your flatmates. This option is an excellent way to forge independent connections with locals. Flat hunting can be competitive in this city and it may be necessary to pay up to one months’ rent as a bond to secure your place. Newtown is an interesting, offbeat area to consider which is still in the heart of the city but less expensive. Helpful flat hunting sites are Gumtree.com, easy roommate and flatmates.com.
Student hostels are a common facility affiliated with learning institutions and should this option be right for you, the school will assist you with this. As well as the advantages of proximity to your school of choice, this type of accommodation will help you connect with other students. Many hostels offer group leisure activities and shared meals, which can ease the stress of being a foreign guest.
Sydney offers all of the excitement of a global city with the laidback ease of a beachside town. Locals enjoy venturing to the Glebe or Balmain markets on weekends and meandering down to local beaches such as Bondi and Coogee for a refreshing swim. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia features exhibitions from Yoko Ono and Anish Kapoor. Basic entry is free and the rooftop garden is a stunning environment to take in Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House. For architecture fans, the heritage neighbourhood of Potts Point exhibits interesting examples of early colonial buildings. It is only a stroll away from Kings Cross, the heart of the city centre. Taking advantage of the seaside is one of the joys of Sydney. Catching the ferry to Taronga Zoo to see native Australian animals, such as kangaroos, koalas, wombats, platypuses, echidnas, emus, dingoes, and Tasmanian devils is a precious experience.
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