Tourist information

Tourist information

Visiting Sydney


Access for people with a disability in our area has improved significantly in recent years.

Getting around


Sydney Cycleways has all the information you need to get you riding on a bike, including maps, tips and many more resources. There’s even a list of bike hire options, so you don’t have to worry if you haven’t brought your own bike!

Public transport

Our area features a comprehensive public transport network of train, bus and ferry services. Light rail, sightseeing buses and taxis complement the network.


Walking is one of the best ways to get around our area. All the city’s villages are within walking distance or just a short commute to the city centre.

Public toilets

Sydney has a large network of public toilets, some of which are coin-operated.

Shopping and business hours

Most major shops and department stores are open 7 days a week. Late night shopping takes place on Thursday evenings, with many stores open until 9pm.

Banks and post offices are open Monday to Friday. Some post offices open on Saturday mornings.

Time zone

Sydney is located within Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).


Tipping is not the general custom in Australia, but it is your choice at any time.


Visitor information centres

Sydney Visitor Centre: The Rocks

Open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Corner Argyle Street and Playfair Steet
The Rocks NSW 2000
02 9240 8788

Sydney Visitor Centre: Darling Harbour

Open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm

33 Wheat Road
(Between IMAX Theatre and Darling Walk)
Darling Harbour NSW 2000

National Parks and Wildlife Centre

110 George Street (Cadman's Cottage)
The Rocks NSW 2000
02 9247 8861

City Host Information Kiosks

Open 7 days a week, these 4 kiosks provide maps, brochures and general tourist information to visitors at:

  • George Street, Town Hall: 9am–5pm
  • Pitt and Alfred streets, Circular Quay: 9am–5pm
  • Dixon Street, near Goulburn Street, Haymarket: 11am–7pm
  • Darlinghurst Road and Springfield Avenue, Kings Cross: 9am–5pm

The kiosks are closed on Christmas Day.

Welcome to Sydney

City of Sydney time-lapse video by Pavel Trotsenko, Paksty Visuals.

Last updated: Friday, 10 April 2015