Travel Guide to Sydney

Indian Embassy in Sydney

Consulate General of India
265 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Contact Number: +61 2 9223 2702

Visa Process for Indian Visitors to Sydney

The following documents are required to get a visa to Sydney, Australia

  • Original Passports with 6 Months Validity from date of travel
  • Visa Application Form along with documents like Pan Card or Aadhaar Card Copy
  • Cover letter mentioning details of applicants, passport details, travel details and details about who will bear expenses. If self-employed, required on company letterhead.
  • Income Tax / Form 16 for last 3 years
  • Hotel Bookings
  • Air Tickets / Itinerary

About Sydney

Disclaimer: These are the standard requirements needed to attain an Australian Visa. The visa requirements may change according to factors like employment status, age, etc.

One of the most prevalent cities in Australia is its state capital, Sydney. This metropolitan city is located on the east coast of Australia. It is surrounded by the Blue Mountains on the West, Hawkesbury on the North and Macarthur on the South. While Sydney is considered to be one of the happening places in Australia, there are many things to do in Sydney which tourists must keep in their mind.

Sydney is divided into many districts and suburbs which are discussed below:

Inner Suburb -Sydney continues about 3 km south of Sydney Cove. Surrounding Suburbs of Sydney include Potts Point to the East and Surry Hills to the South. Many localities reside in this inner suburb of Sydney.

Eastern Suburb -Vaucluse is the most interesting place in the Eastern Suburb of Australia, it increases the popularity of Eastern Suburb. Point Piper located in the Eastern Suburb of Sydney is the most expensive street in the world. Famous tourist places like Coogee and Bondi are also located in the Eastern Suburb.

Northern Suburb -Several famous landmarks of Sydney like Ryde Bridge, Macquarie Centre, Macquarie University are located in the Northern Suburb of Sydney. As Northern Suburb of Sydney is not separated, it includes the areas of upper North Shore, lower North Shore and beaches from North. Some of the commercial centres of North Sydney lie in the Northern Suburb. The Northern Beaches are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sydney.

Western Suburbs - The area of Parramatta, which is the largest industrial hub of Australia, is located in the Western Suburb of Sydney. This is one of the biggest among the other suburbs of Sydney covering an area of 5800 square km. The population of the Western Suburb is 1,665,273 approximately.

There are many other places to visit in Sydney for tourists that are very beautiful and attractive.

How to Reach Sydney From India

Tourists can travel to Sydney by booking flights with international airlines that fly to the Sydney Airport. Travellers from India can reach Sydney by boarding flights, available from major Indian cities like Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi. Some of the other Indian cities that are connected to Sydney by regular flights are Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kochi. Major airlines that operate from India to Sydney include Air India, Sri Lankan Airlines, Air Asia X, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific and more.

Travelling within Sydney

If you are a tourist and wondering how to travel in and around Sydney, then you can rest assured as this city has many travel options. Bus service is outstanding in the city, with the availability of the excellent Hop-On-Hop-Off bus. You can get on this bus as it drops off to all the major attractions of Sydney. You can also opt for walking through the streets, provided you have a trainer. You can also avail trains and ferries. Metro service is also well connected in the city. You can avail services of any of the transport options mentioned above for reaching Sydney points of interest.

Best Time to Visit

You can visit Sydney any time of the year as the city’s climatic conditions are good almost throughout the year. There is no “off-season” for Sydney as it is said to welcome guests any time of the year. Summer season in Sydney continues from December to February and winter is from May to August. The extravagant Sydney Festival takes place in January, and you should always plan your trip near to this important carnival in Sydney. The Brisbane Festival is another major festival of Sydney taking place in September. The famous places in Sydney look even prettier during these festival seasons.

What to Pack?

The casualness of the city is very prominent, and hence you can keep your attire low key. You can carry a few pairs of jeans, t-shirts, dresses, skirts, shorts, and a few full sleeved t-shirts and shirts. You must carry sunscreen and umbrella or a cap as sunshine is almost there for 340 days. Two-three pairs of comfortable slippers are required during your trip.

Top Delicacies

Sydney is the hub of some of the best cuisines of the world. Here is a list of delicacies which should not be missed if in Sydney. The Anzac biscuits, Emu, Macadamia Nuts, Damper, Pea and Ham Soup, Weet-Bix, Lamingtons, Salt and pepper Calamari, Fish and chips by the beach, John Dory Fillets, Iced Vovo, Barbecued snags, Balmain Bugs, Pavlova, Prawn Cocktail, Tim Tam, Dagwood Dog are to name a few.

Indian Restaurants in Sydney

Spiced by Billu’s

  • Located at:7/33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW 2000, Australia
  • Cuisine:Indian, Vegetarian-Friendly
  • Contact No.: +61 2 9046 0979

Bombay 2 Mumbai

  • Located at:Shop 2 42 Harris St, Sydney, New South Wales 2009, Australia
  • Cuisine:Indian, Asian, Pakistani
  • Contact No.: +61 2 9660 9699


  • Located at: 49 Lime-street, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney
  • Cuisine: Indian, Seafood
  • Contact No.: +61 2 9279 3379

Shopping List Essentials

Sydney is a paradise for shopaholics. It is heaven for buzzy market and boutiques. City centre in Sydney is one of the exciting shopping destinations. The Strand Arcade in Sydney is the main shopping centre for Australia’s very own Akubra Hats. You can get a pair of these hats as a souvenir from Australia. Shopping can be fascinating in Sydney as street shopping is trendy and the availability of choices is immense.

Healthcare Centre

Sydney Health Care Centre, Radiance Healthcare centre, Centre Health Australia are some of the easily accessible health care units in the city. There are also many private and public hospitals in almost every nook and corner of the Sydney. In order to secure your travel emergencies make sure you get travel insurance for your trip. It will be helpful throughout your travel plan to Sydney.


The Australian dollar is the local currency that is used in Sydney.

Basics of Local Communication

Language is not a barrier in the tourist places in Sydney, as the locals can speak in almost all foreign languages. If not, then English is widely and commonly used throughout Sydney. The language has now become the most spoken language with increased tourism. Other common languages spoken here include Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Italian and Vietnamese.

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  • Travel insurance includes medical expenses, repatriation, and emergency medical evacuation. Even dental care expenses such as acute anesthetic treatment of teeth are covered.

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“Deductible”means a cost-sharing requirement under this policy, that provides that the insurer will not be liable for a specified rupee amount or percentage of claim amount or number of days or number of hours, as specified in the policy schedule and which will apply before any benefits are payable by the insurer. A deductible does not reduce the sum insured and is applicable per event, upto the specified limits mentioned.

What Is Not Covered Under the Travel Insurance Plan?

  • Medical Expenses (inclusive of Repatriation and Emergency Medical Evacuation), Daily Allowance in case of hospitalization, Compassionate Visit benefits, the following will not be payable for Any pre-existing condition, Routine examinations, Expenses for rest or recuperation at spa/ health resort/ sanatorium, Pregnancy (including childbirth, miscarriage, abortion or related complications ) or treatment relating to the removal of physical flaws or anomalies (cosmetic treatment or plastic surgery).
  • Cosmetic surgery, unless such cosmetic surgery is rendered medically necessary as part of treatment for accidents and burns whilst being abroad.
  • Suicide, attempted or wilfully self inflicted injury or illness, mental disorder, anxiety, stress or depression, venereal disease, alcoholism, drunkenness or the abuse of drugs, or any loss arising, directly or indirectly, from any injury, illness, death, loss, expense, or other liability attributable to HIV and/or any HIV related illness including AIDS and/or any mutant derivative or variation thereof however caused.
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What Is Covered Under Travel Insurance?

Loss of passport and documents:

Reimbursement of actual expenses incurred in connection with obtaining a duplicate or fresh passport or reasonable cost of replacing/obtaining the stolen documents/ tickets if the passport belonging to the Insured / Insured Person be lost

Home Fire Insurance Contents & Home Burglary Insurance (contents):

Cover against any loss or damage of the Contents at Home of the Insured in India caused by Fire and Allied perils or through burglary and/or housebreaking while the Insured is on a trip abroad.

Hijack Distress Allowance

Payment of distress allowance in case of hijack of a common carrier for more than certain number of hours whilst on the trip. You can easily avail the allowance by filing a claim online through Travel Insurance cover online process.

Medical Expensesinclusive of Repartration  and Emergency Medical Evacuation

If you are sick or injured during the journey, your medical expenses can prove to be costly. In such cases,  Travel Insurance cover greatly helps. The insurance company also offers a cashless settlement with the network hospitals or you can also opt for the reimbursement process within 30 days of hospitalization.

Legal Expenses

Payment of legal costs and expenses incurred by the Insured towards claims from third Parties for compensation in respect of death or disablement arising due to an injury whilst on a trip abroad.

Personal Accident

Payment of compensation if the Insured sustains accidental bodily injury during a trip resulting in death or Permanent Total Disablement or Permanent Partial Disablement within 12 months of occurrence of such injury.

Trip Cancellation/Or Interruption

Payment towards the non-refundable prepaid payments incurred on the trip being cancelled and additional cost of transportation in case of Interruption: due to medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters or other listed reason in policy wordings.

Trip Delay

 Reimbursement of additional expenses if trip is delayed beyond a period, due to airline problems, medical problems, personal employment problems or natural disasters.

 Daily Allowance in case of Hospitalisation

 Payment of daily allowance for the days the Insured is hospitalised beyond a specified number of days, as mentioned in the Policy Schedule, for which a valid claim is admissible under the Policy whilst on a trip abroad.Emergency Accommodation

 Payment of compensation for the additional cost of emergency accommodation if the Insured/ Insured Person could not stay in the accommodation originally booked due to ­fire& flood, earthquake, storm, hurricane, explosion, outbreak of major infectious diseases.

Why do I need Travel insurance?

During a trip there are chances of unfortunate events such as loss of checked in baggage, medical emergency, loss of passport that can spoil your international trip, be it business or leisure. Travel insurance can protect you from such events ensuring that you are left stuck in foreign land.