Sydney is an extremely hospitable city; the locals are delighted to share their beautiful harbour city with visitors from all over the world. However, there are a few things you should avoid doing to ensure a safe vacation and good relations with the locals.
You may board a bus without an opal card.
Opal cards are available for free at the majority of stations and convenience stores. The majority of public transport in Sydney requires an opal card, so don’t be one of those tourists who board a bus during rush hour and ask a million questions, delaying everyone’s long commute.
Neglect to use sunscreen
You may be desperate for an Australian tan, but exercise caution. Australia has a powerful sun. Locals always smirk when they see tourists whose faces are bright red and peeling. Use sunscreen to prevent ruining your vacation.
Alcohol consumption in public places
The fact that Australia is a nanny state cannot be concealed. We have more rules than you can imagine, and drinking in public places is among the most irritating. Avoid a fine or a slap on the wrist by consuming alcohol at home or in bars.
Check out Darling Harbour
Many other travel guides may advise you to visit Darling Harbour, but you should avoid it. Darling Harbour is extremely touristy and lacks any local flavor; in fact, the majority of Sydney residents avoid it altogether.
Support the wrong team
Australians enjoy their sport and despise losing to New Zealanders. If you are watching a game in a bar in Sydney, be sure to cheer for the Australian team to avoid unwanted stares.
Melbourne is superior,
Sydney and Melbourne have always had a sibling rivalry; we believe Sydney is superior, while everyone in Melbourne disagrees. If you favor Melbourne (shame on you! ), do not mention it in Sydney.
Sydney, unlike many other cities in the world, is an early riser. We are blessed with nearly perfect weather throughout the year, and we enjoy rising early to enjoy it. At 6am, people are already awake, and by 7am, most cafés are open for business.
Exit too late
As previously stated, we have many rules, and one of those rules in Sydney is that bars must close early. The majority of bars close at 12 a.m., some at 2 a.m., and only a handful at 4 a.m. Therefore, do not delay going out to the point where you miss the nightlife entirely.
The harbor is a good place to swim.
The harbor’s awe-inspiring blue water may appear extremely inviting, but don’t be deceived! The water is infested with bull sharks, a species with a reputation for being one of the most aggressive. Use extreme caution and only swim between the nets.
Avoid swimming between the flags.
Almost certainly, you have watched an episode of Bondi Rescue. The show should serve as a cautionary tale for beach safety! The majority of Sydney’s beaches are patrolled by lifeguards who set up flags for swimming between. You put yourself in danger of drowning if you swim outside of them.
Feel compelled to tip
The service industry in Australia is not as dependent on tips as it is in other parts of the world. Feel free to tip people if their service was exceptional, but do not feel obligated to do so.
Utilize stereotypical expressions
Many foreigners believe that we say, “Put a shrimp on the barbecue,” but I can assure you that we do not. We don’t even call them shrimp; we call them prawns. G’day is another term that is rarely used, especially in Sydney; a simple hello will suffice.
Topic: 13 Things That Tourists Should Never Do in Sydney
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