Moving overseas can be an exciting yet daunting prospect.

With Sydney being one of the world’s most liveable cities, you will understandably feel a little more at ease at the thought of relocating. But with still so much to consider when moving, we often neglect the precious time that should be spent researching our new destination. To help, we have prepared a brief overview and some handy hints to ensure your transition into the Sydney lifestyle is a smooth one.

Sydney is the icon of Australia. The white-sailed Sydney Opera House caught over the waters of Sydney Cove and the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the pride and joy of the city, but there’s far more on offer. Strolling through the streets of Sydney, you will quickly notice it has kept the best of the past yet embraces the present. Boasting transformed aged wharves, ancient public offices and grand religious places into exciting gathering spaces where old and new form a remarkable fusion.

One word to sum up Sydney is diversity. Sydney has one quarter of the country’s population living in its metropolitan area. Made up of residents from the widest ethnic backgrounds, the city is able to provide wonderful cuisine and a diversity of cultural talent supported by museums, theatres, galleries and a host of entertainment venues.

Once you’re finished unpacking those boxes and begin settling-in, be sure to set aside days to discover the harbour, the city’s historic enclaves, restaurants and cafes, Olympic venues, glamorous beaches, museums and art galleries, not to mention the national parks and wildlife. In all, they make Sydney an essential Aussie experience and a must for those relocating to Australia.

Sydney’s Climate

For those moving from Europe or USA; the seasons are opposite! But don’t worry; you will be free from the extremes of heat and cold in Sydney. The warmest weather is generally experienced in the north-west of the State. The coldest region is the Snowy Mountains, where winter frosts and snow are experienced over long periods. Rainfall varies widely over the State. But in all Sydney is a very comfortable place to live, no matter what time of the year you decide to make the journey.

Getting Around The City

Sydney’s public transport is an ideal way to get around, whether you are commuting to work or heading into the city to go to the footy. Being such a big city, Sydney buses also operate extensively throughout the city. The main bus terminals are located at Circular Quay, Wynyard, Town Hall and Central Station. Information about Sydney bus services are available from bus kiosks at Circular Quay, Wynyard Station and Queen Victoria Building, or better still, ask your professional moving consultant to help you out with this one.

The CityRail will help you get anywhere you need to go. Travel around the City centre on the City Circle Line. Handy ticket vending machines are open 24 hours.

Sydney is served by many international airlines as the primary airline hub centre of Australia. Sydney is roughly an easy hour’s flight from other major Australian cities like Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide, for those wanting to head on a weekend trip!

Driving In Sydney

With a current international driving permit, you can drive around Sydney for three months before needing to obtain a NSW license.

If you hold a current valid driver’s license (not a learner’s license) from a country recognised as having comparable licensing standards to Australia, there is a good chance you will not be required to pass a car knowledge test or practical driving test. Click here to learn more.

NSW has two different provisional licenses that you will need to be aware of. If you have had your overseas driver’s licence for less than 12 months, you will be issued a NSW provisional P1 licence. If you have held your overseas driver licence for more than 12 months but less than three years, you will be issued a provisional P2 licence will be issued. If you have held your overseas driver licence for more than three years, you will be issued with a NSW unrestricted licence.

Insider’s tip: Do NOT renew your driver’s license before leaving for Sydney. Even if it is going to expire while you are in Sydney. The Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) will see your renewal date as the original date of issue, even if you have been driving for ten years.

What’s the difference between a P1 and P2 provisional license?

The main difference is the speed limit. With a P1 license the maximum speed limit is 90 km/h. For a P2 license the maximum speed limit is 100 km/h. Both provisional licenses have a Zero Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). Your license will be suspended if you incur 4 or more demerit points with a P1 license; 7 or more demerit points with a P2 license. For more information about getting your license in NSW visit the RTA website.

Australian Housing Styles

Australians have always been fascinated with varying housing styles, from the charm of the Victorian era to the triple-fronted mass-produced brick veneer of the late 50’s and early 60’s. There are a number of housing styles to take your fancy in Sydney.

You will soon discover that Sydneysiders are enthusiastic renovators. It’s normal to find older first and second pre-war homes beautifully restored and opened up for modern family living.

The inner city and surrounding areas reflect an appreciation of the city’s history and heritage. The areas of Sydney are broken up into categories or areas each with its own individual charm. For example the lower north shore comprises of beautiful leafy suburbs around the harbour, while the Inner East is one of Sydney’s booming residential locations for all demographics. The area offers a range of dwellings from heritage listed Victorian terraces to art deco apartments. Take time to investigate the different areas of Sydney to find where will be best suited for you and/or your family.

About the Author: This article was contributed by Alex Bulmer. Alex works with Wridgways Moving Company. Believe me, he knows a lot about shipping and relocating to Australia. That’s what they do all day long.

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