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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
$190
  • Dorm beds: $30–50
  • Return train trip: $8
  • Hanging out at the beach: free
  • Pizza, pasta, noodles or burgers: $10–20
Midrange
$190–$320
  • Private room with own bathroom $150–250
  • Cafe breakfast: $20
  • All-day public transport: maximum $15 using Opal card
  • Two-course dinner with glass of wine: $50–70
Top end (more than)
$320
  • Four-star hotel: from $250
  • Three-course dinner in top restaurant with wine: $140–$250
  • Opera ticket: $180
  • Taxis: $50

There are ATMs everywhere and major credit cards are widely accepted, though there's often a surcharge.

Tipping

  • In Sydney most service providers don’t expect a tip, so you shouldn’t feel pressured into giving one.
  • The exception is restaurants, where a tip of 10% or so is standard.
  • People tend to round up to the nearest dollar or more in taxis.
  • Tipping in bars is rare but on the increase, especially if there's fancy cocktail wizardry involved.