• Licensed venues in Sydney’s CBD Entertainment Precinct must observe a 2am lockout law (if you are outside the venue at this time you will not be allowed entry) and a 3.30am curfew on sale of alcohol. The precinct includes parts of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst and stretches to The Rocks and from Kings Cross to Cockle Bay. Small bars (up to 60 people), restaurants and tourist accommodation establishments are exempt from these laws.
• Give fake didgeridoos the flick; buy something uniquely Australian.
• Most people are fairly honest, but watch out for taxi drivers who insist on taking you the scenic way to the airport or Bondi Beach.
• Be wary about walking around Kings Cross or Darling Harbour in the early hours of the morning – better to jump in a cab.
Currency: Australian dollar (AUD $)
Time difference: Sydney is nine hours ahead of London in British Summer Time and 11 hours ahead in the British winter.
For someone who grew up in Bondi, Ariela spends more time out of the water – exploring new restaurants and interesting things to do – than one might think (it might have something to do with a childhood spent watching Jaws…)