A quick introduction to Sydney life

January 14, 2020
Sydney: home to the Sydney Harbour bridge, Opera House, beautiful Bondi Beach and Australia’s oldest university – the University of Sydney. There’s lots to do and see here in Sydney so we have put together a highlights list so you can make the most of your time here.


Australia is known globally for their weird and wonderful wildlife. But you don’t have to go into the Bush to see them.

The Common Brushtail Possum can be found in the University of Sydney’s trees at night, the Laughing Kookaburra can be seen sitting on a bus stop and the Australian white ibis can be seen wandering around Campus.

The famous Kangaroo can be spotted in the Blue Mountains, an hour away from Sydney.


Australia is recognised as having some of the best beaches in the world. No wonder Australia is one of the world’s most urbanised costal dwelling populations!

Bondi is perhaps Sydney’s most famous beach. The long stretch of white sand and crisp turquoise water is only a 15-minute train ride away from Sydney City.

But Bondi isn’t the only beach in Sydney. Coogee Beach, Bronte Beach, Watson’s Bay, Cronulla Beach and Manly Beach are all within an hour’s travel away from Sydney City.


Australians are known to be “laid-back” (relaxed) people and this is reflected sometimes in the language, where slang is often used. this. The best way to learn is to chat with locals, who will be happy to explain. Here are some examples you can expect to hear from locals when you’re down under:


Arvo – Afternoon

Barbie – Barbeque

Mate – Friend

Pub – An establishment for the sale of beer, and sometimes also food.

Servo – Service Station

Snag – Sausage

Trackie daks – tracksuit pants


Sydney has a coffee culture, with lots of cafes serving customers from morning to the afternoon. Tea is also popular, but you’ll find that coffee is usually the drink of choice for local students – especially at peak study times!

Here are some different types of coffee you should try in Australia: Espresso, Cappuccino, Café Latte, Flat White

Even if coffee is not to your taste, you’ll find lots of juice bars, bubble tea shops and smoothie vendors in Sydney.


As a multicultural city, Sydney has an abundance of food options and cuisines to choose from. But we also have some uniquely Australian foods that are worth trying.

Tim Tam’s are great for snacking on while you’re studying, a ‘Chicken Parma’ is an iconic Australian pub food and Vegemite is Australia’s breakfast spread of choice.


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