Everything Germans Need to Know About Travelling to Sydney, Australia

Sydney is one of those places that leaves an everlasting impression on whoever visits, no matter how long the stay. The beauty of nature meeting the architectural brilliance of the city skyline is a striking combination.

The best part is there’s something for everyone in Sydney: breathtaking scenery, magnificent wildlife, some of the best beaches in Australia, and a cosmopolitan metropolis bursting with culture.

Aside from planning what places to see and visit in Sydney, you’ll need to do some research beforehand to learn about the entry and visa requirements needed to enter Australia. And because travelling to Sydney from Germany is a long journey, you’ll need to be prepared.

Here are some of our top tips for Germans travelling to Sydney, Australia.

1. Visas

Before booking your flights, it’s important to research what visa requirements are needed to be able to enter Australia. A visa is required for all travellers from Germany who wish to visit Australia.

There are two versions of visas for German tourists to consider:

  1. eVisitor: The eVisitor (subclass 651) is a free visa for tourists and business travellers and is valid for up to 12 months. Travellers using this visa can stay in Australia for up to 90 days (3 months). The eVisitor is for nationals of these countries:
  • European Union (all 28 EU-Member States)
  • Andorra
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican City

To apply for an eVisitor visa, visit https://online.immi.gov.au.

  1. VisitorVisa: The VisitorVisa (subclass 651) is a paid visa for business visitors. It allows you to visit Australia for business visitor purposes for up to three, six, or twelve months.

The online visa application process takes about 10 minutes and is used to screen individuals to ensure that they do not pose a security risk to Australia. Be prepared to answer some basic questions about your personal information and past travel history.

2. Flights

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They don’t call Australia ‘The Land Down Under’ for nothing – travelling from Germany, you can expect a long flight to get down there. But once you arrive, the hours in the air will all be worth it!

There are plenty of airlines flying from Germany to Sydney, the most popular ones being Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, and Qantas. If you’re flying from Berlin, expect an average flight time of just over 24 hours. The long-haul flight includes 2 stopovers on most airlines, including London, Singapore, Belgrade or Abu Dhabi.

One of the best places to stop-over is Hong Kong. Qantas offers the option to stopover in Hong Kong from Germany to Sydney. What’s great about Hong Kong is that you’ll be able to experience the vibrant Asian culture in a modern city, and it’s a bit over halfway to Sydney. There’s lots to do in Hong Kong, and food is generally quite affordable. It would be an exciting addition to your Sydney experience.

To find the best airline, visit a flight-comparing website such as Skyscanner. This website is a fast and easy way to search for flights, hotels, and car rentals worldwide. You can search for the best or cheapest deals during the times you’re wanting to travel.

3. Weather

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Sydney’s lifestyle is very much centred around its year-round nice weather. Sydney does experience a stormy season as well as a bushfire season, however for most of the year it’s very mild and temperate.

Australia is known as ‘the sunburnt country, yet Sydney’s weather is not too hot and not too cold. The average temperature in Sydney is between 17°C-23°C (62°F-73°F), but Sydney’s hottest summer temperature ever recorded is close to 50 degrees Celsius (122°F).

The best time to travel to Sydney is from September through to November and from March to May. These months bypass the high-low seasons where the weather can reach extremes. Flight prices generally fall during these times too, making it more affordable for travel.

Sydney is a beach-side city and a lot of its activities are aqua-related (swimming, snorkelling, boating, bathing, and more) so make sure to pack your swimwear. During the evenings it does cool down, but not so much that you would need heavy coats or jackets. The average temperature during Winter (June-August) is 16°C (60°F) and snow in Sydney is extremely rare. The Snowy Mountains, on the other hand, are 6 hours from Sydney and experience snowfall and a healthy ski season over Winter.

4. Accommodation

There are a lot of hotels and hostels in Sydney, but if you’re looking for an affordable stay that’s clean, comfortable, and welcoming, Maze Backpackers is the place to stay. For travellers coming from Germany, this great value budget hostel accommodation is your perfect central base in Sydney.

Located in Sydney CBD, Maze is within walking distance of many of the city’s best attractions as well as being an easy 5-minute walk from Central Station. The hostel offers private single bedrooms for the individual traveller who values their privacy and space, as well as double, triple, 4, 6, and 8-share rooms.

For international tourists coming from the airport, the hostel offers a complimentary pick-up shuttle service if you’ve booked three nights or more. Maze also offers entertainment facilities such as a TV lounge room, 24-hour PAID high-speed Internet, and pool table. Amenities include a laundry, fully-equipped kitchen, free linen, welcome towels, hair dryers and a 24-hour reception desk.

Contact Maze Backpackers today to book your stay and start preparing for your most unforgettable Sydney trip!