Extra Tips & Advice

Information listed on this page is provided as a guide only, and neither ESL Australia, TPCi or any of their affiliates take any responsibility for the use of any product, service or amenity listed here or anywhere within this website. We suggest you do your own research and plan accordingly.

Hotels and Accommodation

There are a few hotels around Sydney Olympic Park, such as the ibis Budget, Pullman @ Sydney Olympic Park, and Hotel Concord. If you’re looking to keep the costs low, there are a large number of backpackers and hostel accommodations right in the heart of Sydney. Many international travelers stay at the YHA Hotels located in Sydney Central, Sydney Harbour and Railway Square, two of which are quite literally within a stone’s throw of Sydney Central Station. There are many more including the Base/Nomads Hostels, Maze Backpackers, and an absolute TON more cheap accommodations.

As well as the City, Parramatta is a close-by city, with several mid to high class hotels near Parramatta Station. It will be a shorter trip from Parramatta by about 10-20 minutes, as all trains from Parramatta take 10-15 minutes to get to Lidcombe.

If you want to check for deals or compare other hotels that are a little further out, look up Booking.com and Trivago. There are a lot of great deals on there from time to time, and cover hotels that we’ve missed here.

Flights and Australian Visas

For visa information, check  https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Appl/Visitor

MAKE SURE you have your visa information sorted so you can actually get into the country!

US Embassy: https://au.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/melbourne/

British Consulate: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-consulate-general-melbourne

Australian Pokemon

There are many groups dedicated to Pokemon in Australia – TCG and VGC. If you want to talk to any players or see if events/meetups are planned around your stay, we suggest you join any of the below groups. All of these groups have helpful members of the community.

Play! Pokemon TCG Australia –https://www.facebook.com/groups/playpokemontcgaustralia/

PokeAus – https://www.facebook.com/groups/pokeaustralia/

PokeMelbourne – https://www.facebook.com/groups/382259718529290/

Extra Activities

If you’re visiting for a few days extra and would like to see the sights and sounds of the Sydney Metropolitan Area, you can check out some of following activities:

  • Taronga Zoo
  • Harbour Bridge Walk
  • Luna Park
  • Sydney Tower
  • The Rocks tours
  • Manly/Bondi Beach
  • Royal National Park
  • Blue Mountains/Three Sisters
  • Jenolan Caves
  • The Star Casino
  • Chinese New Year Festivities (Feb 12-18)

Miscellaneous Info

  • Tax is included in price tags when purchasing anything, and we don’t tip our waiter/hospitality staff at restaurants. Some places have tip jars, but it’s not standard etiquette so don’t feel bad for not tipping. It’s worth noting that our cost of living is a little higher than what you may be used to, and this is due to Australia having a higher/set minimum wage.
  • Australia uses Type I power plugs and our ports produce higher voltage than a lot of places – make sure you get a power converter if needed so your devices don’t get fried! – https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Travel-g255055-c120179/Australia:Power.And.Appliances.html
  • We drive on the left side of the road.
  • Taking Ubers is legal in all areas of NSW, including to and from the airport.


Emergency & Important Numbers


If you require emergency assistance, call the number above and state police, fire emergency or ambulance and you will be put through to the correct emergency personnel. It’s important to only use the emergency numbers in real emergency situations.  A non-emergency call may risk the lives of real emergency victims.

Additionally, keep Crimestoppers info on hand too – https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/contact/

To Report a crime to Crimestoppers; 1800 333 000

If you are a victim of a crime; 131 444

Other important numbers:
131 126 – Poisons Information Centre [24 hours]
136 169 – Care: 24 hour counselling service.
131 114 – Life Line: 24 hour service.

131 500 – NSW Public Transport line – if you get lost and need help, or need to report a fault/injury on transport.

To find a foreign embassy in Australia please go to the Depart of Foreign Affairs and Trade website: http://protocol.dfat.gov.au/Mission/list.rails



Further Information

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This page was created with contributions from some awesome community members:

Marcus Raj

Cameron Rowq

Jake Cruwys

Ellis Longhurst