Miscellaneous: Liz and I like to travel with our unlocked cell phone and pick up a Sim card when we arrive. Sim cards are sold at the airport and we pick up one for only $30. We are able to have a local number to call our friends locally and have family keep in contact in case of emergencies.
Photo Equipment: I always carry my Sony Cybershot 10. megapixal wherever I go. I take along (2) 2.0 memory cards, (2) recargeable batteries, battery charger, adaptor, camera case and an old 4.0 megapixal camera and its accessories in case my new camera goes busts!
Photo Equipment: You will never have enough films, batteries or storage space on memory cards to store all your pictures. My advice, take a loptop or a portable hard drive to store everything. So far in 10 weeks, I've shot 4 Gb of photo's....
Luggage and bags:
a REALLY good camera, one that can take clear photos at night, one thats steady, dont expect taking photos like these with disposable cameras :)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sydney is usually sunny, yet in Summer we do get a few storms though its humid usually.
Photo Equipment: More film than you can poke a stick at.
Unless one has very special requirements, film developing is cheap in Sydney. Many chemist advertise A$6.95 for 27 exposures developed the next day. No need to bring the film home for developing.
Miscellaneous: Don't even try to bring food to Australia. They x-ray every bag with the exposure settings optimised for food. I brought a biscuit from the airplane and they caught me. I had to explain that I completed the customs declaration when I checked in for the flight and the biscuit was given to me on the airplane afterwards. I did not think that joking was wise so I didn't say something like 'I thought a criminal past is a requirement for entry into Australia hence the smuggled food.'
Miscellaneous: If you want internet access, no need to pack a laptop computer. There are plenty of internet cafes, especially on George Street. The rates are among the cheapest in the world. A$1 would be enough to check e-mail, some news, or other things.
Luggage and bags:
What you pack depends on your style of travel and the time of year you go. Unless you have some sort of formal engagement, I wouldn't pack too many suitcases. In fact, I could get all I needed into a carry-on.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It depends on the time of year you travel. In the winter when I was there, I wore sweatshirts, long pants and windbreakers. Winters in Sydney are cool, but not frigid, rather like winter in Jacksonville, Florida. If you go in the summer, of course, t-shirts and short pants are most comfortable.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nothing different than anywhere else you go, the basic stuff such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, razor, etc.
Photo Equipment: Again, no need to go crazy. A simple 35mm camera will do.