Sun / Insect Protection, Sydney
Sydney isn't as cold as I thought it would be in late winter/early spring, and it's also much more casual than I expected. Bring layers of clothing to use in cooler weather, and leave the fancy stuff at home, unless you really plan to dress up.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The motto is "Slip, Slop, Slap!" Slip into a shirt, slop on the sunscreen, and slap on a hat! All the Australian children wear hats as part of their school uniforms, and they're being trained early for a reason. That ozone hole is up there, meaning that this part of the world has less protection from the SUN'S HARMFUL UV RAYS! And even though I have lived in hot climates for a long time, and my husband is Egyptian..... we BOTH notice that the sun irritates and reddens our skin, even if we're just driving in the car for the day! The sun just feels different here in ways I can't describe. So don't risk cancerous melanoma.... USE THAT SHIRT, SUNSCREEN, AND HAT!
Photo Equipment: All VT'ers need a digital camera!
Miscellaneous: I'm listing binoculars here, because they can not only be used to spot whales and dolphins in the ocean, koalas and birds in the trees, or kangaroos and wombats in the bush, but they can be used at the opera house when you're far from the stage! I wish I had brought my binoculars!
Luggage and bags:
SLIP SLAP WEAR A HAT
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good shoes for walking, boots Hiking. Beachwear.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Suncreen, stay out of the sun.
Photo Equipment: Take a camera film. Yes I Know You Will.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunscreen. Sunscreen, Aftersun, Sunhat.
Luggage and bags:
backpack with good sized day pack for your togs and towel and suncream and camera etc...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: sandals cause it is very hot in the summer and can also get pretty cold in the winter from may to august so you want to not be wearing sandals at these times.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 15+ suncream and above definitely. There is nothing funnier to an australian than a burnt pom walking around with his shirt hanging out of his shorts! and it really hurts the next day.
Photo Equipment: the light is really good in australia for some lovely photos, get a solariser to take away the glare though cause it is very bright. the more photos the merrier.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: if you go camping on the beach you will need insect repelant.. the horse flies are bastards, huge and nasty bites, they are also territorial, so just as you kill one another will come. kill kill kill.
Luggage and bags:
If your on a long haul flight take plenty of reading matter, theres only so many movies you can stand!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The neck support rests that you can buy from Airport terminals look invaluable, I saw several people managing to get a few hours kip while we were unable to due to aches and pains!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Plenty of Mosquito repellent! Plenty of Sun Tan Lotion (see Pic)
Photo Equipment: Digital camera very useful, for VT users!
Luggage and bags:
sun cream, sun cream and more sun cream and maybe a hat.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: t-shirts and shorts and a pair of flip-flops
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: every thing is avalible over here just as cheap as at home.
Photo Equipment: any camera will do but a good zoom camera will get you the best photos to send home for every one to look at and wish they where here.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: strong water proof sun block is a must for any day on the beach.beaches to visit whilst here are coogee,wollongong,cronulla and manly.
Miscellaneous: It gets pretty hot during summer so pack light, and carry lots of bottled water. And don't forget to slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, and slap on a hat. I hope you enjoy your stay in Sydney as much as I do living here.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen Sun screen!!!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are going to visit a Sydney beach or will be out and about on a sunny day, I highly recommend you bring a hat and sunscreen - regularly re-applied. The Aussie sun is much harsher that most climates!
Good strong walking shoes or boots if you plan to hike or walk in the mountains.
A sun hat is very necessary and something to cover up in the sun as it gets very hot in the bush.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Buy your sun protection in Australia, there is so much choice and they have higher protection factors there.
sandals and lots of t-shirts for summer
just one jacket
dress very casual, everybody is like this
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: UV blocks - buy from local pharmacy, because the sunblock is the best , becasue of the high UV radiation
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: mosquitos during the summer,
deadly spiders and snakes
Miscellaneous: drink lots of water
Miscellaneous: Sydney has a temperate climate, with over 340 sunny days per year. Its average rainfall is approximately 1210mm per year, and the summer season (Dec to Feb) can have strong sunny days so wear a hat and sunscreen between 10am and 3pm. Summer avg. temperature 22 Celsius, Winter avg. temperature 13 Celsius.