Getting around NSW is easy by road – there are excellent freeways between major centres and scenic routes are often sign-posted to encourage picturesque detours. Car prices are competitive in Australia and there is a good range of local and imported cars to choose from. To drive a car legally on NSW roads you must register the car. To do this you must have:
- proof of your identity
- proof of acquisition – or proof of how you bought the car
- a current compulsory third party or green slip – the most basic form of car insurance and one you need to drive legally
- an inspection report or pink slip which verifies your car is in good enough condition to be safe on the roads.
If you are a permanent resident and you plan to stay in NSW you may drive in NSW on your country of origin's licence for three months. When the three months is up, you must sit for your NSW driver's licence. This involves passing an eye test, a written test and, in most cases, taking a driving test. You also have to prove your identity and that you live in NSW to get your licence.
Licences can last for one, three or five years and cost A$50, $118 and $157, respectively. To find out more visit licensing guidelines for overseas drivers at www.rta.nsw.gov.au. General information on driving in NSW is available from the NRMA Motoring & Services.
The east coast of NSW is the most populated area in the State and most of the public transport network, including trains, buses and ferries, links cities and suburbs along the coastline. Maps of the rail network, with traveling times on the routes, are available at the Countrylink website. Sydney's public transport system is comprehensive; you can travel by bus, train, monorail and light rail around Sydney's centre, and by ferry.
To give a general overview, CityRail trains run to Newcastle in the north, to the Blue Mountains through Parramatta in the west, through Campbelltown to Goulburn in the south west, and Wollongong in the south. Visit the CityRail website maps for more information.
For maps of where ferries and buses travel in the city visit the Sydney Ferries website or the Sydney Buses website.
Cycling for work, fun and fitness in our towns and cities
Cycling for commuting, recreation and competition is on the rise throughout Australia.
In NSW, the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) has launched the Bicycle Information NSW website to promote the benefits of cycling.
Businesses can benefit from staff members cycling to and from work due to improved health outcomes, less sick days, increased workplace productivity, and less reports of staff being late to work due to traffic or transport delays.
For staff members, benefits include feeling fitter and healthier and saving time and money by cycling to work.
So think about how you can encourage cycling in your workplace.
The Bicycle Information NSW website has all the info to help you and your colleagues get started.
Flights around Australia
Major airports are located in Australia's main cities: Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide and Perth. The main airport in Sydney, Kingsford-Smith Airport, is located at Mascot, 8 km south of the city centre.
Flights between these centres are readily available and serviced by Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia. Smaller airlines fly to country destinations around NSW.