Australia’s custom laws are strict, thanks to its geographical situation- it is an island with diverse endemic flora and fauna to protect. Customs and Border Protection exists to protect the country from biological hazards, harmful goods and unauthorised visitors. Find www.customs.gov.au/site/page4369.asp
for a good guide to what can and cannot be brought into the country. The list contains nothing out of the ordinary- essentially, nothing illegal, especially drugs, and no plants or animals
In Terminal 1, the International Terminal, you will pass through the customs inspection area directly before entering the main arrivals hall. There are duty free shops and toilet facilities available before you pass through customs as this is the final step airside before you have officially arrived in Sydney! To make for a smooth trip through the customs inspection, make sure to fill out your incoming passenger immigration card before arrival and declare anything which could be remotely of interest to the officers.
Domestic flights are not subject to customs restrictions, but as on international flights, hand luggage is subject to safety inspections.
Updated October 2013 by Chris Houston
. Information is subject to change at any time.