From Sydney Airport

Take a taxi from outside the Terminal Building. A taxi from the airport to UNSW will cost approximately $40-$50; and airport to the city centre approximately $50-$60 depending on traffic.

Trains operate from Sydney International airport to Central Station at a cost of approximately $18.00 one way. Taxi’s from the airport to UNSW campus cost approximately $45.oo AUD.

The red Metroline 400 bus service runs regularly from Sydney Airport to UNSW and stops at UNSW Gate 8, High St (closest stop to AGSM) (this trip takes approximately 45 minutes).

Parking
UNSW encourages staff and students to use public transport or to cycle or walk to UNSW as alternatives to driving a car. Hence parking in campus is quite pricey. The most economical for delegates attending is a daily permit ($21.50) and this will allow you to park at parking bays for UNSW staff for the day.

Otherwise, parking rates starts at $7.50 an hour.

Accommodation

UNSW Sydney is located 4km south of Sydney’s central station. There are several hotels located within walking distance or a short bus ride from campus. We have provided two options for accommodation near the campus, both are walking distance or a short bus ride for Coogee beach.

For those participants wanting to stay in the city, we recommend The Pullman - Hyde Park, where the M10, L94, 396 or 392 buses (on Liverpool or Oxford st) will take you to UNSW. S

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CROWN PLAZA - COOGEE

Located 1.5km from UNSW Kensington and overlooking Coogee beach, the Crown Plaza offers international visitors access to the iconic Australian lifestyle of living near the beach! Please read the rate conditions as some are non-refundable and unable to be changed. Corporate offer to conference participants is If $230.00 this will include breakfast. Please note, some construction noise for internal renovations are expected during the day while participants are at the conference.

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Veriu - RANdwick

Veriu offers apartment living, hotel service, with a neighbourly attitude a short 10min walk from campus.

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PULLMAN - HYDE PARK

The 5-star Pullman Sydney Hyde Park hotel is directly opposite Hyde Park and located conveniently in the city centre and a 20min bus ride to UNSW campus.


Buses to and from UNSW and Sydney City

See information regarding ‘Opal’ below - most buses do not take cash. You also need to signal the bus if you want it to stop by placing your hand out. Push the button for the bus to stop. An excellent app for tracking all transport in Sydney is NextThere.

Central Station - UNSW (Eddy Avenue)

On Thursday and Friday, take the 891 bus (UNSW Express) departing every 5-10mins from north western end of Eddy Avenue, Stand D. Otherwise, several buses leave from the same location (but Stand C) and drop you off outside UNSW on Anzac Parade. See buses 391,393, 395, M10

UNSW-Circular Quay

Many of these buses travel down Anzac Parade, Oxford Street and Elizabeth street, giving you good access to the suburb of Darlinghurst, Hyde Park and Pitt St Mall, Martin Place and Circular Quay. These buses include 392, 396, 399, L94 (L=limited stops). Due to construction works from the light rail, these buses leave from the bustop located on the western side of Anzac Parade (travelling north), just after the Barker st/Anzac Parade intersection.

For all public transport travel you will need to purchase an OPAL card from your local newsagency/convenience store and pre-load this with money. Download the Opal app to top-up your account.<https://www.opal.com.au/>

For all public transport travel you will need to purchase an OPAL card from your local newsagency/convenience store and pre-load this with money. Download the Opal app to top-up your account.<https://www.opal.com.au/>


Currency

To calculate currency exchange rates you may use the following: xe.com/currencyconverter/
Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = A$1). Notes come in A$100, A$50, A$20, A$10 and A$5 denominations. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, A$1 and A$2 denominations. Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being Mastercard, Visa and American Express.Australia is a ‘tap and go’ economy, so you will not need to carry much cash with you, most places accept debit/credit cards [VISA/Mastercard] at point of purchase (except American Express, where there are often restrictions)

Shopping
Sydney shops open from 0900 to 1730 hours during the week with late night shopping on Thursday until 2100 hours. On Saturday, most CBD shops open from 0900 to 1700 hours. On Sunday, Darling Harbour shops and major department stores in the centre of the city are open from 1000 to 1800 hours.

Eating out
Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor. Local specialties such as seafood and Australian wines are worth trying. At some restaurants you can keep the liquor bill down by taking your own wine or beer. These are called “BYO” restaurants, an abbreviation for “bring your own”. Check out our list of favourite places to dine.

Tipping
Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is at your prerogative; a reward for service. A gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.

Time difference
Sydney is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time or GMT+10. Sydney, New South Wales, practices Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving Time advances the clock one hour during the summer months and usually commences at 2am on the first Sunday in October and ends at 2am on the first Sunday in April each year. During Daylight Savings Time, Sydney is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean time.

Electricity & voltage
Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor. If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch. If not, you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels. Alternatively, you can buy an inexpensive adaptor for your electrical equipments at most convenience stores.

Internet access
Free Wi-Fi services are widespread in Sydney.  In particular, major tourist attractions, shopping malls, visitor centers, sports venues, museums and government buildings. Upon arrival at the venues you will be given a free wifi network and password. A wi-fi password will be supplied to conference attendees for use while on campus at UNSW.

Language
The official language for the conference will be English.

Passport and Immigration (VISA)
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. Welcome letters can be requested by emailing the Conference Managers (contact details in footer of the website) following completion of Conference registration. For VISA information please download the following information factsheet from the Australian Immigration Office.

Note – it is strongly recommended that Australian visa applications are lodged at least two months prior to departure from your point of origin.

Quarantine
Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted.  For more information see the ‘Information for International Travelers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website.

Photography
The Conference Hosts and Conference Managers have arranged for photography onsite throughout the event. The images may be used for post-Conference reports, case studies, marketing collateral and supplied to industry media if requested. If you do not wish for your photo to be taken, please inform the photographer and move out of camera range.

Useful numbers
Emergency services (police, fire, ambulance) 000
Campus security (emergency) 9385 6666 (general enquiries) 9385 6000

Leisure

Here are some useful links to help you best plan your time when you are visiting Sydney: