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Travel & Parking

Some useful information regarding travel and the City of Sydney is made available here for international, inter-state and regional visitors who are attending the conference.

Cicero, Civic Philosopher 106-43 BC

Star Location of Venue

The conference will take place at the Citigate Sebel, situated in Surry Hills, on Thursday 19th to Friday 20th February 2009. Surry Hills is a small suburb in the the City of Sydney, which is locateon the border of the Central Business District (CBD) of Sydney. See the following maps:

  • Road Map courtesy of Citigate Sebel.
  • Road Map at Google Maps, for more detail.
  • Road Map via WebMap, an interactive map for Sydney CBD.

If you make use of public transport at any stage, Citigate Sebel is very close to Central Station, which is a major railway, bus and monorail hub of the city.

Star 24Hrs & Day Parking

There are parking facilities in and around the vacinity of the conference venue, Citigate Sebel. Details are given below:

Citigate Sebel has roughly 50 underground parking bays but there is no guarantee of availability at any time. Access is via Albion St, just off Elizebeth St. See road maps above.

The Goulburn Street Car Park (opening hours, contact details etc) is located just up from the Citigate Sebel along Elizabeth Street. See the following maps:

  • Road Map courtesy of Goulburn Street Car Park.
  • Road Map at Google Maps.
  • Road Map via WebMap, an interactive map for the Sydney CBD.

The parking station sits above the railway and rail tunnel. It is located at the corner of Goulburn and Elizebeth St. For other parking stations you can access them via WebMap, the interactive mapping system of the Sydney CBD.

There are metered parking bays on the streets surrounding Citigate Sebel. See road maps above.

Star Public Transport

If you intend to make use of public transport at any stage, Citigate Sebel is very close to Central Station, which is a major railway, bus and monorail hub of the city. You can find skedules for trains, buses and ferries at 13500Info - Transport Online

Star Visa & Passports

Travelers to Australia need a valid passport and visa (or ETA - Electronic Travel Authority) unless you are from New Zealand in which case you will need a passport only. An ETA is equivalent to a visa and is fully electronic. For more information or to apply online visit http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/

Star Currency & Converter

The unit of currency in Australia is the Australian dollar (AU$).

Australian notes come in $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5 values. Gold coins are in $2 and $1 denominations. Silver coins come in 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c denominations. Prices are rounded to the nearest 5c.

For up to date currency conversion visit XE.Com The Universal Currency Converter  ® .

Star Credit Cards, Travelers Cheques & Banks

All major credit cards are accepted in Australia. Travelers cheques are also recommended. We suggest you buy these in Australian Dollars as they can often be used as cash and do not incur exchange fees. Identification such as a passport is usually required when exchanging travelers cheques. Banks in Australia are open from Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 4.00pm, and Fridays until 5.00pm. There are also Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s) throughout the country that accept all major credit cards.

Star Goods & Services Tax (GST)

Australia currently has a goods and services tax (GST) of 10 per cent. However, international flights and domestic flights purchased overseas by non-residents are GST free. Continuous domestic legs of the international journeys are also GST free. Under the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS), tourists are able to claim a refund at the departure gate for GST and WET (wine equalization tax) paid on goods purchased in Australia that they take home with them.

Star About the Host City, Sydney

Considered Australia’s premier city, Sydney is the oldest settlement in Australia. Built on the shores of the beautiful Port Jackson, Sydney’s location is a most spectacular setting for a city, and also offers an enjoyable climate and outdoor lifestyle. Sydney has a mild, sunny, Mediterranean climate. June to August are the coolest months, with daytime temperatures rarely falling below 7º Celsius. Even on mid-winter days, with their bright blue, wide-open skies, an overcoat is usually not necessary in Sydney. The average daily maximum temperature in June is 17º C (63º F) and the minimum daily temperature is 9 º C (48º F).

With a population of almost 4 million, and covering almost 1120 square kilometers (700 square miles), Sydney is a remarkably easy city to move around in. An excellent train, bus and ferry service covers all points of the greater metropolitan area.

The harbor is the focal point of the city, and its beaches, coves, bays and waterside parks offer welcome release from the rigours of urban life. Crisscrossed by ferries and carpeted by yachts on weekends, it is both the city playground and a major port.

The string of ocean beaches on the north and south shores offer dramatic cliff scenery, great waves and a close-up of Aussie beach culture at its best. The harbor is Sydney, and on a warm day with a clear blue sky, there is no better place on earth.

The University of New South Wales is located very close to Coogee Beach.

Sydney offers everything from Opera House performances to street shows and theatres, making it one of the world’s hot spots for visual and performing arts. Opera, dance, theatre are all catered for. Whether it is cultural diversity or outdoor enjoyment that you are looking for, Sydney is the city that can offer it all.

Star Insurance

All necessary insurances are the responsibility of the delegate.

A comprehensive travel insurance policy is highly recommended for both interstate and international delegates to cover against personal accident, illness, loss of personal money, baggage, travel and/or accommodation disruptions.


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Ambrose Bierce
The Devil's Dictionary 1906

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Pensées Pt.vii, No.35 1670

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