The conference will be held in Parramatta City Campus, Western Sydney University.
Parramatta City Campus
169 Macquarie Street,
Parramatta, Sydney, Australia
|– Currency: Australian Dollar ($)
– Time Zone: UTC (+10:00)– Country Code: 61
Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia’s east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world’s largest natural harbour, and sprawls towards the Blue Mountains to the west.
Sydney has been referred to as the most multicultural city in Australia and one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
The city is comfortable for travellers to visit any time of year. Sydney enjoys over 300 sunny days each year. Though it has 104 days of clear skies. Summer (December to February) is the best time to enjoy Sydney’s beachside outdoor lifestyle, temperatures usually reach around 26°C (about 79°F).
Sydney is amongst the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists coming each year to see the city’s landmarks. Its natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, and the Royal Botanic Garden. Man-made attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Tower and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are also well known to international visitors.
Some of the best attractions in Sydney:
|– One of the world’s great icons, the Sydney Opera House is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the star attraction on the glittering harbor.|
|– The Sydney Harbour Bridge or “Coathanger,” is the world’s largest steel arch bridge, connecting the harbor’s north and south shores in a single curve rising 134 m above the water.|
|– Taronga Zoo is one of Sydney’s top attractions, with barless enclosures, regular talks, and stunning views of the harbor if, you can take your eyes off the animals!|
|– The Rocks – It doesn’t sound like the most promising place for tours in Sydney but Australia’s first European settlement called “The Rocks” is actually named for its historic sandstone buildings.|
|– Sydney Tower Eye – Climb to Sydney’s highest point to marvel at breathtaking views that stretch as far as the Blue Mountains.|
|– Wild Life Sydney Zoo – Built as an extension of the city’s aquarium to imitate the habitats of Australia’s most iconic creatures, Wild Life Sydney Zoo is now one of the best things to do for families in Sydney!|
|– Darling Harbour – The bold skyline of Darling Harbour crowns a lively recreational and tourism district.|
|– Blue Mountains – just 90 minutes from Sydney by car, two hours by train, the Blue Mountains has some of the country’s most dazzling natural attractions. With dramatic views over the deep valley troughs gouged out over millions of years, the lookouts at Wentworth Falls, Govetts Leap and Echo Point are among the most popular.|
How to get to Sydney:
Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (IATA: SYD) is Australia’s busiest airport and the main gateway to Australia. It is located around 9 km south of the City centre in Southern Sydney.
Over 35 airlines fly in and out of Sydney Airport with daily flights linking Sydney to key destinations on every continent. The Asian-Pacific transport hubs of Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai have several daily flights, as do the European centres of London, Paris and Frankfurt (with stopovers in Asia). There are also non-stop flights to Dubai and Doha in the Middle East. North America is connected via Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth and Vancouver. Travellers from South America can fly direct from Santiago. Africa is connected with a daily direct flight from Johannesburg.
Between the airport and the city:
Sydney Airport is 9km from the city centre and reaching the city centre or other suburbs is easy, whether it be by suburban rail, bus or car. If you’re going to the city centre the following options:
– Suburban trains operated by Sydney Trains (http://www.sydneytrains.info/) depart frequently from Domestic and International rail stations, which are connected to the airline terminals via lifts and pedestrian subways.
You can get complete information on bus and train journeys from http://www.transportnsw.info/en/index.page
– Shuttle Bus will drive passengers to the city and deliver them to the door of their hotel. You can buy a ticket for a shuttle bus to your hotel from the information desk at T1 or T3 for $18. The cheaper option is to book online in advance, which will be around $14 (http://www.kst.com.au/BookOnline.aspx).
– Taxis to the city centre should cost approximately $40 (including tolls), and more to other Sydney destinations (The Rocks $40-45, North Sydney $45, Manly $50, Parramatta $80-100 etc.) You can expect to pay a $3.80 airport taxi levy and a $5.50 Eastern Distributor toll on top of the metered fare.
Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a visa to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of visas, including tourist visas and working holiday visas, at your nearest Australian Consulate. You can also apply for certain types of visas online.
For more detailed information visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.