Monday – Friday (0930 – 1600/1700)
Most branches have 24 hour automatic teller machines (ATM)
Sydney enjoys a temperate climate with a mild winter, and has more than 340 sunny days a year. Average minimum temperatures in the winter months of June through to August is around 9°C (47-48 °F). The summer season is from December through to February. The average temperature in September is 12 – 20°C.
Decimal currency is used in Australia - units are dollars and cents. Current exchange rates can be obtained from your bank. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia.
The electrical supply is 240 volts, 50Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat, 3-pin plug of unique design. Most hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers.
English is spoken throughout Australia and is the official language for the Conference.
Australia operates on a digital network, therefore analogue mobile or cell phones cannot be used. Mobile phones can be readily hired at Sydney Airport or telecommunication outlets. You can also purchase local SIM cards to use in your unlocked phone.
Sydney retail shopping hours:
|Monday - Friday||0900 - 1730|
|Thursday||0900 - 2100|
|Saturday & Sunday||1000 - 1600|
Hours vary at smaller shopping centres.
A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% apply to all consumer goods, and is included in retail prices.
Service charges are not added to accounts by hotels and restaurants. You may tip hotel porters and restaurant wait-staff (up to 10% of the bill) if you wish to acknowledge exceptional service. At any time, tipping is your choice.
From the airport
The Conference does not provide any transfers from the airport to the Conference venue or hotels. All delegates must make their own transport arrangements from the airport.
The Airport Line is the fastest way to get to and from Sydney Airport. Domestic and International train stations are located directly below the airport terminals and trains operate frequently to the city and beyond. Tickets are available from any train station and the airport station access fee is automatically added to the fare. Visit transportnsw.info to plan your trip or take a taxi.
Walking in Sydney is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to travel for short trips, particularly in the city centre. You can walk across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge from Four Seasons Hotel, your Conference Venue. The nearest train/bus/ferry interchange) is Circular Quay, the gateway to Sydney Harbour. You can wander through The Rocks, round the Opera House and through the Botanical Gardens or take a ferry, train or bus to almost any other destination.
There are also scenic and historical walks around Sydney such as the famous Bondi to Coogee coastal walk or the Manly to Spit Bridge scenic walkway. To get a sense of Sydney’s lifestyle, take a wander through one of Sydney’s many villages, from boutique shopping along Oxford Street, Paddington, to the eclectic shopping along King Street, Newtown or soaking up the café culture of Surry Hills. Sydney’s villages provide an excellent environment to walk, relax and socialise.
Riding a bicycle is great for short trips and is growing in popularity in NSW, with around 1.09 million people on their bikes in a typical week. Many bicycle shops and businesses offer bicycles for hire. Separated cycle ways throughout the city connect the city centre to key destinations in inner Sydney. To plan your cycling trip, head to the cycleway finder, click on ‘bicycling’ when using Google maps or pick up a free cycling/walking map at most cafes and libraries in the city centre.
Bicycle racks are available at most public transport interchanges. Bicycles can be carried on trains and ferries at no cost during off peak times . A child ticket must be purchased for your bicycle if you would like to carry your bicycle on a train during the morning peak (6-9am) and afternoon peak (3.30-7.30pm). Please bear in mind this may be difficult however, given the number of people commuting to work in the city centre.
Many of Sydney’s major attractions are accessible from Circular Quay and the city centre. A free shuttle bus (Route 555) operates around the city centre, or you can combine walking with trains, buses, ferries and light rail, to see all that Sydney has to offer. Catch a ferry across Sydney Harbour, take a bus to Bondi Beach or take the light rail to Sydney’s Fish Markets. Sydney’s extensive train network can get you around Sydney and beyond, to places like the Blue Mountains.
To travel on NSW transport, you need an Opal Card. You can buy an Opal card at most train stations, newsagencies and convenience stores. More info online; www.opal.com.au.
Travel and Health Insurance
We strongly recommend that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.
Wheelchair access, or other mobility disability access, during Congress
When you register, please notify the Conference Secretariat of mobility disabilities you have, so any venue access challenges can be addressed.