Things to know before you arrive
We look forward to welcoming you to sunny Sydney, Australia, and hosting you for the 2015 International Islet Society & Australian Islet Study Group Joint Meeting at the University of Sydney (USyd).
There are a few important details to be aware of prior to your arrival:
Venue map (a larger version will be included within your conference program)
Sydney Airport (Domestic and International)
Sydney Airport (SYD) is split into three terminals; international flights arrive and depart from terminal 1, while domestic flights arrive and depart from terminals 2 and 3 (Qantas flights only).
Sydney Airport has Airport Ambassadors located throughout terminals 1 and 2, including five (5) well-marked information desks. They bring a sincere and caring attitude to Australia’s busiest airport, which helps provide a positive experience for all visitors. Should you have any questions or require assistance these friendly volunteers will be happy to help. Airport Ambassadors are easily identifiable by their blue jackets.
For full information about airport services, maps and transport to and from the airport please visit the Sydney Airport website.
Transportation to the University of Sydney
To travel to USyd from Sydney Airport (SYD) by public transport, please take the Airport Link train from the International Airport Station (terminal 1) or the Domestic Airport Station (terminals 2 and 3) towards Town Hall or City Circle. The Domestic station is located directly between T2 and T3 terminals and is accessible from within the terminals from the Arrivals level. The International station is located at the northern end of the terminal and is accessible from the Arrivals level.
Get off at Central Station platform 21 and walk to Railway Square, George Street, Stand D. Take the M10, 412, 413, 436, 438, 439, 440, 461, 480, or 483 bus towards Parramatta Road. For the academic sessions at the Charles Perkins Centre, please get off at the Parramatta Road near Ross Street bus stop. For the workshop or accommodation, please get off at the Parramatta Road at Missenden Road bus stop. If you are unsure, please ask your friendly State Transit bus driver. The trip should take 30-35 mins, depending upon traffic, and should cost $17.46 (if using an Opal card). Public transport is also the best way to get around the city of Sydney. For more information, timetables and a trip planner, please visit the NSW Transport website.
The Opal Card is an electronic ticketing system that gives the lowest prices for public transport within Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands. For more information on getting an Opal Card and adding value to it, please visit the Opal website. Otherwise, paper tickets may be purchased at outlets prior to travel or on some buses. Please note that buses within the Sydney CBD are pre-paid only between 7am and 7pm.
Each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank with supervisors on hand during peak times to ensure a smooth flow of taxis for travellers. Kerbside supervisors can also organise taxis with baby capsules, wheelchair access, five-seaters and maxi taxis for larger groups or station wagons for large amounts of baggage. Please note that taxis are not permitted to pick up passengers away from a taxi rank and drivers can be fined AU$5,000 for breaking the regulation. You can also pre-book a taxi to collect you from the airport. Pre-booked parking bays are available at the international and domestic terminals. Some taxi companies that offer pre-booking include:
- Legion Cabs, Ph: 131 451, web: www.legioncabs.com.au
- Premier Cabs – Airport Taxi Service, Ph: 13 10 17, web: www.airportaxi.com.au
- Silver Service Cabs, Ph: 133 100, web: www.silverservice.com.au
- St George Cabs, Ph: 132 166, web: www.stgeorgecabs.com.au
- Taxis Combined, Ph: 133 300, web: www.taxiscombined.com.au
The approximate fare for travel to USyd is $35-$45 and to the Sydney CBD is $45-$55 one way.
There are multiple car rental companies located within the City and Airport. Rental arrangements can be arranged in advance through the web. Some of the rental companies include:
- Avis, Ph: 13 63 33, web: www.avis.com.au
- Hertz, Ph: 13 30 39, web: www.hertz.com.au
- Europcar, Ph: 1300 13 13 90, web: www.europcar.com.au
- Budget, Ph: 13 27 27, web: www.budget.com.au
- Thrifty, Ph: 1300 36 72 27, web: www.thrifty.com.au
- Redspot, Ph: 1300 68 88 10, web: www.redspotrentals.com.au
Limited parking is available on campus using a Pay and Display ticketing system. Daytime casual parking rates (6am to 3pm Mon-Fri) are $4/hr or $24 flat rate (until 6am the next day). Evening and weekend casual parking rates (3pm to 6am Mon-Fri, 6am Sat to 6am Mon) $2/hr or $6 flat rate (valid until following 6am only). Please obtain a ticket from the Pay and Display machines located around the campus. Tickets must be displayed in accordance with instructions printed on them, usually face-up on the dashboard in a clearly visible position, to avoid any infringements.
Delegates of the 2015 International Islet Society & Australian Islet Study Group Joint Meeting are encouraged to book their accommodation at the Rydges Hotel or the Adara Apartments (two locations) in Camperdown at special discounted rates (mention "Islet meeting" to get the best rates).
Both venues are ideally situated for access to the meeting and the Sydney CBD. They have a front check-in desk and their friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist you with your stay.
9 Missenden Road, Camperdown
NSW, Australia 2050
Phone: +61 2 9516 1522
23-33 Missenden Rd & 108 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown
NSW, Australia 2050
Phone: +61 2 9028 7900
Things to know while staying at the University of Sydney
Australia’s official language is English.
The currency in Australia is the Australian dollar (written as $ or AUD). To avoid exchange problems, visitors are advised to exchange their funds to Australian dollars at a bank or foreign currency exchange outlet. There are two banks on the USyd campus, located in the Wentworth Building, as well as numerous bank branches on King Street, Newtown. These banks may not be able to exchange all types of foreign currency. We strongly advise planning ahead and exchanging any currency before arriving.
Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) and direct-debit cards are widely accepted in most stores and restaurants. There are seven (7) ATMs located throughout the USyd campus. For an interactive map of USyd that includes details of ATMs, please visit the USyd Maps website.
Sydney is on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) (UTC+10:00).
Australia uses the metric system for temperatures, distance, weight and velocity. Distance is measured in Kilometres.
Mains electricity in Australia is 230V, 50Hz. Travellers from most nations in Asia, Africa and Europe should have appliances that work on the same mains voltage as Australia. Delegates from the USA, Canada and Japan May need to voltage converter to use appliances from their country. Outlets use a plug with 2 or 3 flat pins with the top 2 in a slanted V-shape (see below). Delegates outside of Australia and New Zealand may need to purchase a power adapter to use appliances from their country in Australia Power outlets.
Tipping is often not necessary in Australia but it is appreciated if you feel so inclined. Gratuity may already be incorporated into your bill in some restaurants.
In Australia many goods and services are subject to a 10% GST. This is already incorporated into the visible price, no extra tax will be added upon purchase.
Smoking and alcohol
Smoking is restricted in many places within Sydney, including within 4 meters of a public entrance, within 10 meters of children’s outdoor play equipment, and railway stations, bus stops, taxi ranks and wharves.
The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years of age.
July is typically Sydney's coolest month, with an average maximum temperature of 16.3˚C. For an accurate weather forecast for Sydney, please visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.