Local Conference Information
Sydney is a city of over 4 million people located on the East coast of
Australia. Sydney, with its breathtaking harbour and the Opera House, is
one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The original colony of New
South Wales began here and many of Australia's treasured historic landmarks
are found in its streets and in the nearby countryside. It is the hub of
contemporary Australian life and home to some of Australia's most creative
artists, actors, fashion designer, and musicians. Some of the most beautiful
spots on earth lie in and around Sydney, from magnificent beaches, many
practically deserted most of the year, to mountains for hiking. Sydney
is a vibrant, pulsating city offering a varied cultural life, many shopping
areas, and a great variety of restaurants.
The conference site, the Kensington Campus (main campus) of the University
of New South Wales, is located in the Eastern suburbs of the city
about 20 minutes walk from Coogee Beach. The site is only 6km from Sydney
Airport and 7km from the City Centre. Within a 5km radius of the campus
are 8 Premier Golf Courses, Randwick Racecourse, Fox Studios, Football
Stadium, and Cricket Ground.
Tuesday Evening : Reception and registration.
Wednesday Evening : Conference Banquet.
Sydney has a temperate climate with mild winters and warm to hot summers.
The conference will be held in winter, with temperatures ranging usually
from +3 to +25C with average daily lows of +7C (44F) and average daily highs of
+17C (62F) for the month of July and often sunny outlook.
Australia's currency is dollars and cents. There are coins for 5c, 10c,
20c, 50c, A$1, and A$2, and notes for A$5, A$10, A$20, A$50, and A$100.
Currently (March, 2002), the exchange rate is approximately A$1.00 = US$0.52.
Sydney is directly connected to most major European and Asian cities, and
with the West coast of the US. Please make your travel arrangements as
early as possible. The conference site and many suggested hotels are a
20 minute taxi ride from the airport. A taxi from the airport to the hotels
should cost about A$25 on normal traffic conditions. Alternatively, the
Eastern Suburbs Airport Shuttle Buses will drive you to your hotel for
A$8. Phone: 0500 881 113 when you arrive at the airport. Participants coming
from the Central Railway Station can take Bus No.393
which terminates at La Perouse or Bus No.395 which terminates at Maroubra
Please note that citizens of all countries except New Zealand require
a visa to enter Australia. Citizens from most countries can obtain an instant-visa
called ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). Visitors can get ETAs from travel
agencies or airlines when they make a booking. The visa requirement is
very strictly enforced. So, please make your arrangements early. For more
on Australian Government Guide to Visiting Australia.
Here are some other sites you may find useful:
A map of the University
Train, bus and ferry timetables.
For a guide of Sydney go to:
modified: Wed Mar 20, 2002.