Sydney’s central business district is 10km north of the International Airport and takes approximately 20 minutes to reach by car. A regular airport to city bus service operates from approximately 0600 to 2100 hours (not recommended for those with large amounts of luggage). Any queries please see the Travellers Information Desk at the Airport.
A taxi fare is approximately A$50.00. If you would prefer to pre-book your taxi during your stay in Sydney please find some contacts of the main taxi companies below:
- Taxis Combined- Phone: 13 33 00. Website: www.taxiscombined.com.au
- Legion Cabs- Phone: 13 14 51. Website: www.legioncabs.com.au
- Premier Cabs- Phone: 13 10 17. Website: www.premiercabs.com.au
- Silver Service- Phone: 13 31 00. Website: www.silverservice.com.au
There is a train station located at both the Domestic and International Terminals at Sydney Airport. Trains run on average every 10 minutes during the day on a weekday and every 15 minutes on weekends. From the Domestic Terminal, it takes 15 minutes to reach Central Station and 20 minutes to Circular Quay. From the International Terminal it takes just a few minutes longer. Lifts are available at both the International and Domestic Terminals for easy transfer of luggage. Fares from Sydney Airport terminals to the City are approximately A$17.00 per adult for a single journey.
For more information on departures and prices please visit: www.airportlink.com.au.
Banking and Currency
Decimal currency is used in Australia with the dollar as the basic unit (100 cents = $1) Notes come in $100, $50, $20, $10, and $5. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 denominations. Currency exchange facilities are available in most banks, hotels and airports and operate normal business hours. Credit cards are accepted at most restaurants and shops, the most widely used being Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club.
Banks and post offices generally open from 0930 – 1600 hours from Monday to Friday. Business office hours are 0900 – 1730 hours from Monday to Friday.
There is a multitude of eating out options nearby the Symposium venue at Darling Harbour. Bistros, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops offer varied menus, prices and decor. Local specialties such as seafood and Australian wines are worth trying. At some restaurants you can keep the liquor bill down by taking your own wine or beer. These are called “BYO” restaurants, an abbreviation for “bring your own”.
Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor. If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch. If not, you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.
Goods and services tax (GST) / Tourist refund scheme (TRS)
All prices quoted on this website are inclusive of 10% GST (Goods & Services Tax), unless otherwise specified. GST applies to most goods and services in Australia.
The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) is administered by the Australian Customs Department and enables travellers departing Australia to claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) paid on goods bought in Australia. For detailed information on the TRS visit the website of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services of the Australian Government at http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4646.asp.
Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the Symposium and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include:
- loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Symposium,
- or through cancellation of the Symposium,
- loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason,
- loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia,
- failure to utilise tours or pre booked arrangements due to airline delay, Force Majeure or any other reason,
- medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover),
- loss or damage to personal property,
- additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered.
The Symposium Managers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.
The official and most widely spoken language in Australia is English, and is also the official language for the Symposium.
Getting to the ICC Sydney
ICC Sydney operates two 24 hour car parking stations with a total of 826 parking spaces including 12 disabled parking bays, 25 motorcycle parking spaces, 50 bicycle racks and 20 electric car charge spaces.
14 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW 2000
ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre Car Park (Car Park 1) – OPEN
ICC Sydney Theatre Car Park (Car Park 2) – only open on event days in ICC Sydney Theatre
Refer to ICC website for more information including pricing.
The Light Rail travels right through a number of Darling Harbour stations including ICC Sydney’s stops, Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre. The Light Rail starts at Central Station in the CBD and travels to Dulwich Hill in the inner west. Refer to Transport NSW site for schedules and stop locations
Cruise into Darling Harbour on a ferry with direct services from Circular Quay, King Street Wharf or Pyrmont Bay Wharf. Refer to Transport NSW site for schedules and stop locations.
Captain Cook Cruises also offer rocket ferries from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour. Refer to the Captain Cook website for more information.
There are two taxi ranks at Darling Harbour; one at Wheat Road near the IMAX Cinema and one behind the shopping centre on Iron Wharf Place. The best taxi drop off and pick up locations include the new Iron Wharf Place and Zollner Circuit, both accessed via Darling Drive.
A Water Taxi is a great option for getting to and from Darling Harbour. Water Taxi’s depart from The Rocks, Circular Quay, The Opera House and Luna Park.
ICC Sydney has its own bus stop. Bus routes 389 and 501 stop at Harris Street near Allen Street – a 10-minute walk from ICC Sydney. Refer to Transport NSW site for schedules and stop locations.
Passport and Immigration (VISA)
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. Welcome letters can be requested from MRinRT2017@arinex.com.au following completion of Symposium registration. For VISA information please download the following information factsheet from the Australian Immigration Office.VISA FACTSHEET
The Symposium hosts and organisers may arrange for photography onsite throughout the Symposium. The images may be used for post-Symposium reports, case studies, marketing collateral and supplied to industry media if requested. If you do not wish for your photo to be taken, please inform an Arinex staff member at the registration desk onsite.
Australia introduced the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2012 in March 2014. The Symposium Managers comply with such legislation which is designed to protect the right of the individual to privacy of their information. Information collected in respect of proposed participation in any aspect of the Conference will be only used for the purposes of planning and conduct of the Symposium and may also be provided to the organising body or to organisers of future events. Further information on Privacy Laws in Australia can be found here: Australian Privacy Act.
It is also usual to produce a ‘Delegate List’ of attendees at the Symposium and to include the individual’s details in such a list. Consent for publication of the individual’s information may be withheld when completing the Registration Form for the Symposium.
Planning your travel
Because of time change and jet lag the Local Organising Committee suggests you consider arriving in Australia a number of days prior to the Symposium opening. This will enable you to relax and familiarise yourself with your hotel and its surrounds before the start of the Symposium.
Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants, which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted.
For more information see the ‘Information for International Travelers’ on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) website, which you can access by visitinghttp://www.affa.gov.au.
Sydney shops open from 0900 to 1700 during the week with late night shopping on Thursday. On Saturdays and Sundays most shops are open from 0900 to 1900.
Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters and a gratuity of about 10 % is usual in restaurants if good service is received. Tips for taxis are regarded as optional.
Sydney is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. (AEDT)
There is no vaccination required for entering Australia. However, if you enter Australia from a yellow fever declared country but do not hold a vaccination certificate you will receive a Yellow Fever Action Card for further information. More information can be found on the Department of Heath of the Australian Government at http://www.health.gov.au/yellowfever.