Inquiries and further information

Deborah Smith
Conference Organiser
Faculty of Economics & Business
University of Sydney
business.apira@sydney.edu.au
Phone: (612) 9351 1913

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Accommodation & Links for Visitors

Accommodation

Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour

The Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour is a stylish, modern, 4-5 star hotel ideally located at the southern end of Darling Harbour, within a few minutes walk of the CBD and adjacent to the Sydney Entertainment Centre. The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, all the restaurants, shops and attractions of Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay are only a short stroll away. The Monorail & Light Rail both conveniently stop near the hotel, making Sydney’s other attractions easily accessible.

Special Room Rate for APIRA 2010 delegates/attendees $169.00 per room per night (room only) or $184 per room per night including breakfast for 1 and complimentary internet access.

When booking your accommodation please quote the following:

Mr. Tristan Morris (Reservations Manager)
Ph: (612) 8217 4081
Email: sydney@rockfordhotels.com.au
Quote: APIRA 2010 conference

Some links for hotels close to University of Sydney

Links

Sydney, Australia

Situated on one of the finest natural harbours in the world with national parks to the north and south and the beauty of the Blue Mountains to the west, the city of Sydney offers a unique experience for all visitors.

Sydney is the capital of the state of New South Wales and the largest city in Australia. The multicultural nature of Australian society is magnified in Sydney, home to nearly four million people from all corners of the globe representing a diversity of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

The cost of living in Australia is of course dependent on your lifestyle, but it is interesting to note that The NSW Department of State and Regional Development notes Australia's cost of living as lower than that of Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, the US and UK.

Planning Your Stay in Sydney

Passport and Visa

To enter Australia a valid passport and visa are required. It is the visitor's responsibility to organise their visa prior to arrival in Australia. To assist with this, once your visit to the discipline has been confirmed, a letter from the University Human Resources team will be sent to you. This confirms your appointment and lists the relevant Embassy/Consulate to apply for the visa. Further information can be found on: www.immi.gov.au/visitors.

Medical Insurance

Medical costs in Australia are not as exorbitant as in the United States and Europe, but travel insurance is still highly recommended. There are obviously many different insurance plans on offer so please contact your local travel agent in the first instance to discuss options and arrange cover, or click on the links below to access additional information on travel insurance.

www.travelinsurancedirect.com.au

www.columbusdirect.com.au

www.worldnomads.com

Citizens of some countries are entitled to restricted access to the Medicare health system under reciprocal arrangements with Australia. This arrangement only covers health care that is immediately required and usually only covers basic coverage. For further details, please refer to www.medicareaustralia.gov.au or download the handbook for visitors from: www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/yourhealth/going_overseas/vtta.shtml

Financial Information

Currency

For information about exchange rates, refer to www.rba.gov.au/Statistics/exchange_rates.html

Banking

CBA: www.cba.com.au

National Australia Bank: www.nab.com.au

Westpac Bank: www.westpac.com.au

St George Bank: www.stgeorge.com.au

ANZ Bank: www.anz.com.au

Accommodation

There is a wide variety of accommodation on offer in Sydney and we have provided a few suggestions below to get you started in making a home for yourself in Sydney.

Other Short Term Accommodation

Mercure Hotel Sydney: 818-820 George Street, Sydney, 2000
w www.accorhotels.com.au e h2073@accor.com

Medina Executive Sydney: Central 2 Lee Street, Sydney, 2000
w www.medina.com.au e mesc@medinaapartments.com.au

Medina Classic Martin Place: 1 Hosking Place, Sydney, 2000
w www.medina.com.au e mcmp@medinaapartments.com.au

Novotel Darling Harbour: 100 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, 2000
w www.novoteldarlingharbour.com.au e h1181-re@accor-hotels.com

Rooftop Travellers Lodge: 146 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, 2037
w www.rooftoptravellerslodge.com e info@rooftoptravellerslodge

Hotel Booking Websites

www.wotif.com

www.ratestogo.com.au

www.lastminute.com.au

Long-term accommodation

Oakford City West 23 Missenden Road Camperdown 2050
w www.oakford.com e reservations@oakford.com

Accommodation Services

The University of Sydney Accommodation Service
w www.usyd.edu.au/accom e accomm@stuserv.usyd.edu.au

Getting around Sydney

Transport to the University of Sydney, Eastern Avenue complex (venue of conference)

Via Bus (from Central Station) Bus Numbers 422, 423, 426 and 428 are available from Railway Square. Exit the Bus in front of the Wentworth Building on City Road, and cross City Road into University Campus. The Eastern Avenue Complex is on the right hand side (first large building).

Via Train (From Redfern Station) The University is an 8 minute walk from Redfern Station. Walk up Lawson Street, left onto Abercrombie, and right onto Codrington Street, which becomes Butlin Avenue, follow up to City Road and cross over into the University campus. The Eastern Avenue complex is on the right hand side. There is also a University Shuttle Bus available. Please refer to www.facilities.usyd.edu.au/security/unisafe.shtml

Via Car (From Central Station) Drive down Broadway, and turn left onto City Road. Turn left again at Butlin Avenue and turn right into the car park next to the Merewether Building, you will then have to walk across City Road and cross over to the University complex. The Eastern Avenue complex is the building on the right hand side.

Driving

The rules for driving are regulated by the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) of New South Wales. For information please refer to the RTA website www.rta.nsw.gov.au/licensing/newtonsw/international_drivers.html.

Car rental companies include:

www.bayswatercarrental.com.au

www.discountcar.com.au

www.avis.com.au

www.budget.com.au

Public Transport

For information regarding Sydney's Bus, train and Ferry network, please refer to www.131500.com.au

Taxis

Taxis Combined p: 13 33 00

Legion Cabs p: 13 14 51

Silver Service Taxis p: 13 31 00

ABC Taxis p: 13 25 22

Health

Dentist

Broadway Dental Centre: a Broadway Arcade, Broadway p 9281 0100

CBD Dental Practice: a 2/74 Castlereagh St Sydney, 2000 p 9221 2453

Dr Peter Verteouris: a Level 3 Wentworth Building, University of Sydney p 9692 8900

Doctor

University Health Service
Level 3 Wentworth Building p 9351 3484
Ground Floor Holme Building p 9351 4095

Optometrist
OPSM Optometrist: a Broadway Shopping Centre p 9212 6366
ANA Optometrists: a Broadway Shopping Centre p 9281 8381
Chris McMahon Optometrist: a Level 3 Wentworth Building, University of Sydney p 9552 3324

Leisure Time

Beaches

www.australianexplorer.com/sydney_beaches.htm

www.discoversydney.com.au/sydney/beach.html

www.sydneybeaches.com.au

Bookstores

There are many bookstores in proximity to the University, the largest of which are listed below:

www.gleebooks.com.au

www.abbeys.com.au

www.angusrobertson.com.au

www.dymocks.com.au

www.collinsbooks.com.au

Bookstore - University

www.coop-bookshop.com.au/bookshop

Cinema

The following cinemas are located in close proximity to the University:

Hoyts Broadway and Hoyts City www.hoyts.com.au

Greater Union City www.greaterunion.com.au

Dendy Newtown www.dendy.com.au

Palace Theatre Leichhardt www.palacecinemas.com.au

Entertainment

The following websites contain many ideas for entertainment in Sydney:

www.sydney.com.au

www.sydney.citysearch.com.au

Live Music

The best guide to find out which bands are playing where in Sydney is the free newspaper called 'Drum Media', which is available at most independent music sellers (of which you'll find an abundance in Newtown), as well as the HMV music chain.

Places of Worship

The following list is of some major religions and their relevant websites:

Buddhist www.buddhanet.net

Church of England (Anglican) www.anglican.org.au

Catholic www.sydney.catholic.org.au

Hinduism www.hindunet.com.au

Islam www.islam-australia.com.au

Judaism www.jewishaustralia.com

Presbyterian www.presbyterian.org.au

Seventh Day Adventist www.gscadventist.org.au

Sikhism www.sikh.net

Uniting Church www.nsw.uca.org.au

Restaurants

The following websites may assist in providing reviews and ideas on where to go:

www.sydneyrestaurants.com

www.bestrestaurants.com.au

www.eatability.com.au/au/sydney

Sport

Full details of the University's sporting facilities may be found on the following link:

www.susport.com

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

www.bridgeclimb.com

Sydney Harbour Boat Cruises

www.cruisingrestaurants.com.au

www.vagabond.com.au

www.matilda.com.au

Theatre

There are many theatres both within the University and in proximity to it, some links of which are below:

www.seymour.usyd.edu.au

www.belvoir.com.au

www.enmoretheatre.com.au

www.statetheatre.com.au

www.capitoltheatre.com.au

Zoos

http://www.zoo.nsw.gov.au

www.symbiowildlife.com

General Information

Contact Telephone Numbers

For Police, Fire Brigade or Ambulance, dial 000

For Directory Assistance, call 1223 or 12455 (Australian numbers) or 1225 (International numbers)

Post Office

Most Post Offices are open from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday but some suburban branches are open extended hours and on Saturday mornings. Further details can be found at: www.auspost.com.au

Shopping

Shopping hours are generally 9am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday and 11am - 5pm on Sunday. Thursday night is late shopping night with shops usually open from 9am - 9pm. Major supermarkets tend to keep longer hours, with many opening until midnight each night. Supermarket websites include www.coles.com.au, www.woolworths.com.au and www.franklins.com.au.

Smoking

Is not permitted inside any university building. In NSW smoking is banned in all indoor dining areas and licensed establishments (bars, clubs, pubs).

For more general information about Sydney, please refer to the following website: www.sydneyvisitorcentre.com.au

Disclaimer

This handbook is provided for informational purposes only. The University of Sydney does not invite reliance upon, nor accept responsibility for, or gives any guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up-to-date nature of the information provided. The University accepts no liability for any action taken in reliance thereon. Prior to making any action or decision, it is recommended that further advice is sought directly from the relevant organisation.