Sydney is a vibrant and colourful city and we hope that participants from interstate and
overseas will enjoy its many attractions during their stay for the conference.
The meeting will take place in the main campus of the
University of Sydney. This is situated about 3 km from the
heart of Sydney, Australia's largest and most dynamic city.
Sydney is internationally famous for its spectacular harbours,
rivers and beaches, and is one of the world's favourite tourist
destinations. It is also a diverse multicultural city of over
3 million people, with an enormous variety of entertainment,
music and cuisine. There
are several other tourist attractions within a a few hours of
Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley
(a prominent wine-making region). Sydney is well-served by
public transport, and has an international airport with
connections to many countries.
In July the temperature in Sydney usually varies in
the range 8-16 C over a 24 hour period, with the average 3 pm
temperature being about 15 C.
Talks of general interest will be given
in plenary morning sessions, from Monday to Friday inclusive.
More specialised talks will be given in parallel Theory/Experiment
sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.
The conference dinner will be held
on Wednesday evening, 8 July, at a cost of AUS $25 per person.
There will be a free public lecture by George Ellis on Thursday
evening, 9 July. There will be a four-hour ferry cruise of
Sydney harbour, including a buffet lunch, on Saturday 11 July
(approximate cost, AUS $45 per person).
Travel: Most intercity trains and coaches terminate at
Sydney's Central Station, from where there are numerous
buses to the University of Sydney.
Sydney's international airport is about 20 minutes drive
from the city centre and the University of Sydney. There
is a bus service to Central Station, from where there are
numerous buses to the University; however, it is generally
easier (and fairly inexpensive) to take a taxi from the
airport directly to the University of Sydney.
Australian participants should note that Qantas has been
appointed as the official airline for the conference. As a
special conference fare has been negotiated for delegates
attending ACGRG2, we suggest you contact Qantas Association
Sales (phone 1800 684 880 from within Australia) to avail
yourself of this offer. A discount of 45% off the full economy
airfare (excluding taxes) at the time of booking has been
negotiated for this conference, subject to seat availability
in group class. Please quote your Association Profile Number
(which is 1273758) and destination and date of conference
when making your reservation. Please note that the applicable
discount is available for domestic travel within Australia
only and is subject to payment and ticketing conditions.
Some budget accommodation is available at the
residential colleges of the University of Sydney, which are
situated within a short walk of the conference venue. The cost
is approximately AUS $42 per person for a single room with bed
and breakfast (and in most cases shared bathroom facilities).
Requests for this type of accommodation should be made when
completing the registration form, and must be received by
For those arranging their own accommodation we recommend the
following motels, which are a short walk from the conference
University Motor Inn, 25 Arundel St, Broadway, NSW 2007
Phone: +61 2 9660-5777 (or 1800-263-909 from within Australia)
cost: AUS $100/night for twin or single room (breakfast not
included). (This is the "conference rate", available for ACGRG2
Camperdown Travelodge, Missenden Rd, Camperdown, NSW 2050
Phone: +61 2 9516-1522 (or 1800-244-351 from within Australia)
Cost: AUS $115/night for twin or single room (breakfast not
included). (This is the "function outside rate".)
At the Sydney Opera House:
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