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Recommended accommodation options

Below we provide information about some recommended accommodation options. (If using Google maps to find a route from your hotel to the conference venue, enter “Fisher Library, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown” as the conference destination—the library is next to the New Law School Building where the conference is being held.)

Please book early to ensure that you get a place to stay. January is the height of the tourist season in Sydney.

Mercure hotel, railway square


820 George Street (~ 1.4 km, 15 min walk or less by bus ). This hotel is located in the heart of the city, right next to Central Station. It is walking distance to many of Sydney’s primary attractions including Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. A limited number of rooms have been booked in advance, so book early. Standard Queen or Twin room at $189/night.  For this price, quote code SAR03012017 when booking. This rate is for January 2-8. If you are booking outside this date range you will need to contact the hotel directly by email. 
Email: h2073@accor.com 
Tel: +61 2 9217 6797

Upgrade Options:
Superior Rooms: $30 extra
Privilege/Balcony Rooms: $50 extra
Deluxe Rooms: $90 extra
One Bedroom Suite: $120 extra

Additional services:  
Discounted Buffet breakfast at $22.00 per person per day
1GB Internet $10 per 24 hours
5GB internet $15 per 24 hours
Parking at $45 per car per day

Attendees may like to check for early bird specials that require 100% pre-payment and no cancellations directly through the hotel or through sites such as booking.com or tripadvisor.com.

the old clare hotel


This is a hip new boutique hotel.  It is located at 1 Kensington Street, Chippendale (Centrally located:  2 minutes walking distance from Central Station; 14 minutes walking distance from The University of Sydney). The Hotel is offering 15% off the best available rate to conference delegates.
You can book either by phone +61 2 8277 8277 or email reservations@theoldclarehotel.com.au. For the discount, you will have to quote code SARMAC0117. 

Hotel space, glebe

Located in the University of Sydney’s main campus, this accommodation is a very good and affordable option. The rooms have fans, but no air conditioning. Rates below are available from 2 January-7 January, 2017. For this price, quote code SARMAC2017 when booking. If you would like to book NYE dates, contact Carolin (Mobile: +61 400 372 884; Email: bdm@fspaceproperty.com) or Maricris (Phone: +61 8960 7890; Email: sales@fspaceproperty.com).

Graduate House Building (Modern building. All rooms have ensuites).
See http://www.hotelspace.com.au/glebe/
Single ensuite – $90 per night
Twin ensuite – $120 per night

Vintage Building (Heritage House).
See https://bookings.newbook.com.au/glebespacevintage/
Single shared bathroom – $70 per night
Twin room shared bathroom – $100 per night

Adina apartment hotel sydney, central


This is a good option for anyone who prefers to stay in apartment-style accommodation. Rates below are available from 2 January-8 January, 2017. For this price, quote code SARMAC2017 when booking or use this link: Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Central.

Studio Apartment: $186
One Bedroom Apartment: $208
One Bedroom Loft Apartment: $235
Two Bedroom Apartment: $298

Sydney, Australia


Sydney is a vibrant metropolitan city. With a stunning harbour, beautiful beaches, unique flora and fauna and impressive museums, there is something for everyone. You might be interested in coming a bit earlier to catch the New Years Eve celebrations? They have amazing family fireworks over the Harbour at 9pm and then even bigger and more spectacular fireworks at midnight. The Festival of Sydney (a month long cultural festival with lots of free and paid events around the city) starts at the end of the first week of January. If you like sport, there is lots on offer too: for instance, cricket, soccer and an international tennis tournament. See www.sydney.com or www.australia.com/en for detailed tourist information.

Below is a list of possible tourism ideas.

Sydney Opera House: Take in a show or take a tour of this iconic Sydney attraction.
Sydney Harbour Bridge: Walk across the bridge or climb to the top for sweeping views.
Royal Botanic Gardens: Take a walk and enjoy the local flora and fauna.
Taronga Zoo: Get up close to Australian wildlife and enjoy amazing city views.
Beaches: Explore the famous Bondi Beach or do the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee.
Sydney Aquarium: See Australia’s most exotic aquatic life up close.
Sydney Wildlife World: See Australia’s unique (and uniquely deadly) animals.
Sydney Tower: Enjoy city views from the highest point in Sydney.
Luna Park: Ride a roller coaster in this vintage amusement park.
The Rocks: Explore the cobbled streets and colonial buildings in the oldest area of Sydney.


Sydney can be hot and humid in January. The average temperature is 28 C (82 F). Make sure you pack your swimmers, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat. Although usually sunny, the January heat can at times bring heavy rainfall so may be wise to pack a rain jacket just in case. For more information on Sydney climate check out www.bom.gov.au/



Australia currency is in dollars and cents. Currently 1 Australian dollar equals 0.75 American dollars. For up to date currency converting visit travelex.com.au.  All major credit cards and debit cards are accepted in Australia.


The electrical supply is 240 volts, 50 Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat, 3 – pin plug of unique design. You can buy the Australian connection converter at Sydney airport and many of the local news agents around campus and in the city. Most hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers.

Mobile/Cell Phones

Australia operates on a digital network, therefore analogue mobile or cell phones cannot be used. Mobile phones can be readily hired at Sydney Airport or telecommunications outlets. Although phones cannot be used while out and about, there is no problem with logging into surrounding Wi-Fi areas with your phone and using facetime, internet and other apps.


A goods and services Tax (GST) of 10% applies to all consumer goods and is included in the retail price. So if the price tag says 20 dollars you pay 20 dollars at the counter.


Service charges are not added to hotels and restaurants. You may wish to tip porter and waiters for exceptional service (10%). At any time tipping is your choice and not expected.

Public Transport

Public transport is an easy way to get around Sydney. You can call the transport line on 131 500 or go to transportnsw for timetable information. Once you have arrived to Sydney airport, travel into the city centre with Sydney Trains. A free shuttle bus operates in the city centre (Route 555) while Sydney buses will take you to all major tourist attractions around the city including Bondi Beach, Manly, The Rocks and the Opera House. If you are travelling late at night be sure to use the 131 500 or transportnsw trip planner.

To travel around on public transport. You will need an opal card. The opal card is a smartcard that you load value onto and pay as you go on trains, buses, most fairies and light rail within Sydney and as far as the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Illawara and Southern Highlands. You can buy and reload the cards at many convenience stores, newsagents, wharves and stations. You can also buy Opal single trip tickets at many stations and from bus drivers. There are several trip planning apps – Tripgo is a good choice.

Travel and Health Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary consult your travel agent.


All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. For more information about visas, click here (Please note: 'Visit Australia' covers business visitor purposes).

Travelling with Children


If you need assistance with childcare (either practically or financially) please contact us (sarmac@sydney.edu.au) and we will see what we can do to help out. 

The University of Sydney offers sports camps for school-aged children. For more information, please see http://www.susf.com.au/shop/item/school-holiday-sports-camps

Parents Facilities

The closest parent room to the conference is located on level 3, room no. 3.31 of Wentworth Building. The room is private and lockable and contains a chair recommended by the Australian Breastfeeding Association, a fridge, a power point, space for nappy changing, sink with hot/cold water, a sanitary bin for dirty nappies, hand sanitiser and soap. Toilets and microwave ovens are available in close proximity.