ANZAMEMS 2019 will be held at the Camperdown Campus of the University of Sydney, which is located on the edge of the Sydney CBD in the vibrant Inner West. The conference is co-sponsored by Macquarie University, which is located in Sydney’s green lower north shore.
Sydney is famed for its natural beauty, beaches, and cultural life. The city is home to several major cultural institutions, including the Sydney Opera House, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Sydney Theatre Company, the Bell Shakespeare Company, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Royal National Park and the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, on the southern and northern fringes of the city, respectively, house rock art and engravings, testimony to the area’s rich indigenous heritage and tens-of-thousands of years of human settlement.
The conference venue is located a short distance from a wide range of accommodation options, from backpacker hostels to five-star hotels, as well as numerous bars, cafés, and restaurants.
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International visitors to Australia (including those from the United Kingdom and the United States) are required to have either an electronic Travel Authority or a Visa to enter the country. Applications can be submitted online. Information about the three classes of Visitor visa and online application process can be found here.
A direct train line connects Sydney Airport to the centre of the city. There is an access fee of $AU14.30 (full) or $AU12.80 (concession) for the airport stations, in addition to the regular fare. Depending on the time of day and traffic conditions, a taxi from the airport to the centre of the city will cost around $AU40, and to the University of Sydney will cost around $AU30. Uber operates in Sydney and can pick-up from the airport.
The centre of Sydney is quite compact and walkable, and is easily accessible from the conference venue by public transport. To travel further afield, Sydney has a large public transport network of trains, buses, and ferries. All public transport in Sydney uses Opal smart-card ticketing. While single-trip tickets can be purchased, visitors planning on using public transport regularly should purchase an Opal card for convenience and efficiency. There is no charge for the card itself but the minimum value for a card is $AU10, which can be used on all public transportation and can have additional value added to it at an extensive range of locations. As of 26 November 2018, contactless payment (using a credit/debit card, smartphone or similar) can be used on trains, ferries, and light rail across Sydney (but not on buses) in lieu of an Opal card; but note that not all the benefits of an Opal card (such as off-peak train fares) apply to such payments. More information here.
ANZAMEMS 2019 takes place in February, which is the height of summer in Sydney. The average daily maximum temperature in February is 26.5 C (80 F), but the high humidity can make it feel much warmer. There is always a chance of thunderstorms and quite spectacular rainfall.