Symposium visitors info

Information on Sydney

Sydney is Australia’s largest and most famous city.  It is home to beautiful beaches, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants and a vibrant culture.  From breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour to the serene tranquility of Hyde Park, Sydney has something for everyone.

We hope you will enjoy your visit with us in August 2015.


Sydney is located on the Australian East Coast.


Sydney has a population of 4.5 million.


Sydney experiences year round temperature climate.  Sydney’s subtropical climate gives average temperatures ranging from 16 C in the winter months to 26 C in summer. Sydney’s winter temperatures rarely drop below 5 °C (41 °F) in coastal areas.


Season Average maximum – Average minimum

Month Celsius
Sunny days
August 9-17 49-63 81mm 21 days/mth 8 hrs/day


Travelling To, From & Around Sydney

For Visa information: Please visit


 Check individual airline websites or flight comparison/booking websites,

such as ,  or



Arriving by air

Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) – 20 minutes to the city by car, 25 minutes by train (to Museum Station)


Transport from Airport to CBD and return


Many shuttle bus companies provide transport between the airport and most Sydney suburbs and regional areas. These buses must be pre-booked.

Airport Connect

Book online airport transfer to hotel and get special price of $16.00 per person one way to CBD, Darling Harbour and King’s Cross.  Save Money By Booking Return Trip For Just $30.00  Daily pickups from both Domestic and International Airport to your Sydney Hotel from 07:00am to 10:00pm 7 days a week. Buses running every 30 minutes.


Each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank with supervisors on hand during peak times to ensure a smooth flow of taxis for travellers.  Kerbside supervisors can also organise taxis wheelchair access, five-seaters and maxi taxis for larger groups or station wagons for large amounts of baggage.

Fare estimates:  Sydney City $45-55 (one way)

Car Rental:

Car rental services at Sydney Airport are provided by the following operators. You’ll find the car rental desks located on the arrivals level at both terminals.

Avis Phone:  136333

Hertz Phone: 133039

Europcar Phone: 1300 13 13 90

Budget Phone: 132727

Thrifty Phone: 1300 36 72 27

Redspot 1300 66 8810


Train Stations

Town Hall Station:

Located at George Street, between Druitt and Bathurst streets, Sydney, Town Hall is a short 8 minute walk to the Symposium Venue.

St James Station:

Located Elizabeth St, Sydney is a short 5 minute walk to the Symposium Venue.


Public Bus Transport:

Sydney Buses

Public transport trip planning, timetables, ticketing, maps and travel information for Sydney.


Driving in and around Sydney

An E-toll Pass is recommended for use by visitors to Sydney, or if you are a casual motorway user and don’t have a tag, the RTA website has useful information on how to register for an E-toll pass.


Other Useful Websites

Traveller reviews and booking site

Three sites with details of what’s on in and around Sydney including maps,

weather and places to eat, drink and stay.

City Host Information Kiosks

Open 7 days a week, these 4 kiosks provide maps, brochures and general tourist information to visitors at:

  • George Street, Town Hall: 9am–5pm
  • Pitt and Alfred streets, Circular Quay: 9am–5pm
  • Dixon Street, near Goulburn Street, Haymarket: 11am–7pm
  • Darlinghurst Road and Springfield Avenue, Kings Cross: 9am–5pm

What is near the MAANZ 2015 Symposium Venue?

Hotels: Accommodation in the CBD is plentiful & varied both in cost & style. This is just a small sample.

Please Note: MAANZ has no affiliation or deals with any of the below hotels or accommodation providers.

For information and/or to book accommodation, please visit the hotel websites or call direct.

Highfield Hotel

166 Victoria Street, Potts Point

Oaks on Castlereagh

317 Castlereagh Street, Haymarket


Aarons Hotel Sydney

37 Ultimo Road, Sydney

Park8 Hotel Sydney

185 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Macleay Lodge

71 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Pensione Hotel Sydney

631-635 George Street, Sydney

Central Station Hotel

75 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney

Accommodation booking websites:  /  /  /  /

Cafes: Local eats can be found on Urban Spoon –

Shopping Centres:


  • Woolworths – Cnr Park & George Street, Sydney
  • Coles – 388 George Street, Sydney