Host City – Sydney
Sydney, the gateway to Australia, is a friendly and relaxed cosmopolitan city, home to over 4 million people, built around the world’s largest and most beautiful natural harbour.
Sydney is famous for her sub-tropical climate and world class golden beaches, it’ll come as no surprise that the beaches and harbour feature heavily in sydneysiders lives where surfing and sailing are popular leisure activities and a visit to the Bondi & Manly is a must do item for many tourists.
Local tourist attractions include the Sydney Opera House with her iconic sail design that together with the Harbour Bridge dominate Circular Quay. The site of the original European settlement in Australia known as the ‘Rocks’ are a short stroll away and a hub of activity, especially on market day.
Sydney is surrounded by beautiful national parks and bush land and local excursions can be taking to the Blue Mountains and Hunter valley just a short journey to the west and north of Sydney.
Travelling to Sydney
Excellent train, bus and ferry service extends throughout Sydney, NSW and the rest of Australia where Sydney’s domestic and international airport is just 10km from the city centre.
PLANE - Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport has regular flights worldwide and is approximately 10km form the venue – taxi services will cost approximately 35 AUD and take 25-30minutes. There are also airport shuttle bus services available collecting in the ground transport areas at both the domestic and international terminals.
TRAIN - Australia has an extensive rail network connecting Sydney within New South Wales and throughout Australia. St James Train Station is the closest city rail station to the venue at 200m (5minute walk) connecting with the interstate rail and services to downtown Sydney and its suburbs. CityRail offers a day pass covering service to an extensive portion of the city and suburbs on the underground rail as well as by bus and ferry charged at less than $20 per adult. Please note that the station features approximately 30 steps and take this into consideration if travelling with luggage.
CAR - Sheraton on the Park is ideally situated for easy car travel to the north, south, east or west of Sydney. Car rentals can be arranged by the concierge desk and parking is available at the venue where charges are between $50-$79 per day. For driving directions to the venue please click here
Sydney has a temperate sub-tropical climate where temperatures range between an average of 10- 25 degrees centigrade.
Australian uses the Dollar as currency (AUD). The Australia dollar is floated on the world currency market and is presently fluctuating at around 70 to 73 cents to the US$. For the current exchange rate, and conversion to other world currencies please Click Here. Travellers cheques are widely accepted, as are major credit cards VISA, Mastercard and (to a lesser extent) AMEX and Diners Card. Most banks will engage in foreign currency exchange.
Did you know an overseas tourist can claim a refund of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that they pay on goods they buy in Australia. The refund only applies to goods which are taken as hand luggage or worn on to the aircraft or ship when they leave the country.
Australia runs on 240V, 50hz current, plug adaptors with transformers are essential. If you need to purchase a transformer buy it before you depart for Australia, they are not easy to find here. The plugs used here are different from those used in the UK and USA.
Sydney presents no real health risks for foreign visitors. Tap water is good, restaurants and eating places are required by law to maintain a high standard of food preparation, and the city is generally clean.
Exposure to the sun can be a problem for those who are fair-skinned. Also, those with little experience in swimming in the surf should be cautious when swimming at Sydney’s famous surf beaches, Bondi and Manly, and should always swim between the warning flags erected by lifeguards. Medical costs in Australia are not exhorbitant but travel insurance is still recommended.
In case of an emergency call 000 for police, ambulance and fire services.