Venue & Accommodation
The conference will be held in the Sutherland Room of the Holme Building on the Camperdown Campus of the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
There are a number of options for accommodation which are listed below with contact information. Attendees should book and pay for rooms themselves. The recommended option is the hotel Mercure Central Sydney in which discount rates have been obtained for attendees of the HETSA 2010 conference. When booking a room at the Mercure attendees need to quote HET 0707 to obtain the special room rate of $155 per room per night. Information on the Mercure and other accommodation options are provided below. In addition, there is also information provided below on transport to the conference venue, airport transfer and on wireless internet access.
Mercure Central Sydney
818-820 George Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Standard room: $155 per room per night
Breakfast: $18 per day
Quote reference HET 0707 when making a reservation.
Ph: +61 2 9217 6777
Fax: +61 2 9217 6616
Citigate Central Sydney
169-179 Thomas Street
Haymarket NSW 2000
King size room from $169 per night
Clarion Collection Marque Hotel Sydney
Cnr. George & Quay Streets
Sydney NSW 2000
Standard room $170 per night
Ph: +61 2 9212 2544
Fax: +61 2 9281 3794
Medina Executive Sydney Central
2 Lee Street
Haymarket NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 8396 9800
Fax: +61 2 8396 9752
Below I have listed the websites of three colleges all situated close to the University of Sydney campus. They are all walking distance to the conference venue. You will need to make your own enquires with the colleges about their current room rates for casual accommodation and the availability of residential rooms for booking.
- Wesley College
- Mandelbaum College
- St. Andrews College
http://www.standrewscollege.edu.au/ (go to link 'conference and functions')
Transport to Venue
All hotels are conveniently located close to Railway Square Bus Terminal where you can catch the following (Parramatta Road) buses to conveniently get to the conference venue:
Bus Numbers: 435, 436, 437, 438 and 440.
You should exit the bus at the University footbridge stop on Parramatta Road. You then climb the adjacent stairwell to enter the University's Camperdown Campus.
Between 7am - 7 pm, buses that operate from Sydney CBD (Central Business District) are pre-paid, which means you must purchase a ticket prior to boarding. You can purchase single (or multiple) ride tickets from a vendor at bus stops or from the nearest news agency or a convenience store.
If you are so inclined to catch a taxi from your hotel top the conference venue, it should be about $15 depending on traffic.
A few tips:
- Tips to the driver are not customary in Australia unless you receive exceptional service.
- If you book a taxi, a call-out charge of approximately $2 incurs
- The door is not automated so you need to open the door yourself. Don't forget to close it (gently) when you get out!
Other Useful Information to Visitors
On arrival from Sydney Airport, the transfer to your city hotel is most conveniently made by either train or taxi. From the Domestic and International airport terminals trains can be caught on the 'South line' or 'Airport and East Hills line' to Central station for approximately $15. From Central station you can walk to Railway Square where the Mercure Central Hotel and Clarion Collection Marque Hotel Sydney are situated. However, if you have much luggage or staying at the other hotels listed above it is likely to be more convenient to catch a taxi from the airport. A taxi from Sydney airport to your city hotel will cost about $35, depending on the traffic.
Wireless Internet Access
You should have a broadband internet access from your hotel room. If you would like wireless access for your laptop/notebook, you can purchase prepaid wireless internet access from Optus, Telstra and Vodafone. The conference venue is within a 'hot spot' so that you will have access to any of these networks provided you have an account with any one of them.
Check before departure whether your mobile phone (hardware) can be used in Australia. Prepaid cards are available through Optus, Telstra and Vodafone at retails outlets.