Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2018

Venue, Destination & Transport

 

International Convention Centre Sydney

Australia’s largest and most iconic city, Sydney, has something for everyone – from the Sydney Opera House to the abundance of famous beaches. Sydney offers beautiful coastlines, sensational entertainment, historic places and countless amazing restaurants – the city is full of exciting tours and attractions. With so many wonderful things to offer, it seemed natural that the ECA National Conference venue was located in the heart of the city at the International Convention Centre (ICC).

The venue sits on the Sydney Harbour foreshore, within its own dynamic dining, leisure and residential precinct. Positioned in the heart of Australia’s global city, it is surrounded by finance, technology, innovation and learning hubs.

For more information on the International Convention Centre Sydney , click here.

Introducing Sydney

Sydney welcomes and values people of every kind, with a population of over five million it is the largest city in Australia. The City of Sydney acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of our land. The City acknowledges the Gadigal of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of this place we now call Sydney.

Sydney is internationally recognised as the home to many of the nation’s cultural icons. Its harbour vista and skyline is one of the most recognised images of urban Australia. Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge and experience a wonderful variety of harbour cruises, intriguing wildlife, dazzling shows and great shopping in this beautiful city. You can even meet king penguins at an aquarium and ascend Sydney Tower Eye for stunning views.

An exciting events calendar means there is always something to see or do whilst visiting the beautiful city. For more information on what’s on in Sydney, click here.

Getting to Sydney

The ICC Sydney is located approximately 8km from the airport, an average drive time of 25 minutes depending on traffic and road conditions. There are a range of airlines operating in and out of Sydney Airport providing services at a range of prices.

Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, ICC Sydney is easily accessible by public transport, including light rail, ferry and train and is only a 10 minute walk from Central and Town Hall train stations. Secure car parking is available and conveniently located within the Darling Harbour precinct. 

Train 

Sydney Airport is located just 13 minutes by train from the city. Airport Link offers a fast and convenient way to reach the city and suburbs, with trains running approximately every 10 minutes. The station is located at the northern end of the terminal and accessible from the Arrivals level. To use this service, you will need to purchase an Opal Card from the station, Relay or WH Smith. For more information, including fares, maps and travel planners, visit the Airport Link website.

Taxis 

You can access taxis and rideshare services when you arrive. The Sydney CBD is a short, 25 minute ride away and will cost about $45-$55 one way. You’ll find taxi ranks at the front of all terminals – simply follow the signs to the nearest ranks. For rideshare services, please arrange with your driver to meet you at our priority pick-up area.

For more information on taxi and ridesharing services, please see the Sydney Airport Website.

Car rental 

Sydney Airport has several car rental companies located at the arrivals level at T1 International terminal. Search and compare the best deals from quality rental car providers like Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty and Redspot.

For more information about car rental, please see the Sydney Airport Website.

Travelling around Sydney

Bus 

State transit operates services across the Sydney Metropolitan area seven days a week. Buses in the city centre operate along Elizabeth, Castlereagh, Park, Druitt, Clarence and York streets. For more information about routes and timetables, please click here.

Ferry 

Cruise into Darling Harbour on a ferry, with direct services from Circular Quay to King Street Wharf, or Pyrmont Bay Wharf. Both are only a short walk away from ICC Sydney. Pyrmont Bay Wharf is located in front of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Light rail 

Two light rail stations (exhibition centre and convention centre stops) run alongside the venue to provide immediate connectivity with Central Station and Sydney’s inner west. For more information, please click here

Train 

There are improved east west pedestrian connections between Darling Harbour and neighbouring precincts of Chinatown, Town Hall, Central, Ultimo and Pyrmont. Pathways will assist in directing visitors to and from Town Hall and Central Stations to ICC Sydney.

Take the train to Town Hall Station and exit south into Bathurst Street. A short downhill walk along Bathurst Street will take you directly to Tumbalong Park and ICC Sydney.

Take the train to Central Station and follow the signs to the South Concourse and UTS via the Devonshire Street Tunnel. Go west to cross beneath George Street. Then take the Ultimo Pedestrian Network and The Goods Line to its northern end, at Macarthur Street. Turn right and cross Darling Drive onto Hay Street. Turn left into Darling Harbour where Quay Street meets Hay Street.

Opal card 

Opal makes getting around on public transport easy. Opal cards are smartcard tickets that you keep, reload and reuse to pay for travel on public transport. The Opal network includes train, bus, ferry and light rail services in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands.

Social Tours

Discover everything Sydney has to offer and explore the city and surrounds, click here to see what’s on in Sydney.

International Visitors – Planning your arrival into Australia

Travel
For international passengers, we suggest that you try to allow yourself at least a day in which to adjust to the time difference and relax after your flight before the conference commences.

Visa Information
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane regardless of the length of stay.

Note: New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders do not usually need to lodge a visa application prior to their departure unless they have health and/or character concerns.

Driving License
International Driving Licenses are recognised throughout Australia. Car rental companies ask for a valid driving license.

Banking, Currency and Exchange Rate
Banking hours are generally 0900 to 1600 and extended on Fridays to 1700. Several international banks have offices in the CBD. Currency exchanges are located at airports, banks and major hotels. Consult a bank for the latest exchange rate.

Credit Cards
Most hotels, large restaurants and shops will accept international credit cards, the most widely recognised being American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Automatic teller machines are plentiful and situated throughout the city.

Electricity
Electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz. The Australian flat three-pin power outlet is different from that in many countries, so you will need an adaptor. If your appliances are 110V, check if there is a 110/240V switch. If not, you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 110V shavers are usually found in leading hotels.

Insurance
It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

Liability
The Organising Committee and/or ECA shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates of the conference. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.

Tax
Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.

Tipping
Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. NO service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bill.