The gateway to Australia, Sydney is one of the world’s most vibrant, innovative and beautiful destinations.
This cosmopolitan city celebrates its cultural diversity and heritage, and passion for arts and sports. A temperate climate makes Sydney spectacular at any time of the year, and the city’s friendly, casual attitude keeps visitors coming back for more!
In the heart of Sydney, the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney is located in the precinct of Darling Harbour on Cockle Bay.
ICC Sydney is Asia Pacific’s premier integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct, underlining Sydney’s place as one of the world’s most desirable meeting and event destinations and providing the ideal platform to collaborate and innovate.
Featuring a striking contemporary design, leading technology and multipurpose spaces, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is a beacon of innovation, learning and entertainment, connecting and celebrating leaders of invention, business, governance and the arts.
ICC Sydney operates two 24 hour car parking stations with a total of 826 parking spaces including 11 disabled parking bays, 25 motorcycle parking spaces, 50 bicycle racks and 20 electric car charge spaces. For further information please click here
Delegates are strongly advised to secure appropriate travel and health insurance. Delegate registration fees do not provide any such insurance coverage. The conference organisers accept no responsibility for any loss in this regard.
English is the official language.
During September the average daytime temperature in Sydney is 20 degrees Celsius with overnight low of around 12 degrees Celsius.
The currency of Australia is the Australian dollar. All prices quoted on this website are in Australian dollars and include GST. To check the current exchange rate visit www.xe.com. Credit cards are accepted virtually everywhere, and most international airports and major hotels provide money changing facilities.
Goods and services tax (GST)
Australia has a Goods & Services Tax (GST) of 10 per cent. The Tourist Refund Scheme allows international travellers to claim a GST refund (subject to certain conditions) on some goods purchased in Australia. The refund applies only to items worn or goods taken on board as hand luggage when leaving the country. Visit www.customs.gov.au for more information.
Getting around Sydney
Sydney’s public transport system features a comprehensive network of train, bus and ferry services. Light rail lines, airport links, sightseeing buses and taxi services all complement this extensive network.
Travelling to and from the airport:
Sydney Airport is located 8km from the Sydney CBD and takes about 20-25 minutes by car in light traffic. You can access taxis and rideshare services when you arrive; fares to Sydney CBD will vary depending on the selected vehicle option, travel time, and total distance.
For further information about how to get around Sydney, click here
A taxi fare from Sydney Airport to Sydney CBD is approximately A$50. If you would prefer to pre-book your taxi during your stay in Sydney, here are the contact details of the main taxi companies:
- Taxis Combined- Phone: 13 33 00. Website: www.taxiscombined.com.au
- Legion Cabs- Phone: 13 14 51. Website: www.legioncabs.com.au
- Premier Cabs- Phone: 13 10 17. Website: www.premiercabs.com.au
- Silver Service- Phone: 13 31 00. Website: www.silverservice.com.au
You can request a ride from Uber from either the Domestic or the International terminal of Sydney Airport. Just request your Uber once you have exited the terminal and your driver will meet you at the pick–up area. For more information on Uber please see here.
There are plenty of train, bus, ferry, light rail and coach options for travel in Sydney and NSW. To travel on public transport, you can purchase an Opal Card, a convenient and affordable way to pay for your fares on each trip. Find more information at https://transportnsw.info/#/.
Captain Cook Cruises operates ferry services for delegates linking ICC Sydney with other city locations through the ICC Sydney eTravelPass. For more information please click here.
All travellers to Australia, other than Australian and New Zealand citizens, are legally required to hold a valid visa or electronic travel authority (ETA). A valid passport is required for entry into Australia. It is your responsibility to ensure documentation is correct and completed before you commence your journey. Delegates must register and pay the required registration fees for the conference before lodging their visa/ETA application. Following your registration, you will receive an acknowledgement letter which can be used to accompany your ETA/visa application.
We recommend you apply for your visa/ETA at least ten weeks before you travel (earlier in some cases). For more information, contact your nearest Australian Embassy/Consulate or view the Australian Department of Immigration website
Please note that Engineers Australia will not be able to contact or intervene with any Embassy or Consulate office on behalf of a conference delegate.