Visiting Sydney, NSW & Australia
Sydney and its surrounds have numerous unique attractions and beautiful natural wilderness areas to explore and enjoy. In the following list are some suggestions:
- Try a Sydney Opera House tour, either join a guided tour or wander around the Opera house, drink coffee and admire the scenery, Sydney harbour and the adjacent Royal Botanic Gardens
- Climb the Harbour Bridge on a guided climb, view Sydney from an unusual perspective and test your climbing legs
- Visit Taronga Zoo, via a harbour ferry trip direct to the zoo from Circular Quay. View Australian wild life including koalas, close up, and many animals from around the world. Learn about the many facets of Taronga Zoo’s conservation
- Enjoy a ferry trip out to Manly, and explore the shops, cafes and wander along the Manly beaches
- Visit Sydney Aquarium, Australian Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, or take a Rocks Walking tour
- Take a trip to Bondi beach, to swim, surf and sun bake (carefully – slip, slop, slap)
- Take a trip into the Blue Mountains, ride the scenic railway and walk the many walking trails
- Visit the Jenolan Caves, and explore underground
- Take a trip south to the Illawarra Fly to take a tree top walk or ride a zip line
- Visit Kakadu National Park
- Visit Uluru
- Visiting Sydney
For travel within Australia the major domestic airlines are:
Please note the AMS-15 Conference Organisers have not made any special arrangements with these airlines. These contact details are provided for information purposes only.
Airport and Transport Options
Please see Transportation information
Sydney is temperate and sunny all year. With seasons reversed in the Southern Hemisphere, September is the first month of spring in Sydney. The average daytime temperatures in Sydney in September are around 16°C while high temperatures can hit peaks of 20°C on warmer days. Although the weather is warming in September, Sydney can experience some chilly westerly winds this month.
The currency in Australia is Australian dollar. Current exchange rates can be obtained from your bank. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia.
Service charges are not added to accounts by hotels and restaurants. You may tip hotel porters and restaurant wait-staff (up to 10% of the bill) if you wish to acknowledge exceptional service. At any time, tipping is your choice.
In Australia the power plugs and sockets are of type I. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. If your country uses the same mains voltage as Australia all you need is a power adapter. This enables you to plug your appliance into the sockets in Australia. Visitors from New Zealand do not need either a voltage converter or power adapter. Your appliances will work in Australia.
Ocean Safety in Australia
Staying safe at Australian beaches is as easy as following some basic rules. Where possible, always swim or surf at patrolled beaches. More information here.