Visitors Guide to the ATNF Headquarters

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This guide is intended for visitors to the headquarters of the Australia Telescope National Facility, located in Marsfield, Sydney. This site is shared with the CSIRO Computational Informatics (CCI).


Contacting the ATNF

Postal address:
Australia Telescope National Facility
CSIRO
PO Box 76
Epping NSW 1710
Australia

Courier address:
Australia Telescope National Facility
CSIRO
Corner of Vimiera & Pembroke Roads
Marsfield NSW 2122
Australia

Telephone & Fax:
Tel: +61-2-9372-4222
Fax: +61-2-9372-4310

Email and web addresses:
General enquiries: atnf-enquiries@csiro.au
Accommodation: accommodation@atnf.csiro.au
ATNF main website: www.atnf.csiro.au
ATNF outreach website: outreach.atnf.csiro.au

How to get to Marsfield

All international visitors must have a valid passport and visa to enter Australia.

For holiday visits or short business trips to Australia (up to three months), you may be able to obtain a visa via the internet - see the Australian Government's Electronic Travel Authority System. Alternatively, please contact your nearest Australian Consulate, Embassy or High Commission.

Marsfield is a residential suburb about 25 km north-west of the centre of Sydney. The Australia Telecope is situated on the CSIRO Radiophysics Laboratory site which is at the corner of Vimiera and Pembroke Roads in Marsfield. The main entrance is in

Pembroke Road
.

There are several ways to get to the Australia Telescope from the Kingsford-SmithAirport.

  • Book a shuttle bus

A mini-bus which can pick you up from the airport and bring you directly to the ATNF site. The cost is approximately AU$55.00. To book this service (advance bookings required) see http://www.airportshuttlenorth.com/.  The drop off address is CSIRO ATNF, cnr Pembroke & Vimiera Roads, Marsfield.

  • Take a train to the city, then a train to Epping or the new MacquariePark Station, then a bus to the Marsfield site.

A fast train departs from the airport for Central Railway Station every 15 minutes. From Central you can then catch a train to Epping along the Hornsby-via-Strathfield line. Or via the North Sydney Line to MacquariePark Station.

From Epping station take the bus along

Epping Road
. Routes 288, 289 or 290 to the city leave from the east side of the station. Get off the bus at
Vimiera Road
, cross
Epping Road
and walk along
Vimiera Road
on the other side. You will see the site on the corner with
Pembroke Road
.

  • Celcius); the hottest months are December-February (~30Celcius with high humidity). Temperatures in excess of 40 Celcius can occur through the summer period.

    Dress rules at the Australia Telescope are not rigid; jeans and shorts are commonly worn. Jogging shoes are acceptable footwear. Closed-in shoes are required for safety reasons.

    Marsfield computing facilities

    The ATNF is well supplied with computing facilities. Please refer to the Getting Started Guide on the ATNF internal web site.

    Marsfield on-site accommodation

    The Marsfield Lodge is on the ATNF site and has six single and two twin bedrooms (each with an ensuite bathroom), a communal lounge/kitchen area, and laundry and ironing facilities. The Lodge is often fully booked and it is advisable to book accommodation well in advance. The check-in time at the Marsfield Lodge is 12:00 noon or later. Please check out before 10:00 am. 

    The rate at the Marsfield Lodge, for a single or double room, is A$66 a night (bed and breakfast supplies), or A$462 a week. A 50% discount is available for students. There is also an additional charge of 10% for the Goods and Services Tax (GST). This applies for all accommodation accounts and is shown on invoices. There is no charge for ATNF staff members and their families, or for ATNF-affiliated students. The Lodge rooms are cleaned prior to each new arrival. Guests are provided with clean towels every second day. For visitors staying longer than a week, linen is changed on a weekly basis. If you have any special requirements please contact the Accommodation Manager. The kitchen is fully equipped and there are fridges, freezers and cupboards for visitors to store their own food.

    Please make payments for Marsfield Lodge Accommodation to the Accommodation Manager in room 35A. She will give you an invoice. You must pay for your accommodation before departing the Marsfield site. Payment for Marsfield accommodation cannot be made at the Narrabri or Parkes sites. We accept Visa or MasterCard, Australian personal cheques, company cheques and travellers’ cheques. Please note that we do NOT accept EFTPOS or CASH payments.

    On-site accommodation is also provided at the Marsfield Cottage. This is a three-bedroom cottage on the Marsfield site which is used primarily for distinguished visitors on extended visits to the Marsfield site. The rate of the cottage is A$593.00 per week.

    Other accommodation

    Accommodation is also available at a number of nearby university colleges. These usually provide room and breakfast; charges vary between A$350-$490 per week, depending on the college.

    For short-term visitors, accommodation can be arranged at nearby motels; costs are typically A$110-$160 a night. Here is a list of other accommodation in the area.

    For visiting scientists and their families staying for longer periods of six months or more, there are houses or units available for rent in the Marsfield/Epping area. The rent for a three bedroom house is typically about $400 a week. Rental accommodation of this type may be difficult to find, and if you need our help we would appreciate as much forward notice as possible. Visitors should note that almost all rented accommodation in Sydney is unfurnished. Serviced apartments in the city or closer to Marsfield typically range in price from $600 to $800 per week.

    For information on accommodation at the Parkes and Narrabri Observatories, please see the Astronomers Guide to the Narrabri Observatory and the Parkes Radio Telescope Users Guide.

    Please send enquiries on accommodation to accommodation@atnf.csiro.au

    Getting meals in the district

    A well-stocked canteen is available in Marsfield for morning tea and lunch. This provides a range of drinks and hot and cold foods. The canteen is open from 10:15 to 10:45 and from 12:15 to 13:30. Lunch may be bought for about A$5-6. For evening and weekend meals, the Lodge is equipped with facilities for cooking.

    For people who prefer to eat out, a useful site for finding a restaurant is Cheapeats. There are a number of restaurants and a hotel within easy reach. Some restaurants within walking distance are:

    The Ranch Hotel - Bistro
    Corner of Epping and Herring Roads
    North Ryde
    Ph: 9887-2411
    Bistro $15 - 20
    See the Ranch Hotel website
    Ranch Hotel and bistro opening hours
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    The Rancho Hotel - Isabelle's Restaurant Ph: 9887-2411
    AU$18 - 26
    Tuesday - Friday: 12:00 - 2:30pm
    Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00 - 9:00pm

    The Eastwood Rugby Club
    Across the road from the

    Vimiera Road
    gate
    Ph: 9868-4222
    AU$10-15
    Monday - Saturday: 12:00 - 2:00pm, 6:00 - 9:00pm
    Sunday 12:00 - 2:00pm, 6:00 - 8:00pm

    Mediterranean Gourmet

    Pizzas
    Trafalgar Square
    , Marsfield
    Ph: 9876 8089
    AU$10 - 15
    Serves excellent pizzas and other Italian food

    Borrellis Italian Restaurant

    3 Bridge Street
    , Epping
    Ph: 9869 1371

    Pent Thai Restaurant

    16 Oxford Street
    , Epping
    Ph: 9876 8114

    Coca Pekang Restaurant

    73 Beecroft Road
    , Epping
    Ph: 9876 6255

    The Epping Club

    45-47 Rawson St
    , Epping
    Ph: 9876 4357

    Tokyo Sushi Bar
    Shop 1 Scotts Arcade, Epping
    Ph: 9868 6788

    AJ's Indian

    Restaurant
    58a Balaclava Rd
    , Eastwood
    Ph: 9874 9090

    Maroo Korean Charcoal Restaurant
    13 Railway Parade, Eastwood, Eastwood
    Ph: 9858 3023

    Lachlan's Restaurant
    99 Talevera Rd, North Ryde
    Ph: 9850 9139

    Allegria Italian Restuarant
    142 Cox's Rd, North Ryde
    Ph: 9888 8222

    Shangri-La Seafood Restaurant

    372 Pennant Hills Rd
    Carlingford
    Ph: 9872 8233

    Epping has many restaurants which include Thai, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Sushi Bars and Indian restaurants. The Epping Hotel, on

    Beecroft Road
    , and the Epping RSL, in
    Rawson Street
    , also serve meals.

    Takeaway and Delivery

    The following restaurants will deliver to the Lodge or cottage. For the Lodge, tell the delivery person to go to the

    Pembroke Road
    entrance of the CSIRO Radiophysics Laboratory and stop at the security gates. Ask them to call you on arrival on 9372 4403.

    Pizzeria Mezza-Via Shop 4, Midway Arcade, Denistone East
    Ph: 9889 0990

    Kenny's Gourmet Kitchen (Asian)

    30 Oxford St
    , Epping
    Ph: 9876 3506
    Monday - Sunday: 4:30 - 9:00pm

    Tom Yum Thai Beecroft Road
    , Epping
    Ph: 9869 7265 or 9869 7177
    Monday - Sunday: 5:00 - 10:30pm

    Christina's

    Pizzeria
    Beecroft Rd
    , Epping
    Ph: 9868 4661

    Dominoes
    Ph: 131 888

    Pizza Hut
    Ph: 9481 1111

    Pizza Haven
    Ph: 131 241, or 9874 8744

    The Macquarie Shopping Centre has a large food hall where you can purchase take away or fast foods.

    Shops, banks and cinemas

    Shops

    To shop for food, there is a large supermarket called Woolworths. This is located on the corner of Epping and Balaclava Roads and is open from Monday to Saturday: 7:00am - midnight, and on Sunday from 7:00 - 10:00pm

    For other shopping, most things (including food) can be found at the Macquarie Shopping Centre, number 6 on the map. Buses run frequently to Macquarie Shopping Centre from

    Epping Road
    . Take bus number 288, 289 or 290 going towards the city. Confirm with the driver that he is going to Macquarie Shopping Centre.

    Banks

    The four largest banks in Australia are the Commonwealth, Westpac, ANZ and National Banks. These have branches in the city centres and in suburbs and towns. The standard working hours for banks are from 9.30 am until 4.30 pm. The nearest banks to the Marsfield Headquarters are located near the Epping railway station and in the Macquarie Shopping Centre.

    All the banks operate a large number of Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) which are available at the banks and in shopping centres. The ATMs are available 24 hours a day and are usually the easiest way to obtain cash. ATMs accept many different types of internationally recognised cards including Maestro and Cirrus.

    Many shops and restaurants in Australia will accept payment using credit cards or EFTPOS. Visa, American Express and Mastercard are among the most widely accepted credit cards. Note that some places will not accept Diners Cards.

    Cinemas

    The nearest cinemas to Marsfield are the Greater Union Cinemas, located at the Macquarie Shopping Centre (Number 6 on the Marsfield map), Ph: 13 3456. A number of cinemas are located in

    George Street
    in the city, near the Town Hall railway station. For details of Greater Union movie sessions see their web site.

    Transport Information

    Information on trains, buses and ferries is available from the Transport Information line, tel 131 500. Buses run frequently along

    Epping Road
    to Epping and the city. There are timetables for the Epping-City buses in the Lodge. The train from Epping station to the city takes between 25 and 40 minutes.

    Taxis

    To call a taxi telephone TAXIS COMBINED SERVICES, Ph: 8332 8888. You will be asked to state the destination you require, the number of many passengers and whether you are ready for pick-up. Tell the taxi company that the taxi should wait at the reception area at the

    Pembroke Road
    entrance, or at the
    Pembroke Road
    gate if after hours. If a taxi fails to arrive, call TAXIS COMBINED SERVICES again and ask when it is coming.

    Emergency contact information

    Dial 0 to get an outside line

    Fire/Police/Ambulance Ph: 0 - 000

    After hours emergencies

    Lodge Manager
    Vicki Drazenovic, ext 4272, Mobile 0401676956

    Leanne Edwards, ext: 4246, Mobile 0428668116

    Macquarie Medical Centre        

    Located on Level 2
    .
    Ph: 9878 6666
    See their website for opening hours.

    Ryde Hospital and Community Health Services

    37 Fourth Avenue
    , Eastwood
    Ph: 9858 0686

    After Hours Dental Emergency Service
    Ph: 9962 6557

    Directory Assistance - Ph: 1223

    www.yellowpages.com.au - the commercial telephone guide

    www.whitepages.com.au - the personal and commercial telephone guide

    Emergency fire information

    If you hear an alert sound through the Public Address system during working hours:

    1. Look to see if there is a fire or any danger in the immediate area.

    2. Report fire or emergency to the switchboard (91) or to emergency services (0 000).

    3. Alert others in the vicinity and seek help.

    4. Only attempt to put out a fire if it is safe to do so and you know how to use the fire equipment.

    5. Evacuate the building if there is any danger or you are instructed to do so. Take personal possessions. Close all windows and doors.

    6. Assemble on grassed area near the carpark.

    7. Do not reenter the building.

    If you hear an alert sound through the Public Address system outside of working hours:

    1. When the alert is triggered after hours, the fire brigade is automatically called.

    2. Check vicinity for fire. Attempt to extinguish a small fire if there is no threat to your personal safety.

    3. Leave the building if there is any danger.

    4. If necessary dial 0 000 and ask for assistance.

    Maps

    Map of New South Wales (GIF image, 240 kbytes).

    Map of Sydney (GIF image, 360 kbytes).

    Map of Marsfield/Epping area (GIF image, 368 kbytes).

    Annotations for Marsfield/Epping map.

    Marsfield site map (GIF image).

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