Travel Information

Please ensure that all necessary visa/eVisitor applications have been been made prior to arrival in Australia. Australia has a strict quarantine policy regarding the importation of meat and plant products, heavy fines are issued to travelers importing such products.

Spring in Sydney is the best time to visit with temperatures averaging between 13°C (55°F) at night and 22°C (72°F) during the day.

Darling Harbour is located on the edge of Sydney's city centre. Getting to and from Darling Harbour is easy. Upon arrival at Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport, the airport train will take you to the centre of Sydney (the central business district, CBD). From there, Darling Harbour is a 10-minute walk away (+/- 5 mins depending on exact location). If walking is not a preferred option, Darling Harbour is accessible via taxi (water/land), ferry, bus, monorail or light rail (tram) from the CBD.

Downloadable Map of Darling Harbour

The Powerhouse Museum, located near Darling Harbour, houses a diverse collection of unique exhibits and programs around the primary theme of 'human ingenuity'. Currently, this museum also runs the Sydney Observatory which overlooks the Sydney Harbour and is a museum of astronomy as well as a public observatory. The museum also runs programs for children during the dates of the conference. Please sign your children up prior to attending the meeting to make sure that they are looked after.

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Accomodation Information

  • We have secured rooms from Sunday September 22 until Thursday September 26 at the Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments
    Price: $169 per night (studio) or $199 per night (1 bedroom apartment). Please quote "CSIRO Group 2013" when making reservations.

  • Alternatively, we have also received a discounted rate of $239 per night for the Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour (4.5 stars).
    Reservations for this hotel can be made by emailing: and using the discount code, "CSIRO".

  • Cheaper options for accommodation can be found at the Sydney Central YHA or the Sydney Harbour YHA.
    Facilities available at these YHAs can include saunas, swimming pools or Harbour View Rooms!

For all the participants who are trying to coordinate hotel/apartment sharing, please follow the following link to the bulletin board to post/coordinate share arrangements: Bulletin Board

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