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ASKAP 2016 is being held in Sydney, Australia.

Conference venue

ASKAP 2016 will be held in the Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre at the University of Sydney.

This venue is wheelchair accessible and has an audio loop.

Childcare will be available.

Genderless toilets will be available.

Please email us with any other questions.

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Getting to the venue

Participants are strongly advised to take public transport to the venue.


A ticket zoned for 1-2 sections (MyBus-1) will get you from the bus interchange at Central railway station to the conference venue.

Buses that stop at the University of Sydney on City Road (closest to the conference venue) are: 422, 423, 426, 428 and M30.

A high proportion of these buses are wheelchair accessible.

Most buses at peak times are pre-pay only – that is, you need to have a ticket before you get on the bus. By the time of ASKAP 2016 only single trip bus tickets will be sold. Ticket outlets include newsagencies, convenience stores and the UniMart in the Jane Foss Russell Building at the University of Sydney (the green glass clad building where the pedestrian bridge crosses City Road).

Multi-ride train, bus and ferry travel requires an Opal card. More information on the availability of Opal cards will be provided closer to the time.


Redfern is the closest railway station at just over one kilometre away. Follow the well-beaten path along Lawson, Abercrombie and Shepherd streets to the boardwalk.


There are several ticketed parking options close to the conference venue. A full day's parking will cost around $24.

On-street parking will be difficult to find and subject to strictly policed time limits.

For more detail on transport options, see how to get to the university.

Aerial photo of Sydney with location of University of Sydney highlighted Location of Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Aerial image: HUB-EDU | Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre entrance.

Weather in Sydney

June is the first month of winter. The weather is typically cool and rainy.

    Average minimum 9C / 47 F
    Average maximum 17C / 63 F

Travel & accommodation

Visa requirements

All travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane. Please note that Australia has a strict quarantine policy: the importation of meat and plant products is heavily restricted.

ASKAP 2016: The future of radio astronomy surveys will be registered with the International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in Australia. Please mention this when you apply for your visa.

For the best possible chance of obtaining a visa to travel to Australia, you should:

  • Apply for an ETA or eVisitor visa at least two weeks before your intended date of travel.
  • Apply for your Visitor subclass 600 visa at least six weeks before your intended date of travel. You can obtain a letter of invitation to attach to your visa application from the LOC. Lodge paper-based visa applications at your nearest Australian visa office.
  • Consider Australia's health and character requirements, which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.

Travel from Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport (SYD) caters for domestic and international travellers via different terminals. The airport is 13km south of the city centre and 6km from the conference venue.

A taxi from the airport to the city centre could cost around AUD 43.00

There is a train service from both the domestic and international airport terminals. Special fares apply: a one-way adult ticket from the airport to the city costs around AUD 17.00.

Find out more about travelling to and from the airport.

Accommodation options

Participants need to book their own accommodation for this conference.

The conference venue is easily accessible from the city centre. There are also many accommodation options near Central railway station and bus interchange (just south of the city centre near Haymarket), which has excellent transport links to the conference venue.