Venue

This year TQC is being hosted at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), building 11, level 0, room 405 (Campus map).

Poster session will be held in the Student Seating in building 11, level 1, outside Cafeteria Penny Lane.

Conference dinner on Tuesday (July 17) will be held in Aerial function centre located in building 10, level 7.

Located in central Sydney, UTS, is ideal for easily accessing the best restaurants, cafes, bars, and tourist destinations that Sydney has to offer.

 

Within a 30 minute walk of UTS are many of the best-known eating, drinking and, cultural hubs of Sydney. The suburbs of Newtown, Surry Hills, China Town, Glebe, and Ultimo all have multiple restaurants, cafes, bars, and pubs that will cater to almost any taste! An annotated google map can be found here: Google maps.

Hotels

Novotel Sydney Central

Address: 169-179 Thomas St, SYDNEY, NSW 2000
TEL: (+61) 2 9218 2885 | FAX: (+61) 2 9281 4327
Website: http://www.novotelsydneycentral.com.au/
Walking Distance to the Venue: 6 Minutes

Mercure Sydney

Address: 818-820 George Street, SYDNEY, NSW 2000
TEL: (+61) 2 9217 6648 | FAX: (+61) 2 9217 6653
Website: http://www.mercuresydney.com.au/
Walking Distance to the Venue: 7 Minutes

The Ultimo Hotel

Address: 37 Ultimo Rd, CBD, NSW 2000
TEL: (+61) 2 9281 5555 | FAX: (+61) 2 9281 2666
Website: https://www.theultimo.com.au/
Walking Distance to the Venue: 7 Minutes

Vulcan Hotel

Address: 500 Wattle St, Ultimo, NSW 2007
TEL: (+61) 2 9211 3283 | FAX: (+61) 2 9212 7439
Website: http://www.vulcanhotel.com.au/
Walking Distance to the Venue: 4 Minutes

Rendezvous Studio Hotel Sydney Central

Address: Cnr George & Quay Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000 
TEL: (+61) 2 8585 0852 | FAX: (+61) 2 8585 0802
Website: https://www.rendezvoushotels.com/
Walking Distance to the Venue: 8 Minutes

Hostels Around UTS

There are many quite affordable hostels around UTS. Here are two good choices. 
 

Wake up Sydney Central

Address: 509 Pitt street, SYDNEY, NSW 2000
TEL: (+61) 2 9218 9000 | FAX: (+61) 2 9288 7888
Website: http://www.wakeup.com.au/
Walking Distance to the Venue: 8 Minutes

Sydney Central YHA

Address: 11 Rawson PLace | Cnr Pitt St & Rawson Pl, Sydney 
TEL: (+61) 2 9218 9001 | FAX: (+61) 2 9218 9099
Website: 
http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nsw/sydney-surrounds/sydney-central-backpackers-hostel/specials/ 
Walking Distance to the Venue: 10 Minutes

More Accommodation Options

If you are fine with walking distance to the venue (slightly) more than 20 mins, you can check the following residential colleagues at the University of Sydney (roughly AUD 80-120 per night for a single room)
 

Women’s College

Website: https://www.thewomenscollege.com.au/external-hiring-parent/accommodation/

Wesley College

Website: http://www.wesleycollege-usyd.edu.au/about-wesley/our-facilities/

St Andrew’s College

Website: http://www.standrewscollege.edu.au/conferences-events/casual-accommodation/ 

Tourism

 

Sydney is a major tourist destination! We definitely recommend that you spend some time during TQC exploring our city! While there are far too many things to be seen in and around Sydney in one week, we’ve included a few highlights that would be easy to do during TQC.

Weather 

TQC will be held in the middle of winter – it is strongly recommended that you pack with this in mind! While the average maximum temperature in July is a pleasant 17 C, the temperature can sometimes be considerably colder (closing in on 0 C !). Many restaurants and venues have poor or limited heating, so dress warmly!

Go for a swi... errr... walk at the beach

There are many beautiful beaches that are close to the inner city. The easiest beaches to access from Central are Bondi, Bronte, Coogee, and Maroubra. Each of these has their own unique charms, though Bondi Beach is by far the most popular and as such has many cafes, restaurants, and pubs that can be found within a short walk from the beach. Trains to Bondi Junction leave Central every 10 minutes, and buses travelling from Bondi Junction to the beach leave every few minutes (the 333, 380 and 381 lines). You can buy a train ticket to Bondi Beach which allows a transfer from train to bus and Bondi Junction. Importantly, if you do go for a swim at a beach please swim in patrolled areas between the red and yellow flags!

Take a ferry to Manly

The ferry ride from across the harbour from Circular Quay to Manly is very beautiful! A number of Sydney’s iconic landmarks are best seen via one of the harbour – including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Once you arrive at Manly Wharf, it is a 5 minute walk through the pedestrian mall to the surf beach. Like Bondi, Manly has many cafes, restaurants, and bars. There are also a number of impressive walking trails around the Manly area.

Walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee beach

The Bondi to Coogee walk is a cliff top coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. It is about 6 km long and takes around 2 hours to complete. Along the way you pass a number of beaches, parks, cliffs and bays. You can stop half-way for food at the cafes just off Bronte Beach, or alternately stop at the pub at Clovelly point. Once you get to Coogee you might like to stop for food or drinks at one of a number of cafes or restaurants (or pubs). Buses travel between Coogee Beach and the city very frequently.

Transport

 

Sydney has an extensive public transport network, with trains, buses, and ferries, frequently connecting the inner city to many of Sydney’s main tourism destinations.

 

UTS is a very short walk from Sydney’s “Central” train station, which is the main public transport hub for the city. All the hotels listed on Accommodation page are a short walk from both UTS and Central Station. All of Sydney’s train lines can be accessed from Central and many bus lines also have stops in the streets surrounding Central.

Ferries around the harbour can be caught from Circular Quay, a 30 minute walk from UTS or a 5 minute train journey from Central.

 

An online journey planner can be found here, or here. If you are using a mobile phone, Google maps as well as the and the TripGo and Arrivo apps are quite reliable.

Airport

Sydney Airport has three terminals, one international terminal and two domestic terminals. All terminals are connected to Sydney’s public transport network by the Airport Link train. The Airport Link leaves approximately every 10 minutes and takes 13 minutes to get to Central station. It is by far the fastest method for reaching Central station/UTS (a taxi takes about 25 minutes). The train ticket from the Airport to Central costs $16.40.

Ticketing

It is recommended that you either buy an Opal card if you intend to frequently take public transport in Sydney during TQC. While single-trip tickets for ferries and trains can be purchased from ferry terminals and train stations, they can be rarely bought on buses that travel through central Sydney. If you do not wish to buy an Opal card, single-trip bus tickets can be bought from a range of retailers.

 

Sydney has recently transitioned to the Opal card integrated ticketing system. The Opal system is a similar system to that seen in many cities around the world (for instance the Oyster card in London or the ez-link card in Singapore). Opal cards are accepted on all train, buses, and ferries. They can be purchased and topped up at many retailers around Central station and throughout the inner city (there is a complete list on the Opal website). They are “charged” per-trip, with varying prices depending on the distance and type of transport (up to 8 trips per week).

Taxis

Taxis can be hailed or caught from taxi ranks that are found throughout the city and major entertainment, dining, or tourism areas. Taxis in Sydney are typically quite expensive. Also, it can take a deceptively long time to travel by, especially in the older regions of the city. Taxis will also charge additional fees for using credit cards and for using toll roads.

 

Alternate services, such as Uber, are gaining in popularity and are often more reliable and cheaper then the usual licensed taxi services.