2019 – Visit Sydney

Getting to and around Sydney

Getting to Macquarie University

Sydney has an excellent public transport system, with bus, train and ferry services throughout the city.


The train line serving Macquarie University will be closed for upgrade over several months including the time of the conference.

Special buses will replace the train services. International and inter-state visitors are encouraged to seek accommodation close to campus.

The conference program will commence at 9:30am each day and end at 6:00pm to make it easier for travel between Macquarie University and other areas of Sydney.

Visit the Getting to Macquarie website to see different public and on-demand transport options.

World Class Experiences

Sydney Australia is one of the world’s most loved cities and it has a lively and vibrant buzz that makes it the ultimate destination throughout the year.

There are always plenty of things to do in Sydney whether it’s summer, winter, autumn or spring – from world-class dining, shows and entertainment, to sightseeing and great walks or fun in the sand at one of Sydney’s idyllic beaches.

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Eat & Drink in Sydney

Sydney is one of the world’s great dining destinations. You can dine by Sydney Harbour in award-winning restaurants, enjoy a traditional pub nestled in history or simply take in the views at a cool rooftop bar.

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Please click here for a guide to restaurants near Macquarie University.

Things to do in Sydney

Sydney Opera House

Sydney has an excellent public transport system, with bus, train and ferry services throughout the city.

Macquarie has great public transport access, with thier own campus train station offering a direct rail link to the city centre, and more than 20 bus routes stopping at the University.

Visit the Getting to Macquarie website to see different public and on-demand transport options.

The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most creative and busiest arts centres, featuring world-leading performances and events. Experience the Sydney Opera House’s attractions by enjoying a show, taking a behind-the-scenes tour or sipping a cocktail at the Opera Bar as the sun sets over the beautiful harbour.

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Bondi Beach

Watch a glorious sunrise at world-famous Bondi Beach before an invigorating swim in the turquoise waters or a stroll along the white sands. Roll out a beach towel and relax on the fine sands while enjoying spectacular views of the vast Pacific Ocean.

You can also learn to surf at an accredited surf school. And there are plenty of things to do beyond the iconic beach. Fine dining, eclectic shopping markets, gorgeous coastal walks and a buzzing nightlife can all be experienced in Bondi year-round.

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Manly Beach

Manly Beach is one of Australia’s most famous surfing beaches – With a tree-lined promenade and a long stretch of fine soft sand, the beach is a popular destination for backpackers and families.

For a delightful day out, take a ferry at Circular Quay, near the Sydney Opera House, for a 30-minute trip across Sydney Harbour to Manly Wharf. Walk from the wharf up the Corso, a lively shopping and pedestrian boulevard that leads to Manly Beach.

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Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most well known and photographed landmarks. It is the world’s largest steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour. It is fondly known by the locals as the ‘Coathanger’ because of its arch-based design.

Exhilarating and utterly unforgettable, BridgeClimb gives you the incredible opportunity to walk to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and enjoy one of the world’s most spectacular views.

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The Rocks Markets

What makes a great market? If it’s about passionate people selling things you’ll love in a cool, relaxed environment then The Rocks Markets is one of Sydney’s greatest. The Rocks is nestled on the doorstep of the CBD, but it’s slower and infinitely more charming.

Where else can you buy dresses and bags designed by the stallholder, one-off jewellery, original artworks and prints, in a place where you can feel the sun on your face and catch glimpses of our gorgeous harbour?

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Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

The enchanting Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, is a tranquil oasis on the edge of one of the world’s great natural harbours. You’ll enjoy spectacular views and take memorable photographs of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

A short walk from Circular Quay and Hyde Park, the garden has thousands of plant specimens. Wildlife in the garden includes colourful birds, fruit bats and water dragons. The Calyx is a world-class horticultural space, with changing exhibitions designed to capture your imagination.

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Sydney Tower Eye

For a breathtaking experience high above the city centre, step onto the Skywalk glass-floor viewing platform at the Sydney Tower Eye. You’ll be 268 metres above Sydney’s streets and have 360-degree views of the city and its beautiful attractions.

A guide will point out the sights below. Beyond Sydney, you’ll see the natural blue haze of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains to the west, the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean to the east, and vistas of the South Coast and North Coast.

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Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo, with spectacular views of beautiful Sydney Harbour, is a great destination to see native wildlife and rare exotic animals. A range of tours are offered, from the keeper-led Wild Australia Experience to the VIP Aussie Gold Tour of native animals.

You’ll be delighted with the daily bird and seal shows too. The Nura Diya Aboriginal Discovery Tour explores the connection between Australia’s animals, plants and landscape and Aboriginal Dreamtime. You can even camp the night at the zoo on the Roar and Snore tour.

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The Star, Pyrmont

The Star is Sydney’s premier entertainment destination. Featuring award-winning restaurants, bars and cafes, five star accommodations, a luxury spa, nightclub, designer retail arcade and world-class casino.

Dining here is an experience not to be missed. The Star’s internationally acclaimed line-up of Signature Restaurants is home to some of the biggest names in the business.

The Star has some of the best nightlife in Sydney. From the world-famous Marquee nightclub, to the luxe surrounds of Cherry and Rock Lily’s live music scene, there’s something for every taste.

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