The conference took place in Sydney, Australia, at the Sydney Masonic Centre. The venue is in the Central Business District at 66 Goulburn Street, within 10 minutes walks from Darling Harbour or Central Station and close to Museum Station; see the map. The three co-located conferences took place in parallel in neighboring conference halls.
Local conference registration was in the foyer of the SMC building daily during 8:00–17:00. The conferences started formally with the Opening Reception on Monday at 18:30 in the Banquet Hall of the conference center. The joint Conference Dinner took place on board MV Sydney 2000 on Wednesday at 17:45–20:45.
See our restaurant map for lunch and dinner opportunities near the conference venue and hotels. There are many more fast food restaurants on George Street and the streets neighboring World Square right next to the conference venue. See eatability.com.au for restaurant reviews.
Visitor information is available at Discover Sydney and Tourism New South Wales. The weather in Sydney in September is generally very pleasant. The average maximum temperature is 19.9 °C (67.8 °F); see the weather statistics. The Australian currency is the Australian Dollar. One AU$ is about € 0.61 or US$ 0.96 (as of July 2008).
Travelling to Sydney
In general, a visa is required for travel to Australia and must be obtained well in advance before departure; see the visitor visa page of the Dept. of Immigration and Citizenship. Many European, North American and Asian nationalities (Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan) are eligible for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) which replaces the visa and can be quickly and easily obtained through the ETA page.
For travellers from Europe and the Americas we strongly recommend arriving at least one or two days in advance to minimise the effects of jet-lag. For European travellers a stop-over day in Asia also helps. Sydney is served by direct flights from the largest cities in Asia and Western North America, including
- Singapore (e.g. Singapore Airlines with an A380!), Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka,
- Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver (Air Canada with a B777; other flights refuel in Honolulu),
- Beijing, Shanghai,
- Delhi, Mumbai,
- Dubai, Abu Dhabi,
Those who have time to spare may want to use round-the-world tickets which may cost the same as return tickets. Travel options with such tickets typically require stop-overs on different continents when travelling to and from Australia. Options include Europe - Asia - Australia - North America - Europe and sometimes Europe - Asia - Australia - (South) Africa - Europe.
Return flights to Sydney from the U.S.A. start at about US$ 1600 (east coast) or US$ 1400 (west coast) and from Europe at about € 1150 (Frankfurt) (as of May 2008 for flights in September.) See e.g. mobissimo.com.
Sydney airport is a short train ride away from the Central Business District: it takes 15 minutes to Museum Station, one block away from the conference venue. Follow the train symbols at Sydney Airport to reach the underground train station. A single train ticket costs AU$ 14.20, a return ticket is AU$ 21.60. A taxi cab takes 15 to 25 minutes to the centre and costs about AU$ 35.