About Sydney

A superior experience for delegates and exhibitors

Sydney, the capital of New South Wales is Australia’s oldest and largest city with a population of around 4 million. Sydney is built around a huge harbour and hosts many tourist attractions as well as a number of beaches, bays and a couple of national parks.

Sydney is a global and welcoming city that represents a highly diverse and multi-cultural society.

With one-quarter of New South Wales’ citizens born overseas and more than 200 languages spoken, Sydney truly is Australia’s most multicultural city.  The largest groups of overseas-born residents come from the UK, New Zealand, China, and India. Sydney also has the largest international student community in Australia, with over one-third of all international student enrolments and commencements taking place in New South Wales.

Sydney offers a whole range of great tourist attractions from the world famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge to the sandy shores of Bondi Beach. A great way to get to see as much of Sydney as possible is to take part in one of the many Sydney Tours.

ICME15 delegates will be able to experience a diverse range of cultures, cuisines and entertainment. The ICME-15 committee understands the importance of the overall experience for participants and especially the requirement for cost-effective options. We are working on a range of options that demonstrate the breadth of affordable services for participants that are within easy access of the venue, including accommodation, dining, travel and transport.

Sydney offers the complete experience for ICME visitors, ranging from the very best in sight-seeing and dining, abundant cultural and sporting events, together with close proximity to diverse tourist regions including wineries, spectacular coastline and national parks.”

NSW Minister for Tourism & Major Events

Catering and food options

While Sydney is famous for its fine dining and internationally renowned chefs, our multicultural city also boasts an affordable variety of delicious cuisines. Within walking distance of the ICME-15 venue there are dozens of takeaways venues, restaurants, cafes, and cocktail bars to explore around Darling Harbour. The nearby busy streets of Haymarket’s Chinatown, which is Australia’s largest Chinatown, is another popular dining and entertainment precinct with restaurants, bars, and shops pulsating into the night and just a short stroll from the Congress venue.

Getting to the venue – travelling within Sydney

Leaving the airport

The ICC is in Sydney’s central business district, which is 10km north of the Sydney International Airport and takes approximately 20-30 minutes to reach via car. The standard taxi fare costs from the airport around $50 AUD, depending on traffic. A regular airport-to-city bus service operates between 0600 – 2100 hours but is not recommended for those with large amounts of luggage.

By train

There are train stations located at both the Domestic and International Terminals at Sydney Airport. Airport trains run every 10 minutes on average during weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends. It takes 20 minutes to reach Sydney’s Central Station which is closest to the ICC. Lifts are available at train stations for easy transfer of luggage. Train fares from Sydney Airport terminals to Sydney’s central business district are approximately $17 AUD per adult for a one-way journey.

For more information on departures and prices please visit: www.airportlink.com.au.

By taxi

Several taxi companies operate within Sydney. To pre-book a taxi whilst in Sydney, contact one of the following companies:
Taxis Combined: www.taxiscombined.com.au
Legion Cabs: www.legioncabs.com.au
Premier Cabs: www.premiercabs.com.au
Silver Service: www.silverservice.com.au

By Uber

Uber rides can be requested from either the Domestic or the International Terminal of Sydney Airport. Requests are best made after exiting the terminal, and all drivers will wait in the designated terminal pick–up area. A typical UberX (low-cost ride) to Sydney’s CBD costs $43-55 AUD and a typical UberBLACK (premium ride) to Sydney’s central business district costs $89-114 AUD. For more information on Uber, visit: www.uber.com/airports/syd.

Light Rail

Sydney’s Light Rail travels right through several Darling Harbour stations including Convention Centre, which is the stop to alight at for the ICC Sydney. The easiest way to get around Sydney, the Light Rail network begins at Sydney’s Central Station and stops in several places around Sydney’s central business district. Light rail trains run every 8 to 10 minutes during weekday peak hours (7am to 10am and 3pm to 7pm) and every 15 minutes at other times.
For a Light Rail Network Map, visit: transportnsw.info/sydney-lightrail-network-map