Excursion Day – 11 July 2024

Thursday 11 July is the designated Excursion Day for ICME-15, and will be a wonderful opportunity to explore Sydney and its surrounds with connections both old and new. A variety of options to explore endless cultural experiences around Sydney will be available on Excursion Day, whether it be an adventure into nature, feeding a kangaroo, walking a Mathematics trail through different parts of the city, or joining a guided tour to learn about the history and heritage of the First Nations Australians, the oldest living culture on Earth.

Sydney is one of the most visually stunning cities in the world, built around a majestic harbor that contains some of the most famous landmarks in Australia. The city also boasts some of the best shopping districts no matter the budget, and are easily explored both by foot and light rail.

ICME 15 is offering delegates a number of Sydney based side events including a range of well curated site visits, functions, excursions & workshops. The Excursion Day will showcase Australia’s cultural heritage whilst providing engaging opportunities for delegates to see the best of what Sydney has to offer.

Complimentary Tours available

Minimum & maximum numbers apply to all proposed events. Those events for which minimum numbers are not met may be cancelled and delegates will be notified via email.

Walking Tour of Chinese Garden of Friendship

Fitness level: Easy

The Chinese Garden of Friendship is a tranquil retreat in the middle of the city, and one of the best things to do in Sydney.

Welcome to the Chinese Garden of Friendship, an enchanting oasis nestled in the heart of Darling Harbour. Discover this hidden gem of tranquility located in between Darling Square and Darling Quarter, and the harmonious fusion of traditional Chinese landscape design and vibrant spirit of Sydney.

Step into a world where nature and culture intertwine effortlessly. The Chinese Garden of Friendship offers a serene escape from the bustling city, where you can wander along meandering pathways adorned with intricate pavilions, peaceful ponds, and lush flora. Each step reveals a new vista, a new moment of awe-inspiring beauty.

Built to symbolise the friendship between Sydney, New South Wales and the city of Guangzhou in the province of Guangdong, China, and inspired by the philosophy of Feng Shui, the garden is meticulously designed to balance the elements of water, plants, stone, and architecture, creating a space that exudes peace and balance.

Find respite under the shade of willow trees, let the melodies of gently flowing water transport you, and admire the artistry of delicate Chinese sculptures that dot the landscape.

Whether you’re seeking a moment of serenity, a touch of cultural immersion, or a picturesque backdrop for your photography, the Chinese Garden of Friendship offers a captivating experience for visitors of all ages.

Sydney & The Rocks Historic Walking Tour

Fitness level: Easy

Public access or Guided Tours available

There is no better way to get up close and personal with the living history and heritage of Sydney than on foot with Sydney’s foremost team of friendly and enthusiastic guides at The Rocks Walking Tours.

Join Sydney’s most experienced tour guides on a 90-minute leisurely walk around Sydney’s historic Rocks district. Hear the story of Sydney from the beginning as you stroll along the shoreline of sparkling Sydney Harbour with views of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past Campbell’s Cove and Cadman’s Cottage.

Wander down hidden alleyways, into shady courtyards, and along cobbled lanes. Discover the nooks and crannies and get up close and personal with the living history and heritage of Australia’s first British settlement. Be amazed by stories of the First Fleet 1788, Nurses Walk, the Rum Rebellion 1808, Suez Canal, the Argyle Cut 1840, the plague 1900, the Sydney Harbour Bridge 1920s, the diabolical 1970s plan to demolish The Rocks and the green bans that saved it. And of course, hear of the characters and rogues who called it home.

Today, The Rocks is renowned for having the oldest streets in Sydney which are dotted with beautifully restored nineteenth-century buildings.

Bonza Bike Tours

If you prefer to see just see Sydney’s highlights and want do it in the shortest time possible, then this ride’s for you! The guided tour will do a quick loop of Sydney, taking in just the absolute, must-see areas of the city. There’s no better way to get your bearings and a quick feel for the city than the Sydney Highlights Tour.

Fitness level: Moderate

Inclusions:

  • Super comfortable bicycle (child bikes, baby seats, and trail alongs available)
  • Custom, shiny red Bonza helmets
  • Bicycle mounted bags for small items (camera, wallet, etc.)
  • Secure bag storage (while you are out on the tour)
  • Rain ponchos (if necessary)
  • Fun, entertaining guide knowledgeable in the city and surrounds

Quadrangle Heritage Tour: Gargoyles and Grotesques

The Quadrangle represents the heart and soul of the Camperdown campus of the University of Sydney; the neo-gothic building is home to a rich history. 

Between the gargoyles and grotesques, the sandstone and the stained glass are the stories of the architects, the scholars and students who have breathed life into the building. The Oxbridge-imitation Victoria Gothic Revival style of ‘The Quad’ belies the fact the building was constructed in several phases, beginning in 1855 under the design of eminent colonial architect Edmund Blacket. It was at one stage the tallest building in Sydney.  The facade of the building also served as a backdrop for key moments in university and Australian history from royal visits and student protests, from graduations and enrolment days.

Discover the University’s history as written in the architecture of this building; from Great Hall to clocktower with our expert guides.

The Sydney Opera House Tour

Step inside and discover the legendary history and extraordinary secrets of the Sydney Opera House. Experience the life, energy and buzz of Australia’s favourite building. 

You’ve seen the outside but that’s only half the story. Beneath our magnificent sails lies incredible spaces and stories. Learn about the controversial history, unforgettable performances and exciting future of the Sydney Opera House. Walk through and see the House up close and personal. Each perspective brings a unique and breathtaking experience.

Please note this tour includes up to 300 stairs with no lift access. For a stair free tour, you may wish to take our Mobility Access Tour.

Chau Chak Wing Museum Tours

The Chau Chak Wing Museum is home to a wide range of collections covering natural history, visual arts, antiquities, historic photography and Indigenous cultural history. In this one-hour tour, our guide will take you on a journey through the exhibitions and provide context for the displays and highlight the cultural, historic and scientific items within the Chau Chak Wing Museum. 

Experience the University’s collections and the stunning architecture of the Chau Chak Wing Museum. Plus, visit Sounds café before or after your tour. 

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Find yourself at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, one of Australia’s leading art museums

Each year, over one million visitors enjoy the Art Gallery and our collection of art. We are located within beautiful parklands overlooking Sydney Harbour and only a 15-minute walk from the city Centre. The Art Gallery of New South Wales’ campus includes a new building, known as the North Building, which is located next to the original building, now known as the South Building.