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linux.conf.au is being held at the University of New South Wales, Kensington, Sydney. Here are two maps showing you the location of the Kensington campus, so you don't end up going to one of the other three campuses in two different cities:

Talks and presentations will be held in the Matthews theatres. You will find the Matthews theatres at about E23 on the campus map - the university walk passes right under them so they're hard to miss.

Tutorials will most likely be held in the main Matthews building next door unless they require use of computers, in which case they will be in either the Electrical Engineering (G18), Mechanical Engineering (J17) or Computer Science (K17 - mislabled Geography & Surveying) buildings where the labs are located. The dinner will be in the Squarehouse (E4).

We'll include a copy of the campus map in the survival guide that will be available closer to the conference. If you do get lost, the natives are friendly and will probably be happy to give you directions. The Matthews theatres are right on what is known as "The University Walk" which is a well lit nicely paved path through the uni. If you miss that, look up and find the library (a big building with "UNSW" on it in large letters) and head for that - if you're standing outside the main entrance to the library facing the lawn then the Matthews theatres are on your right.

Accommodation

For those who don't live in the area you have two options - staying in a hotel/hostel or billeting. If you want to be billeted, or if you have some spare beds and are willing to take billets for the conference, please contact Caitlin Fegan with your details and we'll fix you up.

We've contacted several hotels in the area to try and set up some deals for conference attendees. Current details are as follows (please note that this information could change at any time - use it as a guide only):

Hotel Details Description Approx. Price Approx. Price with breakfast
Barker Lodge +61 (02) 9662 8444
32 Barker St Kingsford
Motel style accommodation right across the road from the campus. Single = $114 per room
Double/Twin = $120 per room
Single = $121 per room
Double/Twin = $132 per room
Gemini Hotel 1800 222 300 (AU only)
65-71 Belmore Rd Randwick
Five minutes walk from the conference location.   $126.50
Coogee Bay Hotel +61 2 9665 0000
Cnr Coogee Bay Rd & Arden St Coogee
Located in a large busy pub right across the road from Coogee beach - would require wheeled transport (or a long walk up a steep hill) to get to the conference venues but it's a nice hotel.   Heritage (right above the pub)
Single: $89
Double/Twin: $99
Superior (further above the pub)
$105
Boutique (behind the pub)
$150 w/ District views
$165 w/ ocean views
Holiday Inn +61 2 9315 7600
242 Arden St Coogee
International hotel at the south end of Coogee beach (also right across the road from it). Would require wheeled transport to conference venues.   $158 standard
$191 w/ ocean view

There are also a number of backpackers hostels in Coogee and Randwick which can provide you with a bed.

Transport

If you're driving to UNSW and wish to pay $4 for parking, use the parking stations from gates 2, 11 or 14 on the the campus map . The $4 fee is for all day parking. Parking fines are common amongst those who choose not to pay the fee - you have been warned. Because it's the summer holidays you should be able to find street parking outside, but keep an eye out - there are a lot of 1/2 hour parking zones on the surrounding streets, and there are some very attentive parking police patrolling the area.

The estimated 7000 students who catch the bus to UNSW from Eddy Avenue at Central Station every morning during semester probably have the right idea - the station has many helpful signs pointing to the Eddy Avenue bus stops. Once there you'll be looking for a 39* bus (391, 395 etc) - they all stop right outside the main gates to the university.

From Circular Quay or Elizabeth St in the city proper, look out for similar bus numbers heading south - 39* or L9* (394, 396 etc - the L stands for limited stops).

If you happen to be coming from Bondi Junction or directly from the Airport, look for the 400 bus that travels between the two (although from the airport I'd recommend you catch a taxi - it's a long bus ride).

If you happen to be staying at one of the hotels in Coogee, you will need to find a bus that goes via Randwick Junction (372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 314) - get off at Randwick Junction, find your way to High St an walk down it past the hospital until you reach the university.

For timetable information and a trip planner head for the Sydney Bus Trip Planner or call 131 500 (within Sydney).

Coogee Beach

Coogee beach is one of the nicest beaches in Sydney with many wonderful cafes that are famous for their huge all day breakfasts.

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