linux.conf.au 2007 Venue

All the linux.conf.au activities will be happening at the Kensington campus (accessibility maps also available) of UNSW around the Clancy and Mathews theatres and pavilion near Gate 9. This area is about a 10 minute walk from Anzac Pde at the front of the University, and there are some shops and grassy areas in the immediate vicinity.

We also have a very large version.

Accessibility

The Clancy, Mathews A and Mathews B theatres are all fully accessible by wheelchair, as well as the Pavilions, however Mathews C and Mathews D are not accessible. Please see the Accommodation page for campus accommodation accessibility. Many apologies for this as the rest of the University are 100% accessible. Please contact us if you have any more inquiries about venue accessibility.

Getting to and around UNSW

Parking at UNSW

There is paid parking at UNSW: linux.conf.au attendees will not be able to get parking permits, and would have to buy the Silver tickets ($2 per hour) or Blue tickets ($4 per 5 hours or $8 for 12 hours).

There is also some limited free street parking around the Uni. A map of the parking options is available. Some of this parking is unlimited time.

Getting to UNSW from the airport

Taxi

We suggest getting a taxi, approximate fare should be $15–$20. Taxis are available at all airport terminals just outside the terminal entrance. A $2 extra fee on top of the metered fare applies to all taxis caught from the airports.

When catching a taxi in Sydney note:

  1. If catching a taxi before 10pm, make sure that the meter is set to fare level 1 not fare level 2. Fare level 2 is the more expensive night rate.

  2. Australia is not a tipping culture in general and it is acceptable not to tip your taxi driver. If you do wish to tip, 10% is entirely adequate, or you can pay cash and tell them to keep the change.
  3. Aside from the airport $2 fee, no additional fees such as tolls or Harbour Bridge return toll should apply to the trip from the airport to UNSW

Here are some directions to the colleges you can give your taxi driver:

  • International House: near UNSW gate 2, High Street, Kensington

  • New College and Warrane College: UNSW, Anzac Parade, near the intersection of Barker Street, Kensington

  • Shalom College: UNSW, Barker Street, near the intersection with Anzac Parade, Kensington

Bus

Buses are also available from the domestic airport to UNSW: catch the 400 Bondi Junction bus (not the 400 to Burwood, that's the wrong direction) from Terminal 3 (the Qantas domestic terminal). You will be able to purchase a ticket on board, no return tickets are available. Tickets should be $3.90 (adults). If you have purchased a TravelPass (see "7 day bus, ferry and train tickets" below), which are available from the airport train stations, dip the travel pass into the green ticket reader, your fare is covered.

If travelling from the International terminal on public transport you would need to catch a train to Green Square station and a bus (302, 303 or 370) from there to UNSW. However, the train fare alone will be $12.60 (adults), so a taxi will likely be equivalent in price as well as more convienient. Airport train fares are only partially covered by the TravelPass system, if you purchase a red travel pass you must also purchase an airport gate pass to get on or off at the airport.

Bus and train travel in Sydney

General public transport travel information and planning for the Sydney area is available from the 131500 website.

Buses to UNSW

If you are staying elsewhere and are travelling to UNSW on public transport, here are some details:

  • Trains: the closest train station is Central station, where you will need to switch to a bus

  • Buses:

    • UNSW buses leave Central station at Eddy Avenue. Bus numbers are 391, 393, 395 (leaving Stand C) and 891 (express, mornings only, leaving Stand D).

    • UNSW buses leave Circular Quay on Alfred Street. Bus numbers are 392, 394, L94, 396, 397, 399 (leaving Stand E) and 890 and 892 (express, mornings only, leaving Stand E).

    • UNSW buses also leave from the Sydney CBD at Martin Place, bus numbers are 372, 376, 377, X77,X73, 371 (X buses are express, afternoon peak hour only)

    • Other bus numbers are provided on the UNSW website

If you want to explore other parts of Sydney, we recommend you refer to the tourism book conveniently included in your linux.conf.au bag. You can travel to most of Sydney by train. The nearest station is Central, in the heart of the city.

Buses from UNSW

The 891 express bus to Central Station leaves Gate 9 on High Street in the afternoons. The last bus is at 6:30pm. All other buses to Central leave from Anzac Parade

7 day bus, ferry and train tickets

Attendees wanting to see inner Sydney by public transport during the week should purchase either:

  • a Blue TravelPass (not a Blue TravelTen), $31 for seven days, which allows unlimited bus and ferry travel in the red zone; or

  • a Red TravelPass (again, not a TravelTen), $33 for seven days, which allows the same bus and ferry travel as the Blue TravelPass and also allows unlimited train travel in the red zone.

See the Cityrail map (PDF, 940KB) of the transport zones for more information on zones.

If you're travelling outside the red zone only once or twice, just buy those tickets independently. If you're spending most days outside the red zone (for example, commuting from outside it every day) look at the map for the other travel passes which cover a wider area.

If you're just wanting to travel around for a single day, a DayTripper ticket ($15.40 for one day's travel) is better value, allowing unlimited travel on all suburban trains, all ferries except the Manly Jetcat and all government owned Sydney buses (the blue and white ones). DayTripper tickets also include discounts to several tourist attactions, see Cityrail's site for details.

Travel passes are available from most newsagents and from train station ticket offices and ticket machines.

Driving in Sydney

Car Hire

For a list of car rental companies mentioned on the Attendees mailing list go to CarHire.

Things to do around UNSW

Eating & Drinking

There are some good places for lunch and dinner on Anzac Pde (turn left coming out of the University on Anzac Pde) and also on Avoca St in Randwick (see the University and surrounding area at Google maps). There are quite a number of good pubs and restaurants in the area surrounding the UNSW campus.

Shopping

Just down the road is Peters of Kensington, a boutique department store. There is also excellent shopping at Haymarket (China Town) in the city.

Beaches

UNSW is close to Coogee Beach (map). You can get to Coogee on the 370 bus, leaving the University of New South Wales near Gate 2 on High Street. Coogee is a surf beach and a lively beach suburb with lots of food and pubs.

You can visit Bondi Beach by catching the 400 bus from Anzac Parade (on the other side of the road) to Bondi Junction, and then changing at Bondi Junction for a bus to Bondi Beach.

Remember to swim between the red and yellow flags at Australian beaches! Areas of the beach between the flags have been selected as safe by the lifesavers and are patrolled; other areas aren't patrolled and may have dangerous currents.

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About Sydney

linux.conf.au is being held in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales, and the largest city in Australia. This page has info about getting around, and what to do once you have gotten around.

Weather

linux.conf.au will be held in January, which is the middle of the southern hemisphere's summer.

You can see the climate averages for a full idea of what to expect, but in summary, Sydney is hot and humid in summer. While the daily temperatures will usually be in the range 19℃-26℃ (66℉-79℉) there is reasonable likelihood of one or more days well above 30℃ (86℉) and the possibility of days hotter than 40℃ (104℉).

Sydney has a lot of summer rainfall, mostly in the form of heavy afternoon and evening storms and also high summer humidity, so even on temperate days you will feel quite warm.

Australia's summer sun is harsh. Wear sunscreen rated at least 15 SPF and wear clothing that will protect you from the sun (sleeves, hats). It's unwise to spend a lot of time outdoors between 11am and 3pm if you want to avoid sunburn... unfortunately this includes beaches.

There are some websites which have weather forecasts for Sydney, some of them are ABC and the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology.

Things to do elsewhere in Sydney

You can find general information of interest to travellers on Wikitravel's Sydney guide including accommodation, food, shopping and entertainment.

See our Out and About page for more activities, as well as your Sydney tourism pamphlet in your linux.conf.au bag for suggestions of places to go if you'd like to get out of the UNSW area for a day or an evening.

Sydney (last edited 2007-01-15 12:28:03 by hypatia)

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