Accommodation and arrival
We want to help you to find somewhere to stay while you are visiting Sydney for the Quasar retreat. You will need to arrange your own accommodation during your visit as accommodation and catering are not included in the retreat fee. Accommodation cannot be booked through the online Quasar registration process. You will find many accommodation options to suit all budgets.
The Kensington Campus of the University of New South Wales is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and this is a convenient area to start looking for a place to stay.
If you want to be close to the beach and only a 10 minute drive by car or public transport to the Quasar venue we recommend you search for accommodation in Coogee. One hotel option is the Crown Plaza Coogee Beach. In order to book the Coogee Crowne Plaza at a cheaper negotiated rate (AUD$215 per night for a Village View Room including breakfast or AUD$265 Ocean View Room including breakfast), at the time of booking you must say that you are attending an event at UNSW Australia and that you request the UNSW Venues and Events rate. Please note these rates may vary slightly if you book closer to the event date.
Other Sydney suburbs close to Leighton Hall (UNSW) are Randwick, Kensington, Kingsford and Maroubra. An excellent website detailing Sydney Lodges in the Randwick area will provide you with several accommodation options close to the University.
If you would prefer to stay in accommodation located in the bustling inner Sydney suburbs of Paddington, Darlinghurst, Kings Cross, Potts Point or Surry Hills there are many options that would involve a 15 minute drive by car, taxi or bus. Slightly further afield (20-30 minutes) and with extensive public transport connections, downtown Sydney CBD has numerous hotels varying from boutique to big international chains. Areas to search around include Circular Quay, Darling Harbour / Pyrmont and central Sydney.
An abundance of affordable home based apartment or single room accommodation is listed onAirbnb.
Flying to Sydney
Sydney Aiport (SYD) is Australia's busiest arrival port and located close to the venue. Airlines with direct or limited stop service to Sydney include:
USA & North America:United (LAX, SFO), Delta / Virgin Australia (LAX), Qantas / American Airlines (LAX, DFW, JFK), Air New Zealand (SFO, YVR, LAX via Auckland AKL), Air Canada (YVR, YYZ), Hawaiian Airlines (HNL and mainland).
Europe & Asia:Qantas (SIN, HKG, DXB, LHR), Cathay Pacific (Europe via HKG), Singapore Airlines (Europe via SIN), Malaysian Airlines (Europe via KUL), Emirates (Europe via DXB), Etihad / Virgin Australia (Europe via AUH), British Airways (LHR & Europe via SIN, BKK), Thai Airways (Europe via BKK), Other discounted fares may be found with Vietnam Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, China Airlines, China Southern & China Eastern.
Arrival and visas
If you are travelling from overseas you will need to check what VISA requirements you will require for your visit and prepare applications in good time. Visa requirements vary according to your country of origin and government information is available at the Department of Immigration.
The official currency is the Australian dollar (AUD$): The currency consists of notes in denominations of $100, $50, $20 $10 and $5, and coins in denominations of $2, $1, 50 cents, 20 cents, 10 cents and 5 cents.
Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are readily available in shopping areas, including on the UNSW Campus, for withdrawing cash. The most widely accepted credit cards are Visa and Mastercard with more major hotels, shops and restaurants accepting international cards such as American Express and Diners.
Australia has a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% fully included in quoted prices already at the point of purchase.
Tipping is not a major part of Australian culture. A tip of up to a maximum of 10% to show your appreciation for good service in a restaurant is the extent of local tipping culture.
Sydney in late September is in Spring. Expect cooler nights, 11-15°C (52°F) and 20-25°C (68°F) and mild to warm fresh sunshine. Pack a light jacket in the event of rainy or cooler days. More climate information can be found at Weatherzone.