Set in the heart of the Kensington Campus, at the top of the "University Mall", Leighton Hall is the ceremonial space of the Scientia Conference and Events Centre at the University of New South Wales. This beautiful space with its eight metre high roof of floating sails features natural wood and stone in earthy colours and is flooded with natural light.
The foyer has sweeping views across the University's landscaped gardens and public spaces, and spills out onto an outdoor meeting space and lawn.
Leighton Hall is located at G19 on the UNSW Campus Map and is just a short walk from paid parking (own expense).
Free WiFi at the venue
The venue has free WiFi that you will be able to access via a unique password that will be allocated to you when you arrive on the first day of the Quasar. This service will only be available to you if you request it at the time you complete your online registration and payment.
The Quasar retreat fee does not include catering (i.e. no morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea). However, there are many options for eating both on and off campus during the Quasar. You can also bring your own food and eat on the Leighton Hall lawn or in one of the beautiful garden sitting areas.
Eating on Campus
Leighton Hall is located in the Upper Campus of UNSW and is close (5 minute walk) to student gathering places that provide a wide range of food and retail outlets where you can purchase breakfast and lunch.
Eating off Campus
Leighton Hall is only a short drive (5 minutes) or walk (10 minutes) to the Randwick shops (Belmore Road), the Randwick Spot and Kingsford shops on Anzac Parade. In all locations there are a large selection of cafes, restaurants serving numerous world cusine styles and take away outlets to suit all budgets. Supermarkets can be found in Randwick on Belmore Road and options further afield include Coogee Beach and Maroubra Junction.
There are plenty of options for travelling to UNSW by car or public transport.
Public transport: Purchase an easily acquired Opal card and add credit to travel freely on all modes of Sydney public transport. Online journey planning is available here, or alternately download and install one of these smartphone apps.
Buses: UNSW is heavily serviced by numerous bus routes. Main points of origin include downtown Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, Darlinghurst, Paddington and Central Station Railway Square to Anzac Parade (all 39x buses, L94, M10, M50 & express UNSW 89x) and to Randwick (all 37x buses with 10min walk). From Coogee Beach (370, M50), Bondi (400, 410) and Sydney Inner West (348, 370).
To and from the airport: The University is approximately 20-30 minutes by Taxi from Sydney Airport for approximately $30 and tipping is not required in Australia. Alternately a cheaper option is to take the 400 public bus to UNSW.
Driving and parking: UNSW is on semester break during the 2016 Quasar. This means that parking on campus (paid – weekday only) and around the adjoining streets will be more available than usual. 2hr parking spots surround the university with free onstreet parking further afield if you don't mind a walk. UNSW has two major parking stations reached via Barker St (Gate 14) and Botany St (Gate 11). Outside of weekends when parking is free, it will be expensive. Rates and information here.
Mobility Disability Access
If you are mobility disabled and need vehicle access to the venue you will be able to enter the UNSW campus through Gate 11 in Botany Street. The accompanying map shows the route to the Scientia Conference and Events Centre where you will be able to use a ramp for ground level access to Leighton Hall.
Security and Safety
While the campus is a safe place the UNSW Security Services provide 24 hour comprehensive security to protect you, prevent crime and protect UNSW property. For emergencies phone: +61 2 9385 6666.