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Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales, is a dynamic business hub that boasts stunning natural landscapes, a cosmopolitan culture and a year-round temperate climate. The Harbour City offers world-class meetings infrastructure, making it a favourite destination for event planners and tourists alike. Sydney is also constantly upgrading its offering to ensure even those who return time and time again will find something new to engage their delegates.
In fact, the city is a proven success story for organisations looking for a host destination to partner with – it consistently ranks as a leading global and Asia Pacific hub and is Australia’s number one destination for global meetings, according to the latest annual International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Country and City Rankings.
Organisers can choose from over 1,000 unique venues, ranging from boardrooms and exclusive dining rooms to social venues. From internationally renowned, five-star luxury suites and spacious apartments to boutique and budget hotels, Sydney has more than 42,000 hotel/motel rooms to suit every style and budget. And most are within easy walking distance or a short taxi ride to major attractions and venues.
ICC Sydney is Australia’s premier global meeting venue. This state-of-the-art convention, exhibition and entertainment venue has been purpose-built to respond to the future demands of the industry with the capability and flexibility to meet a comprehensive range of event requirements.
One of the city's most renowned event destinations is the Sydney Olympic Park, which is an all-encompassing business precinct that includes 22,000 square metres of exhibition space and over 100 different function spaces. The Star in Sydney is a luxury casino that offers new premium dining, shopping, entertainment and accommodation options, and its dedicated events space, The Event Centre, boasts 2,200 square metres and the capacity to host up to 3,000 people. Hyatt Regency Sydney is another popular Sydney hotel with 892 guest rooms and 3,700 square meters of event space, including two ballrooms and 21 meeting rooms. Those looking for a custom-designed event venue can opt for Dockside Pavilion Darling Harbour that offers an event space of 1,470 square metres and can accommodate up to 2,000 guests.
The bustling city also has an abundance of cultural attractions, such as the sandstone heritage buildings of Sydney Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building. Other famous attractions include the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Observatory. Visitors to the city can also wander through Paddington, Newtown or Surry Hills at night to see the amazing range of international restaurants, colourful locals, and pumping nightlife. Or, if they're looking for a more low-key venue, they can enjoy serene waterfront dining at one of the many restaurants lining the harbour such as the Catalina in Rose Bay.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Sydney has a temperate climate with warm summers, mild winters and a high proportion of sunny days, all an effect of the city's proximity to the ocean. The warmest month is January with average temperatures between 19°C to 26°C. Winters are mild with temperatures rarely dropping below 5°C in coastal areas. The coldest month is July, with temperatures averaging 12°C.
Rainfall is relatively evenly divided between summer and winter, but tends to be slightly higher during the first half of the year when easterly winds dominate. The average annual rainfall is 121.9 cm, seen over about 138 days a year. The best time to visit is during October, November and December, when temperatures are mild but rainfall has not reached its heaviest.
Wesley Conference Centre
SMC Conference & Function Centre
Sydney Airport (SYD)
Approximate taxi fare: $46 AUD
Sydney Airport, also known as Mascot Airport and Kingsford Smith Airport, is a continually-operating commercial airport located about 8km south of Sydney’s central business district. Forty-one airlines make more than 700 direct international flights to Sydney Airport every week from Asia, Europe and the Americas. Just an 11-hour flight from half the world’s population, Sydney is Australia’s most accessible city. The airport also has loads of dining and shopping options to choose from, including popular brands such as WHSmith, Pandora, L'Occitane, Michael Kors, Gloria Jean's Coffee, and Nando’s. Sydney Airport can be reached by car, train, and bus. Train stations that are part of the Airport Link train service are located at both the International and Domestic terminals. Buses stop at the Arrivals level outside both the International (T1) and Domestic (T3) terminals to pick up and drop passengers.
And once you’ve landed, Sydney’s city centre is only 8km (5 miles) away via your choice of taxi, train, airport shuttle bus, or private transfer, whichever you prefer. But the vast array of choices doesn’t stop there – there’s a range of accommodation, from the city to the coast and hinterlands to choose from. You’ll feel at home the minute you step off the plane.
The Sydney Trains network provides rail services throughout the Sydney central business district and metropolitan area. The rail network has a total of 178 stations, which includes four Airport Line stations. Intercity services from central Sydney are run by the new NSW TrainLink, which also operates Regional services to destinations around New South Wales, Brisbane, Canberra, and Melbourne. Every rail line leads directly or indirectly to a rail loop around the central business district, named the City Circle. Most trains do not run between midnight and 4:00 am. A special NightRide bus service is available during these hours on most Sydney suburban lines.
Sydney Transit Bus Service
Rental car providers Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty, and Redspot have set up their desks in arrivals level at both terminals of Sydney Airport.
In Sydney, travelers have a range of taxi services to choose from. Travellers should note that tolls and other charges that apply to their journey will be added to their fare. Only the return toll will be added for Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel journeys.
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