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Sydney is a vibrant and colourful city and we hope that participants from interstate and overseas will enjoy its many attractions during their stay for the conference.


The meeting will take place in the main campus of the University of Sydney. This is situated about 3 km from the heart of Sydney, Australia's largest and most dynamic city. Sydney is internationally famous for its spectacular harbours, rivers and beaches, and is one of the world's favourite tourist destinations. It is also a diverse multicultural city of over 3 million people, with an enormous variety of entertainment, music and cuisine. There are several other tourist attractions within a a few hours of Sydney, including the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley (a prominent wine-making region). Sydney is well-served by public transport, and has an international airport with connections to many countries.


In July the temperature in Sydney usually varies in the range 8-16 C over a 24 hour period, with the average 3 pm temperature being about 15 C.

Scientific Schedule:

Talks of general interest will be given in plenary morning sessions, from Monday to Friday inclusive. More specialised talks will be given in parallel Theory/Experiment sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.

Other Activities/Excursions:

The conference dinner will be held on Wednesday evening, 8 July, at a cost of AUS $25 per person. There will be a free public lecture by George Ellis on Thursday evening, 9 July. There will be a four-hour ferry cruise of Sydney harbour, including a buffet lunch, on Saturday 11 July (approximate cost, AUS $45 per person).


Most intercity trains and coaches terminate at Sydney's Central Station, from where there are numerous buses to the University of Sydney. Sydney's international airport is about 20 minutes drive from the city centre and the University of Sydney. There is a bus service to Central Station, from where there are numerous buses to the University; however, it is generally easier (and fairly inexpensive) to take a taxi from the airport directly to the University of Sydney. Australian participants should note that Qantas has been appointed as the official airline for the conference. As a special conference fare has been negotiated for delegates attending ACGRG2, we suggest you contact Qantas Association Sales (phone 1800 684 880 from within Australia) to avail yourself of this offer. A discount of 45% off the full economy airfare (excluding taxes) at the time of booking has been negotiated for this conference, subject to seat availability in group class. Please quote your Association Profile Number (which is 1273758) and destination and date of conference when making your reservation. Please note that the applicable discount is available for domestic travel within Australia only and is subject to payment and ticketing conditions.


Some budget accommodation is available at the residential colleges of the University of Sydney, which are situated within a short walk of the conference venue. The cost is approximately AUS $42 per person for a single room with bed and breakfast (and in most cases shared bathroom facilities). Requests for this type of accommodation should be made when completing the registration form, and must be received by May 30. For those arranging their own accommodation we recommend the following motels, which are a short walk from the conference venue: University Motor Inn, 25 Arundel St, Broadway, NSW 2007 Phone: +61 2 9660-5777 (or 1800-263-909 from within Australia) cost: AUS $100/night for twin or single room (breakfast not included). (This is the "conference rate", available for ACGRG2 participants.) Camperdown Travelodge, Missenden Rd, Camperdown, NSW 2050 Phone: +61 2 9516-1522 (or 1800-244-351 from within Australia) Cost: AUS $115/night for twin or single room (breakfast not included). (This is the "function outside rate".)

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