Location

Venue

The workshop will be held in Sydney, Australia on the campus of the University of New South Wales near Coogee Beach. The address is:

NICTA Kensington Laboratory
223 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033

Map: http://tinyurl.com/2qqvz6

The venue is in level 1 of building L5, on the University of New South Wales Kensington main campus [map] and easily accessible by public transport from the city center as well as from Coogee Beach.

Buses go at least every 10 minutes and take about 20 minutes from the city and about 10 minutes from Coogee Beach. You find taxis almost all day/night readily available in Sydney. From the city it costs around AUD 15-20 and from Coogee Beach around AUD 10 to the conference venue.

Accommodation

Hotels can be booked online at good rates through hotel reservation systems such as:

http://www.hotelclub.com/
http://www.hotel.com/

Some of the hotels in the vicinity include

 Barker Lodge
 * basic accommodation, room quality varies
 * 5 minutes walk to the conference venue

 Gemini Randwick (http://www.geminihotel.com.au/)
 * basic accommodation
 * between Coogee Beach and Kensington
 * 20 min walk, 5 min taxi to the conference venue

 The Dive Hotel (http://www.divehotel.com.au/)
 * stylish boutique hotel on Coogee Beach
 * 10 min by bus or 35 min walk to the conference venue

 Cooge Bay Hotel (http://www.coogeebayhotel.com.au/)
 * business hotel
 * can be noisy on weekends as it includes a popular pub
 * 10 min by bus or 35 min walk to the conference venue

 Crown Plaza Coogee Beach (http://www.coogeebeach.sydney.crowneplaza.com/)
 * upper class business hotel
 * 10 min by bus or 35 min walk to the conference venue

We recommend booking rooms well in advance as the weekend preceding the workshop has the Mardi Gras Parade (http://www.mardigras.org.au/) which typically creates a shortage of hotel rooms in the city.

 

Sydney and Australia

Below some impressions of Sydney and Australia.

The UNSW Kensington campus:

UNSW Campus
 

UNSW campus at night:

UNSW campus at night

On the Bondi to Coogee cliff top walk in Sydney:

 On the Bondi to Coogee cliff top walk in Sydney

A Sydney sunset around Christmas:

Sydney Sunset around Christmas 

The Blue Mountains close to Sydney:

 The Blue Mountains close to Sydney

Rainforest in Queensland:

 Rainforest in Queensland 

 

Australian Outback near Broken Hill: 

Australian Outback near Broken Hill 

Outback sunset: 

 Outback Sunset