Sydney

Things To Do

Sydney is the premier destination for art, culture, beautiful beaches and majestic scenery. With iconic cityscapes and a glorious harbour you will be able to explore everything from the natural beauty of Bondi Beach to our most renowned landmarks - the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

University of Sydney

Australia’s first university, founded in 1850, boasts 2 main campuses, Darlington and Camperdown, and many satellite campuses including the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Notable alumni included the current Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, and five other PMs including John Howard and Gough Whitlam. 

We are ranked in the top 10 of the world’s most beautiful universities, with buildings modelled on architecture seen the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. The Quadrangle is the most prominent of these sandstone structures and it forms the centre of the neo-Gothic aesthetic of the Camperdown campus.

 We are lucky to have The Great Hall and MacLaurin Hall feature in the World Congress program, with welcome drinks and the Gala Dinner being held in these spaces respectively.

 The Abercrombie Business School building is one of the latest architectural feats of the last few years and will proudly host the majority of the session held at the World Congress. It offers students and staff more than 9,100 square metres of teaching and learning spaces, across 6 levels, and is the thriving centre of the Sydney Business School.

 Located only 14 minutes’ walk from the closest train station, guests can alight at Redfern Station and walk along Abercrombie Street to reach the ABS building. Multiple bus services run along City Road, Darlington.

 Fares and payments for most bustrainlight rail and ferry services can be made using an Opal card. For more information on trip planning and service timetables please visit https://transportnsw.info/

 Google maps for Abercrombie Building

Kingsford Smith Airport

Fortunately Sydney’s airport is located only 20 minutes from the University of Sydney. Transfers can be pre-arranged by visitors or you can use the Airport Link or catch a taxi to your hotel.

Airport Link

You can catch Sydney’s Airport Train from the airport to the city, and city to the airport. Both Domestic and International terminals are serviced by the Airport Link. For network maps and timetables please visit the Airport Link webpage.

Darling Harbour

Arguably the most famous harbour in the world, Darling Harbour offers a stunning cityscape of Sydney, with sweeping views of the city skyline from Harbourside. Darling Harbour offers waterfront dining, the Chinese Garden of FriendshipSEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Pyrmont, King Street Wharf and Cockle Bay offer even more opportunities to eat, drink and shop.

A short walk over Pyrmont Bridge will take you to The Star, one of Sydney’s premier destinations for shopping, dining and 5 star accommodation.

Darling Harbour is only a 15 minute taxi or uber ride from Abercrombie Business School.

The closest train from darling Harbour is Town Hall.

Map of Darling Harbour

Sydney Opera House

"It stands by itself as one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind.” Expert evaluation report to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, 2007.

The Sydney Opera House is one of the most striking architectural sculptures of the world and is Australia’s number one tourist destination, welcoming more than 8.2 million visitors a year. Make sure to visit the famous steps and take in the surrounds of the equally famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay. You can even take a Sydney Opera House tour, which run daily from 9am – 5pm and are available in English, French, German, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The largest steel arch bridge in the world, this iconic landmark is fondly nicknamed the Coathanger by Sydneysiders. It links the CBD to North Sydney, and you can walk, drive, cycle, bus or train it over the bridge.

You can hire bicycles in the city or join Sydney Bike ToursBonza Bike ToursBikebuffs or BlueBananas for guided tours.

If you are feeling adventurous you can scale the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, whether it be day, night, dawn or twilight; a spectacular experience any which way. Bridge Climb is on Cumberland Street in the historic Rocksdistrict, a stroll from either Circular Quay or Wynyard train stations. 

Circular Quay

Affectionately known by locals as “The Quay”, it is Sydney’s main ferry terminus. At the wharves, you can hop on a ferry to Taronga Zoo, Manly and Watson’s Bay, to name a few. On weekends it is a hive of activity, with thousands of tourists and locals flocking to the waterfront, with stunning views both day and night.

The Quay is a 20 minute taxi or uber from Abercrombie.

There is a train station at Circular Quay, which is the easiest way of visiting the Quay, with multiple bus routes also servicing Circular Quay from the University of Sydney.

The Rocks

The Rocks is steeped in a rich history of heritage and culture. Two different pubs in The Rocks claim to be Sydney’s oldest surviving pubs – the Fortune of War and the Lord Nelson. Making your way along the cobblestones takes you back over the decades, where buildings of the 18th, 19th and early 20th century still live on.  

Generally every weekend The Rocks Markets is thriving with tourists and locals strolling up and down the cobblestoned lanes discovering the many gems that can be found amongst the many artists, artisans and stall holders of the markets.

There are over 50 cafes and restaurants in the vicinity, some of which have been part of the landscape for many years, including Munich Brauhaus, the Australian Heritage Hotel and the Argyle.

Getting here

Bondi Beach

There may be no other beach in the world more famous than Sydney’s Bondi Beach. This beautiful sandy beach is perfect for a casual walk, surfing, or taking in a glorious sunrise. Professional lifeguards patrol Bondi Beach every day of the year, with Bondi Icebergs claiming Australia’s oldest swimming clubs.

Visitors and local’s alike love to take in the scenery while making the trek from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach on the Coastal Walk. Make sure you take your sunscreen and a hat as the summery conditions will be on full show in November.

Sydney Tower Eye

The Sydney Tower Eye, often referred to Centrepoint Tower, has been a striking feature of Sydney’s cityscape for over 30 years, and remains the tallest structure in Sydney. Guests can enjoy views from the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck, and for those more daring, an outdoor SkyWalk Tour.

Manly Beach

Another one of Sydney’s stunning beaches is Manly, situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney. The best way to get there is to hop on the famous Manly Ferry from Circular Quay.

Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair

Mrs. Macquarie's Chair is a gorgeous vantage point, directly east of the Sydney Opera House, on the eastern edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens, that offers the most breathtaking view across Sydney Harbour. Admission is free

Circular Quay is the closest train station. Buses also stop at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery was established in 1871, and takes pride in offering fine international and Australian art in one of the most beautiful art museums in the world. Located next to the Royal Botanic Gardens, and a short stroll from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, and with free admission there is no excuse not to visit.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Escape the city and dive into the fascinating history of the plants and people associated with Australia’s oldest botanic garden. You can explore at your own pace, or enjoy a free Royal Botanic Garden Sydney tour. These free guided walks leave from the Information Centre at 10:30am, 7 days a week.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The MCA is Australia’s leading museum dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the work of today’s artists. The MCA Collection contains over 4000 works by Australian artists that have been acquired since 1989. The MCA is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation. Each year, they raise 70% of their income from non-government sources such as donations, corporate sponsorship, venue hire, ticketed exhibitions and events.

Luna Park

Located at Milson’s Point, Luna Park is a vibrant home to many attractions and rides. Luna Park’s smiling face is the famous gateway entrance to the Park. Seeing the huge face lit up at night is a sight to be seen.

Hop on and Hop Off Buses

The best way to take in all the sights of the city is to jump on (and off) the Big Bus tour bus or the City Sightseeing tour bus. Please visit their respective webpages to view their routes, ticket pass options and prices.