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Accommodation

Newsflash!

We have negotiated new special rates for the following accommodation through STA Travel:

Adina Apartments (no breakfast included)
Studio Room $175 AUD per night
1 bedroom Apartment $221 AUD per night

Crown Plaza Hotel
Coogee Village View Room $204 AUD per night (or $254/night incl BB)
Ocean View Room $246 AUD per night (or $307/night incl BB)

This would be based on first come first serve basis until sold out. The accommodation must be booked and paid for through STA Travel. Please contact Michele on +61 2 98508440 or on macquarieuni.edu@statravel.com for bookings or enquiries.


Recommended Hotel: The Crowne Plaza, Coogee Beach

We have negotiated special group rates at the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach Sydney Hotel (http://www.crowneplazacoogee.com.au/). 

Room Prices and Breakfast:

  • The hotel has reserved 160 rooms for the World Meeting: 80 with a city view, and 80 with an ocean view. Rates will be AUD$255 for a room with views of the city and AUD$335 for views of the Pacific Ocean. These blocks of rooms will held from Monday July 18 through Saturday July 23, 2016.
  • Breakfast is available for an extra AUD $25 at the hotel or for approximately AUD$15-20 at one of the many terrific cafes in Coogee, just around the corner from the hotel.
  • Note: Prices are in Australian dollars. Currently the exchange rate with the Euro and US Dollar will reduce the cost of accommodation.

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Recommended Hotel: Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach Sydney Hotel

Macquarie University Accommodation

Accommodation is also available at two Macquarie University Hotels, the MGSM Executive and the Travelodge. Both are located on the university's picturesque grounds, have lovely views, and are well appointed (see pictures below). We have reserved special rates at the Travelodge: single occupancy with breakfast $185 per night; double occupancy with breakfast $200 per night.

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The Travel Lodge Hotel at Macquarie University 

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View from the Macquarie MGSM Executive hotel

Alternative Hotels.

Please note - the costs for these hotels are only current at the time of putting this information online and may change.

Alternative accommodation is available at the Medina Serviced Apartments (http://www.medina.com.au/medina-executive-coogee/hotel) and Coogee Sands Apartments (http://www.coogeesands.com.au/) at UNSW preferred rates in 2016. Moreover, student attendees may wish to stay at one of the many affordable youth hostels in Coogee (known as "backpackers" in Australian English).  Here are more accommodation options with indicative prices (subject to change).

Alternative hotel list

Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee
http://www.adinahotels.com.au/adina-apartment-hotel-coogee/hotel
Per night: Studio $162.40; 1 bedroom Apartment $206.40; 2 bed Apartment $290 Apartment
Avonmore Park**
http://www.avonmoreonthepark.com.au
Per night: $165-$260; Flat rate, any room for 1 week $1155
The Sebel Surry Hill
http://www.sebelsurryhills.com.au
Daily: approx Superior $180 Deluxe $200
Surf-Side Coogee (Backpackers)
http://www.surfsidebackpackers.com.au
$30/night share or $59/night single or $69/night double or twin
Addison Hotel 
http://www.addisonhotel.com.au/
Per night: Standard $130; Family $182
The Harbour Phoenix 
http://www.harbourphoenix.com.au
Apartment: 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom from $225 per night
 Randwick Waldorf Serviced Apartments
http://www.randwick-serviced-apartments-sydney.com.au
Apartment: 5+nights - 1 bedroom from $150 per night ($1050pw)
Apartment: 5+nights - 2 bedroom from $220 per night ($1540pw)
http://www.waldorf.com.au/residential-apartments/randwick-furnished-apartments-sydney.html
Sydney Lodges Randick: (see lodges below)
http://www.sydneylodges.com/locations/randwick/
The Blenheim Randwick Lodge
1 Bedroom Apartment from $143 per night
Twin Room from $133 per night
Double bed + Single bed from $150 per night
http://www.sydneylodges.com/lodges/the-blenheim-randwick/
The Randwick Lodge
Lower Ground Room from $119 per night
Heritage Room from $128 per night
Executive Room - from $139 per night
http://www.sydneylodges.com/lodges/randwick-lodge/
Avoca Lodge :
Per night: From $110
http://www.sydneylodges.com/lodges/avoca-lodge/
Sydney Lodges - City
http://www.sydneylodges.com/locations/city/
$120 standard to $180 executive
Dive Hotel Coogee 
(only 16 rooms in total - includes breakfast)
http://www.divehotel.com.au
Standard Room from $170
Queen Room from $185
Ocean Views from $285
3 Bedroomed Annex - sleeps 6 (price $350/night)
http://www.divehotel.com.au/

For those seeking accommodation on a budget, options can be found at www.wotif.com.au and at www.lastminute.com.au

Other accommodation websites

Transport

Opal cards
One of the key ways to prepare for using public transport in Sydney and surrounds is to purchase an Opal card. This can be used for all trains, buses, ferries and light rail systems in Sydney, as well as the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands regions.

Opal is an electronic ticketing system, similar to Oyster in London or Octopus in Hong Kong. You only need to purchase an Opal card once, add value by topping up, and you're ready to travel. A number of Sydney public transport services do not accept cash or paper tickets, using only Opal card entry.

To travel you must tap on and tap off using the Opal card readers at train stations, buses, ferry wharves and light rail stops. (The only exception for tapping off is the wonderful Manly Ferry service, as there is only one possible stop). The Opal system will automatically deduct the correct fare.

When budgeting, remember that there is a $60 weekly cap. That is, with the exception of the airport trains (which are exempt from the cap and cost about $20AUD each way) you can travel to as many places as you want within a calendar week and the Opal card will stop deducting money once you reach $60. Thus, you shouldn't need to spend more than $60 on public transport if you are here for less than a week (airport trains excepted). More fare information can be found here.

Opal cards can be bought on arrival at the airport itself (international and domestic), at any local newsagency, or at any 7-11 store (a list of outlets at the airport and near Coogee are at the end of this page). Train stations also sell opal cards. Perhaps the best method is to go online and find a convenient retailer. You can also order an opal card online at https://www.opal.com.au/.

Trip planners

NSW Transport has an excellent site (http://www.transportnsw.info/) which has an easy-to-use trip planner. This is one way to find the fastest and/or cheapest routes to use for journeys using public transport. You can also download the Opal travel app (another trip planner) here.

Getting from the airport to the City or Coogee

Airport to Sydney city
Trains leave from the international and domestic airport terminals to the city every 5-20 minutes. The train stations have entrances within the terminals and the trip cost is about $20AUD. The trip takes about 15 minutes to Central station.

Taxis to the city cost $30-35AUD.

Airport to Coogee

Again, trains and buses are the cheapest option.

The simplest route is to catch the airport train to Central station (see section above on trains from airport to the city). At Central Station take Exit 4 on the North concourse (see map here). Cross the road to the other side of Elizabeth Street and walk to Bus Stand E which is close to the corner of Kippax Street (see map). Buses to Coogee are red Metrobuses numbered M50. There is no timetable but the buses run regularly - every 10 minutes or so in peak hour and every 20 minutes or so at other times. The trip to Coogee is about half an hour. The bus terminates at Coogee on Arden Street, just up the road from the Crowne Plaza Hotel (see map here). Bus drivers are quite friendly, and will be happy to help ensure you disembark at the closest location to your hotel.

Another way is to catch a train from the international or domestic airport terminals to Green Square station (just before Central Station) and catch the bus from there to Coogee. Various buses include the 370 on Botany Rd near Bourke St (2 mins from Green Square station) and the 314 on Belmore Rd opposite Silver St (5 mins from Green Square station). You will then arrive at a bus stop on Coogee Bay Road, approximately a short walk from the Crowne Plaza hotel.

Taxis can be found upon arrival at the airport. The fare to the Crowne Plaza will cost approximately $30-45AUD.

If you prefer the comfort of a shuttle service, click on this link to book.

Getting from Coogee to UNSW

Bus: Catch the M50 bus from Arden Street, near Carr Street (approximately 2 minutes' walk from the hotel). This bus is prepaid only, so an Opal Card is necessary. Disembark at Gate 9 on High Street, as this is the most convenient entrance to the John Niland Scientia building. The approximate fare is $2-4AUD.

Taxi: You can contact the concierge to organise a taxi for you. Alternatively, a secure taxi rank is located at the Dolphin Street cul-de-sac, adjacent to the Beach Palace Hotel. The approximate fare is $10-20AUD.

Walk: UNSW is about a 20 minute walk from Coogee Beach. Walk up Coogee Bay Road to High Street and then to Gate 9 of UNSW (see Google map here).

Getting from Coogee to Macquarie University

Buses and trains are the least expensive option

Best route from the Crowne Plaza
Catch the M50 from Arden Street near Carr Street bus stop (2 minutes from the hotel). This bus is prepay only, so be sure to have an Opal card handy to use this service. Disembark at Central Station, Chalmers Street, Stand G (see the map here). This bus stop is very close to Central Station Exit 6 on the South Concourse. At the bottom of the steps turn right, go through the turnstiles and turn left into the first tunnel. Platform entrances are on the right. Walk up to Platform 16, where trains to Hornsby via Macquarie University leave every 15 minutes. The train trip takes about 35 minutes. PLEASE NOTE: there are also trains to Hornsby via Gordon. These DO NOT go past Macquarie University. Macquarie University Station is on Campus. For a campus map with details about how to find the preconference symposium, go here.

If you wish to catch a taxi, a secure taxi rank is located at the Dolphin Street cul-de-sac, adjacent to the Beach Palace Hotel (or the hotel concierge can call you a taxi). The cost will be somewhere around $65-90AUD

Best route from UNSW Gate 9
Catch the M50 bus from Gate 9 (these run every 10-20 minutes) and disembark at Central station, Chalmers Street, Stand G (see the map here). At the bottom of the steps turn right, go through the turnstiles and turn left into the first tunnel. Platform entrances are on the right. Walk up to Platform 16, where trains to Hornsby via Macquarie University leave every 15 minutes. The train trip takes about 35 minutes. PLEASE NOTE: there are also trains to Hornsby via Gordon. These DO NOT go past Macquarie University. Macquarie University Station is on Campus. For a campus map with details about how to find the preconference symposium, go here.

You can also call a taxi to be ready for you at a time most appropriate to you at any university gate of your choosing. Alternatively, taxis can easily be caught from High Street and Belmore Road (a 5 minute walk from campus). A Taxi Stand is also located at the Prince of Wales Hospital, just next to the main campus. Approximate fare: AUD$60-95AUD. A map of UNSW can be found here.

Getting from Macquarie University to Coogee

Catch the train from Macquarie University Station to Central Station, about 35 minutes. At Central Station take Exit 4 on the North concourse (see map here). Cross the road to the other side of Elizabeth Street and walk to Bus Stand E which is close to the corner of Kippax Street (see map). Buses to Coogee are red Metrobuses numbered M50. There is no timetable but the buses run regularly - every 10 minutes or so in peak hour and every 20 minutes or so at other times. The trip to Coogee is about half an hour. The bus terminates at Coogee on Arden Street, just up the road from the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Coogee Bay Hotel, site of the opening reception (see map here).

Getting from Coogee or UNSW back to the airport by public transport

Catch the M50 from Arden Street Coogee, near the Carr Street bus stop (2 minutes from the hotel). If at UNSW, catch the M50 bus at Gate 9. This bus is prepay only, so be sure to have an Opal card handy to use this service. Disembark at Central Station, Chalmers Street stand G (see the map here). This bus stop is very close to Central Station Exit 6 on the South Concourse. At the bottom of the steps turn right, go through the turnstiles and turn left into the first tunnel. Platform entrances are on the right. Walk up to Platform 23 (the first platform entrance), where trains to the airport leave every 10-20 minutes.

Getting an Opal card

https://www.opal.com.au/ordercard?execution=e1s1

Sydney International Airport
- WH Smith International Airport Arrivals 2,  Site 1-1082 International Terminal, Sydney International Airport, MASCOT NSW 2020. Phone 0404 162 551
- WH Smith International Airport Arrivals 1, Site 1-1082 International Terminal, Sydney International Airport, MASCOT NSW 2020. Phone 02 9693 8516
- Sydney International Airport train station, MASCOT NSW 2020

Domestic Airport
- Newslink newsagency, Sydney T2 Domestic Airport, Terminal 2, Pier A, Airside, T2, Sydney Domestic Airport, MASCOT NSW 2020. Phone 02 8373 9527

Coogee
- Deli On Dolphin, 141 Dolphin St, COOGEE NSW 2034. Phone: 02 9665 4403
- EzyMart Coogee, 227 Coogee Bay Rd, COOGEE NSW 2034. Phone: 02 8065 1817
- City Mart Convenience Coogee, 250 Coogee Bay Rd, COOGEE NSW 2034. Phone: 02 9665 1778
- P & L Mixed Business, 15 Havelock Ave, COOGEE NSW 2034. Phone:02 9665 5198
- Bream Street Newsagency, 12 Bream St, COOGEE NSW 2034. Phone: 02 9665 3024
- 4 Square Food Store, 224 Carrington Rd, COOGEE NSW 2031. Phone: 02 9399 6713
- Coogee Beach Newsagent, 252 Arden St , COOGEE NSW 2034. Phone: 02 9665 1778
- Coogee Convenience Store, 171-173 Carrington Rd, COOGEE NSW 2034. Phone: 02 9665 4238
- Coogee Village News, Shop 8, 182 Coogee Bay Rd, COOGEE NSW 2034. Phone: 02 9665 5624
- Woolworths Metro Coogee Coogee Bay Village, 184-196 Coogee Bay Rd, COOGEE NSW 2034. Phone: 02 8035 9257
- MFC Coogee Supermarket, 14 Bream St, COOGEE NSW 2034. Phone: 02 9664 4490
- Ocean View Convenience Store, 190 Arden St, COOGEE NSW 2034. Phone: 02 9665 5983

Randwick
- St Pauls Post Office, 70-72 Perouse Rd, RANDWICK NSW 2031. Phone: 02 9398 5704
- The Spot Newsagency, 28 St Pauls St, RANDWICK NSW 2031. Phone: 02 9399 3962
- Woolworths Randwick, 73 Belmore Rd, RANDWICK NSW 2031. Phone: 02 8035 9248
- King of the Pack Randwick, Shop 53b, Royal Randwick Shopping Centre, 73 Belmore Rd, RANDWICK NSW 2031. Phone: 02 9399 8974
- Clovelly Mini Mart, 151 Clovelly Rd, RANDWICK NSW 2031. Phone: 02 9326 7067
- 7-Eleven Randwick, 128 Barket St, RANDWICK NSW 2031. Phone: 02 9314 7625
- Budget Petrol Randwick, 8-10 Perouse Rd, RANDWICK NSW 2031. Phone: 02 8065 9611
- Centennial Mini Mart, 38 Clovelly Rd, RANDWICK NSW 2031. Phone: 02 9398 9925
- Cignall Randwick Plaza, 130-148 Belmore Rd, RANDWICK NSW 2031. Phone: 02 9398 3802
- City Convenience Randwick, 9 Belmore Rd, RANDWICK NSW 2031. Phone: 02 9398 8900

Others
- Maroubra: South Coogee Newsagent, 6 Malabar Rd, MAROUBRA NSW 2034. Phone:  02 9665 5012
- South Coogee: Caltex South Coogee, 169 Malabar Rd, SOUTH COOGEE NSW 2034. Phone: 02 9315 5860
- South Coogee: Supa Save Coogee, 4 Malabar Rd South, SOUTH COOGEE NSW 2034. Phone: 02 9665 2914