|Getting around in
|Location of the
Vibe Hotel North Sydney (Milsons Point)
88 Alfred Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061
Tel: +61 2 9955 1111
Fax: +61 2 9955 3522
Web page with map
|Travelling TO the conference venue
- "Airport Link is a fast and convenient way to reach the centre of Sydney.
Trains run approximately every 10 minutes and the journey into the city
takes only 13 minutes. The international and domestic rail stations
link directly to the City Circle which means most city destinations are
within a short walk of stations" --
-- says the airport website. The fare is $A 15.40 one way (which includes a $A 12 "Gate Pass").
If you buy a "MyMulti" Pass for travelling in Sydney (see below) you still need to buy a "Gate Pass" at the airport for $A 12 (which is included in the above-mentioned fare of 15.40).
- There are of course plentiful taxis from the
airport, but please note that they have to cross the main part of the city, and
there are likely to be toll charges, and the Harbour Bridge. Crossing the bridge entails a surcharge of
$6. These costs will be on top of the usual rates so this is a relatively
- Once in the city, you can reach Milsons Point also by ferry: from Circular Quay (the central ferry hub) it is one stop to Milsons Point/Luna Park Wharf on the Parramatta River, Woolwich/Birkenhead and Darling Harbour routes. From there, it's an 8 minutes walk to the Vibe Hotel.
- Set your Sat Nav at 88 Alfred St, Milsons Point, NSW.
However, the Milson's Point area is largely high density
residential, so parking is not feasible in local streets for non-residents. The
hotel does have limited parking facilities (see their website), but they are
expensive, and you are unlikely to need a car during your stay unless restricted
|Travelling about in Sydney FROM the conference venue
The two most convenient means of transport are ferries
In the central area of Sydney the Circle Line operates -
six stations, with trains operating in both directions. The closest Circle Line
(CL) station to the venue is Wynyard (accessible via the train from Milson's
Point railway station) or Circular Quay (go by ferry from Milson's Point ferry
CL Circular Quay: Opera House, Museum of Sydney, the
Rocks area of first settlement, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).
CL St James:- NSW Art Gallery, Botanical Gardens, some of
the main convict and colonial built buildings including St James Church, Hyde
Park Barracks and museum, the Mint, Sydney Hospital, Parliament House, mainly
along Macquarie St.
CL Museum: Australian Museum, Hyde Park
CL Central:- other railway and bus lines
CL Town Hall:- CBD, Queen Victoria Building, Strand
CL Wynyard:- Sydney Observatory, Martin Place
The ferry stop of Milson's Point is down the hill from
the venue. You can catch ferries to
Circular Quay or to Darling Harbour.
From Circular Quay you can catch further public ferries
to, eg, Taronga Park Zoo or to
Manly. We strongly recommend a ferry
ride, especially on a sunny day. There
are also people doing specialist tourist ferry rides operating from the Quay.
Darling Harbour is a tourist-oriented precinct with an
aquarium, Chinese garden and casino, as well as the usual tourist type shops
Be careful with the last ferry at night as not all late
ferries will stop at Milson's Pt.
If you cross under the approach to the Harbour bridge
opposite the hotel you will see a set of stairs that go up to the walkway
across the bridge. It takes about 15
mins to walk across. At the other side
you come out in the Rocks, the oldest European-settled part of Australia. If you walk roughly perpendicular to the
bridge from those steps (i.e. east) eventually you should end up in Lower
George St, adjacent to Circular Quay.Look out for the pick marks on the
sandstone walls that the convict work gangs made.
|Where to eat
There are many hundreds of restaurants and eateries
within a couple of kilometres of the venue. These include some of the top
restaurants in Australia, though many of those are booked out months in advance
and are of course very pricey.
Areas where there are a variety of restaurants to choose
from and how to get there:-
Under 10 mins walking distance
If you walk under the
bridge to the east, across from the Vibe, you are in Kirribilli and there are
numbers of small restaurants. Down
Alfred St, adjacent to North Sydney Olympic Pool are Ripples cafe and Aqua
Dining, both Modern Australian with great views, though bookings are advised.
The Rocks and Circular Quay
This area on the eastern
side of the bridge has many of the best restaurants in Australia eg. Quay,
Rockpool, Bennelong, plus scores of other seafood, modern Australian and
European influenced food. For a light lunch with views try the cafe on the roof
of the MCA or Sydney cafe on the 5th floor of Customs House (also dinner).
This is the area on the Sydney city
(southern side) of the bridge, but to the west whereas Circular Quay is to the
east. A number of reasonably priced restaurants have sprung up there catering
principally to locals who are living in renovated wharves and theatre and dance
patrons, though there are also a couple of upmarket hotels. Examples include
Ventuno (Italian), Fratelli Fresh and Firefly (tapas style). The bar area at
the Wharf theatre is a nice place to hang out, overlooking the harbour.
This area occupies a number of blocks
surrounding Dixon St. It is halfway between Town Hall and Central stations,
walking along George St. You can also
reach it by catching a bus up George St from, say Wynyard. Pick the restaurants
with the most Chinese diners.
The tourist areas such as the Rocks and Darling Harbour,
will have many such shops. For something
of good quality and less kitsch have a look at the museum or gallery shops,
especially the MCA.
General information: Wikipedia / Wikitravel
- The public transport network in Sydney (trains, buses, light rail and ferries) offers "MyMultiPasses" that allow travel on all lines. A "Day Pass" costs $A 21.00, a weekly "MyMulti1" covers most of inner Sydney (within about 10 kms from the city centre) for $A 43.00.
And here is the MyMulti Map (PDF).
For more details check this web site.
- Wikitravel has more information about travelling in Sydney, and says, among others:
"The MyMulti-1 ticket is popular with visitors to Sydney. It allows
travel to the Zoo, Manly, Bondi Beach, Watsons Bay, Darling Harbour,
etc, by ferry, bus, train, and light rail for up to a week without
worrying about change, ticket prices, queues or pre-pay only services.
Using the airport stations incurs a surcharge of $12. If you
have a Multi ticket and arrive at the airport stations you will have to
pay this to exit. If you buy a Multi ticket at an airport station this
fee will be added to the price of the ticket."
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