About Sydney

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Sydney is Australia's oldest and biggest city and gateway to Australia. Sydney sits on one of the world's most stunning harbours, which extends to either side in a golden chain of easy-to-reach, inner-city beaches.

Sydney's laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical allure make it one of the world's easiest and most pleasant cities to visit. The people who live here are a friendly, energetic bunch with a tell-it-like-it-is approach to life - as visitors to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games found out for themselves.

All of its attributes lie within easy reach of the city centre. Sydney's harbour is its natural playground, the dominant factor in so much of what the city has to offer. The city has a wide-ranging cultural life, dynamic food scene and vibrant cityscape of outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture. Iconic beaches and five major national parks deliver unforgettable experiences.

While you are in Sydney, don't miss:

  • Catching the perfect wave at famous Bondi or Palm beaches.
  • Dining waterside in the historic Rocks precinct, by the beach at Balmoral or on the wharf at Woolloomooloo Wharf.
  • Climbing to the very top of Sydney Harbour Bridge's huge, over-arching span, by day or night with BridgeClimb.
  • Seeing the native fruit bats and 30 hectares of themed gardens in the Royal Botanic Gardens on a guided Aboriginal heritage tour.
  • Catching the Manly Ferry at sunset, or anytime, for one of Sydney's best and most affordable thrills.
  • Learning about Australia's unique animals, overlooking the harbour, at Taronga Zoo or at Sydney Wildlife World, Darling Harbour.
  • Being inspired by a wonderful, magical performance at the Sydney Opera House or enthralled by one of the best Aboriginal art collections in the world at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
  • Taking a skippered yacht or an adrenalin-pumping jet boat from Darling Harbour.

General information


Sydney’s weather in May is generally cold to mild with temperatures ranging from 11°C – 20°C.  For more information about weather closer to the conference, please visit Sydney Weather.

Things to do in Sydney

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
With a BridgeClimb experience, you’ll enjoy a stunning 360-degree view of the harbour city.

Take a Tour of the Sydney Opera House
Get a behind-the-scenes look at this World Heritage-listed marvel, or enjoy a star-studded performance.

Spend the Day at Taronga Zoo
One of the world’s most scenic zoos, positioned right on the harbour. Get up-close and personal with Australia’s native animals, as well as rare and endangered species from all around the world.

Spending some time in The Rocks is a must-do Sydney experience – locals have been enjoying it for thousands of years.  From a picnic lunch under the Harbour Bridge or an alfresco dinner under the stars, to shopping at the markets and The Rocks unique retailers and taking time out in a gallery or museum, The Rocks is the perfect place to escape the everyday.

Bondi Beach
Discover for yourself why Bondi Beach is the famous home of Australian surf culture. Feel the sand between your toes and take a relaxing dip in the crystal-clear waters, or simply marvel at the surfers in action, from the comfort of the shore. Make a day of it, pack a picnic and watch the sun set. And be sure to keep your eye out for the lifesavers from the TV show, Bondi Rescue!

Art Gallery of NSW
Experience one of the world’s most beautiful art museums: the Art Gallery of NSW. You’ll enjoy more than the traditional gallery experience, with many lectures, films, workshops, music performances on offer, as well as Art After Hours – a free event that includes a lively mix of ever-changing performances, talks, films and music.

Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour is renowned for its energetic entertainment offering, sumptuous restaurants, iconic attractions and vibrant calendar of seasonal events and festivals. There’s always something happening, no matter what time of year, and many events are free-of-charge.

Royal Botanic Gardens
Lose yourself amid the lush grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, the oldest botanic garden and scientific institution in Australia. Set on very shores of Sydney Harbour, it’s the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the city’s spectacular harbour views, or to enrich your botanical understanding with a guided tour.


Things to do just outside of Sydney

Blue Mountains
Part of a World Heritage area, the vast sandstone plateau of the Blue Mountains offers bushwalking, delightful gardens and fine guesthouses.

Central Coast
A favourite escape for Sydneysiders, this region is endowed with magnificent beaches, coastal resorts, lakes, waterways and national parks.

North Coast
A sparkling coastline of endless beaches offers surfing, whale watching and playful dolphins. Artists, writers and musicians perform
at local festivals across the region.

South Coast
The unspoilt beauty of the southern coastline unfolds in a series of pristine beaches and bays backed by a hinterland of more than 30 national parks.

The Hunter Valley and Newcastle
At the Hunter Valley, indulge in great wines, gourmet delights plus a host of activities from hot-air balloon flights, championship golf courses and pampering spas. The city of Newcastle offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan ambience with its emerging restaurants, bars and cafés.

Snowy Mountains
Year round, the Snowy Mountains provides a great choice of activities. Winter sports of skiing and snowboarding give way to a raft of warmer weather activities such as kayaking, rafting and mountain hiking.

Wollongong and Illawarra
Unwind at your own pace at idyllic seaside villages and beautiful beaches scattered amongst spectacular coastal scenery.

Outback NSW
This is a region of grand horizons, adventure, emus and opal mines. You’ll find some real Australian characters. Outback pubs quirkily decorated and built to quench legendary thirsts, are full of welcoming locals and memorable stories.

For more information about Sydney and day tours, please visit:

Destination NSW
Tourism New South Wales
Sydney Visitor Centres