Travel & Accommodation

General travel tips for Australia

Travel to Sydney

Sydney Airport is located just 12km south of the city’s centre. The airport has direct flights from many international airports, although the vast distances involved in getting to Australia may require a stop-over at an intermediate airport. From the airport, frequent trains run towards Sydney’s Central station and other inner-city destinations. Taxis are also available outside the arrivals hall.

When traveling into Australia, make sure you are aware of Australia’s on-arrival screening practices which prohibit many items from entrance into the country. Sydney Airport has a handy guide for clearing security.

Visa requirements

Attendees are advised to contact the nearest embassy, consulate or travel agency for information about the passport and visa requirements from their country for entry into Australia. More information can be found on the Australian Government’s immigration visas website.

If you need an invitation letter to apply for a visa, the ACM will generate these themselves, so please request your letter of support for the visa directly to supportletters@acm.org.

In this email you should include:

They will be checked and sent out by the ACM in the order they are received.

You need to register for the TEI 2020 main conference before your request for an invitation letter can be processed. No invitation letter will be issued until your registration has been completed, processed and paid in full, and the eligibility of your request can be assessed and you have a registration confirmation number. Please note that TEI 2020 will not refund attendees due to visa issues after the cancellation deadline.

Travel within Sydney

The city is served by a comprehensive range of public transport services, including local and regional trains, ferries, and buses. To plan your trip within the city, you can use the TransportNSW website, Google Maps, and a range of apps. You pay for public transport with an Opal card, available at most stations, and some supermarkets and convenience stores. At these locations, you can also top-up the remaining credit on the card. Note that paying in cash is often not possible on public transport. Expect a single trip to cost between AU$2.00 and AU$4.80 depending on the distance. On Sundays, you can travel anywhere on public transport for a daily maximum of AU$2.70. Trips by train from and to the airport incur a surcharge: for example, a trip from the international airport terminal station to Sydney’s Central station costs AU$16.77.

Taxis and rideshare services like Uber, Lyft and Ola are also available. Taxis are widely available around the conference venues.

Around the city centre, there is some ability to rent bicycles and scooters as you go. These services fluctuate in availability as Australians ponder whether throwing bikes into the river is a worthwhile new national sport.

Staying in Sydney

There are hotels, AirBNBs, and if you’re daring, plenty of backpacker hostels around the city.