Local info

Welcome to Macquarie University

located on the ancient land of the
Wattamattagal clan of the Darug Nation

Macquarie University recognises the custodianship of the land on which our campus is situated – the Wattamattagal clan of the Darug Nation and pays respect to their Aboriginal Elders past, present and future. Macquarie University acknowledges the important contribution of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to our University and respects and takes pride in the knowledges of the world’s oldest continuous living cultures.

Venue and access:

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Campus maps; plenary venue: Macquarie Theatre
Local public transportation planner; Opal travel cards (Opal cards can be used for travel on all public transportation options in the greater Sydney area.)
Local train station: “Macquarie University
(located on the Metro line, “M”, between Chatswood and Epping)
Sydney rail network

Arrivals from out of town:

Nearest airport: Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD)
Local public transportation planner; Opal travel cards (Opal cards can be used for travel on all public transportation options in the greater Sydney area.)
Train station for the international terminal (Terminal 1): “International” (T8)
Train station for the domestic terminal (Terminal 2): “Domestic” (T8)
(Note that an airport station access fee of A$14.85 is levied. One can avoid this fee by taking a 400/420 bus to Mascot, then an onward train. This adds about half an hour to your journey.)
Sydney rail network
Costs of an Uber from the airport to Macquarie University are upwards of A$80 (duration ~1 hr); taxis, limousines and shuttles are more expensive still.

Visa requirements:

Except for Australian and New Zealand passport holders,
every visitor to Australia needs a visa
Explore visa options; all visa applications are handled exclusively online
(You don’t need to go to an Australian consulate and you won’t have to hand in your passport.)
Contact the LOC if you need an invitation letter

Accessibility & Inclusivity:

If we required, we will hire an AusLan sign language interpreter during plenary sessions (please indicate your need when registering).
Limited childcare places may be available (please indicate your need when registering).
Our entire campus and all of our buildings are accessible to wheelchair users.
Sydney has a range of accessible services to allow as many people as possible to make their way around the city centre. For instance, more than 2,100 tactile and braille street signs have been installed across the City’s local area. The tactile and braille signs are placed next to push buttons at every signalised pedestrian crossing across the City’s local area.
The University offers a Women’s Room and a Queer Space for any University staff, students and visitors who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and/or Queer (GLBTIQ), as well as their Straight Allies.
Macquarie University’s Ally Network is a visible group of informed staff and students who support sexual and gender diversity and promote a safe campus where people who identify as GLBTIQ can work and study free from unlawful discrimination, harassment or bullying.
Macquarie University codes of conduct: Diversity and Community, Sexual Assault and Harassment, Student wellbeing support.

Registration fees:

Early registration (prior to 31 May 2020): A$500
Regular registration (from 1 June 2020): A$550
(Payment instructions will be provided once full registration opens on 15 February.)
Registration fees cover conference attendance, daily lunches, the conference dinner, and coffee/tea breaks

Nearby hotels and
other accommodation options:

Travelodge Macquarie; distance: 700 m, 9 min on foot
MGSM Executive Hotel; distance: 1.0 km, 13 min on foot
Meriton Suites North Ryde; distance: 1.0 km, 14 min on foot
Holiday Inn Express Macquarie Park; distance: 1.5 km, 20 min on foot
Courtyard by Marriott North Ryde; distance: 2.3 km, 29 min on foot; or 5 min by metro and 5 min on foot
The Ranch Hotel; distance: 1.3 km, 17 min on foot
Alternatively, we recommend AirBNB for budget accommodation with local character. Search for properties near “North Ryde, New South Wales”. The immediate vicinity of Macquarie University boasts almost 50 AirBNB properties: explore options.

Hotels nearer the city centre:

Participants may want to stay closer to the city centre, which is made easy by Sydney’s excellent network of trains and metro services, given that Macquarie University has its own campus train station.
We recommend two regions specifically:
1. Chatswood, 10 min by metro from Macquarie University station: hotel options
2. North Sydney, 20–25 min by train and metro (change at Chatswood by simply crossing the platform), is just across the Harbour Bridge on the North Shore, within easy walking distance of the Opera House and “downtown”; hotel options