Travel & Accomodation Information


The conference will be held at the outstanding Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, one of Sydney's premier harbourside hotels at Circular Quay. The venue overlooks the sparkling Sydney Harbour and the world famous Sydney Opera House, and is just moments away from the historic Rocks district.


AI'12 has reserved a block of rooms at the Marriott Hotel (the conference site) at reduced conference rates. The rate will be AUD$269 per room per night for a Deluxe City View room. Space is limited so please book early to secure your reservation.

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel
30 Pitt Street
Sydney New South Wales 2000 Australia

Direct reservations: For reservations with the Marriott hotel please contact Daniel Hoffmann, the Director of Conference & Catering, at the Sydney Harbour Marriot.


In general, a visa is required for travel to Australia and must be obtained well in advance before departure. See the web site of Department of Immigration and Citizenship for information about obtaining a visa. However, many Europeans and North Americans as well as a number of other nationalities (Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan) are eligible for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) which replaces the visa and can be quickly and easily obtained through the ETA web page.


For travellers from Europe and the Americas we very strongly recommend arriving at least one or two days in advance to minimize the effects of jet-lag. For European travelers a stop-over (1 day) in Asia also helps. Please visit your Australian friends and colleagues before or after the conference!

Sydney is served by direct non-stop flights from the largest cities in Asia and Western North America. Cities with direct flights include

  • Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka,
  • Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver (Air Canada with B777; other flights refuel in Honolulu),
  • Beijing, Shanghai,
  • Delhi, Mumbai,
  • Dubai, Abu Dhabi,
  • Johannesburg.
Those who have time to spare (holiday!) may want to use round-the-world tickets which may cost the same as return tickets. Travel options with such tickets typically require stop-overs on different continents when traveling to and from Australia. Options include Europe-Asia-Australia-N. America-Europe and sometimes Europe-Asia-Australia-Africa(South Africa)-Europe.

Please book flights early: flights are likely to be more expensive if booked late.

Airport transfers

Sydney airport is a short train ride away from the Central Business District. Travel time from the Airport to the downtown is quite short, about 15 minutes and it costs about AUD 15.00 (return ticket is around AUD 20.00.)


Weather in Sydney in December is very pleasant. The temperature is between 17 to 26 degrees Celsius (63-80 degrees Fahrenheit). See statistics.

Other information about Sydney

  • Discover Sydney
  • Visit New South Wales