Q Local Info

Pre-Departure Information

Travel Visas
All visitors to Australia require a travel visa to enter the country. For the purpose of this conference, participants will need to lodge an Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601). You can apply for one online.

Health Insurance for International Visitors
We advise that you take out some form of health insurance cover because the cost of medical and hospital care in Australia can be very expensive. You may also want to check with your credit card company to see if it provides holders with travel coverage.

Australia holds reciprocal health care agreements with countries including the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Italy, Malta, New Zealand and Ireland. This means residents from these countries can get essential medical treatments while visiting Australia, however travel and health insurance may nevertheless be advisable.

For visitors from countries that do not have a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia, a variety of local insurers offer packages for overseas visitors and temporary residents, including:

We further recommend that you find out if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or if it will reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures. In Australia, as in many countries, doctors expect payment at the time of consultation. Make sure you get an itemized receipt detailing the service and keep the contact details of the health provider.

It’s summer in Sydney, with average February temperature ranging from 18°C to 26°C (66°F to 79°F). You may check the forecast at weather.com or bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/sydney.shtml

Arrival at Sydney Airport

Australian Customs and Quarantine
Due to its unique environment, Australia has a range of strict customs and quarantine regulations, including prohibitions on the importation of weapons, medication, and certain food, plant and animal products. Further information can be obtained by reference to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank with supervisors on hand in peak hours to ensure a smooth flow of taxis for travellers. Kerbside supervisors can also organise taxis with services including baby capsules, wheelchair access, station wagons and ‘maxi-taxis’.

Please note that taxis are not permitted to pick up passengers outside of the taxi ranks and the driver will be fined $5,000 for breaking the regulation.

Taxi Fares
Below are estimates of one-way taxi fares to or from Sydney Airport, based on non-peak traffic conditions. Passengers also pay an airport tax, and for applicable tolls in addition to the fare. Please ensure that you keep a receipt for reimbursement.

    • Sydney City (including Sebel Pier One): $45 – $55
    • North Sydney: $55 – $65
    • Manly (including the Q Station): $90 – $100

Conference Location and Accommodation

Conference Location
Most of the Q Symposium will be held at the historic Q Station in Manly, the former quarantine site at the entry of Sydney Harbour that operated from the 1830s until 1984.

However, the conference will open with the annual Q Lecture at on Thursday, February 11th at the Quadrangle of the University of Sydney. Then, on the morning of Friday, February 12th, participants will board a ferry at Circular Quay for our two-day stay at the Q Station.

Hotel Contact Information
InterContinental Hotel Sydney
Phone: +61 (02) 9253 5000
Address: 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Q Station
Phone: +61 (02) 9466 1500
Address: North Head Scenic Drive, Manly NSW 2095

Things to see and do in Sydney

Sydney is a vibrant and exciting city during the summer months, with much to see and do. Both the InterContinental Hotel and the Q Station are perfectly located to take advantage of the vast range of local activities.

InterContinental Hotel Sydney
The InterContinental Hotel Sydney is located at the heart of Circular Quay, and is minutes from the best that Sydney has to offer.

    • Enjoy the opera, theatre or a concert at the world-renowned Sydney Opera House. The Opera House has a great site tour, which is run daily and provides tourists with discounted ticket prices on events
    • Scale an Australian icon by climbing the pylons or arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge
    • Explore the harbour-front Royal Botanic Gardens, which is only 5 minutes away from the hotel
    • Discover the city’s historic past at the Museum of Sydney
    • Celebrate the Lunar New Year by joining the festivities of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival all around the city
    • Sip wine and enjoy the sights on a twilight dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour
    • Discover Indigenous Australian culture by attending a performance of the Bangarra Dance Theatre

Q Station
The Q Station is located amongst the stunning sandstone cliffs and national park that form part of the entrance to Sydney Harbour. The Q Station is a perfect base for exploring the northern shores of Sydney Harbour.

Safety Information

Police, Ambulance and Fire
All emergency services in Australia can be contacted by dialling 000.

Safety at the Q Station
The Q Station is located in the midst of a national park, and is known to have venomous spiders, snakes and ticks onsite. Please be mindful of this while at the Q Station, especially if using any bush tracks. It is best to assume that any spiders or snakes seen at the Q Station are potentially venomous, and to carefully avoid them. If you have any concerns, please ask a member of the staff from CISS or the Q Station.

In the very unlikely event that you are bitten by a snake or spider, please assume that it is venomous. It is important to stop all movement and sit down, immediately call an ambulance on “000” and, if possible, apply an improvised tourniquet with a belt or shoelace.

Beach safety
Most beaches in Sydney are patrolled by “lifesavers” (lifeguards) that can be identified by a red uniform and a red and yellow cap. Bondi Beach is also patrolled by lifesavers wearing a uniform of light and navy blue.

At beaches patrolled by lifesavers, always swim between the red and yellow flags. The red and yellow flags indicate the safest area to swim when the beach is patrolled by lifesavers. If the red and yellow flags are crossed in an “x” fashion, the beach is closed because it is unsafe for swimming.

If you are surfing, please stay outside the blue flags that are located next to the red and yellow flags.

Always read and obey and signs posted at the beach. If you are in distress, raise your arm straight above your head to signal for help from a lifesaver. Exit the water immediately if instructed to do so by lifesavers or if a loud “blow horn” noise sounds.

The sun can be very strong during the summer in Sydney, so it is best to avoid long sun exposure during the hours of 11am and 3pm. Always wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30+, and remember to reapply it throughout the day, especially after swimming.

Medical care near InterContinental Hotel Sydney
St. Vincent’s Hospital
390 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
+61 (02) 8382 1111

Macquarie Medical Centre
Level 1, Macquarie Chambers, 183 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
+61 (02) 9232 3323

Medical care near Q Station
Manly Hospital
150 Darley Road, Manly
+61 (02) 9976 9611

Manly Medical Centre
15 South Steyne, Manly
+61 (02) 9977 7612
After hours phone 13 26 60