Conference venue and dinner cruise
The 2011 International Corporate Governance Conference: Corporate Governance and Value Creation was held on the 14-15 of December 2011 at Level 6, 1 O'Connell Street, UNSW Central Business District (CBD) Campus, Sydney in the heart of downtown Sydney (a half-hour's taxi or train ride from Sydney International Airport). The venue is equidistant to the following train stations: Wynyard, Circular Quay and Martin Place.
Conference Dinner Cruise
The official conference dinner was a Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise held on Wednesday evening, 14th of December.
Meeting place: Man O'War Steps wharf, eastern side (Botanic Gardens side) of the Sydney Opera House
Circular Quay hotels are closest to the conference venue at 1 O'Connell Street. Budget accommodation is clustered around Central Station while Darling Harbour hotels offer mid-range accommodation. All hotels are close to Sydney's main transport options of train, bus, tram, monorail and ferry. Central Station hotels provide the best transport options. Darling Harbour is on the western side of the city with great views, scenic locations, tours and a good range of restaurants and cafes at Cockle Bay Wharf. Darling Harbour hotels are within 20-30 minute walking distance from the conference venue.
CBD Hotels (closest to conference venue at 1 O'Connell Street)
- Hilton Hotel
- Marriott Circular Quay
- Radisson Plaza
- Sofitel Wentworth
- YHA Sydney Harbour
Hotels near Central Station
- Medina (right next to Sydney's Central Train Station)
- Novotel Rockford
- YHA Sydney Central Station and Railway Square
Darling Harbour Hotels
- Ibis Darling Harbour
- Novotel Darling Harbour
- Ibis King Street Wharf
Weather and attractions
December in sub-tropical Sydney is idyllic. It is the start of our summer and the average temperature ranges from 17C (63F) to 25C (77F) though the higher-end summer temperatures are between 35-40C with some humidity thrown in.
Whilst in Sydney, why not visit some of the great attractions and entertainment options this magnificent harbour city has to offer? Attend a matinee or an evening performance at the opera or symphony in the Joern Utzon-designed Sydney Opera House, or a play at the Cate Blanchett-managed Sydney Theatre Company.
For some downtime, take a stroll around the Royal Botanical Gardens, visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales and their Gallery Restaurant, the National Maritime Museum or feast on sumptious seafood at the Sydney Fish Markets. Take a ferry ride to Taronga Zoo, have a swim at Manly Beach, cruise up and down Parramatta River to see the expanse of the Sydney basin or watch the sunset from Observatory Hill. If you have more time, visit our vineyards and our world heritage national parks including the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area which is only a couple of hours' away west of Sydney by car or by train, spend a summer Christmas at Bondi Beach and even watch our fireworks on the harbour to welcome the new year!
Situated on one of the finest harbours in the world with national parks to the north and south and the beauty of the Blue Mountains to the west, the city of Sydney offers a unique experience for all visitors. Sydney is the capital of the state of New South Wales and the largest city in Australia. The multicultural nature of Australian society is magnified in Sydney, home to nearly five million people from all corners of the globe representing a diversity of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Travelling to Sydney
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