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welcome reception | 18:00 | sunday 9 september 2012 | sheraton on the park

To welcome you to Sydney and to the PIMRC’12, we’ll be hosting a Welcome Reception for delegates in the Grand Ballroom Foyer, Level 2, Sheraton on the Park from 18:00 on Sunday 8th September. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to meet and mingle with your fellow PIMRC’12 delegates in a relaxed setting, before the Symposium officially kicks off on Monday morning. We hope to see you all there!

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conference banquet | 18:15 | tuesday 11 september 2012

A gala dinner will be held on the evening of Tuesday 11th of September, where you'll have the chance to enjoy five-star Australian dining and enjoy the company of those you've met during the Symposium, whilst enjoying the beautiful harbour of Sydney.

Tickets to the Conference Banquet are included in Full Registration fees and extra tickets are available for purchase at a rate of $150 via EDAS.

Conference Banquet Photo

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things to see and do in sydney!

morning walk around sydney | 07:00 | tuesday 11 september 2012

Enjoy Sydney's beautiful scenery including our famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House, lush gardens and picturesque waterside with a casual morning walk through Sydney. Our route will take us through bustling Hyde Park, the verdant Royal Botanic Gardens, to the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House, continuing onto The Rocks precinct, a historic cobblestone wonderland.

Meet in the lobby of the Sheraton on the Park Hotel at 7.00am.

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dinner with a stranger | monday 10 september 2012

Do you want to taste the best cuisine Sydney has to offer, and spend more time with like-minded people? Make the most of your stay by visiting some of our yummiest eateries. Dinner with a Stranger is an easy and informal way to organise a meal with other conference delegates like yourself.

We've got recommendations for our favourite dining rooms in Sydney, and there's sure to be something that takes your fancy - from modern Australian cuisine, to menus inspired by all corners of the earth.

You simply need to add your name to the sign-up sheet that will be pinned to the notice board and hey presto! Instant dinner party!

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closing drinks | 17:45 | wednesday 12 september 2012

What better way to celebrate the end of a wonderful conference than by joining your fellow PIMRC’12 delegates for a casual drink and enjoy the Sydney buzz at the groovy Zeta Bar at the Hilton Sydney, 448 George Street, Sydney.

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taronga zoo

Taronga Zoo offers many fabulous opportunities to get close to the animals and find out more about how they live. Come and meet Luk Chai, the first Asian Elephant to be born in Australia, see the spectacular Free Flight Bird Show located in its harbourside amphitheatre, or be photographed next to koalas, giraffes, birds, and reptiles! Just 12 minutes from the city by ferry, Taronga Zoo boasts breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour and free shows and keeper talks throughout the day

An Adult Zoo Pass, which includes entry to Taronga Zoo, return Ferry ticket from Circular Quay, and Sky Safari, costs $51.50.
Group discount (for 12 adults or more): $35.20 (does not include Ferry or Sky Safari. Must be booked the day before and paid in one lump sum)

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the royal botanical gardens, sydney

The Royal Botanic Garden is an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city. Wrapped around the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanic Garden was established in 1816, and is home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas. The Garden is open from 7.00am - 6.00pm. Entry is free.

Free guided walks depart at 10.30am daily from the Information Counter at the Palm Grove Centre, and go for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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sydney opera house

Discover the stories, history and magic of Sydney Opera House with an incredible guided tour taking you underneath the world famous sails.

Follow the friendly guide inside this World Heritage masterpiece, home to 1000 rooms, 300 corridors and hundreds of tales and secrets. Step inside the inspired theatres where more than 1600 performances come to life each year, and learn how Danish architect Jorn Utzon's ground-breaking design and vision for a world class performing arts came into existence.

Tours are conducted daily between 9.00am and 5.00pm, and go for 1 hour. Adult ticket: $35.

the rocks

The Rocks is a uniquely historical Sydney quarter, with restaurants and boutiques located in some of the oldest surviving buildings in Sydney. Browse the unique shops and galleries housed where Australia's European settlement began.

Be sure to visit The Rocks Markets, set amid the quarter's famous sandstone and cobbles. Open every Weekend from 10.00am - 5.00pm.

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self-guided sydney walks

The City of Sydney has designed a number of self-guided historical walking tours, each taking approximately 1 - 2 hours. Downloadable maps are available here.

Also available are a variety of Sydney Harbour walks, with maps and more information available here.

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