Venue & Host City

Sydney Flight Map

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Free Entry into the Chinese Garden of Friendship for IAFS 2023 Meeting delegates

FREE ENTRY – simply show your delegate pass to the front desk.

Located only a short 2-minute walk from ICC Sydney, the stunning Chinese Garden of Friendship is a hidden oasis from the hustle and bustle that respectfully recreates the philosophy and harmony of a traditional Chinese garden in its waterfalls, lakes, koi fishponds, exotic plants, pavilions and hidden pathways.

Opened on 17 Jan 1988 for the Bicentenary, the Garden was modelled after ancient private gardens in China from the 5th century and is a masterpiece of traditional Chinese culture infused with Australian characteristics.

Designed by the Guangzhou Landscape Bureau, the Garden was laid out according to the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism and its principle of Yin and Yang and imitates the setup of traditional Chinese landscape paintings of miniature mountains and water.

If you fancy staying for a while, experience The Gardens by Lotus, an onsite restaurant in a heritage listed teahouse serving dumplings, Chinese tea and fiery Sichuan cuisine.

Opening hours
Daily 10am to 5pm (Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday)
CLICK HERE to find out more information including free daily tours, exhibitions and workshops.

10% discount exclusively for IAFS 2023 Meeting delegates

Registered delegates attending IAFS 2023 can access an exclusive 10% discount offer on a range of experiences and attractions in Sydney, New South Wales.
Enjoy all that Sydney has to offer. From cruises on Sydney Harbour, Aussie animal encounters at a Sydney Zoo or a performance at Sydney Opera House. And explore beyond the city, with an abundance of things to do in the mountains, coast and wine regions of New South Wales.

Use the code: IAFS10 upon check out when making your booking via the Sydney Experiences website.
The special rates are available from one week prior to the conference, through to one-week after the conference.
Bookings are subject to standard Terms and Conditions and you can refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for further information or support.



The International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is located in the heart of Sydney at the active precinct of Darling Harbour on Cockle Bay. The recently renovated convention centre is a multipurpose space, leading in technology, innovation and contemporary design. For more information on the ICC Sydney, please click here.

The Meeting venue is only 8km from Sydney’s International and Domestic Airport. ICC Sydney is only a short walk away from Australia’s largest CBD and famous landmarks.The Congress venue is set amongst restaurants, retail and accommodation choices in Darling Harbour and the surrounding suburbs. For more information about events, restaurants and what’s on in Darling Harbour, please click here.


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Host City


Built around the largest, most beautiful harbour in the world, Sydney is undoubtedly the most exciting city in the southern hemisphere. It is the largest and oldest city in Australia and is home to over 4.5 million people. From the iconic, heritage-listed Opera House to the golden beaches stretching into the Pacific Ocean – Sydney is the place for everyone.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to see panoramic views from the top of this Australian icon, visit the historic ‘Rocks’ area – the site of the original white settlement, or take a surfing lesson at Bondi Beach – famous for its golden sands and turquoise waters. There’s so much to see and do!

What’s more, the city offers an exciting variety of attractions, including designer boutiques, fine restaurants, chic bars and lavish department stores. Surrounded by numerous national parks and protected areas of natural bushland, the beautiful Blue Mountains are only a short journey to the west and offer sights that simply cannot be missed.

Sydney is a cosmopolitan city, a major industrial, business and commercial centre and is endlessly fascinating in its variety and beauty – make sure you make the most of what it has to offer. For your ultimate guide to Sydney click here.

Here are some useful links to help you best plan your time when you are visiting Sydney:

Top 10 Things to do in Sydney

General information about Sydney

Travel information for getting around

Visit BridgeClimb to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Click here to find out more about where else you can visit whilst in Australia