Please Note: The Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice (ARCAP) Conference 2020 is postponed to 26–28 October 2020. We will keep delegates, speakers and other stakeholders informed of any further updates. Read more here.
SMC Conference & Function Centre
66 Goulburn Street, Sydney NSW
The 2020 Aspect Research Centre for Autism Practice Conference is being held in Sydney, over three days, October 26-28.
The venue for this year’s event is the SMC Conference & Function Centre, one of Sydney’s more well-known examples the of the 1970s style of architecture known as brutalism. The base of the building was opened in 1975, while its accompanying 24-level tower, although designed at the same time, wasn’t built until 2005. Initially the base of the building was a curved concrete wall, the rather more friendly walls of glass were added while the tower was constructed.
Getting to the venue
From the airport
SMC Conference and Function centre is located approximately 10km from Sydney Airport.
The closest station is Museum Station (300 metres or a 3 minute walk) and then Central Station (700 metres or 7 minutes). Both stations are accessible via AiportLink train from Sydney Airport.
To walk from Museum Station, simply follow the Castlereagh Street exit signs inside the station, then turn left heading south down Castlereagh Street. At the first intersection (corner of Castlereagh & Goulburn Streets), turn right to come to the SMC main entrance at 66 Goulburn Street.
SMC and Secure Parking have teamed up to offer you 15% off ALL parking products at the Secure World Square Carpark when booking online.
At the Secure Parking World Square booking page, click “BOOK NOW” next to any of the products and apply the promotional code: SMCFC16.
Things to do around Sydney
Sydney Opera House
Take a visit to Sydney’s iconic performing-arts venue. The building and its surrounds occupy the whole of Bennelong Point on Sydney Harbour, between Sydney Cove and Farm Cove, adjacent to the Sydney central business district and the Royal Botanic Gardens, and close by the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Join a tour, see a performance or sit by the water and enjoy a cold beverage while watching the sun set over the beautiful harbour.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydneysiders love their giant ‘coathanger’, which opened in 1932. The best way to experience this majestic structure is on foot. Stairs climb up the bridge from both shores, leading to a footpath on the eastern side (the western side is a bike path). Climb the southeastern pylon to the Pylon Lookout or ascend the arc on the popular BridgeClimb.
Pitt Street Mall
Sydney’s number 1 shopping destination for clothing, designer brands, retail shopping centres and restaurants spanning over 2 blocks in the heart of Sydney.
Taronga Zoo Sydney is a Sydney zoo located a 15-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour in the suburb of Mosman. Divided into eight zoogeographic regions, the 28-hectare (69-acre) Taronga Zoo Sydney is home to over 4,000 animals of 350 species. It has a zoo shop, a cafe, and information centre.
The sweeping white-sand crescent of Bondi is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. Reliable waves draw surfers while, nearby, hardy locals swim in the Icebergs ocean pool year-round. Trendy, health-conscious Sydneysiders head to laid-back cafes around Hall Street, while hip backpackers frequent the area’s casual pubs. Walkers and joggers use the clifftop Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, with its dramatic scenery.
Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a major botanical garden located in the heart of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Opened in 1816, the garden is the oldest scientific institution in Australia and one of the most important historic botanical institutions in the world. Take time out to explore the beauty and diversity of plants from across Australia and around the world.
Luna Park is Sydney’s most iconic amusement park and tourist destination. Discover the latest rides, attractions, special events and family fun. Located at Milsons Point on the north side of Sydney Harbour bridge the park has an amazing outlook over Sydney Harbour.
Discover Sydney & New South Wales
Area: 809,444 square kilometres
Sydney population: 5,131,326 in 2017
State population: 7.544 million in September 2014
Sydney is known as the Harbour City. It’s the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia with an enviable reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful and liveable cities.
Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, Sydney’s set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Long-term immigration has led to the city’s reputation as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in Australia and the world. The city is also home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on this planet.