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IUCN World Parks Congress


November in Sydney is the end of spring. The days are warm but the humidity is not as high as summer. The average maximum temperature is 27°C and the average minimum is 17°C. There may be rain - so best to pack a spray jacket or a small umbrella. Dress code for the Congress is smart casual. The site is big – wear comfortable shoes!

You will be walking around a lot – it will be easiest to carry your belongings in a backpack or satchel style bag.

Excursions and field trips

While November is still spring, Sydney may be very hot and the Aussie sun can be fierce. If you’re outdoors or taking part in a field trip or free excursion, Slip, Slop, Slap!

Slip on a long shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat. Dehydration can creep up on you before you know it – and it may be deadly! Make sure you drink a lot of water.

If you’re out in the bush, closed shoes are a must.


Don’t forget to bring an adaptor for any electrical devices such as a laptop, phone or hair dryer. Australian electricity sockets are 220-240V and take two or three flat pronged plugs.


For anything you buy at the Congress - or anywhere in Sydney - you’ll need to pay in Australian dollars. Change your money at an ATM or currency exchange at Sydney International Airport if you haven’t brought Aussie dollars with you.

Water Bottles

In line with our sustainability policy we are discouraging the sale of bottled water at the Congress venue and providing fresh drinking water stations for you to refill your water bottle instead.

Pick up an official IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 water bottle in return for a donation (minimum of $1AUD). The money raised will go to the World Parks Congress Carbon Offset projects in Uganda and Indonesia.

Or of course, you can pack your own bottle and re-usable mug.


It’s best to familiarise yourself with Sydney’s transport options before you go.

For all transport information including how to get from Sydney International Airport to your hotel, public transport and shuttle services to Sydney Olympic Park, check our website.


The Congress registration desk is located in the Dome Foyer off Showground Road. See the Congress Guide. You’ll receive a pocket copy with the Congress overview when you register – so no need to print now.

Registration opens at 12 noon on Wednesday 12 November. Passes will be organized in alphabetical order – look for the sign that fits your family name. To help speed up the registration, please bring your passport and/or a copy of your registration confirmation with you for identification.

For security and to gain access to the sessions and exhibitions, you must make sure you wear your pass at all times.

The registration desk will close at 5pm and will re-open on Thursday 13 November at 7am. It will then be open every day of the Congress.

Getting there

If you’re staying in a hotel at Sydney Olympic Park it’s just a short walk to the registration desk. If you’re staying in the city, Parramatta or elsewhere, the easiest and most economical way to get here is by train. The Olympic Park train station is located just across the road from the venue.


The Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception kicks off at 4.15pm on Wednesday 12 November with an Indigenous smoking ceremony. Please make sure you have already registered and received your pass so that you can enter.


If you’re a French or Spanish speaker and indicated this as your preferred language in the online registration form, don’t forget to pick up your headsets at the door as you go into the Opening Ceremony.

Translation from English to French and Spanish is available for the following sessions: Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Plenary sessions, Parallel Plenaries and World Leaders’ Dialogues.


Before the Congress opens, why not attend the special one day Global Eco Forum on Wednesday 12 November?

This official parallel event, Tourism and Protected Areas runs from 8.30am - 3.45pm. It is located at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, just 900 metres from the Congress. Buses will take you from the Tennis Centre to the Congress at 3.45 - in time for the Opening Ceremony.

Around the world, tourism is a vital contributor to protected areas, providing an economic base for communities and building the economic value of protected areas, contributing to their conservation.

Global leaders from industry, government, intergovernmental organisations and academia will focus on the global state of play in protected area tourism.

You’ll hear the latest on ecotourism investment, community development, tools and technology, partnerships and quality programmes. 

Go to the website for the full programme. Registration is AUD$250-$295.


General enquiries
WPC 2014 Secretariat
ICMS Australasia
GPO Box 3270
Sydney NSW 2001

Ph: +61 2 9254 5000
Fax: +61 2 9251 3552

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