Food and free time

Where to eat and drink

Sydney is a great town for eating and drinking, and though refreshments will be provided at most of the events over the Global Gathering, some days start later or finish earlier, which means you’re free to explore other options.

We’ve highlighted a few local suggestions, but if you’re feeling adventurous, Time Out Sydney has extensive lists on the best places to eat breakfast, best restaurants, and best bars.

Cafes and restaurants nearby

The main food hubs near campus are on King Street in Newtown and Glebe Point Road in Glebe, on either side of the main campus. We’ve provided a few of our favourites below, but you’ll come across numerous options just from taking a stroll down one of those streets!

Sydney’s CBD is also a 20 to 30 minute bus trip away on Parramatta Rd (catch the 412, 413, 438 or 439 from the bus stop Parramatta Rd opp. Ross St Gate, in front of Officeworks).

There are a few cafes nearby where you can grab breakfast and coffee


On Campus


  • Thai La-Ong, 89-91 King St, Newtown 2042: Curry and stir-fries served in a down-to-earth restaurant with simple decor and wood panelling ($)
  • Gigi’s Pizzeria, 379 King St, Newtown 2042: Pizzas with plant-based toppings ($)
  • Italian Bowl, 255 King St, Newtown 2042: Cheerful, quick pasta that’s popular with locals ($)
  • Bloodwood 416 King St, Newtown 2042: Modern Australian sharing plates ($$)
  • Rising Sun Workshop, 1C Whateley St, Newtown 2042: Modern Japanese, with a cult following for their ramen ($$)


Other parts of Sydney

  • Bars/wine/breweries: 10 William Street (Paddington), Love Tilly Devine (Darlinghurst), Dear Sainte Eloise (Potts Point), Bar Clementine (Pyrmont), Wayward Brewery (Camperdown), Wildflower Brewing (Marrickville), Burrow Bar (CBD)
  • Coffee and/or breakfast: Paddington Alimentari (Paddington), Room 10 (Potts Point), Fratelli Paradiso (for pastries! Potts Point), Reuben Hills (Darlinghurst), Two Chaps (Marrickville), Edition Coffee (Haymarket)
  • Restaurants: Ester (Chippendale), Saint Peter (Paddington), Sean’s Panaroma (Bondi Beach), Golden Century (Chinatown), Lankan Filling Station (Darlinghurst)


 You’ll find two major supermarkets, Coles and Aldi, at Broadway Shopping Centre, 1 Bay St, Ultimo 2007

The closest independent supermarket is IGA at 259 King St Newtown 2042

What to do in Sydney


One of the best city walks in the world starts at Woolloomooloo or Barangaroo and follows the harbour foreshore past Sydney Opera HouseSydney Harbour Bridge and Royal Botanic Garden. Stop at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair to take some pictures.

Another beautiful walk is the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. A little further north is Gap Park in Watsons Bay, the start of the Federation Cliff Walk, which winds along the Pacific Ocean to Australia’s oldest lighthouse. You can also find dog-friendly walks in the city or take guided walking tours with locals.

A day out

Take a ferry from Circular Quay across sparkling Sydney Harbour to Luna Park or Taronga Zoo.

On the other side of the harbour is Darling Harbour: kids can get close to furry native animals, king penguins, sharks and dugongs at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium before boarding a replica sailing ship and explore a submarine at the Australian National Maritime Museum.


Sydney has a fascinating array of museums, showcasing indigenous culture, maritime and history. The Australia Museum is the nation’s oldest museum and is currently undergoing a major renovation, reopening in 2020.

From small independent galleries to multi-disciplinary event centres, Sydney is full of amazing art spaces. The Art Gallery of NSW houses one of the largest galleries of Aboriginal art in the country, as well as hosting the annual Archibald, Sir John Sulman and Wynne prizes.

The Museum of Contemporary Art has a wonderful location overlooking Sydney Harbour and showcases the work of living artists. Each Spring, Sculpture by the Sea (from 24 Oct 2019) transforms the coastal walk between Bondi and Tamarama into the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition.

In case of emergency

In Australia, the emergency service line for fire, police or ambulance is 000. Only contact this number in an emergency.

Campus security can be reached on (02) 9357 3487
The 24 hours security number (for issues after hours) is (02) 9351 3333

The closest police station is in Glebe at 1 Talfourd St, 02 9552 8099

The Royal Prince Alfred is the closest hospital and emergency department, located on Missenden Road, Camperdown.

If for any reason you need to see a doctor (general practitioner), the closest are located at:

It is strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance which includes health care to cover any costs that may arise should you require medical attention while in Australia.