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Looking for sustainability options when attending our conference 2020?


Transition to carbon neutral events in 2020

The AEGN continues to develop our sustainability practices, partnering with organisations who:

  • source produce from sustainable food sources
  • use recycled products where appropriate minimise single-use plastic (no plastic cutlery, cups or straws)
  • reduce food waste for example through not over catering
  • Minimise waste by using recycled and recyclable products where possible in all areas of events including; floral arrangements, styling and promotional material

In designing the conference, we have curated our venue, catering and transport options with our sustainability guidelines top of mind.

The Sydney Opera House is a carbon neutral venue.


  • Reduced energy consumption by 75 per cent by replacing the Concert Hall light bulbs to custom-made LEDs.
  • Replaced the old chiller tanks that heat and cool the building using seawater.
  • Carbon offsetting and land regeneration through staff planting 300 native species of trees.
  • Find out more

Sustainable travel

Coming from interstate

Getting to and from Sydney Airport – public transport trip planner

Catching the train

From Melbourne to Sydney

  • Day time depart 8.30am to arrive 7.47pm  
    First class ticket $124.64 (advance purchase) or $131.97  No wifi
  • Night time depart 7.50pm to arrive 6.59am  
    First class seats the same; sleeper $234.63 per person, but in a two person compartment

Returning from Sydney to Melbourne (same fares as listed above)

  • Day time depart 7.40am to arrive 6.30pm
  • Night time depart 8.42pm to arrive 7.30am

Bookings through Transport NSW for both ways.

Getting around Sydney

You can get to the Sydney Opera House on either bus, train, light rail or even a bike.

Public transport

  • Use the Trip planner to map out your route.
  • Travel with an Opal card or purchase an Opal single ticket.
  • You can also use Contactless payments with a credit card, debit card or mobile device. Most new cards work; however, it is best to check prior to travelling.
  • Remember to tap ON and OFF (otherwise you will be charged a full day rate).


What a great way to start the day.

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Sustainable accommodation

Within walking distance to the Sydney Opera House.

  • Hyatt Regency, 161 Sussex Street, Sydney – Refer to their corporate responsibility
  • Radisson blu, 27 O’Connell Street, Sydney – Earth Check Gold Status 2016
  • Sydney Harbour YHA Hostel, 110 Cumberland Street, Sydney Road
  • City of Sydney – see how the City is working with the accommodation and entertainment sector to transform Sydney into a leading sustainable destination.

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Sustainable restaurants

In and around town

  • 1821CBD $$$
  • Acre, sustainable, farm-to-table community restaurant – Camperdown $$
  • Alibi, vegan restaurant – Woolloomooloo $$
  • AME Catering
  • Bad Hombres, Mexican inspired all vegan eatery – Surry Hills $$
  • Bentley Restaurant + Bar, 2 hat restaurant with vegetarian tasting menu – CBD $$$$
  • Bodhi restaurant, vegan yum cha and pan Asian – CBD $$
  • Eden, plant based restaurant – Bondi $$
  • Flyover an Indian fritterie and chai bar (hole in wall) – CBD $
  • Folo – free extension for computer browsers that enables you to generate donations for causes you care about, just by shopping online.
  • FolonomoSurry Hills $$
  • INDU Dining, Sri Lankan cuisine – CBD $$$
  • Kitchen by Mike, seasonal and Australian sourced, vegetarian and vegan available $$$
  • Love.Fish, thoughtfully sourced Australian fish dishes – Barangaroo $$
  • Mary’s Underground, lively underground restaurant and music venue at the old basement (vegan options) – Circular Quay $$
  • Paperbark, plant based Australian native ingredients – Waterloo $$
  • Portal, GPO Sydney – CBD $
  • Pure Collective, foundation and social enterprise
  • Saint Peter, Australian sustainable fish eatery – Paddington $$$
  • SymbolNorth Sydney $
  • Three Blue Ducks, sustainable food with limited vegetarian – Bronte $$$
  • Yellow, vegetarian – Potts Point $$$
  • Yulli’s, vegan restaurant – Surry Hills $$

Ask for vegan or vegetarian options.

You might also like to use the Good Fish website. This lists restaurants that source sustainable fish. The website also shows a list of how fish are produced (for example farmed).

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Sustainable activities

Choose one of the many sections of this lovely coastal and harbour-side walk. The walk is all on public land and on mostly well-made and well-maintained bush walking tracks. Stretching 80km in total it is a great way to see the magnificent coastline and our beautiful harbour.

This walk is along Coogee’s coastline. Also stunning and a decent walk to make the trip there. The website to see the photos and further details regarding inclines, parking and toilets.

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Being accessible in Sydney

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