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2017 COAT National Conference
8 - 9 June 2017 • INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE • SYDNEY, NSW
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Places of Interest

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is easily one of the most iconic Australian venues. It now stands as a multi-venue performing arts centre. The building and its surrounds occupy the entirety of Bennelong Point, between Sydney Cove and Farm Cove, adjacent to the Sydney Central business district and the Royal Botanic Gardens (See below) and is also close by the Sydney Bridge. Becoming prime real-estate for some of the best culinary experiences in the country. At the forefront is Bennelong, with world class Chef Peter Gilmore at the helm, Bennelong showcases the flavour diversity and quality of Australian produce in the most memorable setting imaginable.

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St Mary's Cathedral

St Mary's Cathedral stands at the centre of Sydney as a Christian statement of grace and beauty. Generations of artists have bequeathed to it their magnificent gifts in stone and glass. It is one of Sydney's most treasured historic buildings and is a fine example of English style gothic architecture. There are a few must see spaces in side the church, however we recommend- The Crypt, which is the last resting place of the deceased archbishops of Sydney and is made notable for the beautiful terrazzo mosaic floor.


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Queen Victoria Building

The Queen Victoria Building (QVB), was designed by George McRae and completed in 1898, replacing the original Sydney Markets on the site. Built as a monument to the long reigning monarch, the elaborate Romanesque architecture was especially planned for the building so the government could employ many out of work craftsman, stonemasons, plasterers and stained window artists. Originally, a concert hall, coffee shops, showrooms and a storefront for a wide variety of tradespeople the QVB has since become an extremely popular pillar of high-end retail in Sydney.

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Royal Botanic Gardens

Australia's most iconic Botanical Garden located at the heart of the City of Sydney. Opened in 1816, the garden is the oldest scientific institution in Australia and one of the most important historic Botanical institutions in the world. This has lead to its claim as one of the most visited attractions in Sydney. Covering 30 hectares, the garden forms a large natural amphitheatre, wrapped around and sloping down towards the 'stage' of Farm Cove. It is divided into four major precincts; the Lower Gardens, the Middle Gardens, the Palace Gardens and the Bennelong Precinct. The most distinct landscape feature in the garden is the hand hewn sandstone seawall that curves around Farm Cove from Mrs Macquarie Point to the Opera House delineating the garden from the Harbour providing a focal point for visitors, joggers and photographers alike.

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Madam Tussauds Sydney

Millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madam Tussauds since it first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good old fashioned curiosity. It is a wax museum that began in London with smaller institutions in major cities around the world. Founded, as the name suggests by Marie Tussaud, a wax sculptor- although she has since passed away the legacy she left behind proceeds her.


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Sydney Aquarium

Sydney Aquarium contains a large variety of Australian aquatic wildlife which includes more than 700 species in total, as well as more than 13,000 individual fish and other sea and water creatures. The Aquarium is on of Sydney's most popular attractions as it houses such a variety of interesting sites, it allows you to explore over 14 themed zones. Including, a tropical bay of Rays, Discovery Rockpool, Sydney Harbour and the world's largest Great Barrier Reef display. Interestingly, it houses two of the six Dougoings that are currently living in captivity around the world.

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