Travel & Visa
All non-Australian citizens travelling to Australia require a visa.
If you have a valid New Zealand passport, you can travel to Australia and you will be issued with a Special Category Visa (SCV) on arrival.
See the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for details on visitor visa options and visitor visa processsing times. In particular, citizens from some eligible countries can apply online for an eVisitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).
Travel to Sydney by air
From overseas you will arrive at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport Terminal 1. From other cities in Australia you will arrive at Sydney Airport Terminal 2 or Terminal 3. Sydney airport is about 10km away from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) or the city.
From all terminals of the airport to UNSW: a taxi ride would take 20-30 minutes and should cost around $40. All taxis are licenced and all journeys are metered. Alternatively, bus 400 in the direction of Bondi Junction travels up Anzac Parade and stops opposite UNSW. The journey takes about 40 minutes and costs about $3.50.
(Warning: if you are travelling from UNSW to the airport, note that not every 400 bus goes to the airport. Please check the timetable carefully and if in doubt, ask the driver before you get on.)
From all terminals of the airport to the city: the Airport Link train runs regularly and takes about 15 minutes to reach Central Station. From there you can take the City Circle train to all central destinations.
Travel around Sydney
Opal cards can be obtained and topped up at outlets such as newsagencies and convenience stores. Opal card fares are automatically calculated and deducted from your card based on where you tap on to where you tap off. You can purchase an Opal single bus ticket from the driver on board, with the exception that some bus routes are PrePay (cashless) at all times while some bus stops are PrePay at certain times of the day.
If travelling with a group of people, a taxi could be an affordable alternative. These can be hailed on the street or ordered by telephone. Uber and GoCatch are also very popular in Sydney.
Travel to UNSW
Travelling to/from UNSW on public transport will involve getting on a bus. UNSW does not lie on a train line.
From Eddy Avenue, Central Station: catch UNSW Express Buses 890, 891, 892, 895, or routes 391, 393, 395 to UNSW Kensington Campus. The journey takes around 15 minutes on the express and around 25 minutes on the other routes, depending on traffic.
From Circular Quay: catch 392, 394, X94 (express), L94, 396 to UNSW Kensington Campus. The journey should take about 30 minutes.
From Bondi Junction: catch 400 which passes UNSW on its way to the airport.
From Coogee Beach: catch 370 which travels along Coogee Bay Road and passes UNSW on High Street.
Parking is restricted on the UNSW campus, with only a limited number of Pay and Display parking spaces available for those without a permit. A one-day parking permit can be purchased at $21 each.