Sydney is Australia’s oldest, largest and most diverse city, with a population of over four million people. This vibrant, cosmopolitan city is a popular tourist destination with a huge range of sightseeing options.
Play outside at one of the 30 surf beaches including the legendary Bondi Beach or enjoy strolling along the beautiful harbour, blooming with sailboats. Visit the world-famous Opera House, dine at edgy restaurants or explore urban galleries celebrating indigenous Aboriginal art.
The Sydney campus is located inside the iconic Woolworths building, opposite Sydney’s Town Hall. It is conveniently located in the Central Business District, close to major bus routes and the train station, and is just a few minutes’ walk from Pitt Street Mall, Darling Harbour, and beautiful Hyde Park.
Experience the City Year Round
Spring is a comfortable time of year in Sydney, with average temperatures around 22°C, meaning it’s warm enough to get out on the beach and learn to surf, windsurf, or go on a harbor cruise, while also being cool enough to enjoy a good walking tour of the city to check out its many sights. There are also a few good events taking place during this season, including the Food Festival, and “Stereosonic,” an international music festival
In summer, the city gets hot, and you’ll be glad that Sydney has more than 70 beaches for you to cool off at. The summer is also full of arts, music and culture festivals, so there’s never a dull moment. The Sydney Festival takes place throughout the month of January, and brings some of the world’s best performers to the city. On Australia Day, fireworks light up Darling Harbour. The city’s biggest yacht race takes place this time of year, and it’s also a good time to take in a cricket game.
In fall, temperatures cool down a bit, similar to the spring, but you can enjoy the beach pretty much year-round. Aussie Rules Football season starts in fall, so check out this unique contact sport that was invented in this country. Other adventures include hiking in the Blue Mountains or checking out the Jenolan Caves. For a taste of culture, visit the Botanical Gardens for the Autumn Vibes festival, which includes music and dance performances from cultures around the world.
Winter in Sydney is a little bit cooler, but never cold, so you can continue to enjoy all of the usual activities available. For something a little different, you could check out the Sydney Winter Festival where you can go ice skating and enjoy mulled wine at Bondi Beach while the surfers walk by in their shorts. If you’re really craving winter sports, take a half-day trip out of the city to “The Snowies,” the highest mountains in Australia, for a ski or snowboard trip.
ILSC-Sydney offers free Internet access outside of class hours (during regular school hours) in selected computer labs.
The inviting student lounges at ILSC-Sydney provide access to filtered water (hot and cold), vending machines with a variety of snacks and small meals, fridges and microwaves, satellite TV, a DVD player, a ping pong table and video game systems. The campus also has several bulletin boards providing information about travel, housing, employment, upcoming local events, etc.
ILSC-Sydney has a borrowing library and a listening laboratory available for all students. Practice your English speaking skills with DVDs, conversation tapes, and audio books on tape. The libraries are available during regular school hours.
Most classrooms and facilities at ILSC-Sydney are wheelchair accessible.