You will need an ETA Visa to enter Australia. This costs approximately $25 and usually takes about 24 hours to process.

ETA Visa Instruction Document

The ETA Visa can be applied for online and is linked to your passport number, so you will never need to send in a physical passport for a stamp. Once your visa is approved, you will arrive at the airport on the departure date, and they will scan your passport. They will then see your visa electronically in their system.

Please read over your visa instructions carefully and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

NON-US citizen: Please note that you many have a different visa process than US citizens. It is VERY important that you bring this to the attention of Nicole as soon as possible. While we cannot advise you on situation specific requirements to submit your application under these circumstances, we may be able to point you towards the appropriate resources.

Participants with a Criminal Record: Please note that the visa instructions are specific to US citizens traveling to Australia who do not currently have a criminal record, or open charges against them. There could be complications to your visa process if you have a criminal record. It is VERY important that you bring this to the attention of Nicole as soon as possible.

Arrival Instructions

You should change a little money into AUD before you leave the US so you have some cash on hand. You may also wish to inform your bank that you will be traveling to Australia, so your ATM cards will work abroad.

Public Transit to the Hotel

The Airport Link can be accessed at the Arrivals level of your terminal. Take the Airport Link to Central Station. This ride takes about 15 minutes.

From Central Station it is a 13 minute walk or 11 minute Light Rail ride to Metro Aspire Hotel.

Taxi to Hotel

This is a more convenient, but also more expensive method to get to and from the airport. When at the Sydney Airport taxi ranks are located outside Terminals 1 and 2. It is a 15-20 minute car ride from the airport to Metro Aspire Hotel.

Sydney taxis will accept payment by credit card, but will charge an additional service fee of 5-10%.

You should expect a fare of AUD$25-35.

Tipping is not mandatory, but it is customary to round up the fare to the next dollar.

Hotel Info

CAPA has arranged accommodation at the Metro Aspire Hotel located across the street from the CAPA Sydney Center at TAFE campus in Ultimo.

Fully refurbished, the hotel features brand-new rooms, restaurant, bar, and lounge spaces. You’ll have access to 24-hour reception and high-speed WiFi. You will recieve a token for daily breakfast, which is included in your reservation.

Check In –  2:00 PM

Check Out – 11:00 AM

The front desk will gladly store your luggage outside of these times.

CAPA has paid in full for all reservations; however, we ask that guests are responsible for providing a credit card at check-in to hold the AUD$100 security deposit and cover any incidentals.

Hotel Address: 383-389 Bulwara Road, Ultimo, Sydney NSW 2007

Hotel Tel: +61 2 9211 1499

*You do not need to dial +61 if in Australia.

Sydney is a sprawling metropolitan city, stretching from the Blue Mountains to the Tasman Sea and boasting 112 kilometers of coastline. Despite the sprawl, central Sydney is quite compact, very well served by numerous forms of public transportation and easily explored on foot.

Upon arrival at the hotel, all CAPA workshop participants will receive a pre-loaded Opal Card that can be “topped up” with additional funds. Your Opal Card grants access to Sydney’s trains, ferries, and light rail.

By Foot:

Your hotel is across the street from the CAPA Sydney Center on TAFE NSW Ultimo Campus and within walking distance of Central Station, University of Technology Sydney, Chinatown, and Darling Harbour.


Sydney Trains is one of the largest metropolitan train systems in the world.They are clean, fast and reliable — this is definitely the fastest way to get around the city.

Consult the timetables found in every station for specific times. Be sure to use your Opal Card; travelers caught without a valid ticket risk a fine!

Need to Know When Taking the Train:

  • Each line has a color and name as well as a destination station at each end.
  • Maps of the system are to be found at each station.
  • Departure boards will direct you to the platform for your train and indicate the time of the next departure.
  • Each platform additionally has an overhead board that indicates which stations the next train will stop at, making the system rather foolproof.
  • An “Interchange” is where you can change trains if need be.

Light Rail:

A German-designed tram, the Sydney Light Rail runs from Central Station to Dulwich Hill passing through Fish Market, Darling Harbour, and Chinatown. It operates 24 hours a day every day of the year. Your Opal Card may be used here.


Need to Know When Taking a Taxi:
  • Tipping is not mandatory, but it is customary to round up the fare to the next dollar.
  • If you book by phone or go over a toll bridge there may be a fee/toll charge added to your bill.
  • Prices vary at night time.
  • Taxi rank stands can be found throughout the city center.
  • Book your taxi in advance if you need it for early in the morning.

February is Summer in Sydney! Temperatures will reach highs in the mid 80’s and high 70’s. The mornings and evenings will cool only a bit to the high 60’s.

Please expect high humidity and an occasional shower.

Causal, breezy summer attire is encouraged for the weekend, when we will get together as a group for the tour of Sydney on Sunday.

We recommend business casual dress during the week as we meet with faculty, internship supervisors, and other partners – presenting lots of photo opportunities. This may include khakis, lightweight polos, skirts, dresses, nice sleeveless blouses, etc.

For our Grand Opening and Farewell dinner on Wednesday evening, you may consider dressier attire.