Caribbean Riddim Weekend Info Pack 0.3

caribbeansydney

We are excited to bring the two worlds of Caribbean carnival culture and Australian culture together at the

Caribbean Riddim Weekend 2020.

Can you survive a weekend of Caribbean style events, in the land downunder, home to sharks, crocodiles,

snakes and our cute yet fearsome ‘Drop bear’ aka Koala?

Please review the following information to get you acquainted and help plan your trip to the last frontier of

Soca in Sydney Australia! Thank you for joining us on this journey!


1 OVERVIEW

The Caribbean Riddim weekend 2020 will be held from 4 th - 6 th December 2020.

Participants have the option of purchasing full weekend event passes, additional day tour or individual event

tickets.

1.1 EVENTS:

Friday 4 th – Day tour option*

Friday 4 th Evening

Saturday 5 th Daytime

Saturday 5 th Evening

Sunday 6 th Daytime sailing


3 ACCOMMODATION

International and Interstate guests are invited to stay at the 4-star Vibe Hotel Sydney for the duration of the

Caribbean Riddim Weekend. A fixed nightly discounted rate is being offered to international and interstate

guests visiting Sydney for the duration of the weekend (*while rooms last).

Centrally located in Sydney’s CBD, and only minutes from multiple public transport options and Sydney’s

central station, Vibe Hotel offers a perfect location from which to explore Sydney and its surrounds.

Special Rate: Fixed nett rate of $199.00 AUD per room per night for Standard Guest – King/Twin rooms.

Book Here – “Caribbean20”

Note: For any guests choosing alternate accommodations, you will be required to make you way to Vibe

Hotel. This is the designated pickup and drop off point for the bus journey to/from J’ouvert and Beach Bar.

3.1 PROPERTY FACTS

Address: 111 Goulburn St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

4-star hotel

24-hour front desk

“Very good”- 4/5 customer review rating on Trip Advisor (Based on 4000 reviews)

2-3 min taxi / 8 min walk from Central station. (For guests travelling using the Airport link train).

Location rating 100% for walkers


3.2 AMENITIES

Rooms at Vibe Hotel Sydney offer a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a refrigerator

Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)

Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room

Rooftop pool and terrace

Ground floor bar & lounge

Business Center with Internet Access

Paid public parking nearby

3.3 CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings

and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, fine diners frequent the many

celebrity chef restaurants and foodies eat from the many and varied food options from China town, to

Korean BBQ’s to Spanish restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney

Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic

lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city of

Sydney.


4 TRANSPORT OPTIONS

4.1 AIRPORT LINK TRAIN

The Airport link provides easy access to the city CBD from the domestic/international airport terminals.

Price: Approx. $19.40 AUD each way | Duration: 13min

4.2 AIRPORT TAXI / UBER

Price: Approx $50 AUD | Duration: 15-30 minutes

4.3 PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Sydney transport now offers contactless payment on Sydney public trains, trams and buses. If you have an

American Express, Mastercard or Visa credit or debit card or a linked device, you can use it to pay for your

travel by tapping on and tapping off at Opal readers.

https://transportnsw.info/tickets-opal/opal/contactless-payments


Taxis are readily available throughout the city.

5 AUSTRALIA - GENERAL FACTS

5.1 VISA AND ENTRY

Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs for visa and entry requirements for your own circumstances.

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder/visit

Please note: Whilst certain visas such as the ETA, and eVisitor are processed quickly, other tourist visas may

take more than 30+ days.


5.1.1 ETA

An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) provides authorisation to travel to and enter Australia and is

electronically linked to your passport. The ETA has a service fee of $20 and is available to citizens of the

following countries:

United States | Canada | Japan | Singapore | Malaysia and more.

5.1.2 eVisitor visa

The eVisitor visa allows certain passport holders to stay up to 3 months for a vacation. This is free and

processed within approx. 2 days.

The full list of eligible countries is listed on the home affairs website but includes; UK | The Netherlands |

Belgium | Germany | Sweden | and numerous other countries across Europe and the Mediterranean.

5.2 POWER

Voltage used in Australia = 220-240V

Note: Adapters can only be used for US appliances that accept BOTH 240V and 110V.

If your devices do not support 240V, you will need a transformer to convert the current or risk

damaging your device.

Socket type

5.3 MONEY

Currency = Australian Dollar ($)

Australia is largely a cashless society, supporting chip cards and contactless technologies.

Approximate conversion rates

o 1 USD = 1.5 AUD | 1 GBP = 1.96 AUD | 1 CAD = 1.12 AUD | 1 EUR = 1.70 AUD | 1 YEN = 0.014

AUD

Tipping is not mandatory or customary in Australia. Tipping is often provided when service exceeds

your expectations.

5.4 MOBILE PHONES, SIM AND DATA

If you have a compatible phone/handset, a Vodafone network SIM card can be purchased and

utilised for the duration of your stay.

https://www.vodafone.com.au/support/sign-up/visiting-australia

E.g. $30 AUD Combo starter pack. Valid 28 days and 25GB data.


5.5 WEATHER

December is the beginning of the Australian summer period.

Temperatures will start to climb across Sydney and can get very hot, however the CBD temperatures

generally remain moderate.

The average high-temperature is 25.2°C (77.4°F), and the average low-temperature is 17.5°C

(63.5°F).

Average rainfall in December: 77.6mm

o The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is June (131.9mm). The driest month (with the

lowest rainfall) is September (68.3mm).

Average relative humidity during December is 59%

The use of sunscreen and limited sun exposure is recommended between 10am-2pm

5.6 LANGUAGE

The official language of Australia is English.

Sydney is a very multicultural city with many residents speaking other languages ranging from

Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Greek, Italian, Arabic, Hindi, Spanish, French and more.

5.6.1 Australian Slang

Aussies utilise a fair amount of slang and have the tendency to abbreviate almost everything. Here are a few

words that you may hear during your trip and what they mean;

Australia

Arvo

Airy fairy

Barbie

Bloody oath

BYO

Chook

Dunny / Loo

G’day

Grog

Pissed

Pissed off

To take the piss

No worries

Thongs

Too right

Your shout

Stuffed

Straya / Oz

Afternoon

Vague

Barbecue

True

Bring your own alcohol

Chicken

Toilet / Restroom

Hi

Alcohol

To be drunk

To be annoyed/angry

Make fun of someone/thing

Not a problem / No issue

Beach Flip flops

I agree, you are correct

Your round / turn to buy drinks

Tired


6 FOOD

6.1 FOODIES

Sydney CBD offers a large variety of eating options.

o City central (Chinatown/Central/George St) has a huge number of Korean BBQ restaurants,

Thai, Chinese, Spanish, food courts and more.

o The Sydney fish markets (Pyrmont) offers a vast range of fresh seafood.

If you are a foodie Sydney’s suburbs offer an incredible array of authentic international cuisines.

o Sydney’s Western Suburbs (20-30min train from CBD)

• Auburn/Granville - Turkish, Lebanese, Afghan cuisine

• Harris Park – A strip of homes converted to Indian restaurants featuring dishes from

across India and Pakistan. Casual and fine dining.

o Sydney’s Inner West (10 min from CBD)

• Newtown / Marrickville - Thai, Greek, Various

Note: Portion sizes in Australia are relatively small compared to USA sizes.

Many suburban restaurant kitchens close by 10.30-11pm.

6.2 FOOD PRICES

The price of food can vary greatly across Sydney.

Cheap eats - $10-$18 for fast food, such as food courts, cafes and burger places.

Mid-range dining options – Main courses approx. $24


High-end dining – Main courses $34-$50

o Prefer fine dining? Try one of the many acclaimed restaurants in Sydney harbour, The rocks,

Surry Hills and Eastern Suburbs.

6.3 COFFEE

Sydney is known for being a coffee city full of coffee connoisseurs. Most Australian’s must start their

day with a cappuccino or latte. Be sure to try a coffee or two while in Australia!

6.4 DRINKS

Alcohol at pubs/clubs - Approx $10 per drink.

Water - $2-$4

Fresh juice - $7-$8

Coffee - $3.50-$5


7 CARIBBEAN RIDDIM WEEKEND EVENT DETAILS

7.1 FRIDAY 4TH DECEMBER -


7.2 SAT 5TH DECEMBER -


7.3


7.4 SUN 6TH DECEMBER -


8 WALKING DAY TOUR

An optional walking day tour is available for purchase and includes:

✯Aboriginal Botanic garden tour

✯Walk via circular quay, to the historic rocks precinct

✯Lunch – A unique Aussie tasting, featuring Kangaroo, and a beverage.

✯Wildlife park entry

✯Koala Encounter with 3 photographs

✯Sydney Aquarium entry

8.1 SAMPLE ITINERARY

9:15 AM

10:00 AM 11:30 AM

Meet and greet.

Walk to the Botanic Gardens

Aboriginal botanic garden heritage tour

The Garden Shop, Botanic Gardens

11:30 AM 12:00 PM

Walk to the Australian Heritage Hotel for lunch

The Australian Hotel. 100 Cumberland Street,

The Rocks, Sydney 2000

12:00 PM 1:30PM

Lunch - Emu and Kangaroo Pizza

Glass of Craft beer or Wine

*If you have any food requirements please notify

caribbeansydney@gmail.com

1:30 PM 2:00PM Walk to SEALIFE aquarium / WILDLIFE

2:00 PM 3:30 PM View the Sydney Aquarium

3:30 PM 5:00 PM View the WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo

5:00 PM Meet. Return to hotel.

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