• About Sydney

The Healing Our Spirit Worldwide visits regions on a regular basis. The Gathering was due to be hosted by Australia. The University of Sydney in partnership with The Healing Foundation were identified as suitable hosts. New South Wales and Sydney respectively have the largest Aboriginal estimated resident population.

Aboriginal peoples have always lived in Sydney. The original Aboriginal inhabitants of the City of Sydney local area are the Cadigal people. The territory of the Cadi (gal) people stretched along the southern side of Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) from South Head to around what is now known as Petersham. Their southern boundary is unclear.

There are 29 clan groups of the Sydney metropolitan area referred to collectively as the Eora Nation. The ‘Eora people’ was the name given to the coastal Aboriginal peoples around Sydney. ‘Eora’ means ‘here’ or ‘from this place’. The Cadigal are a clan of the Eora Nation.

We recognise and value the significance of the Aboriginal custodianship of this country and the songlines created by this nation’s first people.

Songlines carry important knowledge and wisdom that has been shared through unified stories, ceremony and dance for generations. Songlines criss-cross the land providing a complex and essential narrative of identity and values that underpin who we are and what we hold important. Songlines recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander relationships to country, to spirits and to each other. The obligation and the power of songlines have been carefully woven into the development of the program for The Eighth Gathering through the foundations.

The Foundations

For more information on the Aboriginal history of Sydney please visit the following sites:
http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/learn/sydneys-history/aboriginal-history
http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/vision/towards-2030/communities-and-culture/eora-journey
http://www.sydneybarani.com.au

LOCATION

The Gathering Venue is at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour – which sits next to the CBD.

The state of the art Sydney International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney has been selected as the venue for Healing Our Spirit The Eighth Gathering. ICC Sydney is Asia Pacific’s premier integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct, underlining Sydney’s place as one of the world’s most desirable meeting and event destinations and providing the ideal platform to collaborate and innovate. In the heart of Sydney, ICC Sydney is located in the active precinct of Darling Harbour. We are excited to be able to hold the Eighth Gathering in such a beautiful space.

TRANSPORT

Please view the following links for information about transport around Sydney.

From the airport to the city
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Sydney Trains / Buses and Ferries
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Opal Card
Sydney public transport is accessible by single tickets or Opal Card. For more information visit:
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The ICC
The ICC website contains a great deal of interesting information about the venue as well as advice on transport options:
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ACCOMMODATION

There are several hotels nearby – here a few we suggest:

National Centre for Indigenous Excellence

Delegates attending the Eighth Gathering are eligible to apply for this budget accommodation that provides 5 days accommodation, continental breakfast and full access to NCIE Fitness Centre (gym, 25 metre lap pool and group exercise classes. As this is a budget allocation, only 90 spaces are available in a shared dorm style arrangement. Rooms can sleep three to six delegates. Each dorm room has bunk beds, shower, toilet and hand basin. The National Centre for Indigenous Excellence site is 100% smoke and alcohol free. Check out the NCIE website for more information.

To secure your budget accommodation package please complete the Accommodation Form and email it to contact@hosw.com


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Sofitel Darling Harbour

79 metres from ICC


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Adina Apartment Hotel Darling Harbour

900 metres from ICC
(Offering a 10% deal off best available rate)


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Novotel Darling Harbour

220 metres from ICC


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Novotel Central

1.2 kilometres from ICC


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Ibis Darling Harbour

220 metres from ICC


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Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central

1.4 kilometres from ICC
(Offering a 10% deal off best available rate)


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Park Royal Darling Harbour

700 metres from ICC
(Offering a 10% deal off best available rate)


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Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Central

1.5 kilometres from ICC
(Offering a 10% deal off best available rate)


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Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Town Hall

750 metres from ICC
(Offering a 10% deal off best available rate)


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Mercure Sydney Central

1.6 kilometres from ICC


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Novotel Sydney Darling Square

850 metres from ICC


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Travelodge Hotel Wynyard

1.6 kilometres from ICC
(Offering a 10% deal off best available rate)


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