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For those who like to cram their weekends like they cram for exams – see how much you can fit in to your UOW Open Day weekend.

From live music and performances to delicious food and outdoor adventures, August 11 and 12 will be a weekend not to miss in the Gong. If you have lived here your whole life, or you want to visit, get amongst UOW Open Day on Saturday the 11th, where you can take tours, learn about degrees or just chill on the lawn with the ducks. Then take the short trip to UOW Innovation Campus for an all-ages music gig –Yours & Owls Big Top – featuring indie pop group, Sheppard. If live music isn’t your thing, there will be loads of other events, so you can turn your Open Day weekend into an epic weekend in Wollongong.

Check out the list of events and make sure you show us your adventures.

Arts and culture

  • Yours & Owls Big Top: Geronimo!!! Prep your ear drums for the sounds of Sheppard and special guests at this ALL AGES event on the night of Open Day.
  • Wollongong Art Gallery: Explore the collections and see a range of exhibitions that will be on display.
  • The Preatures: Start your weekend early with some live music at UOW UniBar on Thursday 9 August (18+ event).
  • Wollongong Comedy: Laugh till your cheeks hurt with Julia Wilson + supports at The Builders Club on the Saturday night.
  • Katy Steele (Little Birdy): Chill out to the distinctive vocals of Katy Steele at the Heritage Hotel in Bulli on Friday 10 August (18+ event).
  • Nan Tien Temple: Wander through the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere, and stay for a delicious vegetarian lunch.

See Sheppard live at the Yours & Owls Big Top


  • Diggies Café: Have breakfast with a beach view.
  • His Boy Elroy: You can’t go past an American-style burger.

  • Sifters: Your stomach will start grumbling as soon as you smell the meat being cooked in a barrel.
  • Corrimal Street and Keira Street: Take a walk and see what food you can find.

  • Wollongong Central and Crown Street Mall: For those in need of retail therapy.


  • Illawarra escarpment: Pick a path and explore the landscape. Venture up Mount Keira or Mount Kembla, or challenge yourself with the steps to Sublime Point (the view is totally worth it).
  • Chase waterfalls: You can find many gems in the region, including Fitzroy Falls, Belmore Falls, Macquarie Falls and endless beautiful spots in the Royal National Park.
  • Skydive the Beach: Join 19,000 people who jump from perfectly good planes every year at the only place in NSW where you can land on the beach.
  • Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk: Zipline or walk through 45 metres above the forest floor.
  • Grand Pacific Drive and Sea Cliff Bridge: Cruise along the scenic coastal road.
  • Whale spotting: This is prime whale-spotting season. Keep your eyes peeled from one of the many coastal lookouts, including Bald Hill
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