Your graduation day

Congratulations - the day is almost here! Many graduates are excited and nervous on the day of their graduation ceremony. To help you get ready, we’ve put together a list of what you can do in preparation, as well as what to expect on the day.

Preparing for your graduation


Your graduation ceremony will be held in the Sports Hub (Building 9) at the Wollongong campus.

Travel and parking

There may be traffic and parking delays around the University, so please allow additional travel time.

Free parking is available for graduating students in P5 and P4 carparks on campus.

We encourage you to travel with all their guests in one vehicle. If the P4 and P5 carparks becomes full, security staff will advise you of alternative parking locations on or around campus. 

If you submitted accessibility requirements for both yourself and/ or your guests during the registration process, parking will be made available to you in the carpark under the Sports Hub – you will need to provide your name to the parking attendant at the Sports Hub carpark to gain access. 

You will be required to bring identification (eg. drivers licence, student card) which will be sighted at the registration desk.

If you already have a graduation hat (trencher or bonnet), please also bring it with you on the day.

A graduation ceremony is a formal occasion with smart casual wear being the minimum standard for graduates and their guests. 

You will be required to wear the approved University of Wollongong academic dress over your clothes when taking part in a graduation ceremony. The graduation fee covers the hire of your academic dress (gown and hood), as well as a trencher (hat) or bonnet to keep. 

When selecting what you're going to wear, keep in mind:

  • The academic gown is three-quarters in length and opens at the front, so your clothes will be visible.
  • The gown is made of heavy material, so you may wish to leave your jacket with your family or friends.
  • You will be wearing an academic trencher or bonnet on your head so we recommend a hairstyle that allows this to sit comfortably.
  • You will be walking onto stage via a ramp, so we recommend that you consider this when selecting your footwear.
  • You are welcome to enrich the colour of the ceremony with garments from your cultural tradition.

Purchasing academic dress 

If you wish to purchase academic dress for graduation, you can do so at any time of the year from the Unishop. However, if for any reason a particular item may be out of stock, you must place your order no later than 6 weeks prior to the ceremony. Enquiries regarding the purchase of academic dress may be directed to the Unishop.

If you purchase your academic dress you will you will need to collect your purchase from the Unishop prior to your graduation ceremony and bring it with you to the venue.

Please note that if you purchase your academic dress, you are still required to pay the  full graduation fee. 

Morning ceremonies

Graduates to arrive by 8:15am

  • Registration opens at 7.30am and closes at 9am sharp
  • Doors will open for guests at 9am
  • Ceremony commences 9:30am

Late arrivals may not be able to be accommodated.

Afternoon ceremonies

Graduates to arrive by 1:15pm

  • Registration opens at 12.30pm and closes at 2pm sharp
  • Doors will open for guests at 2pm
  • Ceremony commences 2:30pm

Graduates will be given their guest tickets at the registration desk on the day of their ceremony.  

We will endeavour to provide as many guest tickets as possible. The number of guest tickets allocated to graduates will depend on the size of the ceremony and will be communicated in the graduation invitation email. 

Children and prams

We understand what an important milestone Graduation is for families. Children are warmly welcome to attend your ceremony and will require a ticket. Infants (under 3) can sit on an adult's lap during the ceremony.

Designated pram/stroller parking bays will be available within the Sports Hub. Activities will also be available for children outside of the Sports Hub in the Marquee. 

Additional guests

Unfortunately we can not provide more that the allocated number of tickets per graduate - no additional tickets will be available. Any additional guests are invited to watch the ceremony via live stream in the Marquee outside of the Sports Hub, or from a location off campus. The link to the live stream will be posted on the graduation website on the day of the event. 


We are more than happy to accommodate special seating requirements, or any mobility or disability issues, including vision or hearing needs. 
If you did not advise of any special requirements during the online registration for graduation, please email details to with ‘Graduation’ in the subject line as soon as possible so arrangements can be made.


The UniShop has a great range of graduation gifts, flowers, cards and UOW memorabilia. You can shop online or in-person on the day.

The UniShop also sell special graduation teddy bears wearing academic dress which are popular amongst graduates and are a great keepsake.

UOW Pulse have also created a new range of UOW clothing in collaboration with New Balance, which is the perfect blend of function and fashion.

Visit UniShop and take home a piece of your university experience and the memories you have created. 

Portrait photography 

Reed Graduation Services will have professional photo studio sessions available on the day of your graduation. Bring along your friends and family and let skilled photographers capture this wonderful milestone with a range of high quality photos than you can cherish for years to come.

Bookings are recommended - pre-book your studio session for free ($30 on the day). 

Studio photography will be setup within UniActive (building 13) next to the Sports Hub.

Stage photography 

All graduates will be photographed on stage and Reed Graduation Services understands the importance of capturing this momentous moment. For pre-event discounts visit Reed Graduation Services.

Stage images will be available immediately after the ceremony for viewing and purchase within UniActive (building 13) next to the Sports Hub.


Reed Graduation Services offer a wide variety of frame options which are perfect to proudly display your award. If you would like to bring your certificate it can be framed by our professional framers on the spot, ready to take home on the day of your graduation. For pre-event specials visit Reed Graduation Services.


Graduation plaques offer a unique way of commemorating your award. Having your certificate replicated onto a silver or gold plaque fitted on to either rich walnut wood base, smooth matte black backing or a clear Perspex base adds professional flair and pleasing appearance to any office or room, allowing you to proudly display your award. For pre-event specials visit Reed Graduation Services. 

On the day - before the ceremony

You must arrive by the specified time.

On arrival, please make your way to the graduation registration desk located on the ground floor in UniActive (Building 13) which is adjacent to the Sports Hub. Entry is via the western side of the UniActive building (closest to the Sports Hub). 

To avoid overcrowding, we ask that guests wait outside and do not accompany you to the registration desk – we suggest arranging to meet your guests outside the Sports Hub after completing registration. 

Graduate registration

When you arrive at registration you will:

  • receive your program booklet, which will be marked with your name and allocated seat number
  • receive your guest tickets
  • get dressed in your academic dress
  • receive your trencher (hat) or bonnet (PhD graduates only)

UOW staff will select the appropriate academic dress foryou and help your put the garments on. If you are an Honours graduate, please advise staff.

Once dressed and ready, your can meet your guests and take photos before the ceremony begins. 

You will receive your program booklet at registration. This will be marked with your name and allocated seat number.

You must be seated in your allocated seat at least 20 minutes before the ceremony (unless you are told otherwise during registration). 

It is essential that you sit in your allocated seat as outlined on the program booklet received at registration. This will ensure graduates are presented on stage in the correct order. You must not swap or change your seat to be close to friends. 

Guest seating is not allocated but is separate from graduate seating.

PhD Graduates 

If you are a PhD graduate, once you have registered and are gowned in your academic dress, please make your way to Building 36 Room 305 where you will join the Academic Procession for the ceremony before walking down to the Sports Hub. 

Guests of PhD graduates should find their seats in the Sports Hub and are not to go to Building 36. 

The safety of our staff, graduates, students and community is paramount. All graduation ceremonies will adhere to Public Health Orders at the time of the ceremonies, and visitors are required to follow to any COVID Safe protocols in place at the venue.

  • Hand sanitiser available for use
  • Wearing of face masks is optional
  • Guests and graduates are asked to stay home if unwell
  • Ventilation in Sports Hub

COVID-19 Vaccination requirements

Visitors to UOW campuses are currently not required to show their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Face masks 

Face masks are not compulsory, however NSW Health strongly recommends you wear a face mask if it is hard to maintain safe physical distance from others.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, NSW Health recommends you wear a mask when you are in an indoor setting (unless you are exempt).

Face masks will be available for graduates upon request at the registration desk. All guests attending a graduation ceremony will need to provide their own face mask.

The wearing of face masks is subject to Public Health Orders at the time of the ceremonies and requirements may change. 

Graduates with symptoms of COVID-19

We ask that you stay home if you’re feeling unwell or have flu like symptoms, including a cough, sore throat and/or temperature. 

Please email if you can no longer make your ceremony on the day.

It is highly recommended that you arrive at the University with plenty of time to find parking, register, dress in academic dress, and take photos.  

If you arrive after the close of registration, please go directly to the graduate registration desk in UniActive (building 13) and we will do our best to accommodate you, but it is not guaranteed that you will be able to participate in the ceremony.  

You will be required to wait in the registration area until the Academic Procession has been seated on stage at the commencement of the event. You will then be ushered to the Sports Hub to take your seats, and your name will be read out at the end of the ceremony. 

Arriving late will impact your Graduation experience, as your name will be read out at the conclusion of the ceremony by the Executive Dean and we will be unable to have your name displayed on the screen. 

Please note that if you arrive late and we are unable to accommodate you within the ceremony, you will not be offered a refund. 

During and after the ceremony

The official proceedings of 2023 UOW Graduation Ceremonies includes: 

  1. Opening of Ceremony, including Smoking Ceremony*
  2. Welcome to Country 
  3. National Anthem 
  4. Opening and Congratulatory Address 
  5. Presentation of Awards 
  6. Musical Interlude 
  7. Presentation of Awards (cont) 
  8. Honorary Award/Emeritus Professorships Awards 
  9. Occasional Address and Vote of Thanks 
  10. Closure of Proceedings 
  11. Showing of UOW Graduation video 
  12. Event Concludes

Ceremonies are expected to be 2-2.5 hours in duration.

* The smoking ceremony will be led by our Indigenous Community Leaders to welcome graduates, guests, and the academic procession. There will be adequate ventilation in place within the sports hub to ensure the health and safety of our students and community.

Ushers will direct graduates throughout the ceremony. When it is time to commence the presentation of awards, ushers will direct graduates as follows: 

  1. The Presenter will ask all graduates to stand for confirmation of degrees. After this, everyone can be seated except the first row of graduates who will then be guided by ushers to the stage. 
  2. When it is your turn to make your way to the stage an usher will ask you to stand and will direct you into position. Leave your booklets and other items on your seat. 
  3. An usher will check and adjust your academic dress. 
  4. When you reach the bottom of the stage ramp, you will collect your certificate from an usher. 
  5. You will be directed to ascend the ramp and stand on the side of the stage until your name is called. 
  6. When you hear your name, make your way to the centre of the stage towards the Presiding Officer. 
  7. The Presiding Officer will 'tip their cap' to you, and you can return the gesture by tipping your cap slightly downwards with your right hand. Please pause on stage while a photo is taken.
  8. After the photo, you can begin descending the ramp on the other side of the stage. 
  9. You will then make your way back to your allocated seat and remain there until the end of the ceremony. 
  10. At the completion of the ceremony, you will be directed to follow behind the Academic Procession and leave the venue. 

This information will also be provided to you again, upon registration on the day of your ceremony. 

Please ensure you pause on stage for our professional photographer to take your photo after you have 'tipped your cap' to the Presiding Officer.

Stage photos will be available immediately after the ceremony for viewing and purchase in UniActive near the registration desk (building 13). If you would like to view and/or purchase your stage photos at a later time, a link will be available on the UOW website once all ceremonies are complete. 

All ceremonies will be live streamed. A link will be available on the graduation website on the day of the ceremony.

Your academic dress must be returned to the gown returns area near the registration desk in UniActive (building 13) by the following times:

  • 1pm for morning ceremonies 
  • 6pm for afternoon ceremonies

If your graduation gown is not returned by these times, you will be contacted by the graduation team and invoiced for the full cost of replacement.  

You and your guests are invited to join UOW dignitaries in the marquee outside of the Sports Hub. It's a good idea to organise a somewhere to meet your guests as it will be busy. 

During this time you'll have the opportunity to take photos in and around the marquee as well as around our beautiful campus.

UniBar will also be open after the ceremony if you'd like to continue the celebrations.

Dining, accommodation & attractions

Illawarra Yacht Club
Situated on the foreshore of the beautiful Lake Illawarra, the Illawarra Yacht Club provides the perfect dining experience with an amazing 180° lake view

Palisade Kitchen & Bar (at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach)
Featuring a picturesque beachfront view, stylish interior and a menu which heroes locally sourced seafood, dry aged beef and an Asian fusion, Palisade Kitchen & Bar is a food & wine lover’s dream.

  • Offer: 15% off food only
  • Available: During operating hour on 31 October and 1 November 2023
  • How to book: Quote UOW Graduation Offer when ordering at venue
  • T&Cs: A beverage must be purchased with food for discount to be applied. Offer valid for above dates only.

North Bar (at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach)
Warm tones and luxurious furnishings offer coastal sophistication at its finest. A carefully curated casual dining menu, an innovative cocktail selection, extensive wine list and a team of expert staff ensure every minute of the guest experience is unforgettable.

  • Offer: 15% off food only
  • Available: During operating hours 31 October and 1 November 2023
  • How to book: Quote UOW Graduation Offer when ordering at venue
  • T&Cs: A beverage must be purchased with food for discount to be applied. Offer valid for above dates only.

Dagwood Bar and Kitchen
Asian and Mexican influenced share food, infused tequila margaritas, fine wines and more! Located in the central CBD of Wollongong, we look forward to hosting your graduation celebrations!

  • Offer: FREE glass of celebratory Sparkling for any graduate on a booking
  • Available: Dinner  on 1 November
  • How to book: Check the Graduation box when booking through
  • T&Cs: Limited to 1 glass per graduate per booking. Must be over 18.

The Iron Yampi
Modern Australian elevated pub style food and fine wine is at home on Wentworth Street Port Kembla. Open for lunch and dinner, we are set up and ready to host your post-graduation festivities

  • Offer: FREE glass of celebratory Sparkling for any graduate on a booking.
  • Available: Available Lunch and Dinner on 1 November
  • How to book: Check the Graduation box when booking through
  • Limited to 1 glass per graduate per booking. Must be over 18.

Howlin Wolf Bar
A candle lit bar with over 350 whiskeys, a variety of beers, wines and cocktails with the addition of free boardgames to play

  • Offer: 4 - 7pm Happy Hour Every Day - 30% off all backbar whiskeys, $7 Selected Schooners, $13 Selected Cocktails, $10 House Wines
  • Available: 1 November 2023 from 4 pm
  • How to book (including how to claim offer): Walk-ins

Collegians Wollongong
Relax and enjoy Collegians superior and friendly service whilst dining in one of their many food outlets. 

  • $11.90 Burger & Fries
  • $8.90 Weekday Lunch Specials
  • $9.90 Lunch Roast – Weekday lunch
  • $17.90 Double Stack Chicken Parmigiana, Wednesday nights 5:30 pm-9 pm

Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant
Enjoy some of Australia's most beautiful food, as we bring to your plate the freshest local and sustainable seafood and produce. Located overlooking the iconic Belmore Basin on Wollongong Harbour, Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant is one of the best dining destinations across the South Coast. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

  • Offer: Choose Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant's Market Menu and treat yourself to a 2 or 3-course set menu. Sample the finest dishes, with the menu evolving daily using seasonal produce.
  • Applicable:
    Lunch & Dinner Monday - Thursday (2 courses $55pp | 3 courses $65pp)
    Lunch & Dinner Friday - Sunday (2 courses $65pp | 3 courses $75pp)
  • How to book: Book online at or call 02 4227 2999
  • T&Cs: Set Menu available for a maximum of 20 people Monday - Thursday and 12 people Friday - Sunday

Scarborough Wombarra Bowling & Recreation Club
A local hidden gem nestled in the picturesque coastal suburb of Wombarra offers delicious food, cold drinks, a buzzing atmosphere and views of the ocean. 

  • Offer: $15 Noodle night – 5 types of noodles, plus pork, chicken, beef or tofu, plus get a voucher to buy a drink from the bar for $5 (house beer/wine).
  • Applicable: 31 October & 1 November 2023
  • How to book: Visit or just walk in 
  • T&Cs: Dine in only & dinner only from 4.30 - 8 pm.

Culinarius Catering and Events
Recognised as the Illawarra’s premier provider of fresh and creative cuisine. Our award-winning business has been providing delicious food throughout the Illawarra and beyond, since 1988!

  • Offer:  $55pp, minimum 20 guests (includes GST)
    • Prawn on potato rosti with avocado salsa (G/F)
    • Peking duck pancake
    • Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with hoisin dipping sauce (vegan & G/F)
    • Bruschetta topped with pancetta, marinated mushrooms, and freshly shaved parmesan.
    • Vegan mini spring rolls with sweet chilli jam
    • Petit savoury quiches with spinach and fetta
    • Pumpkin, Pea, and Leek arancini with garlic aioli- vegetarian (G/F)
    • House made mini gourmet Wagyu pies.
  • Applicable: 31 October and 1 November 2023. Flexible delivery times.
  • How to book: Call us on 4228 1800, or email:
  • T&Cs: Delivery is free of charge to anywhere in the Wollongong CBD, otherwise a charge will apply. Offer is for delivery of food only and excludes service.

Night Parrot Wine Bar
Night Parrot is a small bar located in the heart of Wollongong. We offer an extensive drinks list, Asian inspired street food and electrifying late night atmosphere to provide a Night (Parrot) to remember.

  • Offer: Offering our signature ‘That Bloody Bubble Thing’ cocktail to every recent UOW graduate
  • Applicable: 31st October and 1 November
  • How to book: Simply provide us with a photo of you dressed up in the cap and gown.
  • T&Cs: 1 cocktail per graduate. Staff will check time stamp on photo provided.

Mia Mia Bar
We are a pasta wine bar in the heart of Wollongong. Dishing out Italian classics with a twist.

  • Offer: Offering graduates dinner on us! Come and join us with friends and family and pick our ‘feed me’ option and let us curate your graduation dinner.
  • applicable: 1 November
  • How to book: Simply show our staff a photo in your cap and gown.
  • T&Cs: 1x feed me per graduate. Staff will check time stamps on photo.

Steamers Bar & Grill
Steamers Bar and Grill is an award-winning restaurant offering breath-taking views of City Beach and Wollongong Lighthouse. The menu has been crafted to explore the street food scene from around the world and delivers a collision of small and large plates inspired by these bold and dynamic local flavours.

  • Offer: We’re offering graduates a complimentary glass of bubbles PLUS a celebratory graduation balloon.
  • Applicable: 30 October - 4 November
  • How to book: Use “Graduate” in the comments when booking online or call 4229 6895
  • Use “Graduate” in the booking comments or call us on 4229 6895.
  • T&Cs: Offer valid between Monday 30 October - Friday 4 November. Person must use “Graduate” in the comments when booking.⁠ Offer includes one glass of complimentary bubbles for graduating student plus one celebratory graduation balloon.
  • Litani’s Restaurant
    Open for lunch & dinner Wednesday to Sunday 8am until late
    Litani’s Mediterranean Restaurant is a family-owned and operated business in the heart of Wollongong. A charming, homely spot where families and friends will always feel welcomed!

  • Headlands Hotel
    Open for lunch & dinner daily. Open times vary
    Headland’s Brasserie specialises in delicious fresh food, expertly prepared with quality seasonal ingredients. With an idyllic beachfront location and casual vibe, Headlands is a beautiful location for a family celebration. Walk-ins welcome however for large parties, bookings are advised. Located in Thirroul, a 15 minute drive from Wollongong’s CBD.

  • Harbourfront Restaurant
    Open for Lunch and dinner 7-days a week
    Harbourfront is a Wollongong staple, with amazing waterfront views and an award-winning venue. Harbourfront offers fine dining, locally sourced seafood and must-try seafood platters.

  • Bombora Seafood
    Open 8am – 4pm 7-days a week
    Find stunning harbour views with a relaxed atmosphere and quality seafood.

  • Mylan Vietnamese
    Open for Lunch & Dinner Monday to Saturday
    Mylan is located in the heart of Wollongong, you will be blown away by their authentic dishes and extensive menu at a great price.

  • Kneading Ruby
    Open Tuesday to Sunday 5pm - late
    A family-run Italian restaurant showcasing authentic Italian food, delicious cocktails and wine. Perfect for large groups.
  • His Boy Elroy
    Open 11:30am to late 7-days a week
    Try the tastiest burgers in town and take your pick from delicious cocktails to craft beers.

  • Lagoon Restaurant
    Open Lunch and dinner 7-days a week
    A family-owned beachside restaurant, try a selection of mouth-watering dishes from their award-winning seafood menu.

  • Cold Water Creek
    Offers Breakfast 7 days a week, dinner Tuesday - Sunday
    Conveniently located at the Sage Hotel and is open for breakfast all week, and dinners from Tuesday.

  • Steelers Club
    Open for Lunch and dinner 7-days a week
    Serving diner-style meals with seasonal produce sourced locally and your favourite beers on tap. Located within the Illawarra Steelers Club, weekly food specials.

  • Lee & Me
    Offers Breakfast, lunch and beverages 7 days
    Located in a charming old terrace serving speciality coffee and mouth-watering breakfast or lunch.

  • Lower East Café
    Offers Breakfast and lunch 7 days
    A cute and cosy café serving seasonal breakfast and lunch with delicious coffee, beverages, and treats.

  • Diggies
    Offers Breakfast, lunch and beverages 7 days
    Perched on the edge of North Beach serving fresh food and great coffee with coastal vibes. Soak up the ocean breeze with an all-day brunch menu, cocktails and fine wines.

Wollongong offers convenient accommodation options for all budgets from luxury ocean view rooms, comfortable family suits or beachfront cabins. Take your pick.

Coolangatta Estate
Est. 1822. Offering historical, motel-style accommodation with Cellar Door, swimming pool & tennis court.

  • Offer: Book 1 night, get 2nd night FREE
  • Available:  Monday 30 October - Friday 3 November 2023
  • How to book: Email to make a reservation
  • T&Cs: DIRECT BOOKINGS ONLY. Please email us to reserve your room. Not to be used with any other offer, promotion or discount. Offer is NOT valid on bookings made through Online Travel Agents (, etc).

Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort
Family accommodation on the beach, less than 10 minutes from UOW.

  • Offer: 10% off accommodation cabins for families of students that are UOW graduates
  • Available: 30 October, 31 October & 1 November 2023
  • How to book: Call 4283 6999 & mention the graduation, or book at and receive discount rebate on check-in.
  • T&Cs: New direct bookings only. Not available with any other offer. Subject to availability

Best Western City Sands at Wollongong Golf Club
Situated on an 18-hole golf course, Best Western City Sands offers modern apartments with panoramic views of the ocean and mountains. All apartments feature a private balcony and kitchenette.

Each apartment includes a spacious living area, cable TV and access to free WiFi. The kitchenette includes tea/coffee making facilities, microwave and mini refrigerator.

  • Offer: One bedroom apartment – Ocean View - $285 per night room only (1 x queen bed & 1 x double sofa) Suitable for 3 guests only.
  • Available: 31 October - 1 November inclusive
  • How to book: Directly with the property on 02 4222 3111
  • T&Cs: All bookings require a credit card number for security. 24 hour cancellation policy.

Hotel TOTTO is your latest escape smack bang in the centre of Wollongong. Minimalistic and unfussy, but with all the creature comforts you want in a hotel.

  • Offer: 20% OFF our best available rates.
  • Applicable: Sunday 29 October 2023 – Friday 3 November 2023
  • How to book:
    • Visit
    • Select ‘Book’ and enter required dates, as well as guests staying
    • Click ‘I have a code’
    • In the ‘Corporate ID’ field, enter booking code: UOWRATE
    • Select ‘Check Rooms
  • T&Cs: Not available in conjunction with any other offer or membership discount. 24 hour cancellation policy applies. No shows will incur a fee equal to the first night accommodation.

Charles Hotel
Affordable modern accommodation, free wifi, free parking licensed sports bar and great value bistro

  • Offer: Book direct to receive 10% OFF the best price
  • Dates/time available: Wednesday 1st November 2023 – 4pm onwards
  • How to book: (including how to claim offer):
  • Terms and Conditions: N/A

Belmore All Suite Hotel
Offers guests the space and convenience of fully serviced apartments while enjoying the comforts and facilities of a 3.5 star hotel, located just minutes away from Wollongong’s CBD.

  • Offer: 10% OFF our website rates, but only if they call and book direct with the Hotel
  • Available: 31 October &  1 November 2023,
  • How to book: Call the hotel direct offer on 02 4224 6500

Wollongong Serviced Apartments
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, Wollongong Serviced Apartments offers the very best in serviced one and two bedroom apartments.

  • Offer: 10% OFF our website rates, but only if they call and book direct with the Hotel
  • Available: 31 October & 1 November 2023,
  • How to book: Call the hotel direct on (02) 4254 4254
  • T&Cs: N/A

Nova Kiama
Our modern hotel is short walking distance to the beach, great cafes, yummy restaurants and an abundance of shops. We encourage you to relax and unwind in our private pool area and courtyard, or squeeze in a workout in our well-appointed gymnasium. We are only 32km south from the Illawarra Regional Airport and a 90 min drive south of Sydney. We offer all guests complimentary secure underground car parking and Wi-Fi, and all rooms are fitted with Smart TV’s with Netflix already loaded.

  • Offer: 10% off out standard rate (book direct only)
  • Dates/times available: 27 October - 5 November, 2023
  • How to book: Call the hotel and quote code UOWGRAD2023 to receive your discounted rate.
  • T&Cs: 2 night minimum stay on Friday and Saturday nights. Full payment required at time of booking to secure discounted rate.

Retro RV Wollongong
Cruise around the Illawarra in Retro RV style for the coolest way to sightsee our region

  • Offer: Stay 4 ~ Pay 3 Mon-Thurs Deal & Weekend Hire Fri-Sun ~ get 10% OFF
  • Applicable: During the time frame of the visit only
  • How to book including any codes required:

Seven Mile Holiday Park
Located in the stunning coastal town of Gerroa and nestled in a landscape between the northern end of the extensive coastline of Seven Mile Beach and Crooked River, adjacent to the unspoilt forest backdrop of Seven Mile Beach National Park.

  • Offer: 10% discount off your stay
  • Available: Arrive Tuesday 31 October - depart Thursday 2 November, check-in: 2pm – check-out: 10am
  • How to book: Call or email directly to book using code UOWGRAD23 (not eligible online)
    (02) 4234 1340-

Sage Hotel Wollongong

  • Offer: 15% off Best available rate for accommodation over the period of 30 Oct – 2 November 2023
  • Applicable: Bookable from 18 September for dates of stay 20 October – 2 November 2023
  • How to book including any codes required: Sage Wollongong → Best Rate Guaranteed + Earn Frequent Flyer Points (
  • T&Cs: Graduation Season Rate
    • BOOKABLE: 18/09/23 -> 02/11/23
    • STAY DATE RANGE: 30/10/23 -> 02/11/23
    • RATE: 15% off BAR
    • INCLUSIONS: Room Only

Flinders Motel

3 Star AAA rated Motel located in landscaped gardens, close to the beach, close to the city centre anda  5-minute drive to University of Wollongong. Includes free parking on site.

  • Offer: 10% discount for our onsite ''A Taste Of Asia" restaurant
    Motel Room Offer: Discount off best available rate, call or email for pricing.
  • Applicable: 30 October – 2 November 2023
  • How to book including any codes required:
  • T&Cs: Accommodation needs to be paid prior to occupying the room.
  • Kiama Harbour Cabins are luxurious cabins overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Kiama Harbour. Perched on Blowhole Point, the one, two or three-bedroom cabins are ready to captivate you and your loved ones. Situated just 30 minutes south of Wollongong.

  • Kendalls on the Beach is located 30 minutes south of Wollongong. Along a picturesque bay you'll find a choice of cabins, powered caravan and campsites. Enjoy a BBQ on the beach, pamper yourself at the spa, or simply relax and unwind to the waves.

  • Mantra Wollongong Apartments are centrally located in the heart of Wollongong, offering one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments which are perfect for families or groups. Close to public transport, with secure onsite parking and a walk to Wollongong’s stunning beaches.

  • Argo Apartments are located within 900m of North Wollongong beach and Wollongong Central. Choose from luxury 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom or Penthouse apartments, all with generous size balconies.

  • Quality Suites Pioneer Sands located in Towradgi on the northern side of Wollongong, minutes away from local restaurants, bars, cafes and attractions. With 47 well-spaced and fully serviced guest apartments including one and two bedroom apartments, mini bar and balconies.

  • Adina Apartment Hotel offers spacious one and two-bedroom apartments or studio rooms. Located close to Wollongong Beach and the CBD.

Kick off your celebrations in style. Whether you’re a thrill seeker or an outdoor enthusiast, there is something exciting for you to experience in Wollongong.

Skydive Australia
Skydive Sydney-Wollongong is just one hour south of Sydney CBD and provide free return bus transfers every day of the week. Skydive Sydney and jump from Australia's highest altitude of up to 15,000 feet, directly over North Wollongong beach.

  • Offer: $50 discount
  • Available: Booking and sales date from 15 October - 31 November
  • How to book: Use code CONGRATS50 to claim $50
  • T&Cs: Must use code CONGRATS50. Is not valid with any other offer. Excludes Photo and Video package.

Treetops Adventure
Celebrate your achievement at Treetops Adventure! Free yourself from your desk, and loose yourself in the treetops! The higher you climb the harder the courses become. With 90+ aerial challenges and 15+ ziplines to explore per park, there’s endless thrills to be had!

  • Offer: Discount of 10% off
  • How to book: Book online using code CONGRATS10
  • T&Cs: Must use code 'CONGRATS10' for discount to apply. Valid until 31st December 23 at any Treetops Adventure Parks within NSW. Not valid for KidZip sessions or Birthday Party Packages. Not to be used to purchase vouchers, or in conjunction with any other offer or discount.

Aquilla Fishing Charters
Come aboard as we take you to the seas in one of the most stunning areas of New South Wales! With over 40 years experience fishing in Wollongong, we know some of the best fishing spots in the region that will guarantee you an unforgettable day on the water.

  • Offer: Come aboard this shared charter. Suitable for individuals and small groups of any skill level. Fish with ease while taking in the tranquil surrounds of Wollongong.
  • Whole Boat Charters: For a more personal experience of a private charter, hire out the whole vessel for any occasion.
  • Available: Open 7 days a week, 6am-12pm. Subject to availability and weather conditions.
  • How to book: Online at or on 0407 799 278.
  • T&Cs:

Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures
Home to an immersive Zipline Tour and incredible Treetop Walk experience. The Treetop Walk is a gentle 1.5 kilometre loop track with 500 metres of elevated steel walkway through the treetops, some 20-30 metres above the forest floor. The stunning panoramic views take in everything from the rainforest canopy, coastal towns and out to the Pacific Ocean. With stunning views, Zipline Tours, a visitor centre and cafe, Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures is a great day out for families, couples or groups of friends.

  • Offer: 30% off The Treetop Walk and Zipline Tour
  • Applicable: Monday 30 October – Friday 3 November 2023
  • Opening hours: 10am-4pm (last entry 3:30pm) Zipline Tour – Various times throughout the day (Must be booked in advance)
  • How to book including any codes required: Head to the website and go through the booking journey for either Treetop walk or Zipline Tour. Enter in promo code to receive discount.
    Promo Code: UOWGRAD2023
  • T&Cs: Offer valid ONLY between 30 October 2023 – 3 November 2023. Tickets are non-transferable. Zipline Tour minimum age is 4+. Must book the Zipline Tour at least one day in advance.

C1 Speed Indoor Karting and Laser Tag
As the best all ages venue on the south coast C1 Speed Indoor Karting and Laser Tag has something for everyone! We've made it simple to plan and spend the whole day out with the family! Between our Indoor Go Karts, SmashLAB Rage Room and Laser Tag arena everyone is certain to find something they love!

  • Offer: A free one day membership included with the purchase of racing.
  • Dates and times applicable: 30 October - 5 November 2023
  • How to book including any codes required: Book online at Mention this ad whilst instore to receive the free one day membership.
    Website: Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures: Zipline & Treetop Walk
  • T&Cs: 30 October to 5 November 2023. Free one day membership valid for one day only.

Jervis Bay Wild
Whale and Dolphin watching tours operated out of the beautiful Jervis Bay.

Darkes Glenbernie Orchard
Darkes Glenbernie Orchard is a 6 Generation family farm specialising in growing tree fruits and making delicious products. It’s a chilled venue for kicking back with the family over cider and delicious food. Temp your taste buds and explore the great selection of award-winning ciders, meads, vinegar and honey. Opposite the beautiful Maddens Falls walk. Take home your favourite product to continue the enjoyment beyond the day!

  • Offer: $10 off any case of cider or beer purchased at farm or online. Taste of Darkes Charcuterie box and cider tasting (4 ciders) special $50 (1-2 people) at the farm
  • Applicable: Available for visits 30 October - Sunday 5 November 2023
  • How to book: Use this code on check out UOWG23 when booking, purchasing online or instore through our website at
  • T&Cs: Valid from 30 October - 5 November 2023 for all offers.


Start the celebrations early at the ‘Shannon Barnett Quartet’, a FREE jazz music event hosted by the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music and Wollongong City Libraries.

Date: Sunday 29 October from 2pm
Where: Thirroul Library (352-358 Lawrence Hargrave Drive Thirroul)