Meet the NSW staff for a welcome meal to start your semester.
Meet the NSW staff for a coffee catch up on campus.
Broken Bay is about 1.5hrs north of Sydney by train and sits at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River. Broken Bay provides the perfect place to take in Australia's natural environment as it is surrounded by bushland and waterways. This weekend excursion will give students the opportunity to recharge and reflect, and to learn about Australia's rich indigenous history.
During the weekend we will explore Ku-ring-gai National Park which is home to Sydney’s most concentrated collection of Aboriginal heritage sites. We will cruise the beautiful Hawkesbury River waterways on a catamaran, accessing indigenous rock art that is only accessible by water. Students will learn about creation stories and about the native plants and animals that are important to the area.
During the weekend students will also be given the opportunity to go on a hike and to learn to throw a boomerang. The evenings will be spent around a bushfire learning to make damper, a form of bread – a very Australian tradition.
Wollongong is Australia’s 10th largest city and was originally established to harvest the great forests of the area. It subsequently became an industrial town when coal was discovered in the nearby area. Wollongong occupies a narrow strip of coastline, with a mountain escarpment offering spectacular views over the city and its many beaches.
During this full day excursion students will experience the many facets that make up Wollongong, or as the locals affectionately call it, the ‘Gong’. This excursion is perfect or both Wollongong University students as well as those studying in Sydney, as we take you to places that are hard to access without personal transport. It is a day not to be missed.
The excursion will start in Helensburgh with a short walk through the old abandoned train tunnels. If you dare to walk in far enough you will even see some glow worms. From here we will drive to Bald Hill which offers one of the most famous and most spectacular views over Wollongong. We will stop here to have a hot chocolate while we watch the paragliders circle above us before walking along the famous Sea Cliff Bridge. From here we will drive South of Wollongong City to the Nan Tien Temple, which is the largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere where we will have a vegetarian feast. We will then drive through the Steel Works and its port, which is a major part of Wollongong's industrial history. We will finally head back into Wollongong to have some time to walk around the lighthouse and the beautiful Wollongong Harbour. Make sure you pack your cameras for the day as the sights are sure to impress.
This excursion includes bus transport, entry fees, lunch and snacks.
Celebrate with a FREE group meal. We’ll share stories from the semester, decide who ate the most Tim Tams and who had the best travel stories.