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Wednesday, January 24th

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception will take place at Habourfront Seafood Restaurant. Dinner is provided at this event.

Address: 2 Endeavour Drive, Wollongong
When: January 24th, 6:30pm – 10:30pm

How to get there:

  1. 15 Minute leisurely straight beachside walk – meet us in the Novotel Lobby at 6pm and we will take everyone down. See Map
  2. Free Gong Shuttle Bus – 2 stops, leaves every 10-20 minutes. Learn more.

Thursday, January 25th

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will take place at Kneading Ruby. 1/2 of the guests will go to dinner and the other 1/2 will go to the Escape room for team building. After the first set of dinner and team building is complete, groups will switch spots.

Friday, January 26th


This is an annual charity event to raise money for the Black Dog Institute that supports medical research in mental health. There are multiple events that are designed for that that are very fit, to something that kids can participate in. The events will all involve a combination of swimming and running and you are allowed to partner up with a buddy if you prefer not to run or swim. If you only want to do part of the event, let us know and we will try to find you a buddy. Find more information and entry fees can be found at

Bluemile Fun Run

This is part of the Aquathon, and is a charity event to raise money for the Black Dog Institute that supports medical research in mental health. You may run, cycle, skate or walk along the spectacular views the coastal walk (our mini “ocean road”) offers. The distance is 5km (3.1 miles). More information and entry fees at

Symbio Zoo

If you want to encounter Australian wildlife then this is the activity for you. Located 30 mins by car north of Wollongong central, you will get an opportunity to meet and even hug some of our iconic animals. If we get enough participants then we will get 20% off the ticket price, but may use this to contribute towards transport to the zoo. For those going to the research meeting, it is only 10 minutes away by car so  you may choose to go directly there. For more information and entry fees visit

Day Trip to Sydney

If you did not get the chance to see Sydney on your way in, we will organize a day trip to Sydney. This will likely be done by private car and you can negotiate what you would like to see. Suggestions would be to do part of the Coogee to Bondi walk, see the Harbour Bridge and have lunch at the Opera House with world famous views.