The University of Newcastle, Australia

Welcome Back Event

10 Aug 2020 from 9:00am - 14 Aug 2020 until 9:30pm


The countdown is ON!

We couldn't be more excited to welcome you back onto campus for Semester 2, so we've geared up a week of all the physically distanced fun we could muster for your grand re-entrance into campus life.

Whether you're a gig person, a movie person, a picnic person, or an 80s themed exercise person, there'll be something fun for you to get stuck into throughout the week!


  • The Big Picnic: Wednesday 12 August
    Our campuses are coming together to have a Big Picnic at the same time at 12pm Wednesday 12 August! The free lunches will be pre-packed individual serves for all students attending. Each area will be limited to physical distancing requirements.



    • Engineering Lawn
    • Commbank Lawn
    • Maths/CT Lawn
    • Grass area between Hunter building and On-Campus Accommodation
    • Outside Auchmuty Learning Lounge
    • Grass area outside Bakehouse


    • Campus Green/Christi Park

    Ourimbah Campus

    • Quad
    • Classrooms East
  • Drive-In Movie (Callaghan): Wednesday 12 August
    What movie are we showing? Open our Facebook event to find out!
    REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL - visit the Facebook event for more info.
  • Outdoor Movie (Ourimbah): Thursday 13 August
    What movie are we showing? You'll have to check out our Facebook event to find out!
    REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL - visit the Facebook event for more info.
  • Drive-In Concert: Friday 14 August
    Callaghan is coming to life with a fine live-streamed lineup of musos for our Drive-In Concert!
    REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL - visit the Facebook event for more info.
  • Fonda Style Exercise: Monday 10 August - Thursday 13 August
    It's time to get your most fluorescent clothing out for our "Fonda Style" Exercise Class!
    REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL - visit the Facebook event for more info.

All week

  • Arm Length Art: All campuses
    We keep hearing that we should stay "two arms apart". This quirky original artwork by a current student shows us that we're all different, including the length of our arms! Compare yourself with our arm length artwork and share it on social media.
  • Live Performances & Buskers around campus, Cultural Performances, and more!

As always, your safety is our top priority and we will continue to implement safety practices including physical distancing and other health measures during this event. Please ensure you check whether the event you are attending has a registration requirement and fill in the registration form as needed. Please hit visit our Facebook page using the links above and hit "Going" on events you are interested in or have registered for, in order to stay up to date with the information and updates you need. If you have any questions, feel free to direct message us. PLEASE NOTE: these events are open to University of Newcastle STUDENTS only. Please ensure you have your student card with you to register for our events and also gain entry on the day.

We can't wait to see you on campus!