Geelong Waurn Ponds

Open Day

19 Aug 2018 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Welcome to Geelong Waurn Ponds

Get the best of both worlds at our Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus. Access our world-class education programs and suberb facilities while relaxing in a pretty, rural environment, close to some of Australia's best surf beaches.


Pierce Brothers

Enjoy a break from the information sessions and touring the campus and listen to live music from the Pierce Brothers. Twin brothers, Jack and Pat Pierce, multi-instrumentalists have been shaking dance floors with their irresistible energy and world-class live shows across UK, Europe, Canada, USA & their native Australia.

On the Main Stage 2:00pm

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Will be running every 30 mins from 9.30am from the Career and Course Information Centre.
  1. Civil engineering laboratory

    Building kc, Room kc1.101, Civil engineering lab

    Come and see civil equipment and facilities. Talk to our staff about civil engineering and what it involves. Geomechanics (soil) and hydraulics/hydrology (water) labs open for viewing.

    All Day Event
  2. Crime scene house

    Departing from the Careers and Course Information Centre

    Provides students with a real-life crime scene, staged with gruesome elements forensic investigators are confronted with, including body fluids and blood, fingerprints, fibres and weapons. All day, every half hour.

    Runs every half hour All Day Event
  3. Engineering laboratories

    CADET Building, Building ke

    Engineering activities and displays – witness the power in the high voltage lab and immerse yourself in a virtual world while experiencing all that 21st century engineering education has to offer. Our brand new CADET facility showcases the following labs: virtual reality, high voltage, product prototype and product realisation, material, electrical engineering, renewable energy, mechatronics, physics. Civil to be held in Building kc, Room kc1.101.

    All Day Event
  4. High voltage lab

    CADET Building, Building ke, Room ke1.222

    The high voltage lab is a key facility housed within CADET, dazzling visitors with tangible lightning bolts. It enables both students and industry to utilise the equipment to perform high voltage electrical testing. The Tesla coils are capable of producing voltages approaching 1000k.

    All Day Event
  5. Institute for Frontier Materials display

    CADET Building, Building ke, Level 2, Room ke2.209

    Recognised as one of Australia's leading materials research organisations, IFM's mission is to foster innovation and excellence in materials science and engineering research.

    All Day Event
  6. Institute of Koorie Education

    Building KC, Institute of Koorie Education

    Discover how the Institute of Koorie Education enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians the flexibility to gain access to higher education while still being able to maintain family and community obligations.

    All Day Event
  7. Maggot art

    Building ka, ka3.103 foyer

    See creative paintings by maggots – learn how maggots are being used to research the relationship between blowflies, maggots and bacteria, while watching them create cool artwork.

    All Day Event
  8. Mechatronics lab

    CADET Building, Building ke, Room ke2.210

    Come and see the next generation in mechatronics engineering and challenge Baxter the Robot to a game of Connect 4. Mechatronics engineering teaching staff will be available to discuss careers, as sometimes Baxter speaks too quickly.

    All Day Event
  9. Medical imaging labs

    REACH Building, Building dd, Level 1

    Tour of the medical imaging clinical skills area will be conducted regularly throughout the day.

    Tours every half hour All Day Event
  10. Medicine labs and Anatomy Museum

    Building ka, Anatomy Lab Room ka2.228, Anatomy Museum ka2.229 and Clinical Skills Lab ka3.213

    Tour of the medicine labs, clinical skills and museum will be held regularly throughout the day.

    Runs on the hour All Day Event
  11. Optometry practice and clinical skills labs

    REACH Building, Building dd, Level 3

    Tours of the optometry clinical skills area will be conducted regularly throughout the day.

    Tours every half hour All Day Event
  12. Postgraduate teaching

    Please see the staff at the Career and Course Information Centre

    Already a teacher, education professional, graduate of a non-teaching-related award or just interested in postgraduate study options in teaching? Come and chat to us.

    All Day Event
  13. Science laboratories display

    Building ka, Room ka3.103

    Take a tour through the science laboratories to see the sophisticated equipment used in teaching and research. Talk with current students and technical staff, and also perform some fundamental chemistry experiments. Meet at Room ka3.103 for tours on the half hour.

    Runs on the half hour All Day Event
  14. Virtual reality Lab

    CADET Building, Building ke, Room ke2.221

    Tour Deakin's cutting-edge virtual reality lab every half hour. Come and experience the latest in virtual reality research and see what it's like to step inside a virtual reality room and disassemble a virtual robot, or see how a normal smart phone can take you to a different place and time. Or you may just want to chat to the VR team about how VR is changing the way we do things.

    All Day Event
  15. Yolla – research vessel

    Roundabout outside Building jb

    Our research vessel Yolla is on display – helping students understand our unique marine habitats.

    All Day Event
  16. Zoology, reptile and amphibian display

    Building ka, Room ka4.207

    Showcase of Australian wildlife – petting zoo with a difference. Learn about the ecology and adaption of animals to Australia's unique environment. Handle a range of native snakes, lizards and amphibians.

    All Day Event
  17. Arts – see where it can take you

    Building ia, Room ia1.006, Peter Thwaites Lecture Theatre

    Learn about Deakin's Bachelor of Arts and the amazing choices on offer.

    9:30AM → 10:00AM

    Multiple sessions a day
  18. Exercise and sport science lab tour

    Please see the staff at the Career and Course Information Centre

    Please join us for a tour of our specialist laboratories and new facilities. Lab tours may include the exercise physiology, strengthening and conditioning and biomechanics labs.

    Tours every half hour All Day Event
  19. Information technology

    Building ka, Room ka3.411

    Gain an insight into the growing skills shortage in the IT industry globally and learn about Deakin's industry-oriented IT programs designed to produce graduates that are highly sought-after by employers.

    9:30AM → 10:00AM

  20. Science

    Building ka, Room ka3.403

    Not just about laboratory work – science prepares you for a range of real-life settings that science graduates work in. Choose a general or specialist degree, study abroad, or combine science with commerce, teaching, law or arts.

    9:30AM → 10:00AM

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The fun stuff

Come to Open Day for information on courses, stay for the really fun stuff. Check out some of the events happening around campus to get the full Deakin experience.

Wayfinding App

Deakin Campus Compass

Need help getting around Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus at Open Day? Our handy new wayfinding app is designed to help you locate rooms and services at Deakin and get you there quicker than you can say "Deakin Campus Compass".


If you are coming from Melbourne allow just over an hour by car. Need some help with directions? Campus Compass can get you there.

V/Line trains run every seventy minutes from Southern Cross railway station from 7.50 am. Once you arrive at Geelong railway station, hop on the free and accessible Deakin Open Day shuttle bus to make your way to the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

V/Line trains or coaches run from many regional centres, including Ballarat, Warrnambool and the Great Ocean Road.


  1. Why do I need to go to Open Day?

    Well, choosing a university can sometimes be tricky but Deakin Open Day gives you a glimpse into what it’s like to be a student. Plus, there’s heaps of fun stuff, free entertainment and great food between the information sessions.

  2. How do I get the most out of Open Day?

    Talk to us! Our staff and students are able to advise you on courses, how to apply, what extra entry requirements you might need. We'll also give you lowdown on university life while you roam around and get a feel for the campus.

  3. How do I find the right people to speak to?

    Don't worry, they're easy to find. The General Information Stand, and the Career and Course Information Centre, are your first stops. That’s where you’ll find all the information you need on courses, including postgraduate studies. If you need an Auslan interpreter this is also the place to ask.

  4. What questions should I ask?

    Think about what you’re interested in and if you want to study full time, part time, on campus or online. Then ask us how that translates into a course, what the entry requirements are or how it can lead to a career. If you need some help thinking about your options, then you can kickstart your course and career exploration with our new Explore App.

  5. How do I get to a Deakin campus?

    Check out the full range of transport options for getting to each Deakin campus.

  6. When are Deakin's Open Days?
  7. How do I find my way around the campus?

    Our new wayfinding app – which you can download now – will help you navigate through our campuses. And if you still get lost, don't worry! One of our friendly student ambassadors will point you in the right direction.

  8. How do I know what to go and see?

    Take a look at our extensive Open Day Planner and save the sessions that interest you to your personal Open Day Plan. This means you’ll have a plan for your day and won’t miss anything important. And if you need more help, we'll have all the answers at the Course and Career Information Centre.

  9. I'm thinking about changing my preferences and want to see what Deakin courses I can get into - what should I do?

    We have a helpful ATAR calculator that can show you which courses your ATAR can get you in to. For more information on changing preferences go to Find a course by ATAR.

  10. Who won the RSVP and Win competition?

    Congratulations to the winners of our RSVP and Win competition!

    Bailey T, Broadford
    James M, East Kew
    Jessica M, Glen Iris
    Kelcy F, Pearcedale
    Brittany D, Kialla East
    Hannah W, Shepparton
    Ashleigh B, Delacombe
    Sonia Z, Heathmont