It’s halfway through Semester 2 and the tedium of university is setting in once again. It’s the perfect time to get involved in something new and unique, and give yourself that emotional boost you need!
All clubs mentioned are open for anyone to join – students, staff, alumni and the public. The clubs cater for the novice and experienced, and are amazing opportunities to foster new friendships! For the competitive – the clubs offer social, local, regional, state and national competitions. So test yourself and compete within UNSW and against other universities!
Aikido is a modern form of Japanese Martial Arts, which teaches you how to use your opponents’ energy against them. Aikido is a great way to improve timing, balance and fitness while learning invaluable self-defence skills! The club also maintains close ties to Japan with annual training camps run by the founders of UNSW Aikido. Classes are run at the UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre every Tuesday 8 – 9.30 pm, Wednesday 12.30 – 1.30 pm and Saturday 10.30 – 12pm. The first class is also free!
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Find out more at http://www.unsw-aikido.org/
“Lacrosse is not only the fastest growing sport, it is also the fastest sport on two feet.”
Lacrosse is a mixture of football, hockey, basketball and volleyball where players carry, pass, catch, and shoot the ball into the goal. The UNSW Lacrosse club offers free learn-to-play practices and a social league for mixed lacrosse as well as box lacrosse. The club runs practice every Monday 5pm – 7pm, Wednesday 6pm and Sunday 10am – 12pm at the UNSW Futsal Court and UNSW Village Green (Sundays). Equipment is provided; only sport shoes and most importantly, yourself required!
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Click https://www.unswlacrosse.com/ to find out more!
Kendo is defined as “The way of the sword”, and is a form of Japanese Fencing, with roots ageing back to over 1000 years ago. It is an awesome way to develop fencing skills in a safe and protected space while learning about Japanese culture and values of discipline, honour and sincerity. Training is conducted at the UNSW Unigym (UNSW Fitness & Aquatic Centre) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:15 – 9:45pm.
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Prices vary for beginners and experienced Kendo fencers, so check out http://unswkendo.org/ to find out more!
Taido is a Japanese form of Martial Arts that focuses on agility, strategy and counter techniques in three dimensions to defeat opponents. Taido is suitable for all ages and sizes as Taido techniques have an emphasis on evasion through skill and anticipation rather than blocking and shielding. No experience training sessions run on Tuesdays at 7:30pm – 9:30pm (Function Room, Sam Cracknell Pavilion) and Sundays 6pm – 8pm (Unigym/YMCA Judo Room and Court Side Studio). For the advanced, training sessions are on Thursdays 8:15pm – 10pm (Unigym/YMCA Court Side Studio).
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Check out https://www.arc.unsw.edu.au/sport/taido if interested!
UNSW Underwater Rugby Club
A fast paced, three-dimensional team sport where players jostle underwater to get the ball into a basket at the bottom of the pool. However, this club is more tailored to swimmers since underwater rugby is traditionally played in a 5m deep pool (the UNSW club also plays in a 2m and 4m deep pool). The club offers social and competitive games, and skilled players have the opportunity to play for the Australian team at the World Championships! The UNSW Whales A team is currently ranked #1 in Australia!
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Check out https://uwrugby.wordpress.com/ to learn about pricing, pool sessions and more!
UNSW Outdoors Club
Rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, caving, camping, mountain biking and more! If it’s outdoors, it’s probably included – UNSW Outdoors Club offers a huge variety of outdoor activities. For a $60/year or $40/semester membership, get free attendance AND gear for all club trips, and cheap hire rates for club gear when you go on your own trips. But wait, there’s more! Membership gives you reduced rates at various places and stores, including 30% off at Macpac, and $8 sessions at the Ledge rock climbing on USYD campus.
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UNSW Ultimate Frisbee
With high action and super fun gameplay, it’s like a cross between netball, touch and gridiron, but played with a plastic plate that can fly. Train casually with the team and friendly coaches, or play competitively at Uni Games! It’s a super welcoming community for people of all sporting (and non-sporting) backgrounds, something about playing a weird sport really builds great community spirit.
Follow the instructions at https://unswultimate.wordpress.com/membership/ to sign up!
Find out more at https://unswultimate.wordpress.com/
One of UNSW’s two major dance societies on campus, MODSOC (Ministry of Dance Society) offers dance classes and competitions for a wide variety of music genres and dance styles. Whether you’re a complete beginner with 0 coordination like me, or a long-time dance expert, there’s something for everyone.
To join, just rock up to any class and ask around, they’ll be happy to have you! Class times can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/unswmodsoc/
The second of the two major dance societies on campus, D2MG (Dance DJ MC Graffiti, alternatively Dance 2 Meet Guys/Girls), focuses on hip-hop culture and dance. Open to all skill levels, D2MG is the place to be if you love hip-hop and want to learn how to move like the pros.
To get involved and check out class times, visit D2MG’s Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/d2mg.hiphop.unsw/
Unfortunately, this is not the handball you played at school.
Nevertheless, it’s still incredibly fun! It’s a fast paced sport open to all levels, a combination of netball, indoor soccer and pure chaos.
To get involved, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/UNSWHC/
You’re probably familiar with the blowhole that has made Kiama an Insta-friendly destination for day trips and adventures in Sydney’s backyard. But this coastal town has a lot more under its sleeve than you might think; just a short drive from its city centre, one can find lush subtropical rainforests at Minnamurra, where a newly-installed suspension bridge walkway meanders for 1.6km through the lush forest canopy. Top that off with a day at Jamberoo and plenty of local markets and festivals, and you’re set for a sweet summer trip with your friends.
About an hour’s drive from Sydney, Glenworth Valley offers an unrivalled landscape for exploring the very best of the Central Coast. Embrace the extra and spend a day riding horseback through sandstone gullies, or kayak your way down the Popran Creek through acres of protected national park. Camping facilities and walking tracks through the forest make this area even more attractive if you want to spend a few nights out in the stars.
Who said the Mountains are only good for winter? As summer brings ever-warmer temperatures to Sydney itself, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains are a fantastic place to beat the heat without travelling too far. Trains from Central can take you right to the heart of Katoomba, from which no less than 81 graded walks provide fantastic experiences for all skill levels. My tip: skip Scenic World, and explore the many lookouts for yourself. The dramatic valleys make for a fine place to vent off steam from exams and finish the semester (and the year) in style.
Glow Worm Tunnel
If you’ve grown weary of light shows like Vivid and the New Year’s Eve fireworks, turn to nature for a more enchanting display. Hidden in Wollemi National Park is a 500m disused railway tunnel which you can now freely walk through. Though the steam trains have long passed this place, huge colonies of bioluminescent (read: glow-in-the-dark) worms have reclaimed the entirety of the tunnel, allowing visitors to witness a natural miracle. Unlike most glow-worm caves, this pitch-black tunnel is completely free and accessible to the public during the day; the cool subterranean environment provides welcome respite if you’ve been sweating it out through the Sydney summer.
The Bridge Climb
Most people have probably seen Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge more than they’ve needed to but the uni break could provide you with the perfect opportunity to experience our iconic landmark from new heights. It’s been on our bucket lists since we were 12 years old so take this opportunity to live out those primary school dreams before trimesters kick in. There is no better way to finish a year than getting into those grey and blue jumpsuits, gathering a few of your mates together and heading up to one of the most breathtaking views our land down under has to offer.
A natural wonder in its own right, Jervis Bay offers the perfect escape from the busy city life. Offering white coastlines and crystal clear waters, the bay is swarming with fun-filled recreational activities including kayaking, dolphin watching tours, surf schools and stand-up paddle boarding. There are even beach huts available to hire out for a relaxing picnic and the ultimate winding down session. Jervis bay also boasts a gorgeous national park and diving spots with nooks and crannies that will allow you to reconnect with nature on an intimate level. With so many adventures awaiting, say g’day to Jervis Bay.
Right in the heart of Sydney Harbour awaits a 5-star glamping adventure that is world-renowned. Take a ferry out to this majestic island that offers exemplary adventures through nature, specialised sunrise tours and haunted history treks that are sure to spice up your uni break. Another great avenue to consider is the New Years Eve Glamping packages where you and your mates can settle into this UNESCO world-heritage listed campsite and enjoy Sydney’s incredible fireworks display. Can’t think of a better way to welcome in the new year.
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