With helicopters, drones and military dogs, ADFA's Open Day is unlike any other. 

Whether you're planning your studies or just looking for a fun family day out, there's plenty on the schedule.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

1. Red Berets


Meet the Army Parachute Display Team (Red Berets) and watch a parachute packing demonstration.

1055-1130 and 1355-1420 - Concourse. Watch the team exit the aircraft on the Parade Ground from 1035 and 1335.

2. UNSW Canberra study offerings


Find out about the variety of degrees available at UNSW Canberra.

Multiple events throughout the day, please check the program.

3. Library family space


A space set aside from the hustle, bustle, and noise of Open Day for families to stop and relax. Located on level 2 of the library behind the parent’s room, the Family Lounge will feature spaces to sit, stretch out, and activities for younger children.

All day - Academy Library. 

4. Deadlift demonstration


Watch ADFA’s midshipmen and officer cadets demonstrate the fundamentals of strength training in the ADF.

1400-1420 - in front of Academy Cadets Mess.

5. Military police dogs display


Military Police Dogs play an important role in support of ADF operations. These specialist dogs provide detection, deterrence and the ability to be used to apprehend persons targeted by the Military Police. Watch a demonstration of this capability in partnership with their handlers.

1055-1115 and 1420-1445 - Parade Ground.

6. Navy Clearance Divers - fast roping


Watch an exciting display of Navy Clearance Divers fast rope from a helicopter, a technique faster than abseiling. A spectacular sight not to be missed.

1450-1500 - Parade Ground.

7. Academy Racing display


Learn how Midshipmen and Officer Cadets use their technical, management and leadership skills to design, build, test and race a Formula SAE racing car. This project requires goals to be set, goals to be translated into specifications, and then designs to be developed against those specifications. The designs are realised to create a fully functional racing car.

All day - In front of Building 16.

8. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) display


On display in the ADFA Gym are examples of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) developed by staff and students at UNSW Canberra. Members of the team, which is primarily made up of Midshipmen, Officer Cadets and Advanced Students will be available to answer questions.

All day - ADFA Gym.

9. Australia's Vietnam War website


Military historians Dr Bob Hall and Mr Derrill de Heer demonstrate a cutting edge website showing the combat operations of the 1st Australian Task Force in Vietnam.

All day - Academy Library

10. Special Collections


Visitors can view unique and extraordinary materials collected by the University in a curated display celebrating the 250th anniversary of the births of Wellington and Napoleon.

All day - Academy Library

The full ADFA Open Day program is available here.