Over the weekend Hotel Illawarra turned eight! Eight years, that is, since we were renovated and reborn into The Illawarra we all know and love.

This year, it just so happened that our birthday fell on the 4th of July weekend, so we felt it only fitting that we should embrace the American tradition and celebrate in red white and red, white and blue!

We kicked things off with a good old fashion Western themed Retro Thursday with cowboy and cowgirl bar tenders to boot. Friday followed and we kicked things up a notch into full blown USA fever with patriotic podium dancers and all the American paraphernalia we could get our hands on! Saturday night our themed drink specials went off in the traditional red cups  while our massive DJ lineup, featuring the likes of Kristiano, Jason Risk, MC Cheekz, Teddy, I am Wolfpack, Big Bee and Chumpion, kept the dance floor pumping from the moment doors opened!

If you had your photo snapped while you were celebrating with us you can find them here.


Here at hotel Illawarra our annual Bedtime Bunnies Easter celebrations kicked off on Thursday for a good old fashioned Easter Retro! The Easter Bunny made a very special appearance handing out chocolate eggs from the door to the dance floor getting the party well and truly started!

Round one of our long anticipated Easter egg hunt kept Retro goers busy when they weren't sipping Easter cocktails out of edible Easter eggs or having a dance to one of our many DJs lined up for the night (shout out to Retro Rob & Ralphy and special guests Kristiano, Toyboy and Lay)!


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With Christmas less than a week away our Santa's Workshop Weekend party blew the lid off the Illawarra with festive fun!

Friday night saw the equal parts gorgeous and talented GG Magree hit our decks to a packed dance floor. Santa's dancing helpers danced up a storm on stage to create an all girl explosion of sound and colour!

Saturday night the big man himself graced us with his presence. That's right, Santa along with his elves and sexy helpers were more than happy to snap photos with everyone, handing out candy canes and high fives before taking the stage himself to get down with his entourage much to the delight of dance floor dwellers and Cadell, who's banger set provided a high energy soundtrack for Santa.


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After all the anticipation and excitement of O Week the semester has officially started!
From indie rock quartet Thieves kicking things off for us on Wednesday night, a delightfully daggy double denim Retro Thursday, O week RnB Friday culminating in our under the sea extravaganza Atlantis party on Saturday night – we had a full calendar!
VIP student cards were distributed to students at the O Week Markets


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With uni over for another year for so many hard working Wollongong students, our Frat party was the blow out everyone needed!

Red cups were just the tip of the iceberg when it came to the party atmosphere as party goers lined up to get a piece of the action.

The Faders we met by a huge Wollongong fan base and played a banger set to a packed dance floor. They set the scene for our famous Booty Shaking competition wherein one talented lady went home with a new Baby G


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