Sport and fitness

Sport has always been at the heart of Deakin, and is one of our greatest strengths. We have a variety of facilities across our campuses, including gyms, fitness classes, basketball courts and sports ovals.


DeakinACTIVE is the home of sport, health and wellbeing at Deakin. We promote an integrated approach to wellness, so you can have a healthy lifestyle and succeed at your studies and beyond.

We'll help you achieve your goals in a way that suits you. Choose to work out in a fitness centre or personalised training session, go for a run, join a group fitness class, have a health consultation, work out online or play your favourite sport. We also have an app – DeakinMOVES – that includes programs, challenges, and a physical activity tracker to keep you connected and motivated.

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Explore our DeakinACTIVE fitness centres on campus:

Melbourne Burwood

The Burwood fitness centre spans across 850 square metres of floor space and includes bikes, treadmills, weights machines and free weights. There is also a dedicated group fitness area, two indoor basketball courts, and an outdoor multi-purpose court with lighting for free play and hire.

Explore the Burwood fitness centre

Geelong Waurn Ponds

The Waurn Ponds fitness centre has a cycle room, cardio room, weights machines and free weights across its 290 square metres of floor space. Group fitness classes run in a dedicated space and outside at the Elite Regional Sports Precinct. The indoor stadium includes two basketball/multi-purpose courts for free play and hire.

Find out more about the Waurn Ponds fitness centre

Geelong Waterfront

Group fitness classes run twice a week at Johnstone Park which is a five-minute walk from campus. You can also catch one of the free shuttle-buses that run all day and use the Waurn Ponds Campus fitness centre.


The Warrnambool fitness centre has a fully equipped gym with weights and cardio equipment as well as two multi-purpose courts and outdoor oval with lighting and pavilion.

Learn more about the Warrnambool fitness centre

Elite Regional Sports Precinct

The Elite Regional Sports Precinct at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus is a collection of world-class sport and fitness facilities used by both elite athletes and our students. There's a MCG-size AFL oval, FIFA-grade soccer pitch, eight-lane 400-metre athletics track, basketball and netball courts.

Find out more about the Elite Sports Precinct

Elite Athlete Friendly University

Elite Athlete Friendly University

The Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) is a program designed to help students balance study, training and competition. That means that as an elite athlete, you'll be able access resources to help you manage your sporting and academic commitments when there are conflicts or increased demands.

Learn more about Deakin's Elite Athlete Program

#1 school of sport science in the world

At Deakin, we take sport seriously. In fact, our School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences has been ranked the #1 school of sport science in Australia for three years running, according to Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2021, 2022, 2023.

Discover sport at Deakin

Sport clubs and societies

Sport clubs and societies

Sporting clubs and societies are a great way to get involved, get fit and make friends. We have clubs and societies dedicated to different sports, and new ones are starting up all the time. You could even start your own.

Explore our clubs and activities

Deakin Dragons

Deakin Dragons

Interested in competing for Deakin University? You could be a Deakin Dragon. The Deakin Dragons compete across a range of different sports in national and local competitions, including the Australian University Games and UniBattle.

Learn more about the Deakin Dragons