Museums & Discovery Centres

Here are some of the many places you can visit around Australia to have a great science experience at anytime of the year. They include science centres and museums, zoos and aquariumsbotanic gardensspace centresnational parks and park visitor centres, industry and mine visits and eco tours.

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Australian National Maritime Museum

Sydney, NSW

Our home is girt by sea. Australia is a continent founded and settled by seafarers, from the first peoples to renaissance explorers, convicts, free settlers, post-war immigrants and refugees. The Australian National Maritime Museum captures the spirit of these voyages and the knowledge, skill, adventure and dangers that they entailed. The Museum fleet includes the... Read More

Bass Strait Maritime Centre

Devonport, TAS

Explore the rich maritime history of Devonport and the Mersey River at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre. The Centre is located in the 1920s Harbour Master’s residence, as well as the modern extension that was opened in 2013. The Centre has exhibitions about the early exploration of Bass Strait and the northern Tasmanian coast, the... Read More

Battery Hill Mining Centre

Tennant Creek, NT

Tennant Creek was the site of Australia’s last gold rush in the 1930s. Battery Hill is on the eastern edge of the town and had a mine and ore processing plant (a 10 head stamp battery). There are guided tours of both the underground mine and the stamp battery. Visitors can try their luck panning for gold, and keep any gold... Read More

Blackwater International Coal Centre

Blackwater, QLD

The interpretive centre has 20 exhibits, displays and videos about coal: its past, present and future. The two formal gardens behind the interpretive centre, the Timeless Garden and the Japanese Garden, are both free for visitors to enjoy. When mine tours are available visitors can see a 20 story high dragline, giant mine trucks and coal processing... Read More

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden

via Mount Tomah, NSW

The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, in the world-heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains, is situated 1000 metres above sea level and showcases many beautiful cool-climate native and exotic plants. The World Heritage Exhibition Centre explores the rich biodiversity associated with this area and the reasons it needs protection. Photo: Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust

Broome Bird Observatory

Broome, WA

The Broome Bird Observatory is on the northern shore of Roebuck Bay, about 25 km east of the township. The site is ideal for watching and recording the comings and goings of hundreds of thousands of migratory birds. The region is home to over 300 species of birds at different times of the year. In... Read More

Bundaberg Rum Distillery

Bundaberg, QLD

Tours of the Bundaberg Rum distillery take visitors inside the facility to see and smell the 5 million litre molasses well, the fermentation tanks, distillation column and the 75 000 litre oak maturation tanks. The on-site museum is in a retired Bondstore, and has a collection of advertising and marketing ephemera from the past century, and tells... Read More

Cairns Botanic Gardens

Cairns, QLD

The Cairns Botanic Gardens comprise the Flecker Botanic Gardens, Centenary Lakes, Tank Arts Centre and the Mt Whitfield Conservation Reserve. The Flecker Garden was established in 1886. It is a rainforest garden with cool and shady paths under a canopy of lush vegetation. There are also open grass areas with tall shade trees. The Gardens... Read More

Canberra Space Centre

Paddys River District, ACT

The Canberra Space Centre (CSC) is located on the grounds of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla, about 35 km southwest of Canberra. The CSC offers visitors the chance to learn about the role that Australia plays in the exploration of space. You can take in magnificent views of the largest antenna complex... Read More

Cape Range National Park

Cape Range National Park, WA

Cape Range National Park is on the northwest corner of Australia. The limestone range is about 60 km long and is flanked by Ningaloo Reef and the Ningaloo Marine Park. The Milyering Visitor Centre is open daily and has informative displays, videos, a library and a children’s activity area. Visitors to the park can see turtle rookeries, snorkle over coral,... Read More
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