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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Gordon River Cruises

Strahan, TAS

This five hour cruise explores historic Macquarie Harbour, ducking out Hells Gate into the Southern Ocean before passing salmon farm pens and heading serenely up the tannin stained water of the Gordon River. The boat moors by a rain forest on the bank of the river and passengers can explore the huon pine forest, including... Read More

Gravity Discovery Centre

Gingin, WA

The Gravity Discovery Centre is a fun and educational science centre only one hour north of Perth. The Leaning Tower of Gingin is fast becoming one of Perth’s tourism icons. Drop water filled balloons from the top and recreate the same experiments Galileo conducted on gravity and the free fall of objects in Pisa some... Read More

Green Point Observatory

Oyster Bay, NSW

Green Point Observatory is the home of the Sutherland Astronomical Society in southern Sydney. The observatory has a computer controlled 35cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope under a roll-off roof and a 41cm Newtonian telescope under the dome. There are also binoculars and smaller portable telescopes for member’s use. The Society host special events, courses, talks and occasional... Read More

Greg Quicke’s Astro Tours

Roebuck, WA

Learn to find some constellations and see planets or the Moon through a telescope. The changes each night, so the shows do too. Two hour long star shows with telescopes and binoculars are run throughout Broome’s dry season from April to October. Depending on the day, tours start at 6pm or 8pm. The shows are aimed... Read More

Head of the Bight Visitors Centre

Yalata, SA

The Head of the Bight Visitors Centre is located on Yalata Aboriginal Land, near the Nullarbor Roadhouse (about four hours drive west of Ceduna). The Centre has a café and giftshop, as well as toilets and picnic area. It is the entrance to a series of clifftop boardwalks and viewing platforms overlooking the Southern Ocean.... Read More

James Cook Museum

Cooktown, QLD

The Museum gives a fascinating insight into the seven weeks James Cook and his crew spent at the site of modern Cooktown repairing their ship after their catastrophic grounding on nearby Endeavour Reef. The highlight of the museum is the Endeavour Gallery with the original anchor and cannon from the Endeavour, jettisoned from the ship in... Read More

Jervis Bay Maritime Museum

Huskisson, NSW

The Jervis Bay Maritime Museum in Huskisson is the home of the historic Lady Denman Sydney ferry (1912-1979) and other vessels. The Museum has displays of navigation instruments, maritime artifacts, artwork and there is special programming throughout the year. The Museum also explores the local Indigenous culture of the Dharawal and Jerringa people. There is... Read More

Karijini National Park Visitor Centre

Karijini National Park, WA

The Karijini National Park Visitors Centre provides interpretive galleries of both the natural and cultural history of the park: this ancient 2 billion year old area area shows signs of inhabitation dating back 30 000 years. The Centre’s shape represents a goanna and its untreated metal surfaces match the surrounding iron-rich geology. Karijini is located in the Pilbara’s... Read More

Killer Whale Museum

Eden, NSW

The Killer Whale Museum opened in Eden in 1931 to tell the story of Old Tom, a killer whale (Orcinus orca) who along with others in the pod co-operated with local whalers in the 1800s and early 1900s. Tom was more than 70 years old when he died in 1930. The orcas chased migrating baleen whales... Read More

Lake Boga Observatory

Lake Boga, Vic

The observatory has four computer controlled telescopes. Observing sessions include looking at the planets that are visible that night, as well as binary stars and nebula. Accessibility is good with all the instruments being situated at ground level. Be sure to take warm clothing for an observing session. Sky tours run from 7:00pm from April... Read More
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