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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Riversleigh World Heritage Site

Lawn Hill, QLD

There is a self-guided 800 m long walking track though a limestone outcrop with visible fossilised bones and gizzard stones from ancient birds. You can also see the remains of the largest known freshwater crocodile. The walking track has steps and is steep in places. It takes about one hour to complete. The site is very remote... Read More

Rockhampton Zoo

Rockhampton, QLD

Rockhampton Zoo has over 50 species of animals including freshwater crocodiles (Crocodylus johnsoni), koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and cassowaries (Casuarius casuarius). There is also a large aviary and Queensland reptile display. The Wombat Research Centre is assisting in trying to recover the population of the of the northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii) – there are only about 100... Read More

Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre

Eden, NSW

The Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre is a multi-faceted Centre comprising a Marine Education and Research Centre, together with a Marine Discovery Centre, at the Wharf Building, Snug Cove, Eden. Displays in the Centre include: aquariums with exciting local species touch tank – get up close and personal with a sea star and anemone theatrette  showcasing... Read More

Sarina Sugar Shed

Sarina, QLD

Learn how sugarcane is grown and harvested before it is crushed to produce sugar crystals in the miniature sugar mill at the Sarina Sugar Shed. There is also historic cane harvesting and sugar production machinery on display. The sugar is combined with other local produce to make a range of products on site, including marinades,... Read More

Science Centre and Planetarium

Wollongong, NSW

The Science Centre and Planetarium is located on the Innovation Campus of the University of Wollongong. The two-storey Exhibit Hall has over 100 interactive exhibits relating to various themes like The Machine and Dinosaurs, Fossils and Coal. The BlueScope Steel Planetarium has stunning recreations of the night sky – from around the world, from different eras – even... Read More


Spotswood, VIC

Scienceworks is Australia’s most popular hands-on science and technology centre. With constantly changing exhibitions and displays, live demonstrations, tours, activities and shows, Scienceworks provides a family-friendly environment for exploring the science that surrounds us every day. Scienceworks is also home to the Melbourne Planetarium, the Lightning Room and the historic Spotswood Pumping Station. Scienceworks’ permanent... Read More


West Perth, WA

Scitech is an educational and engaging science centre based in West Perth in Western Australia. Scitech appeals to the inquisitive mind in everyone and allows anyone to learn more about science, technology, engineering and maths in an interactive and stimulating environment. Scitech’s in-house workshop creates innovative exhibitions that travel the world after their premiere in... Read More

Siding Spring Observatory

Coonabarabran, NSW

The Exploratory visitor centre and café features an informative exhibition, multimedia presentations and augmented reality displays. There is also a gift shop and picnic area. Visitors can also access a viewing gallery inside the large dome to see the 3.9m Anglo Australian Telescope, the largest optical telescope in Australia and one of the finest research... Read More

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

Toowong, QLD

The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is nestled in the grounds of the Mount Coot-tha campus of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. The planetarium seats 125 people under the dome and it has a new digital sky projector. The observatory has a 15 cm refractor and a 20 cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (note that visitors need to be 150 cm tall to be... Read More

South Australian Museum

Adelaide, SA

The South Australian Museum offers visitors unique opportunities to learn about natural history and Indigenous cultures. Inquiry-based teaching and learning programs linked the Australian curriculum for Science and History are available on the Museum website for school students in Years R-12. The Museum’s Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery includes comprehensive displays about the technologies used by... Read More
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