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, observatories, industry and mine visits and eco tours.

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Adelaide Botanic Garden

Adelaide, SA

Botanic gardens have shaped civilisation using the value of plants and provide insights into the natural world. Beginning a place for growing plants for medicinal use, botanic gardens evolved to become scientific and collections based institutions where plants were classified and an understanding of their purpose was discovered. At the Adelaide Botanic Garden, discover the... Read More

Adelaide Desalination Plant

Lonsdale, SA

The Kauwi Interpretive Centre nxt to the desalination plant has displays about desalination as well as the story of water in South Australia. The Adelaide Desalination Plant opened in 2013 and can provide half of Adelaide’s water supply. The plant uses reverse osmosis to produce fresh drinking water from seawater. Plant tours last for 1.5... Read More

Andamooka Observatory

Andamooka, SA

Experience the truly dark skies of the Australian outback from the Andamooka Observatory. Astrophotography workshops are available and there is an onsite bookshop. Andamooka is an opal mining settlement 30 km east of Roxby Downs in northern South Australia. The observatory is open from 5.30 – 9.30 pm Thursday and Friday, and 10am – 1pm Saturday.... Read More

Arid Recovery Reserve

Olympic Dam, SA

Arid Recovery is an ecosystem restoration initiative based in the South Australian outback and dedicated to the restoration of Australia’s arid lands. Established in 1997, the program is centred around a 123 km² fenced reserve. Feral cats, rabbits and foxes have been eradicated from a total of 60 km² and this has provided an area of complete... Read More

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens

Port Augusta, SA

Located between the Stuart Highway and the upper reaches of Spencer Gulf, the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens’ collection is sourced from areas including far western NSW, the Nullarbor and Great Victoria Desert. There are more than 12 km of walking tracks through the Gardens, ranging from short easy strolls to a 4.5km walk to the... Read More

Axel Stenross Maritime Museum

97 Lincoln Highway Port Lincoln, SA

The Axel Stenross Maritime Museum features exhibits about the square rigged windjammers that took grain from the Eyre Peninsula to Europe in the 1800s, as well as displaying the boat building workshops and slipway that have been on the site since 1940. The Museum is maintained and operated by a team of dedicated volunteers. Alex... 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

MOD.

55 North Terrace, Adelaide

MOD. at the University of South Australia is a futuristic museum of discovery, a place to be and be inspired. With dynamic, changing exhibition programs, MOD. inspires young adults aged 15+ about science and technology, showcasing how research shapes our understanding of the world to inform the future. For visitors, MOD. is a free science... Read More

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden

Crafers, SA

Botanic gardens have shaped civilisation using the value of plants and provide insights into the natural world. Beginning a place for growing plants for medicinal use, botanic gardens evolved to become science and collections based institutions where plants were classified and an understanding of their purpose was discovered. Located in the Adelaide Hills, Mount Lofty... Read More

Naracoorte Caves

Naracoorte, SA

Naracoorte is a system of 26 limestone caves, and four of these are open to the public. The various caves were formed over half a million years ago and they are a significant site for fossil research. The Caves are a World Heritage site, recognising the significance of the many fossil deposits, especially of the... Read More
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