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

Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum

Broken Hill, NSW

The Museum is housed in the Old Bond Store, and the minerals on display were collected in the local area. The collection of over 200 mineral samples includes a 42 kg silver nugget. Also on display is the Silver Tree, an 8 kg silver epergne (table centrepiece) owned by Charles Rasp, who held the first mining lease at Broken Hill.... Read More

Alice Springs Desert Park

Alice Springs, NT

Discover the secrets of the desert in the foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges. See and hear the stories of the plants, animals, and local Aboriginal culture at daily guide presentations. Witness free-flying birds, see rare and endangered animals and enjoy a cinematic journey of desert evolution. Discover the West MacDonnell Ranges through the eyes of... 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

Australia Telescope Compact Array

Narrabri, NSW

There is an unstaffed visitors centre at the facility, with displays and videos explaining how the telescopes work and radio astronomy more generally. Outside there are a pair of large whispering dishes and there explanatory signs around the grounds. Visitors can see at least some of the six 22 m dish shaped radio telescopes making up... Read More

Australia Zoo

Beerwah, QLD

Australia Zoo, home of the Crocodile Hunter, is located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. As well as lots of saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) the Zoo has over 100 species of animals from all over the world. Each day there are shows performed around the Zoo as well as in the Crocoseum, a 5000 seat arena with clear water... Read More

Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum

Winton, QLD

The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum was founded by local farmers David and Judy Elliott after finding a sauropod femur on their property Belmont Station. After finding more fossils at other sites they established a temporary fossil preparation facility in a shed on Belmont. The Museum is now located in a purpose built facility on... 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