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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Qantas Founders Museum

Longreach, QLD

The Qantas Founders Museum is located on the apron of Longreach Airport, and incorporates the historic Qantas hanger, a modern museum building and the aircraft collection. The Museum has a collection of historical artefacts and displays, as well as the spectacular collection of aircraft including an ex-Qantas Boeing 747-200, Qantas’ first Boeing 707-100, and ex-Qantas... Read More

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

Launceston, TAS

An extraordinary collection of art, history and natural sciences across two sites that are just a riverside wander apart. Treasures and tales to stoke curiosities around every corner at the Museum at Inveresk and Art Gallery at Royal Park. There is a cafe and paid parking available at both sites, and the free Tiger Bus... Read More

Queensland Museum – SparkLab

South Brisbane, QLD

In the heart of Queensland Museum SparkLab is a permanent interactive science exhibition. SparkLab offers an exciting, interactive and experience-rich environment that is contemporary, user-friendly and inspiring for all ages. There are no visitors at SparkLab – everyone is a participant. SparkLab houses ongoing and changing exhibitions and provides in-depth education experiences, innovative Science Theatre... Read More

Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

Parkes, ACT

With eight themed galleries and over 200 interactive exhibits, Questacon has something to engage and excite people of all ages. Mini Q—fun for 0-6 year olds encourages children to explore and splash in areas especially designed for our youngest scientists. Be shaken by an earthquake and witness a lightning strike in Awesome Earth or lie... Read More

Raptor Refuge

Kettering, TAS

The Raptor Refuge Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation established by Craig Webb on an eight hectare property overlooking Kettering and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. The Refuge showcases Tasmanian raptors including falcons, eagles and owls. The Raptor Refuge includes three of the largest raptor flight aviaries in the Southern Hemisphere, purpose-built to flight train wedge-tailed eagles, sea-eagles... Read More

Reef HQ Aquarium

Townsville, QLD

As the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Reef HQ Aquarium is home to the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium. The aquarium includes a 2.5 million litre coral reef exhibition with over 100 coral species, 100 fish species and hundreds of sea creatures. The aquarium offers daily talks and... Read More

RiAus – Royal Institution of Australia

Adelaide, SA

RiAus has a passion for sharing the wonders of science. Their aim is to inspire scientific interest and curiosity and to encourage public participation in a range of critical science issues that affect our daily lives. From forums, debates and presentations to art exhibitions, theatre, film and literature, RiAus also shares science in the online world... Read More

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

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Hobart, TAS

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are located in the centre of Hobart and cover 14 hectares. The Gardens are home to over 6000 species, varieties and cultivars of plants comprised of a diverse range of species exotic to Australia and Tasmania as well as those that are indigenous to the state. There is a conservatory,... Read More