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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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

Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre

Cooma, NSW

The Snowy Hydro Visitor Centre gives an overview of the Snowy Mountains Scheme, background information on hydro-electric power and interactive exhibits about electricity and energy. There is also a theatre showing short films and screens showing the national energy grid, and the real time price for power in the market. Outside in the picnic ground... 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

South Australian Whale Centre

Victor Harbor, SA

The SA Whale Centre is located in a beautiful historic goods shed that was built in 1864. The railway line from Port Elliot ran past the nearby Victor Harbor station, through the goods shed and along The Causeway to the wharves on Granite Island. The Centre has skeleton displays, videos, interactive exhibits and a kids play... Read More

Super Pit Site Tours

Boulder, WA

Take a bus into the heart of the mine, sharing roads with giant trucks to an internal lookout on the south eastern side of the Super Pit. The Super Pit is 3.5 km long and over 600m deep. The mine started as a number of underground mines that were joined up as an open cut... Read More

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

Hobart, TAS

Hobart is Australia’s second oldest city and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery was established there in 1843. The Museum has been in its current building near Constitution Dock since 1863. Permanent exhibitions include the Antarctic Gallery Islands to Ice, exploring the close relationship between Hobart and Australia’s Antarctic exploration. The Museum is open Tuesday... Read More

Temora Aviation Museum

Temora, NSW

Temora Aviation Museum has the world’s finest collection of flying historic aircraft. On regular flying days you can see a selection of aircraft displayed at their best – in the sky. Working aircraft include a Tiger Moth, Boomerang, Wirraway, Spitfire, Meteor, Vampire, Sabre, Canberra and Dragonfly. Other facilities include: 38 seat theatrette screening historic wartime footage; regularly updated... Read More

Territory Wildlife Park

Berry Springs, NT

The Territory Wildlife park is a truly authentic Top End experience. Situated on 1000 acres of natural bushland, the park is a place of cultural significance to the local Indigenous people. The Kungarakan and Warrai people still maintain a strong connection with the area today as the Park’s custodians, and invite you to experience their... Read More

The Royal Botanic Garden

Sydney, NSW

The Royal Botanic Garden in Australia’s oldest scientific institution as well as the site of the first European farm in this continent. Through plants, visitors can also learn all about the Cadigal, the original Aboriginal inhabitants, and Sydney’s colonial past. Photo: Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust