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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Capricorn Caves

The Caves, QLD

Capricorn Caves is Queensland’s oldest tourist attraction, opening to visitors in the early 1880s. The caves are etched out of limestone formed from deposits made by a coral reef 390 million years ago. Cathedral Cave is well lit with easy walking pathways. Wheelchair accessible tours are available. Guided tours of the cave highlight the geological... Read More

Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum

Carnarvon, WA

From 1964 – 1975 Carnarvon hosted a NASA tracking station 10 km south of town that played an important role in communications and telemetry relay for NASA’s Gemini, Apollo and Skylab missions. The Western Australian coast is almost at the antipode from the launch site at Cape Canaveral in Florida. This made it ideal to... Read More

Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre

Terrigal, NSW

The Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre is volunteer run and is supported by the University of Newcstle Central Coast campus and the local council. The Centre has exhibits as well as live creatures on display, including seahorses, urchins, and an octopus. There are also have programs including occassional talks by researchers, movies, fish feeding, snorkelling... Read More

Central Highlands Science Centre

Spencer Smith Pavillion Emerald Showgrounds, Emerald QLD

The Central Highlands Science Centre is a community organisation with an aim to inspire the minds of future generations. The science centre runs a number of informal science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education programs for children in the Central Highlands. Visitors can find out about the human body, play with dinosaurs and experience... Read More

Cobb+Co Museum

Toowoomba, QLD

Part of the Queensland Museum Network and home to the National Carriage Collection, discover a variety of interactive displays, exhibits and heritage trade workshops. Immerse yourself in Toowoomba’s natural and cultural history and revisit an Australian transport era. Wander through the charming National Carriage Collection and discover how the 47 horse-drawn vehicles played an important... Read More

Cosmos Centre and Observatory

Charleville, QLD

Charleville’s Cosmos Centre and Observatory has, if you will pardon the pun, universal appeal. The complex has something for everyone. It’s loved by big kids, little kids, the young at heart and even people who have absolutely no interest in the stars or astronomy. Astronomy at Night – The Cosmos Observatory The sheer beauty of the... Read More

Crago Observatory

Burralow Firetrail, Bowen Mountain NSW

Crago Observatory on Bowen Mountain just west of Sydney is the dark sky observatory of the Astronomical Society of NSW. The observatory has a computer controlled 16″ Dobsonian telescope in a dome. There is an observing night each month, listed on society’s website. Observing is weather dependent. A gold coin donation is appreciated. Photo: Christian... Read More

CSIRO Discovery

Canberra, ACT

The CSIRO Discovery Centre showcases Australian scientific innovation and achievement. Nestled at the base of Black Mountain in Canberra, the Centre contains working science laboratories, an exhibition, boardroom, theatre, science education centre and café – complimented by spectacular atrium entrance. Discovery presents science in an entertaining way to demystify it, and educate people of all ages... Read More

Daisy Hill Koala Centre

Daisy Hill, QLD

The Daisy Hill Koala Centre opened in 1995 and was refurbished in 2018. The Centre has information displays and a theatrette, as well as live koalas visible from a raised boardwalk. Each day there are ranger talks about the koalas and local conservation efforts. Visitors can also go for a bushwalk, cycle or horseride in... Read More

Darwin Aviation Museum

557 Stuart Highway, Winnellie NT

The Darwin Aviation Museum is operated by the Aviation Historical Society of the NT. The Museum is on the Stuart Highway and it backs onto the Darwin Airport aerodrome and RAAF base. The Museum opened in its current large purpose-built hanger in 1990. The collection includes a Boeing B-52G Stratofortress, a Cobra AH-1G attack helicopter,... Read More