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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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

Discovery Science and Technology Centre

Bendigo, VIC

A visit to Discovery is bound to inspire your scientific curiosity and provide hours of fun and laughs while your kids learn. With over 100 fascinating exhibits to explore, a cosy Planetarium and ‘Kaleidoscope’ which is specially designed for aspiring scientists under six, there is something for everyone! For the more courageous, parents and children... Read More

Dolphin Discovery Centre

Bunbury, WA

The Bunbury Dolphin Discovery is on the shore of the Koombana Bay. Dolphins were first hand-fed in the area from 1960, and they have been the subject of research since 1989. The redeveloped  Discovery Centre opened in 2018. As well as the displays and aquariums in the interpretive centre, visitors can see the dolphins up... Read More

Esperance Museum

Esperance, WA

The French explorer d’Entrecasteaux sailed along the southern coast of Western Australia in 1792, naming the locality of Esperance when he landed there, seeking shelter from a storm. The Esperance Museum was established in 1976 and presents local social history as well as displays of agricultural, maritime, railway and space artefacts. The museum is located in the former Esperance railway... Read More

Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens

Batemans Bay, NSW

The gardens range over 42 ha and there are more than 8 km of walking tracks, including a 1 km loop for visitors with limited mobility. The gardens are on Forestry NSW land that was logged about a century ago. The site was allocated for the botanic garden in 1987 and the visitor centre opened in 2001. The Wallace... Read More