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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Eyre Bird Observatory

Eyre Bird Observatory, via Cocklebiddy WA

The Eyre Bird Observatory was established in 1977 by Birds, on the site of the Telegraph Station that was built in the 1890s. The caretakers conduct daily bird observations and weekly counts along the nearby beach. There are special programs and courses as well as dune regeneration projects. Bookings are essential and access is difficult.... Read More

Fleet Air Arm Museum

Nowra, NSW

The Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra was founded in 1974 and has a collection of more than 30 aircraft, as well as many other artifacts including aircraft engines. There is a gift shop and an elevated viewing platform overlooking HMAS Albatross, which has been in use since World War II. The Museum is open... Read More

Flinders Discovery Centre and Museum

Hughenden, QLD

This huge display area houses an amazing exhibition of fossils from around the world, as well as an extensive and growing display of fossils from the local area. ‘Hughie’ is the star attraction; a life size skeletal replica of a Muttaburrasaurus (Muttaburrasaurus langdoni). ‘Hughie’ is a daunting figure as you enter the display area. Although this dinosaur... Read More

Geoscience Australia

Symonston, ACT

The National Mineral and Fossil Collections at Geoscience Australia have over 15 000 mineral and 43 000 fossil specimens. More than 600 items are on permanent display in the foyer of the building. There are also exhibits about satellite imaging, bathymetry, and the geothermal system used to heat and cool the building. The Geological Timewalk... Read More

Gladstone Industry Tours

Gladstone, QLD

Gladstone Power Station On Mondays there is a 90 minute tour of the Gladstone Power Station starting at 1.00 pm. The power station is Queensland’s largest, with its six turbines generating almost 1.7 GW. The power stations consumes about 11 000 tonnes of coal each day and most of the power is used by the nearby aluminum smelter.... Read More

Gordon River Cruises

Strahan, TAS

This five hour cruise explores historic Macquarie Harbour, ducking out Hells Gate into the Southern Ocean before passing salmon farm pens and heading serenely up the tannin stained water of the Gordon River. The boat moors by a rain forest on the bank of the river and passengers can explore the huon pine forest, including... Read More

Gravity Discovery Centre

Gingin, WA

The Gravity Discovery Centre is a fun and educational science centre only one hour north of Perth. The Leaning Tower of Gingin is fast becoming one of Perth’s tourism icons. Drop water filled balloons from the top and recreate the same experiments Galileo conducted on gravity and the free fall of objects in Pisa some... Read More

Green Point Observatory

Oyster Bay, NSW

Green Point Observatory is the home of the Sutherland Astronomical Society in southern Sydney. The observatory has a computer controlled 35cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope under a roll-off roof and a 41cm Newtonian telescope under the dome. There are also binoculars and smaller portable telescopes for member’s use. The Society host special events, courses, talks and occasional... Read More

Greg Quicke’s Astro Tours

Roebuck, WA

Learn to find some constellations and see planets or the Moon through a telescope. The changes each night, so the shows do too. Two hour long star shows with telescopes and binoculars are run throughout Broome’s dry season from April to October. Depending on the day, tours start at 6pm or 8pm. The shows are aimed... Read More

Head of the Bight Visitors Centre

Yalata, SA

The Head of the Bight Visitors Centre is located on Yalata Aboriginal Land, near the Nullarbor Roadhouse (about four hours drive west of Ceduna). The Centre has a café and giftshop, as well as toilets and picnic area. It is the entrance to a series of clifftop boardwalks and viewing platforms overlooking the Southern Ocean.... Read More