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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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 Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens were damaged by bushfire on 31 December 2019 and are closed until further notice. 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.... Read More

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