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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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

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville, VIC

Healesville Sanctuary is a feral animal proof enclosure with woodland and wetland areas provided for their native marsupials, birds, and reptiles. The Sanctuary is one of only two facilities globally to have a successful platypus breeding program. There are a large number of ranger talks each day, focussing on particular animals and habitats. Closeup encounters... Read More

James Cook Museum

Cooktown, QLD

The Museum gives a fascinating insight into the seven weeks James Cook and his crew spent at the site of modern Cooktown repairing their ship after their catastrophic grounding on nearby Endeavour Reef. The highlight of the museum is the Endeavour Gallery with the original anchor and cannon from the Endeavour, jettisoned from the ship in... Read More

Jervis Bay Maritime Museum

Huskisson, NSW

The Jervis Bay Maritime Museum in Huskisson is the home of the historic Lady Denman Sydney ferry (1912-1979) and other vessels. The Museum has displays of navigation instruments, maritime artifacts, artwork and there is special programming throughout the year. The Museum also explores the local Indigenous culture of the Dharawal and Jerringa people. There is... Read More

Karijini National Park Visitor Centre

Karijini National Park, WA

The Karijini National Park Visitors Centre provides interpretive galleries of both the natural and cultural history of the park: this ancient 2 billion year old area area shows signs of inhabitation dating back 30 000 years. The Centre’s shape represents a goanna and its untreated metal surfaces match the surrounding iron-rich geology. Karijini is located in the Pilbara’s... Read More

Killer Whale Museum

Eden, NSW

The Killer Whale Museum opened in Eden in 1931 to tell the story of Old Tom, a killer whale (Orcinus orca) who along with others in the pod co-operated with local whalers in the 1800s and early 1900s. Tom was more than 70 years old when he died in 1930. The orcas chased migrating baleen whales... Read More

Kingaroy Observatory

Kingaroy, QLD

The Kingaroy Observatory is located at the Kingaroy airport. The facility is Queensland’s largest self-funded astronomical observatory. The observatory features an audio-visual Star Theatre, a display centre and an observation deck with three height adjusted Meade 14 inch SCT LX200 GPS computer assisted telescopes. These telescopes show visitors the Moon, planets, nebulae, star clusters and... Read More

Lake Boga Observatory

Lake Boga, Vic

The observatory has four computer controlled telescopes. Observing sessions include looking at the planets that are visible that night, as well as binary stars and nebula. Accessibility is good with all the instruments being situated at ground level. Be sure to take warm clothing for an observing session. Sky tours run from 7:00pm from April... Read More

Makers’ Workshop

Burnie, TAS

The Burnie Makers’ Workshop reflects the making tradition of the town, from paper to mining machinery and dairy products. A group of 30 local artisans display and sell their creations made from timber, textiles, glass, metal and gems. Interactive paper making tours are conducted regularly. The gallery space features exhibitions, displays and workshops that change... Read More

Melbourne Museum

Carlton, VIC

Melbourne Museum offers a rich insight into Victoria’s fascinating natural environment, culture and history. Using state-of-the-art technology and interpretative techniques, the museum’s eight galleries cover the natural and physical sciences, history and technology, and Indigenous cultures in new and captivating ways. Melbourne Museum is home to the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, empowering Aboriginal people to... Read More