Along our journey you’ll see penguins on the ice and swimming underneath the ship’s hull. You can measure your wingspan against some huge native birds or check out the humpback whale breaching out of the water.

Once you find your sea legs, why not throw on a captain’s hat and climb up to the helm where you use the two-way radio to talk to the researchers in the field tent, steer the ship or blast the horn!

Learn through play

The Antarctica Research Vessel inspires curiosity in an unknown world. You’ll learn about the different animals that around Antarctica and get to use your imagination in creative role-playing by taking the role of researcher, scientist or crew.

Backed by research

This experience has been informed by real expeditions in collaboration with UOW Faculty of Biological Sciences, an international podcaster, local researchers and Indigenous community representatives.

Experiences

Antarctic Research Vessel

Climb aboard and take the helm of a research vessel on its way to Antarctica.

Tummy Tour

Crawl through the mouth and find out would be like to be a piece of food travelling through the digestive system.

The Campsite

Come on a camping trip in the Australian bush, complete with model campfire.

Bricks & Clicks

Build your own mini world and stop-motion movie with thousands of LEGO® bricks.

Crawlers’ Beach

A safe-haven of sensory discovery for children two and under with its own jetty.

The Dig

Treasures lay buried waiting to be found. Throw on a vest, grab some tools and start your exploration.

The Cave

Grab a torch and explore the tunnels and nooks. You may even spot some of the cave’s inhabitants.

Construction

Gear up with a hi-vis vest and tool belt, we’re looking for builders who are ready to help construct our tiny home.

Marketplace

Take a trolley for a spin and collect your shopping before you start cooking in our Critter Café.

CreARTivity

Unleash your creativity and be inspired to paint, draw, write and sculpt with daily art activities.

Lights, Sound, Action

The stage is yours! Express yourself with costumes, backdrops and lighting.

Discovery Garden

Step outside and explore our natural wonderland – an oasis that will excite all your senses.

Book Nook

Cosy up with a good book in our peaceful reading space. Come along for daily Storytime readings.

Puzzle Room

Step inside a room filled with puzzling games and challenges just waiting to be solved.

Trains

All aboard the Critter Express! Shovel coal to fuel the engine or control a model train around its miniature world.

Plan Your Visit

Ready to explore more than 14 experiences? Plan your visit now to get the most out of your trip to Early Start Discovery Space.

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First Year of Life

$50

1 Adult + any Children
under 12 months

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$100

2 people
1 Adult + 1 Child

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