Gather around the campfire to tell stories, sing songs and discover the natural wildlife that surrounds us.
Who should we take on our camping trip to the local bush?
First, we need a birdwatcher to hop in the bird hide and spot the 22 bird and animals on the mural backdrop of the Illawarra escarpment.
And a researcher to study the activity of the native quolls.
We need a bushwalker to identify animals by their scat (poo!), tracks and calls
And a camper to set up the fire, cook up some tea and tell some scary stories.
This is going to be the best camping trip ever.
Ready? Let’s go!
Learn through play
Children will learn about quolls are and why we should protect them.
They will collaborate with others as we share in the cooking or spotting the different animals within the mural.
Children will learn to recognise different animals by their calls, tracks and scats.
This experience will also build awareness of how to care for wildlife and become a citizen scientist.
Backed by research
We have partnered with academics from UOW School of Biological Sciences and Team Quoll to help visitors learn all about quolls and why we should protect them. By working together, we have ensured the experience is an authentic representation of the research currently taking place in the nearby bushlands.
Skip, jump and hop through climbing structures, secret gardens, a mud kitchen, wharf and sand pits to create, innovate and imagine!
The POD | THE POD WILL BE CLOSED 3 TO 7 APRIL FOR UPGRADES
Immerse yourself in an enchanting natural world
Stimulate your touch, sight, smell and other senses, in our sensory room
Police, Fire, Ambulance, SES – you get to be the hero!
Antarctic Research Vessel
Climb aboard and take the helm of a research vessel on its way to Antarctica.
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.
A safe-haven of sensory discovery for children two and under with its own jetty.
Grab a torch and explore the tunnels and nooks. You may even spot some of the cave’s inhabitants.
Gear up with a hi-vis vest and tool belt, we’re looking for builders who are ready to help construct our tiny home.
Take a trolley for a spin and collect your shopping before you start cooking in our Critter Café.
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.
Step outside and explore our natural wonderland – an oasis that will excite all your senses.
Cosy up with a good book in our peaceful reading space. Come along for daily Storytime readings.
Step inside a room filled with puzzling games and challenges just waiting to be solved.
All aboard the Critter Express! Shovel coal to fuel the engine or control a model train around its miniature world.
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