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.


The Bakery

With a rolling pin and baking tray in hand, specialty treats are always on the menu in The Bakery!

Circle Garden

Skip, jump and hop through climbing structures, secret gardens, a mud kitchen, wharf and sand pits to create, innovate and imagine!

The Pod

Children’s creativity and curiosity are ignited in The Pod, a place where digital connections and access to loose parts encourages children to design their own environment and explore possibilities!

The Sanctuary

Stimulate your touch, sight, smell and other senses, in our sensory room

Emergency! Emergency!

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.

The Campsite

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

Bricks & Clicks

Build your own mini world with thousands of LEGO® bricks.

Crawlers’ Beach

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

The Cave

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.

Critter Cafe

The kitchen is prepped and ready for young (and old!) chefs to take orders, make and serve the next Michelin star meal!


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.


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

Puzzle Room

Step inside a room filled with big blue blocks to build, create and innovate!

Plan Your Visit

Ready to explore more than 15 experiences? Plan your visit now to get the most out of your trip to Early Start Discovery Space.

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