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Discovery Centre Open Day

Discovery Centre Open Day

Open quarterly on the second Sunday of March, June, September, December

10.00am - 2.00pm

Please note due to Covid 19 restrictions - The Discovery Centre will not be open in June.  We hope to be back in September. Stay Safe. 

The historic sandstone mine labs at the foreshore of Chowder Bay are the perfect backdrop for the SIMS Discovery Centre.

The two historic rooms have been fitted out with a series of beautiful displays that showcase what SIMS is all about – research of the marine, coastal and estuarine environment. The impacts of human activities on our coasts and oceans are at the heart of much of SIMS’ research and the new centre.


Highlights are a 3D model of the harbour, which shows the harbour’s complex shape and topography of the seafloor, and a virtual dive using 3D virtual reality goggles. The virtual dive has been designed specifically for SIMS and aims to immerse visitors into the magical world of a local kelp forest, the most prominent ecosystem on our temperate rocky shores. 


We look forward to seeing you soon!