The Science Centre and Planetarium is the only major hands-on science centre in NSW. It offers exciting science experiences which are suitable for all ages. Visitors can enjoy shows in our very own science theatre or browse the many interactive exhibits. With an extensive shop, cafe and kiosk facilities, located on the University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus, the Science Centre offers a complete visit.
With more than 100 hands-on exhibits that challenge the imagination and engage the senses, it’s a place where science is big and bright and bold and noisy. From dinosaurs to electricity, machines to astronomy, the exhibits creatively explore the science of the world around us and educate through entertainment. It’s a laboratory where experiments demand turning, throwing, pushing and pulling, and lab coats aren’t required. Where science is translated using hands and feet, eyes and ears, and theories are experienced not dictated. Where discovery is motivated by enthusiasm and everyone makes a breakthrough. Bringing science to life and opening minds, it’s a place that inspires the innovators of tomorrow.
The Illawarra Coal Science Theatre hosts the Science Centre’s popular science shows. The team of enthusiastic presenters perform exciting experiments and demonstrations for kids of all ages.
All shows are FREE and run at 11am and 2pm on weekends and during holidays. Tickets can be collected at the front desk on arrival.
The huge dome of the NSW’s largest Planetarium is the stage for a large range of immersive and entertaining family shows exploring topics from astronomy to evolution.
During holidays and weekends the centre runs three shows a day at 12pm, 1pm and 3pm. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk.
The centre’s kiosk is open weekends and holidays between 11.30am and 2.30pm and includes a large seating area overlooking the garden. The kiosk serves a range of snacks, confectionery and hot food as well as coffee, tea and soft drinks.
Open daily except Wednesdays during NSW school term days and some public holidays.