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At the Australian Space Discovery Centre, you can explore the latest innovations in space technologies. Learn about Australia’s role in space and be inspired by stories of opportunity, curiosity and technology.

People of all ages are welcome to experience the Discovery Centre, however, our visitor experience is intended for ages 12 and above.

Visiting hours

The Discovery Centre is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday. We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Timed, ticketed sessions run from 10am. The last session starts at 4:00pm. Each session runs for 75 minutes.

You must book your tickets in advance.

Tickets

Tickets must be pre-booked online for all visitors in your group, including babies and children. We recommend booking early as tickets for each session are limited.

Any visitor under the age of 12 must be accompanied by someone over the age of 17.

The Discovery Centre is free to the public.

Book tickets for January via TryBooking

Book tickets for February via TryBooking

Schools in Space program

Our schools program is intended for school year levels 7 – 12.

If you would like to bring your primary school class, we ask that you (the teacher) attend a general session first.

Duty of Care rests with the teachers or adults associated with each group.

Liability insurance and conserving visitor safety through Workplace Health & Safety initiatives are core components of the Australian Space Discovery Centre’s operations.

Booking a session

School sessions are available:

  • 10 am and 12 pm Wednesday and Thursday
  • 10 am Friday.

 School bookings for Term 1 2022 are now open.

Teachers can book a session by emailing our team at book@discover.space.gov.au with:

  • your name
  • contact phone number
  • school
  • year level
  • group size including adults and students (see student numbers for each session type)
  • choice of standard session or workshop
  • 3 prospective dates.

Our school programs are free of charge.

Please note school bookings must be made at least two weeks in advance.

Our Schools in Space program is being piloted in Adelaide, South Australia.

Standard session

Students will receive a welcome and presentation from our Space Communicators. They will then have time to explore our Space Gallery and Careers Hub.

This is a 75 minute session for up to 40 students.

Operation: Eyes on Earth

Students will learn what it takes to build an earth observation satellite mission in this interactive workshop. They will collaborate in teams to complete challenges and tasks across 6 mission phases:

  • design
  • assemble
  • test
  • launch
  • operate
  • close-out.

This is a 90 minute session for up to 30 students.

Group bookings

We are currently only taking public group bookings for 10 people or less. This can be done through the general booking links above. Tickets must be booked for everyone attending. We are not currently open to vacation care groups.

For other booking enquiries, please email book@discover.space.gov.au

COVID-19 safety

We ask that you do not attend the Discovery Centre if you are from, or have been in, a COVID‑19 affected area.

If you have pre-booked tickets and are no longer able to attend due to COVID-19 travel restrictions or you have been in an affected area, please cancel your booking by referring to the your original TryBooking confirmation email.

For information about current Public Health Directions in South Australia visit SA Health.

Getting to the Discovery Centre

The Discovery Centre is in the McEwin Building, in Lot Fourteen on the east end of North Terrace in Adelaide.

Public transport

Train: The closest train station to the Discovery Centre is Adelaide Railway Station. It is a 15 minute walk, or short tram ride from the Railway Station.

Tram: The Discovery Centre can be accessed by the free city loop trams that run frequently along North Terrace. Alight at the Botanic Gardens stop.

Bus: The Discovery Centre can be accessed by a range of bus routes.

Please visit the Adelaide Metro website for up-to-date timetables and routes.

Parking

There are many on-street and off-street parking options nearby the Discovery Centre. The closest are:

  • Wilson Parking off Frome Road in Lot Fourteen
  • UPark Frome on Frome Street

Accessibility

The Discovery Centre aims to provide equitable access for all visitors. If you have any queries about access requirements, please contact the Discovery Centre.

Assistance animals

Assistance Animals are welcome at the Discovery Centre. For further enquiries, please call 08 8432 1400.

Bathrooms

The bathrooms can be accessed from the corridor past the Endeavour room. There are female and male bathrooms, each with an accessible cubicle. There is also an additional separate unisex accessible toilet and shower.

Breastfeeding

The Discovery Centre is a breastfeeding-friendly institution. You are welcome to breastfeed anywhere in the Discovery Centre.

If you would like a quiet space to feed, we have a dedicated Carer’s Room behind the Endeavour Room. There is a seat in the Carer’s Room, as well as a tap, sink, and microwave. 

Deaf and hard of hearing

The Discovery Centre has written directions and explanations on most exhibits. There is also clear signage throughout the Discovery Centre.

The Theatrette and Endeavour Room have been fitted with a hearing augmentation system. Staff can provide the corresponding headphones on request.

Seating

There are 5 seating pods in the Discovery Centre, as well as two higher tables. There is also seating in the Theatrette. Both the eastern promenade and the western courtyard have built in seating in the form of concrete benches. There is further seating (concrete benches and marble seats) on the North Terrace around the Community Café.

Wheelchair access

The Discovery Centre is fully accessible with no stairs or ramps upon entry or exit. Wheelchair users will be able to freely move through all areas of the Discovery Centre. The surrounding Lot Fourteen precinct is also all flat without stairs.

Accessible parking

The on-site Lot Fourteen Wilson car park contains twelve accessible parking spots, and is approximately 300m from the Australian Space Discovery Centre.

Merchandise

Purchase official Australian Space Discovery Centre and Australian Space Agency merchandise at the Discovery Centre, or online from the Questacon shop.

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