Museums, Science and Culture

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Fun and learning these school holidays
Visit the State’s many museums for fun and educational experiences. From sporting museums, to observatories, and history exhibitions, there’s so much to explore.

Explore museums, science and culture in NSW

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Discover more about the stars at one of the NSW's stargazing observatories. Parkes in Country NSW is home to the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, affectionately known as the Dish after a popular 2000 film of the same name. The radio telescope is 64 metres in diameter.

Impressive radio telescopes can also be found farther north at the CSIRO Australia Telescope Compact Array, in Narrabri. The Siding Spring Observatory, near Coonabarabran, hosts StarFest every October, where you can meet an astronomer.

In Broken Hill, Outback Astronomy offers stargazing experiences. You'll be amazed how many stars are visible in Outback NSW. Just south of Sydney, in Wollongong, is the Science Centre and Planetarium, which is the largest planetarium in NSW.

For insights into Australia's military history, visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra, on the South Coast. The Australian Army Infantry Museum is in Singleton, in the Hunter Valley. In the Riverina, the Temora Aviation Museum has the only two flying Spitfires in Australia. You'll find many more fascinating museums throughout NSW as well as intriguing heritage tours and cultural tours.

Cricket fans will be thrilled with the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame, in pretty Bowral, 90 minutes' drive from Sydney. For fruit lovers, Tropical Fruit World is only 40 minutes' drive from gorgeous Byron Bay. Taste rare exotic fruits such as the chewing gum tree and chocolate pudding fruit, and the kids can have fun meeting farm animals.

  • The Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame, Bowral

    Bradman Museum

    Sports fans will enjoy the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral. Discover the evolution of cricket, from its origins through to the Big Bash League. The adjacent children's playground is cricket themed and has gas barbecues for picnics.

  • Illawarra Light Railway Museum, Albion Park

    Illawarra Light Railway Museum

    Take a ride on a miniature train at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum. The railway travels through the museum picnic grounds in a quiet bushland setting in Albion Park. The museum also has tram rides and a steam train in operation monthly. Entry is free.

  • Big Merino, Goulburn

    Big Merino

    The Big Merino stands proud as a symbol of Goulburn, known as the fine wool capital of the world. Learn about the 200-year history of sheep rearing and wool in Australia, take a family photo with the majestic merino, and snap up a few woolly warmers in the gift shop.