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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.

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NSW museums, science and culture

Maitland Gaol

Discover the world outside of planet Earth at the Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran. In Broken Hill, visit Outback Astronomy to learn about the galaxies, and be amazed by how much night sky is visible in Outback NSW. The Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium offers astronomy enthusiasts the chance to stargaze through powerful telescopes and view exciting laser shows.

Parkes in Country NSW is home to the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, aka the world famous "Dish". At 64 metres in diameter it was the first fully-steerable large antenna in the Southern Hemisphere, and has been responsible for many world firsts in radio astronomy. Impressive telescopes can also be found futher north at the Narrabri Observatory.

Learn about our nation’s military history at the Australian Army Infantry Museum in Singleton, or visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra for an insight on Australian naval aviation. Just north of Newcastle, Fighter World offers a hands on experience at the RAAF Base in Williamtown; explore the cockpits of a Mirage interceptor, Macchi jet trainer, and F-11 aircraft.

Take a tour at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Association to uncover the rich aviation history of the Northern Rivers. Further north, in the Tweed hinterland, visit Tropical Fruit World for the opportunity to taste rare exotic fruits such as the chewing gum tree and chocolate pudding fruit.

Maitland Gaol in the Hunter Valley housed some of Australia’s most hardened criminals – kids and parents alike can enjoy the eerie torchlight tours.

The Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame

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 Railway Musuem

Illawarra Light Railway Musuem

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, '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.

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