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Questacon
King Edward Terrace
Canberra
ACT
2600
Tel: 02 6270 2800

Directions

They are located on King Edward Terrace in Parkes in the nations capital (that's Canberra!)

They have three hour parking available alongside the building, which is accessible from Parkes Place. There is also all day parking further along Parkes Place in the large carpark near the lake.

Where are we going today?

Science and technology made incredibly fun for kids! Questacon is a staple for all Aussie kids, where they can engage with science in fun, fascinating and extraordinary ways with over 200 interactive exhibits within eight galleries. Whatever the age, they have something for you!

For those really little potential scientists up to 6 years old, the Mini Q is a custom-built area perfect for those growing minds. This is a permanent exhibition where kids can imagine themselves as astronauts, or space scientists as they explore mass, fluids, magnification, or even polarised light! They have created an incredibly stimulating environment for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers as the area was designed with advice from early childhood educators (we wouldn't expect anything less!)

They can let their bodies and brains develop with all the sensory exploration spaces, so they can become better adapted for learning later in life. Amazing!

Q Lab looks at the world differently, where kids can explore microscopes and high speed, high definition slow-motion, as well as fascinating live demonstrations - perfect for those kids 7 and up.

Questacon also has Wonderworks for kids 4 and up, where they can explore colour, movement and sound, as well as Awesome Earth for kids over 8 where they can feel the force of an earthquake or feel lightning spark their imaginations! Crazy fun!

We haven't even covered HALF of the exhibits, so you can see that there is certainly a full days worth of activities for the whole family! 

Don't forget that no Questacon visit is complete without watching (and of course participating in!) their presentations, like the Questacon Excited Particles performed by the science theatre troupe, or the puppet shows specially for those pre-schoolers!

So head off on your family quest - you never know what you will discover! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$23
  • Children$17.50 (Aged 4- 16)
  • Free Under: 4 years.
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

9am - 5pm

All year round except Christmas day

Teachers corner

One pre-school or playgroup supervisor is admitted free of charge for every 4 students (FOC = 1 supervisor : 4 students). For groups with more than 1 supervisor for every 4 students, additional supervisors are charged the same entry fee as the students. For pre-school and early childhood group bookings, please contact in advance..

I'm Hungry!

Mega Bites Cafe (clever name!) offers you freshly prepared meals, coffee and cake, cold drinks, sandwiches or hot lunch!.

Any Top Tips?

Visiting Canberra for longer? A 3infun ticket gives you entry to Questacon, the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Cockington Green all for one discounted price. .

Need a little extra help?

They have disabled parking available alongside the building. .

Baby Facilities

At Mini Q they have a baby change room, toilets that can be used by adults and young children, and a breast and bottle feeding area..

Can I get one of those?

Questacon Shop sells a wide range of books, interactive science toys, activity kits and teaching resources. It’s located in the lobby, so you don’t have to pay admission to drop in for some shopping..

What people are saying?

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    quite good but not much stuff in canberra. queensland one is better

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    Fun for all ages!!! Learning has never been so fun, if u r looking to get someone interested in learning the basics if physics, discover the mystery of the stars, appreciate how time travels, this is the place to be. Kids from the age of 10 to 50 will enjoy it!!! Try to get there early to have enough time to explore it all.

    Staff are friendly and always seem to have a smile on. The NKRYPT code at the front had us stuck for an hour, even after we asked google for help!!! If u do mange to solve, please, please, please let me know!!!!!

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    Awesome place especially it's surroundings. Fun for everyone and don't forget to find some goodies in the gift shop. Also got some great photo opportunities of scenery outside. Good during autumn and winter when the leaves are orange.

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    the best place to go in Canberra and its National Science and Technology Centre and a great shop and science

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    As a visitor to Canberra Questacon is a great stop for the kids and kids alike.

    Questacon is science in action - a hands on science centre with so many activities there is bound to be something to keep everyone entertained. The children will not even realise thy are learning.

    The 360 swing was quite popular for those over a certain height and weight and the younger kids will love Whoosh a maze of tubes which you feed floating scarves into the hole at the bottom and are sucked through the tubes and shoot out at the top to float back down. Both...Read More

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As a visitor to Canberra Questacon is a great stop for the kids and kids alike.

Questacon is science in action - a hands on science centre with so many activities there is bound to be something to keep everyone entertained. The children will not even realise thy are learning.

The 360 swing was quite popular for those over a certain height and weight and the younger kids will love Whoosh a maze of tubes which you feed floating scarves into the hole at the bottom and are sucked through the tubes and shoot out at the top to float back down. Both included in the entry price.

Get in early to avoid queues for the more popular activities.

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