Open Day was a roaring success

21 August 2012



The roving Erth dinosaur was a big
hit with all the kids, both big and small
at Geoscience Australia’s 2012 Open Day.
Photo: James Lehane.


Geoscience Australia’s Open Day reached a new level of popularity in 2012, exceeding all expectations with over 6 000 visitors through the doors.

Many were first time visitors to Geoscience Australia who were surprised by the variety and importance of the work that the agency undertakes.

All tours, including those to the laboratories, the rock dating Sensitive High Resolution Ion MicroProbe (SHRIMP), the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre, and the Geological TimeWalk were fully subscribed, while other visitors enjoyed the many displays and activities on offer. The roving Erth dinosaur was a huge hit with all the kids, both big and small.

Some interesting statistics from the day:

  • over 850 sedimentary rocks were made in the Education Centre,
  • over 500 dinosaurs were decorated,
  • more than 400 pet rocks found new homes, and
  • over 800 people viewed Australia in 3D.

CEO Dr Chris Pigram said that this year’s Open Day broke all previous records and was without doubt the best ever.

‘Our staff thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share their enthusiasm and passion for their work, and we look forward to welcoming the local community back next year’, Dr Pigram said.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013