Open Day 2017

Geoscience Australia's annual Open Day is a family-focused event providing a great opportunity to showcase our work to the public and to highlight the importance of geoscience in everyday life, now and into the future.

Talk to real scientists, learn about geoscience careers and find out how important geoscience is to our future earth and everyday life.

When: 9am - 2pm, Sunday 20 August 2017

Where: Geoscience Australia, Corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Jerrabomberra Avenue, Symonston ACT [Link to directions]


The Open Day offers a diverse program of free hands-on activities, science displays and talks for all ages. Come along and learn about the exciting and important work carried out by Australia's national geoscience organisation.

Download a copy of the 2017 Open Day program and map.

For the kids

Pick up a visitor passport at the door and get involved in activities that highlight the important and surprising roles geoscience plays in your everyday life.

Erupt your own volcano or go gold panning like a traditional miner! Bring your own rock from home to have it identified by one  of our geologists or become a geological treasure hunter and go digging for your own! Kids can build their own satellite; explore the real-life geology behind popular game Minecraft and have their face painted!

We will have a special visit from a roving dinosaur at 9.45am, 11.15am and 12.30pm.

Science talks

A series of 15 minute talks on a range of topics are scheduled throughout the day.

TimeSir Harold Raggatt Theatre
9.30amEarthquakes in Australia
10.00amKids Talk: My job as a geological treasure hunter
10.30amKids Talk: Geology of Minecraft
11amHow does my mobile phone know where I am?
11.30amKids Talk: A journey through geological time
12noonFrom rock star to tech star
12.30pmLife as a geoscientist
1.00pmKids Talk: Geology of Minecraft
1.30pmKids Talk: My job as a geological treasure hunter
TimeScrivener Room
9.45amApplying maths to solve real-world problems
10.15amExploring the icy waters of Antarctica
10.45amYour smart phone is a gold mine
11.15amPictures from space - how satellites help us understand our landscape
11.45amInternational Ocean Discovery Program - experience life on a real-life scientific voyage
12.45pmLife at sea
1.15pmPost-disaster surveys, learning how to make things safer for next time


The onsite café, Blackstone Café, will be open for business offering coffee, hot food and morning and afternoon tea snacks. Sausages and steak sandwiches will also be available from the BBQ.

We also encourage you to bring along a packed lunch and enjoy the lawns surrounding the building.


On-site parking is available, although limited. Disabled parking will be allocated in the first row of the carpark. Please obey all traffic directions and signage.

Further information

If you have any further questions about Geoscience Australia's Open Day please email