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.

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

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

What to expect

Geoscience Australia's 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. Discover how geoscience enables us to explore our past, while at the same time helps shape our future! Talk to real scientists, learn about geoscience careers and find out how important geoscience is to our everyday life.

For the kids

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! Become a seafloor detective or go exploring on a geological treasure talk.

Pick up your visitor passport when you arrive and collect all the stamps as you discover the world of geoscience.

Science talks

A series of 15 minute talks on a range of topics are scheduled throughout the day. Final schedule will be posted here soon.


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