ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus discovery days

Open your eyes to the world of science.

Free holiday activities, walks, talks and demonstrations for curious minds of all ages.

  • The London Shed will be the meeting point for all activities
  • transport from the Campus will be needed to get to the starting point of the following activities - Exploring rock pools, Geology of the South Coast, Animals of the Night and Aboriginal Prehistory
  • carrying a water bottle, wearing sunscreen and enclosed shoes is recommended for those taking part in all activities involving walks (including rock pools)
  • all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • January is the height of the tick and leech season on the South Coast, spraying with a personal insecticide, in particular BUSHMAN, or RID, also helps prevent insect and tick bites. It is strongly recommended that visitors taking part on walks and spotlighting wear long trousers, socks and enclosed shoes.

Wednesday 3 January

Time Duration Activity Age & walk level
08:00am 1-2 hours Bush foods & Useful Native Plants of Kioloa - a Beach walk with Dr Judith Caton (ANU) & Richard Hardwick 10+ - easy walk
09:00am 1-2 hours Visual ecology of animals - an activity with Dr Richard Peters (LaTrobe University) exploring the difference in the visual capabilities of animals in terms of spatial resolution, colour and vision etc. 7+
11:00am 1-2 hours Botanical Drawing - An acivity with Dr Erica Seccombe (ANU) School of Art. Learn key skills of botanical drawing to create your own artwork inspired by natural forms All ages
11:00am 3 hours $3 Sausage sizzle & drink - with proceeds going to Kioloa/ Bawley Point Community Path All welcome
02:00pm 1-2pm Solar Observing - with Dr Brad Tucker (ANU) 10+
03:00pm 1 hour Arthur London African Collection Exhibition Opening - come and celebrate 90 years of London settlement at Kioloa All ages
04:00pm 2 hours Exploring Rock Pools - a walk with Dr Peter Pridmore (La Trobe University) & A/Prof Paul Cooper (ANU) All ages, easy/medium walk
04:00pm 2 hours Geology: Fossiles and Rocks of the Kioloa region - a walk with Dr Gavin Young (ANU) & Dr Prame Chopra (ANU) 10+, easy/medium walk
07:30pm 1 hour Unreliable renewable energy? - talk with Prof Hans Bachor (ANU) 12+
07:30pm 1 hour Supervised Colouring/Craft for younger children - for parents attending evening talk Children
08:45pm 2-3 hours Animals of the Night - spotlighting in the forest with Dr Stuart Davey 10+

Thursday 4 January

Time Duration Activity Age & walk level
09:00am 1-2 hours Historic excavation - an archaeology dig with Archaeologist and Researcher, Mr Chris Carter (ANU) All ages
09:00am 2 hours Creepy-crawlies found in Kioloa - a walk/demonstration with A/Prof Paul Cooper (ANU) & Dr Richard Peters (La Trobe University) with demonstration on how to pin our insects All ages, particularly children - easy walk
11:00am 1-2 hours Microscopy of Beach Treasures - looking under the microscopes with Dr Melanie Rug (ANU) & A/Prof Alex Maier (ANU) 7+
11:00am 3 hours $3 Sausage sizzle & drink - with proceeds going to Kioloa/ Bawley Point Community Path All welcome
02:00pm 1-2 hours Botanical Drawing - an activity with Dr Erica Seccombe (ANU) School of Art. Learn key skills of botanical drawing to create your own artwork inspired by natural forms. All ages and ability all materials provided
02:00pm 1-2 hours Solar Observing - with Dr Brad Tucker (ANU) 10+
04:00pm 2 hours Geology: Fossils and Rocks of the Kioloa region - a walk with Dr Gavin Young (ANU) & Dr Prame Chopra (ANU) 10+, easy/medium walk
04:00pm 2 hours Exploring Rock Pools - a walk with Dr Peter Pridmore (La Trobe University) & A/Prof Paul Cooper (ANU) All ages, easy walk
07:30pm 1 hour Travelling the World in search of fossil vertebrates - a talk by Dr Gavin Young (ANU) 12+
07:30pm 1 hour SUpervised Colouring/Craft for younger children - for parents attending evening talk Children
08:45pm 2-3 hours Stargazing - with Dr Bradley Tucker (ANU) 10+

Friday 5 January

Time Duration Activity Age & walk level
08:00am 1-2 hours Bush foods & Useful Native Plants of Kioloa - a bush walk with Dr Judith Caton (ANU) & Richard Hardwick 10+ - medium/hard walk
09:00am 2 hours Historic excavation - an archaeological dig with Archaeologist and Researcher, Dr Chris Carter (ANU) 12+ - medium walk
11:00am 1-2 hours Microscopy of Beach Treasures - looking under the microscopes with Dr Melanie Rug (ANU) & A/Prof Alex Maier (ANU) 7+
11:00am 1-2 hours Solar Observing - with Dr Brad Tucker 10+
11:00am 1-2 hours Visual ecology of Animals - an activity with Dr Richard Peters (La Trobe University) exploring the differneces in the visual capabilities of animals in terms of spatial resolution, colour and vision. 7+
11:00am 3 hours $3 Sausage sizzle & drink - with proceeds going to Kioloa Bawley Point Community Path All welcome
02:00pm 1 hour What is colour - a talk and demonstration with Prof Hans Bachor (ANU) 12+
04:00pm 2 hours Exploring Rock Pools - a walk with Dr Peter Pridmore (La Trobe University) & A/Prof Paul Cooper (ANU) All ages, easy walk
04:00pm 2 hours Geology: Fossils and Rocks of the Kioloa region - a walk with Dr Gavin Young (ANU) & Dr Prame Chopra (ANU) 10+, easy/medium walk
08:00pm 1 hour Film 'Blue' - one of the most significant environmental films of our time that communicates the importance of caring for our oceans and marine life, followed by Q&A PG
08:45pm 2 hours Post screen Q&A/Film Blue (Moderator: Malinda Wink) - Panellists include: Producer, Sarah Beard, local agents and A/Prof Chris Fulton (ANU) 10+

Saturday 6 January

Time Duration Activity Age & walk level
02:00pm 1-2 hours Jazz Improvisation Talk and demonstration - Llewellyn Osbourne and Lachlan Coventry (ANU) explore classical motifs in a Jazz context, come along to learn or just listen 10+
03:00pm 1-2 hours Gyotaku - a traditional Japanese fish-printing demonstration with Dr Albert Caton All ages
04:00pm 1-2 hours Sun Wind Weather - an activity exploring the dynamis of weather through discussions and simple demonstrations, with Prof Hans Bachor (ANU) All ages
07:30pm 1 hour What killed the dinosaurs: are we next? - a talk by Dr Prame Chopra (ANU) 10+
07:30pm 1 hour Supervised Colouring/Craft for younger children - for parents attending evening talk Children
08:45pm 2-3 hours Animals of the Night - spotlighting in the forest with Dr Stuart Davey (La Trobe University) 10+

Sunday 7 January

Time Duration Activity Age & walk level
09:00am 2 hours Aboriginal Pre-history - a walk with Archaeologist and Researcher, Mr Chris Carter (ANU) 12+ - Medium Walk
09:00am 2 hours Aboriginal Pre-history - a walk with Archaeologist and Researcher, Dr Chris Carter (ANU) 12+ -medium walk
11:00am 1-2 hours Micro/Macro Drawing from Nature - a drawing workshop that covers a range of drawing activities inspired by natural objects, using microscopes and other equipment, Dr Erica Seccombe (ANU) School of Art All ages, all materials provided
11:00am 3 hours $3 Sausage sizzle & drink - with proceeds going to Kioloa Bawley Point Community Path All welcome