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.

Meet our team to rediscover the rock pools, fossils, stars, flora and fauna through different eyes.  Come on a farm walk, discuss sustainable land management, renewable energy and much more.

  • 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.

View the Discovery day poster (209KB).

Thursday 3 January

Time Duration Activity Age & walk level
09:00am 1-2 hours Bush foods & Useful Native Plants of Kioloa - a walk with Dr Judith Caton (ANU) and Richard Hardwick. 10+ Easy walk
09:00am 2 hours Aboriginal Cultural activity - Learn about traditional rope making, basket weaving and other ancient techniques with Trish Ellis 10+
11:00am 2 hours Forest Microscopy: Life amongst the leaves - looking under the microscopes with Dr David Freudenberger (ANU) 7+
11:00am 2 hours Visual ecology of animals - an activity with Dr Richard Peters (La Trobe University) exploring the different visual capabilitiesof animals 7+
11:00am 3 hours $3 Sausage sizzle & drink - with proceeds going to Kioloa/Bawley Point Community Path All welcome
02:00pm 2 hours Exploring Rock Pools - a walk with Dr Peter Pridmore (La Trobe University) & A/Prof Paul Cooper (ANU) All ages, easy walk
02:00pm 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
04:00pm 1-2 hours Solar Observing - with Dr Bradley Tucker (ANU) 6+
07:30pm 1 hour The Mystery of Mystery Bay: Tales from EArly Geological Exploration of the South Coast - an evening talk by Dr Gavin Young Supervised Colouring/Craft for younger children for parents attending evening talk 12+
08:45pm 2-3 hours Animals of the Night - spotlighting in the forest with Dr Stuart Davey and Dr Peter Pridmore (La Trobe University) 10+

Friday 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 1-2 hours Bush foods & Useful Native Plants of Kioloa - a walk with Dr Judith Caton (ANU) and Richard Hardwick  
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 Botanical Drawing - An activity with Dr Erica Seccombe (ANU) School of Art.  Learn key skills of botanical drawing to create your ownartwork 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 1-2 hours Farm Walk and Talk: Sustainable Land Management - come and discuss sustainable land management and meet the farm animals with ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus Manager, Steve Teding van Berkhout All ages
02:00pm 1-2 hours Geology: Fossils and Rocks of the Kioloa region - a walk with Dr Gavin Young (ANU) & Dr Prame Chopra (ANU) 10+, easy/medium walk
02:00pm 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
07:30pm 1-2 hours Conserving Energy and being grid neutral - a combined talk and demonstration by Prof Hans Bachor and Matt Stocks from the ANU Research School of Engineering.  Supervised Colouring/Craft for younger children for parents attending the evening talk 12+
08:45pm 2-3 hours Stargazing - with Dr Bradley Tucker (ANU) 6+

Saturday 5 January

Time Duration Activity Age & walk level
02:00pm 1 hour Historical Use of South Coast Plants: Flour, Sugar and Tea - Talk by Dr Judith Caton 10+
02:00pm 1 hour Solar Observing with Dr Brad Tucker 6+
03:00pm 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
04:00pm 1 hour Sun Wind Weather - an activity exploring the dynamics of weather through discussions and simple demonstrations with Prof Hans Bachor (ANU) All ages
07:30pm 1 hour Earthquakes and Tsunamis - should we be worried? 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 and Dr Peter Pridmore (La Trobe University) 10+

Sunday 6 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
11:00am 2 hours Forest Microscopy:Life amongst the leaves - looking under the miscroscopes with Dr David Freudenberger (ANU) 7+/td>
11:00am 3 hours $3 Sausage sizzle & drink - with proceeds going to Kioloa Bawley Point Community Path All welcome
02:00pm 3 hours Farm Walk and Talk: Sustainable Land Management - come and discuss sustainable land management and meet the farm animals with ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus Manager, Steve Teding van Berkhout All welcome
03:00pm 1-2 hours Exploring Rock Pools - a walk with Dr Peter Pridmore (La Trobe Univesity) and A/Prof Paul Cooper (ANU) All ages, easy walk
03:00pm 1-2 hours Geology: Fossils and Rocks of the Kioloa region - a walk with Dr Gavin Young (ANU) and Dr Prame Chopra (ANU) 10+, easy/medium walk
07:30pm 1 hour Integrating Biodiversity and Farming - evening talk by David Freudenberger (ANU) Fenner School of Environment 10+
07:30pm 1 hour Supervised Colouring/Craft - for younger children for parents attending evening talk Children