Why is it so? ANU Kioloa Coastal Campus open day

Free holiday activities for curious minds.

Talk to world scientists, explore local landscapes, open your minds to the wonder of science and have fun.

  • 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.

Tuesday 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 2 hours Exploring Rock Pools - a walk with Dr Peter Pridmore (LaTrobe University) & A/Prof Paul Cooper (ANU) All ages, particularly children - Easy Walk
09:00 2 hours Geology of the Kioloa region - a walk with Dr Gavin Young (ANU) & Dr Prame Chopra (ANU) 10+ - Easy/Medium Walk
11:00am 1-2 hours Animal Behaviour 101 - an interactive talk/demonstration with Dr Richard Peters (La Trobe University) 7+
11:00am 3 hours $3 Sausage sizzle & drink - with proceeds going to Kioloa/ Bawley Point Community Path All welcome
02:00pm 1-2pm Sun, Wind and Weather -An activity exploring the dynamics of weather through discussions and simple demonstrations, With Prof Hans Bachor (ANU) (in inclement weather this will be replaced by an indoor talk/activity) All ages
04:00pm 1-2 hours Solar Observing - with Dr Bradley Tucker (ANU) 10+
07:30pm 1 hour Grow: Nature in the Fifth Dimension- a talk by Artist, Ms Erica Seccombe (ANU) Erica will discuss her interdisciplinary research and explain how her practice spans both art and scientific enquiry. 12+
07:30pm 1 hour Supervised Colouring/Craft for younger children - for parents attending evening talk Children
20:45pm 2-3 hours Animals of the Night - spotlighting in the forest with Dr Stuart Davey & Dr Peter Pridmore (LaTrobe University) 10+

Wednesday 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) 10+ - Easy Walk
09:00am 2 hours Exploring Rock Pools - a walk with Dr Peter Pridmore (LaTrobe University) & A/Prof Paul Cooper (ANU) All ages, particularly children - Easy Walk
09:00 2 hours Geology of the Kioloa region - a walk with Dr Gavin Young (ANU) & Dr Prame Chopra (ANU) 10+ - Easy/Medium Walk
11:00am 1-2 hours Hidden Beach Treasures revealed under the microscope - 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 What is colour? Colours are everywhere, we see it but what is it. An activity that explores this a bit further through discussions and simple demonstrations - with Prof. Hans Bachor (ANU) 10+
04:00pm 45mins to 1 hour Creepy-crawlies found in Kioloa - a walk with A/Prof. Paul Cooper (ANU) & Dr Richard Peters (La Trobe University) All ages, particularly children - Easy Walk
07:30pm 1 hour Grow: Nature in the Fifth Dimension- a talk by Artist, Ms Erica Seccombe (ANU) Erica will discuss her interdisciplinary research and explain how her practice spans both art and scientific enquiry. 12+
07:30pm 1 hour Fossil Collecting in Antarctica 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+

Thursday 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 Aboriginal Pre-history - a walk with Archaeologist and Researcher, Mr Chris Carter (ANU) 12+ - Medium Walk
09:00 2 hours Exploring Rock Pools - a walk with Dr Peter Pridmore (La Trobe University) & A/Prof Paul Cooper (ANU) All ages, particularly children - Easy Walk
09:00am 2 hours Geology of the Kioloa region - a walk with Dr Gavin Young (ANU) & Dr Prame Chopra (ANU) 10+ - Easy/Medium Walk
11:00am 1-2 hours Animal Behaviour 101 - an interactive talk/demonstration with Dr Richard Peters (La Trobe University) 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 Phonegraphy -An activity with David Caton exploring the possibilities of Mobile phone photography All Ages
07:30pm 1 hour What is Colour? - a 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 Stargazing - with Dr Bradley Tucker (ANU) 10+

Friday 6 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 Geology of the Kioloa region - a walk with Dr Gavin Young (ANU) & Dr Prame Chopra (ANU) 10+ - Easy/Medium Walk
09:00 2 hours Exploring Rock Pools - a walk with Dr Peter Pridmore (La Trobe University) & A/Prof Paul Cooper (ANU) All ages, particularly children - Easy Walk
11:00am 1-2 hours Phonegraphy -An activity with David Caton exploring the possibilities of Mobile phone photography 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 Animal Behaviour 101 - an interactive talk/demonstration with Dr Richard Peters (La Trobe University) 7+
04:00pm 1-2 hours Solar Observing With Dr Bradley Tucker 10+
07:30pm 1 hour Volcanos- a story in pictures - a talk by Dr Prame Chopra (ANU) 10+
07:30pm 1 hour Supervised Colouring/Craft for younger children - for parents attending evening talk Children

Saturday 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 1-2 hours Geology of the Kioloa region - a walk with Dr Gavin Young (ANU) & Dr Prame Chopra (ANU) 10+ - Easy/Medium Walk
09:00 2 hours Exploring Rock Pools - a walk with Dr Peter Pridmore (La Trobe University) & A/Prof Paul Cooper (ANU) All ages, particularly children - Easy Walk
11:00am 1-2 hours Hidden Beach treasures revealed under the microscope - 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 Micro/Macro Drawing from Nature -a drawing workshop that covers a range of drawing activities inspired by natural objects, using microscopes and other equipment.- Erica Seccombe, Lecturer in Foundation, ANU School of Art All ages and all levels of experience
04:00pm 1 hour Creepy-crawlies found in Kioloa - a walk with A/Prof. Paul Cooper (ANU) & Dr Richard Peters (La Trobe University) All ages
07:30pm 1 hour Back to Bawley Wine and Cheese Evening -Talk with Margaret Hamon about the history of the area. Book sales: 'They Came to Murramarang' by Bruce Hamon 'Field Guide to Useful Native Plants from Temperate Australia' by J.M Caton, R.J. Hardwick All ages
07:30pm 1 hour Supervised Colouring/Craft for younger children - for parents attending evening talk Children