We were provided with admission to the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere as part of our accommodation package. We braved torrential horizontal rain to visit, and were greeted by the smiling faces of helpful staff who didn't seem to mind the weather! The huge whale tail statue out the front we had to view from afar, we weren't going to take our photo with it in that weather!
As I grew up in a family where my parents ran a school excursion business, I subconsciously evaluate venues for school group appropriateness. This venue was not only enjoyable to visit - very modern, with beautifully creative displays - but also with high educational value. There are exhibits to see, touch, read about, hear and do - no matter how you prefer to learn, there will be something for you here. Interactive touch screens throughout the displays were quite impressive. Live animal exhibits are always a favourite for me. A large media room is fitted out with plenty of chairs and beanbags, perfect for a school group. The short film provided is interesting and would fulfill some indigenous studies outcomes.
Overall, the discovery sphere would suit high school biology, geography and indigenous studies classes, as well as primary school groups. It might be beneficial to have some sort of age-specific or subject-specific worksheets to direct students, which I didn't ask about so I'm not sure if the discovery sphere already provides these.
Also in the same building are a small gift shop, art gallery and children's work stations with activity sheets.
Great venue for personal interest or educational purposes. Reasonable prices - $7.50 per adult given that it is a small venue, but very modern and much more packed with info per square metre of floor space than your standard museum.
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