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“Valuable educational resource, and a great place to get your "whale fix" if you visit in the off season and can't go whale watch” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere

Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere
166 Old Maryborough Road | Pialba, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655, Australia
+61 7 4191 2610
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Ranked #11 of 33 things to do in Hervey Bay
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Owner description: The Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere provides the ideal starting point for exploring the outstanding natural wonders of the Fraser Coast, Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Biosphere.Discover Hervey Bay’s personal relationship with the majestic humpback whale, the uniqueness of World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait, the legends and traditions of the Butchulla People – traditional Indigenous owners and caretakers of the area, as well as much more.Engage, connect, and be inspired!
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“Valuable educational resource, and a great place to get your "whale fix" if you visit in the off season and can't go whale watch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

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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“Very nice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Love the whale outside. Very informative displays the huge screen was amazing. Spent quite a while there reading it all and was actually disappointed when realised the next door was the exit. Throughly enjoyed.

Visited January 2013
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“A world of discovery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Awesome exhibit. Family friendly. A great asset to the Hervey Bay community. Love the continual documentary in the theatrette, the kids loved the puzzles and the racing kangaroos. Very informative and some displays are interactive. You learn a lot about Fraser Island, the original inhabitants, the wildlife and the whales. The regional gallery and creative gallery completes the story.

Visited January 2013
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