Tucked away at the entrance of Terrigal, NSW is the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre. The Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre is run by enthusiastic volunteers and staff. It provides an intimate environment for both adults and children to learn more about the local marine life and marine history. It is the only environmental education centre open to the public on the Central Coast.
The Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre is small, but jam-packed full of things to see and learn. The variety of interactive and physical displays keeps kids engaged during their visit. Life size models of sea life such as birds, sharks and turtles adds some wow factor to the centre. There are several small aquariums housing seahorse, octopus, small sting rays, eels and a conger. The displays are child friendly and easily visible for little kids. A great idea – one which prevents adults having to hold up kids to get a better view!
Placed around the centre are displays to check out; whale bones, an old diving helmet, photographs a shell touch table and an audio visual room running a 15 minute animated DVD. There is a rockpool table with creatures found in local rock pools, such as hermit crabs, sea hare and anemones. During our visit in the school holidays, the centre’s volunteers were giving presentations and feeding sessions at the rockpool table. The presentation was a great opportunity for kids to ask questions and get involved.
The fish feeding adds another dimension to your visit. The cheeky Octopus was a great delight to watch. It eagerly interacted during the feeding, creeping up the side of the tank and following the food. Fish feeding is midday on Tuesday and Friday during school holidays.
The Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm and every day during school holidays. Additional activities may run during school holiday periods, when we visited there was a small craft table and a sea-themed plaster painting for $5.
Admission cost is $7 per adult and $5 per child.
During school holiday periods the Centre runs Rockpool Ramble walks at local beaches, providing a great opportunity to observe sea creatures in their natural environments. Look out for more information via the Centres website – http://www.ccmdc.org.au/.
The Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre runs Citizen Science. An environmental awareness program for adults and older kids to get involved, collect data and learn more about our local marine environment. For more information check out the latest events here – http://www.ccmdc.org.au/events.
There is a fenced playground adjacent to the Marine Discovery Centre. The equipment is looking a little tired and the local birdlife was feisty – pinching a few pieces of our lunch. We would suggest heading into Terrigal town centre and making your way to the Haven for a picnic spot.
The Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre is located at 11 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal. Car parking is available in front of the centre and along Terrigal Drive.