Australia in Space

Open for exploration 15 November 2023 - 10 March 2024
10am - 5pm during Museum Opening Hours

Be inspired by stories of Australian innovators making it safer to live and work in orbit, and using space technologies to improve life on Earth. Learn how Australia's remote mining expertise will help drive the next phase of human spaceflight to the moon, Mars and beyond.

Developed by Questacon, this exhibition is designed to welcome space enthusiasts and newcomers alike, getting all visitors on board with Australia's vision for a vibrant and diverse space sector.

At Australia in Space, the sky is no longer the limit.

Group bookings available for schools and OOSH Centres.

If you or your children would like to see the exhibition but can feel overwhelmed by crowds or noise, you can attend our Australia in Space: Low-Sensory Sessions

Visitors can purchase tickets on arrival at the Museum for all sessions.

Australia in Space is divided into three zones, each exploring a different realm of Australian space operations and expertise.

Lift Off

Discover what Australia is sending to space, and how we do it. Be inspired by cutting-edge Australian aerospace propulsion systems and explore the effects of atmospheric drag on objects as they travel to space and return to Earth. An airport-inspired ‘Earth departures board’ will amaze you with the frequency of rocket launches around the world. Discover iconic satellites around us right now, and design your own spacesuit to explore the surface of the Moon.

In Orbit

Explore the many challenges of operating in orbit, and Australian innovations that take advantage of the opportunities in space. Uncover how living in space impacts the human body, and how space habitats are designed for their occupants. Be surprised by the difficulties that space imposes on even the most mundane tasks, and take a photo as if you were on a space station orbiting above Australia. Mount payloads into a model satellite to uncover Australia’s expertise in small-sat engineering, and marvel at the sheer number of objects in orbit around Earth in an exploration of all the stuff in space.

Earth & Beyond

Learn how Australia’s location and expertise give us a unique advantage in space operations. Use a virtual telescope to ‘link up’ with iconic deep space missions that Australia supports, or discover how satellites allow over-the-horizon communications in a laser-based puzzle game. Be inspired by stories of Australian innovators using space technologies to improve life on Earth, and uncover how Earth observations from space are transforming the ways we live, work and understand our planet. Tackle space junk with a friend in a cooperative computer game based on real Australian technology, and drive a simulated Mars rover to discover how Australia’s remote mining expertise will translate into off-world benefits for the next phase of human spaceflight.

Australia in Space is developed by Questacon and supported by Create NSW.


  • Family $40
  • Adult (18+) $15
  • Student/Concession $10
  • Child 5 - 14 $7.50
  • Child under 5 FREE
  • Disability Carer FREE


Newcastle Museum
6 Workshop Way