The Story So Far

The Marine Discovery Centre has promoted ecological sustainability and has empowered South Australian students through inspirational and interactive discovery since 1997.

The Centre was the brainchild of then Star of the Sea - Marine Studies Coordinator, Tim Hoile. It was officially opened on October 31 1997, with the project being made possible through funding from Coastcare, Fisheries Action Program, Landcare, KESAB and the Marine and Coastal Schools Program.

The building which houses the Marine Discovery Centre, is on the grounds of the Star of the Sea School and was bought for the school by the Catholic parish of Henley Beach.

On Friday 26 March 2010 Senator Penny Wong, Federal Minister for Climate Change and Water, officially opened a newly refurbished Marine Discovery Centre.

In 2018, the centre completed another major redevelopment following the Fund My Neighbourhood grant win of $170,000 in 2017.

The Marine Discovery Centre now hosts more than 7000 students from more than 100 schools each year. It also provides school holiday programs, corporate team building days, professional development, monthly community days, private bookings and online education.

Operating out of the Star of the Sea School site, the Centre works with government departments, local government and South Australian businesses on a range of environmental and sustainability initiatives - fostering interactive learning and marine protection.