Open Days

The Marine Discovery Centre hosts monthly Open Days on weekends to the public for a morning or afternoon of aquatic delights and fun education. A range of interactive experiences will engage visitors with the wonders of marine life and the importance of looking after our environment.

The day is set up as a guided and self-discovery opportunity to explore the many features of the centre, including:

  • Aquariums featuring local South Australian marine creatures such as the Port Jackson Shark, Shaw’s Cowfish, Pot Bellied Seahorses, Western Smooth Boxfish, Spiny-Tail Leatherjacket and more.
  • Virtual Reality Headsets giving you the opportunity to explore under the sea without getting wet. Underwater virtual reality experiences include Australian Sea Lions, Leafy Seadragons, swimming under the Henley Beach Jetty and also a close-up encounter with a Great White Shark.
  • Kaurna Education Room (The Wodli) is an interactive room which highlights the relationship that Kaurna people have with the Adelaide Plains and the coast.

Interactive models featuring oceanography, climate change, marine debris, marine habitats, touchscreens, sustainable fishing, stormwater, beachcombing, and get hands-on with microscopes.

Admission price includes Beachcombing Poster.

Check out our events page for our next Open Day

The Centre is designed for only two classes so it is very compact and prams must be parked outside, and the total number of occupants (and thus tickets) is capped at 60 in each session.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?


What are my parking options for the event?

Parking can be found along Seaview Road, Marlborough Street and behind the Henley Beach Parish. Entry is via the Marlborough Street entrance

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring a hat and sun-protective gear for the marine trail. Please do not bring food into the Centre. Henley Square is located a short walk from the centre.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions? or 08 8115 7402

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, or on your phone will be fine.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Sure, no problem.