Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre

Creating an awareness of the issues concerning Victorian fisheries, recreational fishing and the marine and freshwater environment is a key concern of the Department of Primary Industries. The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre in Queenscliff provides education and eco-tourism services that aim to do just this.

Located on the shores of Swan Bay in Queenscliff approximately one and half hours from Melbourne and a short walking distance from Beacon, the centre provides a unique location to learn about the plants and animals that inhabit our coast and marine environment.

The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre provides curriculum-based education for early childhood, school and tertiary groups as well as programs for the general community. In addition we offer a number of specialised programs such as work experience, volunteer training, friends group and sand dune revegetation program.

Their facilities include a visitor's aquarium, student laboratory, classroom, a resource room and an educational gift shop and we are also ideally located for field activities being surrounded by a diverse range of habitats including rocky shores, mudflats, salt marshes, seagrass meadows, mangroves, sand dunes and temperate reefs. The majority of activities are conducted in Marine National Parks and Sanctuaries.