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Science in the Swamp

After a two-year hiatus, our ever-popular Science in the Swamp event returns to Centennial Parklands on Sunday 21 August – for a free family day out jam-packed full of science, fun and discovery!

This National Science week, learn about the Parklands, meet our native animal residents and let your curiosity guide you as Dickens Lawn transforms into a pop-up village of scientific delights!
Find your inner scientist through hands-on, family-friendly science experiments and displays, learn bush survival skills with Greater Sydney Parklands’ educators at our Bush Craft Village, and be sure to keep an eye out for the incredible roaming dinosaur, who returns for a prehistoric tour through the swamp!
As you visit over 25 awe-inspiring stalls, you’ll meet real life scientists, biologists, geologists and researchers on a family day you won’t forget. It’s free to attend with food trucks, picnic areas and fun science activities to entertain both adults and children alike!

Event details

Date: Sunday 21 August 2022 

Time: 11.00 am - 3.00 pm   

Location: Dickens’ Lawn, Loch Avenue South, Centennial Park  

View the event map and stalls location.

Tickets: Free

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Register to attend Science in the Swamp for a chance to WIN!

Register to attend Science in the Swamp for a chance to WIN a free family pass to our popular Camping 101 experience at Centennial Park (valued at $300). Simply register your details and accept the terms and conditions to enter!

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Can’t wait to explore science in our Parklands this National Science Week?

Discover From Swamp to Scrub for a virtual journey of two of Sydney’s most iconic parks – Centennial Parklands and Western Sydney Parklands! With nine science activities, including adventures to complete on screen and away from the computer, From Swamp to Scrub brings the science behind Sydney’s unique flora, fauna and parks to life, whilst keeping budding scientists engaged and having fun along the way!


Did you know that Centennial Park is one of the darkest places in Sydney making it the perfect spot for stargazing in the city? Start your science journey at the Parklands in the evening before our Science in the Swamp event with an introduction to stargazing and  stories of the night sky from a First Nation's perspective.


Frequently Asked Questions
Science in the Swamp is a free family event as part of National Science Week, hosted by Centennial Park & Moore Park Trust, with grant funding from the Australian Government.
Science in the Swamp will be held on Sunday 21 August from 11am-3pm.
Science in the Swamp is a free community family event - everyone is welcome to attend!
Yes, Science in the Swamp will run rain or shine. It may be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. If the event is cancelled, a message will be posted on our website and social media channels (Facebook and Twitter), so make sure you follow us to stay up to date.
Absolutely! Dogs are welcome to join the fun. However, we ask that you keep your dog on a leash at all times during the event. We also ask that you keep your pooch away from food stalls at all times.
Yes – there will be a number of food trucks and plenty of picnic areas available, so families can settle in and make the most of the day.
No – you do not need a ticket to attend. Science in the Swamp is a FREE community event!
Parking at Centennial Park is limited, so we strongly recommend taking public transport to get to Science in the Swamp:
  • Buses 333, 440, 355 stopping at Oxford St before York St, Bondi Junction (Stop 202260) Walk to destination: 1.2km
  • Lightrail L2 stopping at Royal Randwick (Stop 2031196) Walk to destination: 1.5km
Yes. There is free parking available at the Parklands, though this is limited. Please follow directions given by traffic controllers on the day. 
Yes, accessible parking will be available. People requiring accessible parking will need to make themselves known to a traffic controllers and present a valid mobility parking permit.
We that recommend you bring:
  • Re-fillable drink bottle and coffee cup - you can fill these up at any of the free, fresh drinking water stations 
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Umbrella, in case of rain
  • Cash or cards to purchase fresh food and other products
  • Bags to carry any items you wish to take home
  • A picnic blanket
If the event is cancelled for any reason, a message will be broadcast through our social media channels and on this website. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to stay up to date!
In case of an emergency, please follow the directions of Centennial Parklands staff and emergency services.
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Science in the Swamp is one of many educational experiences at Centennial Parklands that connects budding scientists with nature – check out our popular Bush School program for Term 3 or join our fantastic school holiday programs to continue your child’s nature play journey.  
This project received grant funding from the Australian Government as part of National Science Week, an annual celebration that excites the inner scientists in all of us.