Group Bookings

Questacon The National Science and Technology Centre provides enriching, inspirational and engaging experiences for schools and social groups. Questacon is open daily and offers interactive science exhibits, live shows, special themed events and live experiments.

The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre (IPTLC) offers engaging, hands-on workshops in the purpose built Maker Space. It is a centre for creative, constructive, problem-solving activities that use a range of tools and technologies.

Group Opportunities

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Questacon (Parkes, ACT)

  • Sessions available 9 am - 5 pm daily
  • Available for all year levels
  • Allow 2 hours for the visit, add 30 mins extra for shows
  • After-hours experiences are available to school groups only through the Q by Night program .

The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre (Deakin, ACT)

  • Sessions available Monday to Friday
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Tailored for years 6-12

For more detailed information, visit the IPTLC school workshops web page.

Visitor Information

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  • Questacon houses over 200 hands-on exhibits in interactive galleries , as well as the foyer and outdoor Science Garden .
  • Questacon's theatre troupe, the Excited Particles perform live Spectacular Science Shows daily exploring a diverse range of scientific topics. Shows, Awesome Earth, Move It! The Engineering Show, The BOC Liquid Nitrogen Show and Instrumental as Anything, run for approximately 30 minutes and are available at 11 am, 12 pm, 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm at no additional cost. Bookings essential.
  • The Q Shop offers a range of affordable interactive science toys, teaching resources and souvenirs for purchase. Open daily between 9 am - 5 pm.
  • Catering options for lunch, dinner or light refreshments are available from the Mega Bites Café. For any catering enquiries please contact the Mega Bites Café directly at or on (02) 6273 6663.
  • Located within Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle, Questacon is surrounded by gardens and lawns ideal for lunchtime activities.
  • Coach/bus set-down and pick-up is available on the eastern side of the building via Mall Road West, opposite the National Portrait Gallery. View a map of the parliamentary precinct .
  • The Centre has full disability access.
  • Health information for visitors with sensory sensitivity, pacemakers, epilepsy, and hearing aids or cochlear implants is available from the information and ticket desks upon arrival.

Venue safety information and insurance

Liability insurance and conserving visitor safety through Workplace Health & Safety initiatives are core components of Questacon’s operations.

N.B. If you are having trouble accessing either of the above documents, please contact the Schools Experience Program Office via details below.


(per person)
Supervisor free entry
to student ratio *
Pre-school $15.00 1:4
Primary $15.00 1:10
Secondary $15.00 1:15
Tertiary $17.20 1:15
Social - Adult $20.50


Social - Concession $15.00 N/A
Social - Child $15.00 N/A
Social - Under 4 Free of charge ** N/A
Q Club Members Free of charge N/A

An invoice will be issued following the visit. Alternatively, payment may be made upon arrival by cheque, credit card, cash or EFTPOS.

* Entry for additional supervisors is priced at the same rate as their students.

** When accompanied by paying adult.

Making A Booking

Temporary Booking Freeze

To set up the new online booking system we will not be taking new bookings between 7 December 2018 and 14 January 2019.

Bookings that have already been confirmed will be migrated to the Book Canberra Excursions platform.

It is anticipated that:

  • from 21 January 2019 you will be able to use the Book Canberra Excursions platform to review and update existing bookings
  • from 29 January 2019 you will be able to use the Book Canberra Excursions platform to book new visits.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we have attempted to schedule this at a time that would be the least inconvenient for everyone.

We look forward to presenting to you the Book Canberra Excursions platform in 2019!

If you’d like to ask any questions about the Book Canberra Excursions system please email or call 02 6162 4460.

Alternatively, please contact us on 6270 2893 or email


If you have any further enquiries please contact our Schools Experience team.