Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre

A group of young children are looking at a clear glass bowl with an opening at the top and foam bubbles coming up through the opening. A young woman is also looking on wearing a lab coat and gloves.

At Questacon, we strive to promote greater understanding and awareness of science and technology within the community. We're committed to making that experience fun, interactive, and relevant.

We are also committed to making your experience inclusive - if you are visiting with a disability or any other accessibility needs, please view our Accessibility page for further information.

Visiting hours

At this time, we are welcoming visitors for our pre-booked Mission to Mars experience only.

Mission to Mars tickets

Mission to Mars blasts off daily! For more information on each event please see their respective pages at: Mission to Mars and Mission to Mars Junior.

Pre-booking prior to your visit is essential. Bookings will not be accepted on the day or at the door.

Tickets to Questacon Mission to Mars and Questacon Mission to Mars Junior are now available through Ticketek. When you click on the booking link, you will be directed to Ticketek to purchase your tickets.

Ticket General price Members' price
Adult $16.35 $11.25
Children (0-16) $11.25 $11.25

From 1 September 2020, tickets purchased will attract additional charges. The ticket prices above are inclusive of all ticketing fees.

Please ensure you have read our updated Terms and Conditions before purchasing your tickets.

Getting to Questacon

Questacon is located on King Edward Terrace, Parkes, in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

By Foot

Questacon is a 30-minute walk across the bridge from Canberra's main business district.

Public Transport

Action Bus

Please visit the Transport Canberra website for up-to-date bus timetables and routes. Transport Canberra

Culture Loop Bus

The Culture Loop shuttle bus is a free bus travelling among 11 cultural attractions and places of interest and will run seven days a week from 9am to 5pm with nine conveniently situated stops.

Download the timetable and route map here

Apart from stopping at Questacon (Stop 6) the bus route will also include stops at: the National Museum of Australia (NMA); National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA); Regatta Point, home to the NCA’s National Capital Exhibition and VisitCanberra’s Canberra and Region Visitor Centre; National Library of Australia (NLA), Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House; Australian Parliament House (APH); Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG); and the Canberra Centre.

The shuttle bus, which will take about one hour for a round trip and has a seating capacity of 39 people (plus 22 standing) with wheelchair access, air conditioning, front and centre double doors, and accessibility for people using mobility aids.

Visitors can park once and ride the shuttle to their favourite venues and experience an array of exhibitions, galleries, collections, stories and events.


This map contains the Questacon building and outlines the two car parks closest. There is a small car park directly next to the Questacon building that contains 4 hour parking, and there is a larger car park further north containing 4 hour parking in the first two rows and all day parking beyond that. Both car parks can be accessed from the street Parkes Place West.

Paid parking is available alongside the building, accessible from Parkes Place, with additional parking further along Parkes Place in the large car park near the lake.

The smaller car park adjacent to Questacon contains only 4 hour parking. The larger car park (further down Parkes Place West) contains 4 hour parking (in the first two rows) and all day parking in the remaining rows.