The Dolphin Discovery Centre has a long history of the conservation and research of the Bottlenose Dolphins that live in Koombana Bay. Their Discovery Centre is designed to educate visitors on the bay, what else lives in the waters, other marine life around the world. There are also sound booths which imitate the underwater noises as dolphins communicate.
Admission to the Dolphin Discovery Centre
(Admission Tickets are valid for up to 3 visits)
$5.00 Concession / Students / YHA
$5.00 Children (4-14)
$25.00 Family (2 Adults and 2 Children 4 -14)
(note: Swim Tour and Dolphin Eco-Cruise bookings include Admission to the centre)
The 360 degree digital dolphinarium is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere and portrays three short stories about dolphins, the experience is not to be missed. A short 3D movie on the dolphins of Koombana Bay is another popular attraction. This has been produced courtesy of a valued volunteer Axel Grossman, whom is an avid underwater photographer and cinematographer. Axel lives in the UK and periodically visits the Dolphin Discovery Centre several times each year to check up on his underwater friends.
For the big kids and the little ones there is a display of shells and marine life which can be viewed under the microscope, check out the markings and see if you can guess what creature it is?
Have you ever touched a star fish or a sea cucumber? Our discovery pool (under the guidance of one of our volunteers) allows everyone to experience what these marine creatures feel like.
Aquarium feeding is great fun to watch and is done at regular intervals throughout the day. Our Octopus is very cheeky, so watch out so you don’t get wet!
One of the Dolphin Discovery Centre’s favourite displays is of the baby Port Jackson Sharks, with their distinct markings they are a popular shark to see in our south coast waters.
Another attraction is seeing how our rehabilitated turtles are faring. The Dolphin Discovery Centre turtle rehabilitation program is overseen by the Department of Environment & Conservation. Often one will get washed up on the beach after a storm and is in need of a little assistance in recovering from their adventures. Our current resident is Squirt who is a rescued Loggerhead Turtle found stranded on a Cheynes Beach east of Albany with an injured front left flipper. The turtles are weighed and measured weekly and the data is recorded to measure their well being. Most marine turtle species are endangered so the work being done to rescue these little guys is really important.
Big or small there is a wealth of information that our volunteers can impart. In turn they would love to learn about your own travels.