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Our live specimens

Details about the biology and ecology of the animal we typically hold at the MDC are detailed in the links below. Note that the species listed are not always present at the Centre. We have provided some information about the animals as well as ...

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Travel program to schools

If your school is more than 1.5 hours away from the Marine Discovery Centre we can come to you!

Our primary teacher can bring a portable touch tank of live invertebrate animals, an aquarium of assorted marine animals, microscopes to lo...

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Information for primary school vists

A preview video about the centre can be seen at


The Woodbridge School Marine Discovery Centre (MDC) is owned and operated by the...

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Information for secondary school visits

The d’Entrecasteaux Channel is a varied, sheltered and safe waterway with uninhabited islands, an interesting history and fascinating marine ecology. Weather permitting all Secondary students spend part of their day on our 13.5m research ve...

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Marine Discovery Centre

Situated in the d’Entrecasteaux Channel at Woodbridge in southeast Tasmania, the Marine Discovery Centre gives students of all ages the opportunity to learn about, discover and care for the marine environment through diverse shore and sea based programs. The Marine Discovery Centre is a Department of Education facility and part of Woodbridge School. Built over the water, the Centre is ideally located to help Tasmanian students discover and learn about their marine environment. 

The Centre houses fully equipped teaching areas, an aquarium room, marine pond and touch tanks, as well as displays of marine life, human impacts and fishing technology.

The Centre has its own research vessel, the Penghana. You can read more about Penghana here. Educational programs are available for students from Kindergarten to Year 12. The Marine Discovery Centre’s educational programs are designed to be as hands on as possible and are aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

Bookings for school visits

To book your class visit please contact Kari Taylor (6267 4649) or email woodbridgeMDC@education.tas.gov.au

Opening times and public entry

The Marine Discovery Centre is, primarily, a facility for school classes to visit but we do open to members of the public from 2pm-4pm on Wednesday afternoons during school term.  Entry is by donation, and volunteers are on hand to answer questions. The Centre is usually closed during school holidays. Please contact Centre staff for further information. The Marine Discovery Centre is located on Jetty Road, Woodbridge, next to the jetty, and is about a 40 minute drive south of Hobart.