Open Day 2015

Event Update

We are delighted to announce that Open Day 2015 was a great success! With over 10,000 attendees, the site was alight with activity.

Buses delivered a rush of people to the Cape Cleveland facility as the gates opened to the public at 10 am. Visitors enjoyed 24 scientific displays on topics including ocean acidification, Crown-of-Thorns starfish, and ocean observing tools. Close to 4,000 people enjoyed access to the world’s “smartest aquarium” – the National Sea Simulator, as well as the opportunity to hear 23 scientific presentations by some of Australia’s most prominent marine scientists. The science theatre production “Coralsville” was also a fantastic hit attracting full-house crowds at each of its four shows.

On the day, AIMS had the distinct pleasure of welcoming the Hon Karen Andrews MP, its Council members, and Randal Ross who provided a warm welcome to country. Finally, the event provided a fundraising opportunity to local organisations including the Cungulla Rural Fire Brigade, Queensland Cancer Fund and the Giru Polo Cross.

The Open Day event provided an effective bridge between AIMS staff and the wider Townsville community. In all respects it appears that our local businesses, teachers and students, officials, and families are not only interested, but enthusiastic about the work of AIMS, as evidenced by the flurry of positive feedback from participants on site, as well as through email and social media.

Our sincere gratitude to all that contributed to the event’s success.

We look forward to welcoming you back at our next Open Day!

Feedback and photos from the day

"It was a lovely day, thank you for all the effort that was put into it, it was great to see so many people enjoying the experience".


"What a great event! Congratulations on a well organised, fun and interesting day for the people of Townsville".


"Great day. Amazing to see so many people there taking an interest in the Reef and the work done at AIMS".


Sea, sun and fun! Come and learn about science and the sea!

Sunday, 14 June 2015 10 am – 4 pm

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is opening its doors to the community on Sunday, June 14, 2015. A range of scientific displays, lectures, and hands-on activities will be available showcasing the diversity of research that is undertaken across AIMS’ three research facilities: Cape Cleveland, Darwin and Perth.

AIMS Open Day offers the local community the opportunity to engage with staff and to explore the Cape Cleveland facility.

Enjoy learning about Australia’s tropical marine environment from world class AIMS scientists on topics ranging from climate change to marine microbes. Interact with displays spotlighting AIMS’ expansive field activities – reaching from the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef on the east coast to Shark Bay and the Abrolhos Islands in the west. Get up close with one of AIMS’ purpose-built research vessels, the 24 metre RV Cape Ferguson in port on the day.

Join a tour of the recently opened National Sea Simulator and get a first-hand view of the sophisticated engineering that makes this Australia’s world-class marine research aquarium. Numbers are limited, so free registration is essential.

The event is family friendly and will feature a “Kids Area” including marine-themed arts and crafts, entertaining performances by the “Windy Wizard” and by AIMS staff in the science theatre debut of “Coralsville”. There will be a variety of food and beverage stalls on site as well, so plan to spend the day with us!

For your comfort and safety, please wear sturdy, closed footwear and a hat.

Getting there

The Australian Institute of Marine Science Cape Ferguson facility is located approximately 50 km from Townsville. To get there, head south from Townsville toward Ayr on the Bruce Highway until you reach the intersection with Cape Cleveland Road (approximately 37 km from Townsville city centre). Turn left at the signposted turn-off to AIMS and continue along Cape Cleveland Road.

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