The Campsite | Early Start Discovery Space

The Campsite


Be transported into nature via The Campsite, which replicates a real campsite, complete with model campfire, bird hide and over 22 animals and birds to find.


Set amongst the backdrop of the Illawarra escarpment filled with natural wildlife, The Campsite allows visitors to become a researcher, camper, birdwatcher or bushwalker. Its focus is on the importance of conservation, in particular around quolls. What’s a quoll you might ask? It’s a native, endangered marsupial. Visitors can participate in identifying quolls and other animals through their scat (poo!), tracks and calls.


Early Start Discovery Space has partnered with academics within the UOW School of Biological Sciences to help visitors learn all about quolls and why we should protect them. By working together we have ensured the experience is an authentic representation of the research conducted in the bush. Learn more about  Team Quoll.


The Campsite features

  • Spot over 20 Australian animals and birds in the mural representing our local environment/inhabitants
  • Model campfire to ‘cook’ a meal or sing songs and tell stories around
  • Get up-close and personal with a taxidermy quoll
  • Real-life footage of quolls and other species
  • Peek out of the bird hide’s binoculars to see what native animals you can spot
  • See how researchers set up their experiments in the bush, using cameras and bait
  • Use the Bird Count app to identify the birds you can see
  • Match the scats or animal tracks to the right animal

While we’re playing, what might we learn?

  • What quolls are and why we should protect them
  • Collaboration and working with others as we share in the cooking, or identify the different animals within the mural
  • Build confidence to identify different animal, bird and plant species with the app, tracks and scats
  • Build awareness of how to care for wildlife and how to become a citizen scientist

Fun Fact: Did you know the mural featuring the Illawarra escarpment and all its wildlife took close to 90 hours to paint by Julie Bagnall and Lorell McIntyre, both local artists.