Your weekend guide to World Science Festival Brisbane 2022 - Visit Brisbane


Your weekend guide to World Science Festival Brisbane 2022

Visiting Brisbane for World Science Festival 2022? Strap in for a fun-filled adventure exploring some of the biggest (and smallest) questions in science.

Located at the Queensland Museum and venues across Brisbane City, World Science Festival Brisbane showcases over 130 events from 9-14 March, including free performances, outdoor family activities and more.

With so many amazing events and activities, there’s something for all curious minds at this year’s festival. So where to begin?

Saturday 12th March 2022 


Fuel up for your big adventure with one of Brisbane’s Best Breakfasts. Whether it’s truffled scrambled eggs, karaage waffles, or a gruyere cheese omelette, your tummy will be feeling full and your mind curious for an exciting, jam-packed weekend ahead.

Get ready for Star Trek meets Jurassic Park in a world-first holographic experience at Queensland Museum. You’ll travel back in time and walk among some of the most breath-taking prehistoric animals imaginable. Come face to face with ancient creatures made of light and imagination.

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Wondering what future living will look like? Book the kids (years 4-8) into the Homes of the Future workshop at The Edge. Students look at how they can use existing technology, as well as adopting new and emerging tech to design a smart sustainable home.

Pump up the science funk with Silent Disco Tour. Part dance party, part tour group, this tour of the City of Science takes your WSFB experience to another level! Warning: you may end up in a spontaneous flash mob, interpretive dance, or group song… headphones included.

Grab a vino and settle in for Science Slam! From Climate Change to First Nations contributions to science, you’ll learn something new through the art of spoken word, from some of Brisbane’s best Slam Poets.


If you prefer the outdoors, then take part in Curiocity, discovering the interactions and immersive installations throughout Brisbane.

Looking for a fun date night (with science!)? Try Night of the Nerds at QPAC Playhouse. Hosted by comedian Mark Humphries and featuring two all-star teams of scientists, tech heads and funny people (including Dr Karl), this live variety show challenge is the ultimate nerd showdown.

After your big day, look to the night sky and unwind on the Riverside Green, South Bank, with some Stargazing and a drink from the festival’s dedicated Satellite Bar. Brisbane Astronomical Society provides telescopes for you to explore and unlock the secrets of the stars

Sunday 13th March 2022 


Flip into Flow State for Circus & Science - a 30 min interactive workshop to learn the science behind making circus tricks work. You’ll learn awesome tricks with hula hoops, scarves, your body, and more!

And while you’re at South Bank, you’d better watch out for The Mad Scientist, bounding through space on stilts showing off inventions and telling tales of his discoveries. Think Inspector Gadget meets Albert Einstein.

What puts a smile on your dial? From chocolate to cat videos, some things just make us happy. But why? Well, a dancer and a scientist join forces to unravel these mysteries in The Science of Happiness, a fun-filled lunchtime that’s sure to leave you smiling.

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Take a deep breath and dive into Shipwrecks and Underwater Worlds with Dr Maddy McAllister at Queensland Museum. The senior curator shares some of her remarkable diving adventures, as well as the challenges and rewards of caring for more than 8,000 artefacts in the Queensland Museum collection.

For something really special - and incredibly cute, head to The Hatchery at Queensland Museum. You’ll catch a rare glimpse of Australia’s precious loggerhead turtles hatching in their incubation chambers and the first moments of their ocean lives as they meet a seawater environment in specially designed tanks. 


Just for fun, check out The Super Smart Slightly Silly Seriously Sensational Science Spectacular. Hosted by Ranger Stacey, this stupendous science show is built for families looking for a fun day out with a side serving of all things science!

And if you’re all scienced out, head out to Mt Coot-Tha for some fresh air and views, tantalise your tastebuds at Howard Smith Wharves, or spend the afternoon kayaking to the shipwrecks at Moreton Island. There’s always an adventure to be had in Brisbane.

Be sure to explore Visit Brisbane for more great ideas. For more information on World Science Festival Brisbane, click here, or check out the full program here.  

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