Ted Brambleby Marine Museum


There are large state museums and then there’s the off-the-radar places quietly doing their thing to educate us all. 

The  Marine Museum (aka Adventure Education), is one of these places – quietly tucked away, among the caravans and tents at Hastings Point, lies this little marine science treasure gem.

Ted Brambleby Marine Museum

The Museum

To be honest with you when I walked in I thought we would be there for a quick look around, but the more you look the more you see truly fascinating things… 

adventure education marine museum

There are hundreds of preserved specimens, petrified sponges and shells. Detailed personal sketches and drawings, quick displays of interesting facts and microscopes available for everyone to see different details. This may be the largest personal collection in Australia!

Marine Museum Hastings

Ted Brambleby

We met Ted Brambelby, the marine biologist who founded the museum, and that was when our whole experience changed. We stayed for ages!  His passion was visible from the moment we saw him, and he totally grabbed our attention.

Ted Brambleby

I didn’t know anything about Ted before our visit but with a bit of research I found out that he is a remarkable man, passionate about marine life, sustainability and education (what a combination)! HE has turned his life into a mission of creating a generation of ocean conservationists. 

ted Brambleby marine museum

His knowledge, easy going attitude and age appropriate approach really made our experience at his museum, We could not believe the plants and animals that make up the marine ecology of the nearby creek and coastal waters.

Our Experience

Ted spent so much time with Noah, com­bining detailed bio­log­i­cal con­cepts with the fas­ci­nat­ing visu­al­isa­tion of stereo micro­scope pro­jec­tion of live pre­served marine spec­i­mens onto big screen tele­vi­sion.

We used microscopes and magnifying glasses, feel starfish, sea urchin – a true hands-on experience, which is so important for children of any age to have.

microscopes at the marine museum

We learnt many useful pieces of information about species that live in our area, like what shells we can not pick because they will kill us, others can just hurt us. As a parent this was a great way for Noah to understand what he can do or not do around our local rock pools, which we love to explore. It’s great that days after this adventure, Noah keeps talking about the facts that he learnt and the things we need to do in order to preserve the wildlife at our local rock pools!


  1. Comment by May

    May Reply 30/07/2019 at 9:29 PM

    Hi Sofia:
    Thank you for sharing your important information about the Ted Brambleby Marine museum. I enjoyed the useful photos through which you have introduced different types of animals and preserved specimens,petrified sponges and shells.
    Can you send me the address of the museum please? because I want to visit it and see the contents.I was impressed by how you talked about the experience of Noah.

    • Comment by Sofia

      Sofia Reply 26/08/2019 at 10:17 PM

      Seascape” North Star Holiday Resort, Hastings Point NSW

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