From Swamp to Scrub

Discover Sydney’s Parklands in a virtual journey from the wetlands of Sydney’s east to the scrub and woodlands of Sydney’s west. Discover the plants and animals that call Australia’s biggest city home! Greater Sydney Parklands invites children around the country (5-12years) and their adult friends and teachers to join its virtual quest From Swamp to Scrub!

Navigate your way through the wetlands of Sydney’s famous Centennial Park to the woodlands and scrub of Sydney’s biggest backyard, Western Sydney Parklands. Participate in explosive science shows, habitat tours, park game experiments, and collect important information for your journey from expert interviews.

By the end of your journey from swamp to scrub, kids and their adult friends and teachers will know:

  • Who was Australia’s dinosaur
  • Which backyard weeds can be turned into a yummy salad
  • How to find fancy delicacies in the Australian bush
  • How to make Kangaroo Grass bread and lemonade
  • Which nocturnal superhero animals only come out at night
  • Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’s important job to disperse seeds across our country
  • Plus much more!

With activities on screen and away from the computer, From Swamp to Scrub will introduce kids to the expansive variety of science, teach them important skills, and show them the fun they can have with science!  

On the program

  • Erth with its much loved Dinosaurs Down Under
  • Australian Wildlife Display’s Who comes out at night?
  • Creative Science presents Why Balls Bounce?
  • Dr F. Garcia Bulle perfroms The Bees’ Knee
  • Deadly Ed presents Spear Throwing and other Aboriginal Weapons
  • Amelie Vanderstock asks Can you be an ecologist too?
  • Eaton Gorge Theatre Company performs Snugglepot and Cuddlepie – or how seeds travel!
  • Australian Maritime Museum presents Dive deep into the pop up Ocean Lab
  • Diego Bonetto presents Wild Food Store
  • Frog and Tadpole Society presents Frogs of Cumberland Plain Woodlands
  • Dr Angelica Merlot presents DNA the key to life
  • A/Prof Michelle Power presents Wildlife in Australian Cities
  • Dr Claudia Keitel asks What colour has Kangaroo Grass bread? 
  • A/Prof Kelsie Dadd presents Rock Solid Sydney
  • Holly Davies explains How to make your own Lemonade
  • Merran Hughes presents an art workshop Nocturnal superpowers
  • Dr Emma Camp asks Why Corals don’t like Lemons
  • A/Prof Stephen Bonser presents Poison Ivy and her Friends
  • Holly Davies presents Fermenting Frenzy

Browse the full From Swamp to Scrub program!

This initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week, Inspiring Australia’s flagship annual celebration that excites the inner scientists in all of us.