There’s a lot to celebrate in Australian science. See how much you know with this set of antipodean questions.


Congratulations! You are a real science whiz!

Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!

#1. What type of scientist was Douglas Mawson?

Douglas Mawson was a famous Australian geologist who explored Antarctica.

#2. What is made at the Australian Synchrotron?

The Australian Synchrotron makes short bursts of very bright light, which are used to look inside everything from rocks to human tissue.

#3. Which of these important safety devices was invented in Australia?

David Warren invented a flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, the instruments together known as the black box.

#4. Which of the following are backwards on wombats?

Wombats have pouches that face backwards so they don’t fill with dirt while digging.

#5. Where in Australia will you find a complex that’s part of NASA’s Deep Space Network?

The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex is about a 40 kilometre drive away from Parliament House.

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