Watch out, Queensland! This week, we’re sending a great white your way- but she’s more jolly than jaws. Meet Wanda, our cute and cuddly shark who’s heading off on an outback adventure.

Shark expert Barry Bruce eyeing off Wanda the great white.

Wanda is the star of our Oceans in the Outback road-show that’s bringing an ocean experience to regional Queensland. This National Science Week the communities of Dalby, Roma, Charleville and Longreach will be able to virtually dive with sharks and fish, learn about pirates and see deep ocean seabeds. There will also be talks by scientists, give-aways, and videos about oceans and coastal science.


If you’re not in Queensland and still want to be part of the fun, tune in to our Ustream channel from 17:30 AEST this Thursday August 16 for a talk from CSIRO shark expert Barry Bruce on the secret life of sharks. Better yet, we’ll be hosting marine trivia where online participants will have the chance to win an awesome Lego model of our RV Investigator ship.


For those playing along at home, Wanda is also equipped with a satellite tag so you can follow her adventures here:


Oceans in the Outback is free and open to all ages. Here’s the exhibit schedule:


DALBY – Tuesday 14 August 2012, 5.00pm – 8.00pm

Dalby State High School (Nicolson Campus), 26 Nicolson Street, Dalby

Science presentation by Barry Bruce – CSIRO shark researcher at 6.30pm


ROMA – Thursday 16 August 2012, 4.00pm – 7.00pm

Roma Bungil Cultural Community Centre (Auditorium), Cnr Bungil and Quintin Street, Roma

Science presentation by Barry Bruce – CSIRO shark researcher at 5.30pm


CHARLEVILLLE – Saturday 18 August 2012, 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Charleville Cosmos Centre and Observatory, QANTAS Drive (off the Matilda Highway), Charleville

Science presentation by Dr Simon Torok – CSIRO climate communicator at 2.00pm


LONGREACH – Tuesday 21 August 2012, 3.00pm – 7.00pm

Qantas Founder Museum, Sir Hudson Fysh Drive, Longreach Airport Longreach

Science presentation by Dr Bee Morello – CSIRO marine ecologist at 4.30pm



This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government as part of National Science Week.