The Sydney Institute of Marine Science is a joint venture between the four Sydney-based universities and was established in 2006. It is housed in the old navy mine disposal station at Chowder Bay which is reached via Middle Head. Belinda here is deeply immersed in research on cuttlefish.
As well as research (they have 25 PhD's of research dangling from their jetty alone!) one of their major briefs is to engage with and inform the community. After a talk in one of their lecture rooms and a tour of their acquarium, we tucked into a wonderful lunch-box on the Clifton Gardens jetty before our ferry trip back up the harbour.
The next offering in this program by the Maritime Museum is a tour of all 8 lighthouses in the harbour on 19th August.