Our facilities

Our facilities

We pride ourselves on providing students and researchers with world-class, cutting edge facilities, equipment and learning environments.  

Teaching labs 

Modern equipment

Our main science teaching laboratories provide a world-class, highly interactive and stimulating learning environment. They have been fitted with the latest digital technology.

Each student in these laboratories has access to a networked computer, digital camera and microscopes, allowing them to create their own virtual libraries of images from the laboratory exercise and share these with their classmates and teachers.

Digital microscopy

Allows students to use microscopes in a totally new way by projecting the microscopic images onto computer screens and projector boards so they can share their discoveries with the entire class. It is like every practical becomes a nature documentary, and the students are the directors.

Interactive learning

Through the application of digital technology teachers are able to highlight relevant features to the whole class with options to capture the images, analyse them using image analysis software, and to provide copies on USB drives for inclusion in student reports.

Interaction between students and teachers is also enhanced due to portable teacher stations and networking technology that allows teachers to monitor student progress.

Our research facilities

Modern Molecular Labs

We have world-class modern molecular laboratories, including PC2 facilities.

Plant growth facility 

Macquarie University has a modern and highly sophisticated plant growth facility. The facility is used for a wide range of plant experimental studies and for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in biology. Research conducted at the facility involves national and international collaborations.

Visit the Plant Growth Facility website.

Seawater facility

The Seawater Facility supports academic research and undergraduate teaching in environmental and life sciences. The facility is used by marine scientists at Macquarie and their collaborative partners, to conduct controlled experiments and to temporarily house marine specimens.

Visit the Seawater Facility website.

Biological sciences museum

The Biological Sciences Museum has a broad natural history collection largely centred on the Australian fauna. Skulls, skeletons, mounted animals, corals, shells, antique microscopes and trays of colourful insects are on display for visitors to view.

Visit the Biological Sciences Museum website.

Fauna park

The Fauna Park is an 11-ha area on te Macquarie campus. The main purpose of the Fauna Park is to provide facilities for animal-based research, particularly in animal behaviour. A wide range of organisms are housed at the Fauna Park in both indoor facilities and semi-natural outdoor enclosures. The Fauna Park is also adjacent to a remnant of endangered Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest which is also used for teaching and research.

Visit the Fauna Park website.


The Macquarie University Arboretum comprises all the trees and plants on campus. These trees, growing in natural and planted habitats, provide a valuable resource for teaching and research and a pleasing and relaxing environment for the enjoyment of staff, students and visitors to the university. The arboretum also provides habitat for many native birds and animals.

Visit the Arboretum website.

Microscopy unit

The Microscopy Unit is widely used by students and academics for research and teaching. The Microscopy Unit contains a range of modern scientific equipment including: 

  • light microscopy, 
  • electron microscopy, 
  • confocal microscopy, 
  • histology and 
  • digital image capture.

View the Microscopy Unit website.

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