Thylacine specialise in the design and delivery of public environments that connect the visitor personally and physically to an experience and story. We are a multi-award winning team with extensive experience in the planning, design, fabrication and delivery of interpretive, commemorative and educational projects including exhibitions, interactives, public art and cultural projects within Australia, New Zealand and Thailand.

We aim for excellence on the projects we undertake. Recent projects to receive awards include Bilya Koort Boodja,Centre for Nyoongar Culture and Environmental Knowledge in Western Australia which was shortlisted in the 2019 Australian Interior Design Awards for Installation Design.

Container for the Australian National Maritime Museum was awarded a silver in the DrivenxDesign 2018 Sydney Design Award for Pop-Ups, Display, Exhibit and Set Design Museum. Encounters for the National Museum of Australia, received two 2016 Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNA) for Best Major Temporary Exhibition and as Co-Winner of the Best Museum Project Overall and Voyage to the Deep for the Australian Maritime Museum, Sydney, received the International Design Communication Award 2015, Silver, for Best Scenography for a Temporary Exhibition.

Our projects typically involve a range of elements and because of the hybrid design/art/fabrication nature of our practice we can challenge conventional boundaries and deliver the most innovative design solutions within realistic budgetary, physical and material limitations.


Over the course of 2018/19 Thylacine completed the largest exhibition design project in Australia designing five permanent galleries concurrently for the new West Australian Museum due to open in 2020.

During 2018/19 we also worked on the design of two galleries for the Auckland War Memorial Museums gallery renewal project, Tamaki Paenga Hira. On this project the Learning base and Tamaki stories galleries are both in the final stages of construction detailing and are due to open in mid 2020.

We are currently working on the interpretive design of the newly constructed Penguin Parade Visitor Centre for Philip Island Nature Parks and the Victorian Government. The building and Stage one of the interpretive experience opened in July 2019. Thylacine are scheduled to deliver design and fabrication of the full interpretive experience by the end of 2019 with some additional elements to follow in 2020. The story of the Nature Parks and the new building has been featured in the New York Times and our project partners Terrior recently received an International Architecture Award under Parks and Gardens for the centre.

In December 2018 we completed our first project in Asia the redesign of the Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre in Thailand with Guida Moseley Brown architects and Global Project Solutions for the Australian Department of Veteran Affairs. The Centre commemorates the many lives lost building the Burma-Thai railway during the second world war.

Bilya Koort Boodja which translates as River, Heart, Land in Nyoongar, opened in August 2018. The centre is located to the North East of Perth at the meeting place of the Avon and Mortlock Rivers. The building is a space for ceremony, meeting, teaching and learning and a keeping place for Indigenous knowledge and culture. The project and our collaborators Iredale Pedersen Hook received an honourable mention for Architectural Design / Cultural Architecture in the 2019 Architecture Master Prize and were a finalist in the International Architecture of Necessity Awards curated through Virserum Konsthall in Sweden.

Alexandra Gillespie
Project and Communications Manager
16 Stephens Road
Queanbeyan NSW
Phone: 6299 7340

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Year Commenced: 1999
Number of Staff: 23
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ABN: 34097340880