SIMS’ research facility serves as a non-remote field station for marine science in Sydney Harbour. Located at Chowder Bay on Middle Head and with vessels and capability for launch and retrieval on site, SIMS provides easy access to the local marine environment.

This access couples with five modern research laboratories, including a research aquarium with specialised systems for environmental control, 24/7 technical support, and on-site field accommodation to make it a highly convenient base of operations for marine research in Australia. In partnering with USYD, UNSW, UTS, MQU, IMOS, and DPI Fisheries SIMS serves as a hub for marine research engendering interdisciplinary collaboration while providing subsidised research costs.