Siding Spring Observatory

Siding Spring Observatory is Australia's premier optical astronomical research facility. Located 27 kilometres west of Coonabarabran on the edge of the Warrumbungle National Park, it is home of Australia's largest optical telescopes, including the 3.9 metre Anglo Australian Telescope, the 2.3 metre Advanced Technology Telescope and the two metre Faulkes Telescope South.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the Exploratory with hands on activities and information about the universe, the solar system and the research activities undertaken by astronomers at the site.

During School Holidays, tours of the site are offered daily. See the website for more details.

The annual Star Fest celebration at Siding Spring Observatory is held on the Labour Day weekend in October. It's your chance to explore the whole site, talk with astronomers about the universe and the research they are undertaking. You might even get a chance to take a look through a telescope yourself! More information can be found on the StarFest web site.

For more information: http://www.sidingspring.com.au/

Nearby events

  1. Tour de Warrumbungles Weekend of Cycling

    Saturday 25 August 2018 , Coonabarabran

    *** Postponed 2017- Future dates to be confirmed at a later date *** Join the locals for a full weekend of cycling, fun and friendship. Start on Saturday with a 30 kilometre coffee ride and then the fast and furious time trial at 2pm that…

    25 Aug
  2. Science in the Pub

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2018 , Coonabarabran

    Join Professor Fred Watson and a line up of stellar guest panelists for a fun filled evening discussing the mysteries of the Universe including the much anticipated Astro Song live on stage!…

    28 Sep
  3. StarFest

    Friday 28 September 2018 to Sunday 30 September 2018 , Coonabarabran

    During the NSW Labour day long weekend (October), Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) opens its doors to the general public. You can get up close and personal with the telescopes, instruments, astronomers and engineers at SSO. The weekend featu…

    28 Sep - 30 Sep