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. Articulate Festival

    Friday 21 June 2019 to Saturday 22 June 2019 , Coonabarabran

    Articulate Festival is an inclusive celebration of the arts and culture of Coonabarabran and surrounds. Held on Winter Solstice, it includes a street parade, live entertainment, and art exhibition and competition, artisans at work,…

    21 Jun - 22 Jun
  2. Skydive Coonabarabran!

    Monday 08 July 2019 , Coonabarabran

    They're coming to your home town. Embrace the fear, hop in the plane to take in your backyard during the 20 minute scenic flight to 14,000 feet. Feel free to scream at the top of your lungs as you free-fall for 60 seconds at over 200…

    08 Jul
  3. Science in the Pub

    Friday 04 October 2019 , Coonabarabran

    Join a line up of stellar guest panelists for a fun filled evening discussing the mysteries of the Universe! Make sure when you book, you write down that question you have always wanted to ask! You may get picked out to have it answered!…

    04 Oct