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Western Australia's oldest observatory is located 25km east of Perth in Bickley. The Observatory has served the state of WA for over 120 years and remains actively involved in the service of public education. In recognition of its scientific...more
Hours Today: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Perth Observatory 337 Walnut Rd, Bickley, Western Australia 6076, Australia
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Bought the star adoption package 2 years back as a birthday gift and we finally managed to go for the tour in our recent trip. The tour started off with the museum followed by the viewing of the stars. We saw a couple of other...More
Thanks to all the volunteers for a great tour tonight! We all loved looking through the telescopes, seeing the older telescopes and walking through the museum. The volunteer guides were very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable - we learnt a lot. Highly recommended.
The tour is run by a friendly group. Our winter night tour was unfortunately covered by clouds and rains so there was nothing to see. Tour would have been better with a focus on how telescopes work and more about actual astronomy (especially when there...More
I visited Perth Observatory during a recent stay in Kalamunda. I was not prepared for the quality of this attraction.
It was hard to believe that the majority of the people involved are volunteers who give of their time freely and willingly.
I saw the...More
We joined the winter night tour during our Perth trip in August. It was an amazing night, the sky was clear and we were fortunate enough to see several planets in our Solar System and different constellations through the telescopes. The guides / crew are...More
Had a fabulous night at the observatory. We were lucky that clear weather put Mars, Saturn, Venus and multiple constellations in clear view. The evening starts with a small, introductory museum, before heading out to view the stars. Well organised into groups, we had multiple...More
Excellent tour of various telescopes at the observatory. Excellent, knowledgeable, friendly tour guides, especially Paul. I enjoyed the night very much. Saw the bands around Jupiter with my own eyes (well with the help of a few mirrors and lenses).
What an amazing experience, and if you're not a 'star gazer' like me you could easily become one after a visit! The Observatory is run entirely by volunteers, all of whom have either worked there or are 'students of the night sky'.
The energy, knowledge...More
We took some photos, but as there are several telescopes to be visited time was a bit tight. They were pretty keen to be sure all visitors were ready to leave after visiting the shop (which has a variety of excellent books... More
We took some photos, but as there are several telescopes to be visited time was a bit tight. They were pretty keen to be sure all visitors were ready to leave after visiting the shop (which has a variety of excellent books amongst other things) though they didn't pressure anyone. I'm sure this is mainly because they're unpaid - but highly motivated and friendly - volunteers. Also as it's also a wildlife reserve, too many cars around later in the evening are a danger to the animals. I dare say if you visit on a less busy night you'll get some photos!
Hi Esther, the road is in good condition but does not have many street lights as it is in the hills. Be very aware and drive carefully till you get back to the main road as there were lots of kangaroos out and about in the... More
Hi Esther, the road is in good condition but does not have many street lights as it is in the hills. Be very aware and drive carefully till you get back to the main road as there were lots of kangaroos out and about in the area. But an easy drive to and from the city.