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Perth Observatory

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Address: Perth Observatory 337 Walnut Rd, Bickley, Western Australia 6076, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 92938255
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Western Australia's oldest observatory is located 25km east of Perth in...

Western Australia's oldest observatory is located 25km east of Perth in Bickley. The Observatory has served the state of WA for over 100 years and remains actively involved in the service of public education. In recognition of its scientific, cultural and historical significance, the Observatory was entered on the state's Heritage Register in 2005. The Perth Observatory is part of the Department of Parks and Wildlife. The Observatory is open for day and night tours. Visit our website for information about our night sky viewing and day tours.

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Out of this world experience!

Perfect clear sky to enjoy viewing stars both old and new,planets and galaxies beyond our own from 4 powerful telescopes.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Perfect clear sky to enjoy viewing stars both old and new,planets and galaxies beyond our own from 4 powerful telescopes.

Thank Morven54
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an awesome night. Had picnic in the back lawn before the Night tour. Beautiful views. Learnt about the southern cross constellation which is only seen in Southern hemisphere and Beta Cygni which for my own reference, I call it Fire and Ice. Thanks to Matt and the knowledgeable volunteers for a great tour.

Thank vidya j
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came out here with the wife as a date night activity. We came out on a no moon star gazing night, and it was an experience. When arriving you have a quick look through a small but informative museum then get split in to groups and walk along darkened paths to the telescopes to have a look at stars and... More 

Thank James N
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This was a return visit for us, having taken the sky tour on a previous visit to Perth in 2005. It is still an excellent night of star gazing with a terrific group of enthusiastic & knowledgeable volunteers. Before we started on the telescopes our guides gave us a general overview of the constellations & planets that were clearly visible.... More 

Thank Belinda v
Byford, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This was an amazing experience and a lovely way to spend the first day of the year! (I was supposed to write this sooner but had forgotten!) The volunteers are knowledgeable, friendly, accommodating and I am so grateful that we have such passionate people who volunteer their own time to give us such a wonderful experience. This is for absolutely... More 

Thank Protzy
Wollongong, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Really interesting scientific site even if the serious astronomy is no longer occurring. The visitors centre has some fascinating equipment and astronomical images. A short walk up the hill takes you to several telescope domes. Although we visited in daytime, staff in the museum and at the telescopes were both helpful and well informed. It would be even better to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Just like to say what a great night we had looking at the Milky Way and all its wonders. Thanks also to Matt and the team, who are all super enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. A great way to spend the evening.

Thank Jennifer E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Choose the type of tour you want from their website. Clear dark nights with low to no moon to see stars or nights with moon, depends on your interest in which. Winter and summer tours have a slight difference in pricing too. Many nights for booking are available. Had our tour on NYE (clear dark sky with no clouds) and... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Beautiful views, knowledgeable volunteers, and all the wonder of the universe above us. Lovely night out.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Heard a lot of good stuff about this observatory until I got a chance to visit myself. Unfortunately dark night tours were sold out so had to visit when the moon was visible about 20%. It wasn't bad as the only thing visible clearly that night was the moon & the tarantula nebula. Everything else were tiny blobs which were... More 

Thank Sinan A
Cathy H, Manager at Perth Observatory, responded to this review

Hi Sinan, Thank you for taking the time to review Perth Observatory. We are sorry your experience wasn't what you expected. We have many telescopes in use for the tours from the beautiful 1910 Calver telescope to the just new Meade Telescope and try to show the public what is best to see through each telescope. Various sizes, types, eyepieces,... More 

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