Perth Observatory

Perth Observatory, Bickley: Hours, Address, Perth Observatory Reviews: 5/5

Perth Observatory
Observatories & Planetariums
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Western Australia's oldest observatory is in Perth Hills located in Bickley. The Observatory has served the state of WA for over 120 years and remains actively involved in the service of public education. The Observatory is open for group day tours and night sky tours throughout the year. Visit our website for information about our night sky viewing and group day tours. We have also partnered with Landsdale Bus Charters to provide fully air-conditioned return bus transfers between the Perth CBD, Crown Casino and the Observatory every second Friday of the month which you can also book through out website
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Winter Night Tour
Jul. 2021
Really nice tour. The sky was a bit cloudy, but we had the opportunity to look through two telescopes. Also we had a informative tour inside the museum. Thanks all the volunteers for running the tour.
Written 4 July 2021
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Stephanie S
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Star Adoption - 5 stars
Dec. 2020
We adopted a star - Delta Triaguli Australis - for my brother Bruce 40th birthday - unfortunately Bruce passed shortly after his birthday & missed the private tour scheduled on his birthday. The star adoption team and night sky viewing team (Matt Woods & Geoff Scott) were amazing and were exceptionally kind - continuing to go out of their way when our plans changed and delivered Bruce's Star adoption certificate to Bruce at the hospice. Thankfully all the family (group of eleven aged from 8 to 75 including young teen & 20 yr old) went for the private night time sky tour and it was amazing - every one thoroughly enjoyed the tour (we were there for more than 3 hrs & many of us could have stayed longer) . We were fascinated by our guides exceptional knowledge & the amazing viewing of the night sky. The aboriginal astronomy & Worl Wangkiny was inspiring.
I had been to the Observatory previously with visitors from USA over a decade ago & the group of 5 of us then had a terrific time. I have since visited for a Sunday day tour and my young girls cant wait to go again,
Our sincere and immense gratitude to Geoff, Matt and all the terrific volunteers. You are to be commended for your dedication and great work.
Here's to clear skies & great viewing for you all :)
Written 1 June 2021
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Wangaratta, Australia3 contributions
Cloudy Nights = Informative & Lovely Evening
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Mother Nature had different plans the night we went up. Instead of seeing the stars Paul, Beryl and the team of volunteers gave us a mind blowing journey around the galaxy. Their passion and knowledge shone though the cloudy night. Was an extremely enjoyable evening!
Written 17 May 2021
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Perth, Australia5 contributions
Disorganised and disappointing
Apr. 2021 • Couples
After booking this tour 4 months in advance, we were really looking forward to seeing some fascinating sights through telescopes that can't be seen from the naked eye.
What we ended up getting was a completely disorganised tour that was very underwhelming.
We arrived 30 minutes early however our group ended up getting split up after all the other groups had already left the starting point so by the time we were taken to our first "station" we had missed a few mins and were uncomfortable as it felt like we had come late, despite being 30 mins early! I don't understand how they couldn't get the groups right with numbers when you book so far in advance.
It seemed like none of the tour guides knew where we were meant to go next, I thought there would be a set route. (from station a move the guests to station b etc) but it was so disorganised. We left one station to be told we were now going up 69 steps to the telescope in the tall dome. This never eventuated at all in the tour.
As for what we saw through the telescopes, it was pretty boring. Honestly, looking up into the milky way up with the naked eye there was more exciting than what we saw through the telescopes.
Even small details such as having the car park gate open for guests to leave at the end of the tour were neglected. I would have thought this would be a standard procedure. Ie. One person is nominated to open the gate 10 mins prior to the tour ending.
It wasn't explained to us at the start what to expect in regards to how many stations we would be going around to, how long we would be at each station, the fact that as a group you don't get to every station, it's pot luck what you end up doing.
We were asked several times by the guides what we had seen already, what our group name was etc.
For $45 a head we really expected something exciting and to be really impressed by the tour. What we got was far from that.
10/10 would NOT recommend.
Written 17 April 2021
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Hi Ambassador458909 Thanks for taking the time to review us and I'm very sorry you had a bad experience on one of our night tours. From the sounds of your experience in your review, we didn't follow standard procedures on the night which does include making sure everyone is in the main building before the tour and that they all make it to the viewing area safely and that the gates are open at the end of the tour for the customers before they come back from the telescopes. It also sounds like we may have had some cloud that interrupted the night tour and there was some confusion on how to proceed during that interruption on our part that led to this bad experience. You would mind contacting me on 08 92932 8255 or emailing me at so I can get some more information on what night you were on and your experience, that way we can make sure this doesn't happen again.
Written 19 April 2021
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Sarah H
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An experience for everyone young and old
Apr. 2021
Amazing night tour, sadly mother nature made it cloudy but we still learnt so much history and had a super enjoyable night.
With the option to return for half price on a non cloudy night to view the stars is just amazing.
Written 11 April 2021
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Cockburn, Australia6 contributions
Spectacularly awesome!
Dec. 2020 • Family
We were celebrating a 13th birthday and the tour was fantastic! The knowledge shared and the views of the night sky through different telescopes were amazing! The birthday girl wanted to see Mars and we saw Mars ☺️
The moon images taken with our phones through the telescope lense was and still is spectacular! I highly recommend this as a place to see for visitors and for all who live in WA!
Written 29 December 2020
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Parkwood, Australia80 contributions
Great experience
Dec. 2020 • Friends
Did a night tour at Perth observatory. Loved it. Definitely makes you appreciate how small we are in the big wide scheme of things. Great, friendly and knowledgeable volunteers.
Written 6 December 2020
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Great history - highly recommend young & old alike.
Nov. 2020 • Family
Even tho it was cloudy, Mike, Steve, Joe & the team made the evening very informative.
So much history here in Perth! Some of the exhibits found no where else in the world!
It's a must see! Volunteers do incredible work.
Written 14 November 2020
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Perth's "Star" attraction
Nov. 2020
Excellent evening star and planet gazing at the Perth Observatory run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers giving their time for free to educate us about space. Recommend everyone in Perth should take the trip into the Perth Hills to visit and support this great local attraction (they need our support to keep running).
Written 8 November 2020
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Ailbhe T
Perth, Western Australia, Australia6 contributions
Star Adoption Tour - a 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience we will never forget
Sep. 2020
Happy Birthday Lily - 12 today - and what a way to ring in your birthday!

Last night we drove to the Perth Observatory in Bickley for a very special night sky tour as part of the Star Adoption programme. Such an informative, insightful, mindbogglingly outta-this-world experience - pardon the pun - but it really was a ‘once in a lifetime’ evening that changed our whole perspective on, well, EVERYTHING in a very literal way.

It was a cold, clear, crisp night in the hills and the first thing that struck us on arrival was the silence, the lack of city light pollution and the brightness of moon! Our guide Geoff had opened the facility just for us so we had this surreal experience of being the only people for miles around in the middle of nowhere after dark. Of course observatories trade in night time traffic but as novices we felt a bit like we’d broken into the museum after everyone had gone home. The backdrop of the large white, telescope domes superimposed on the surrounding bush gave the whole experience that ‘we’re in a sci-fi movie’ quality - if a rocket had launched from the surrounding trees or a UFO had touched down beside us it would have been totally in keeping with the whole vibe - so cool!

I could fill 10 Facebook posts with a review of the experience itself but definite highlights were the museum in the reception area complete with rare astronomical artefacts and much to Lily’s delight a ‘real live meteor’ as well as moon landing memorabilia. Geoff explained how women had been responsible for many of the significant advances in astronomy over the years but they were rarely credited not being allowed to work in observatories after marriage and often being the partner of the man who got his name on the paper (or the comet as the case may be!) His encyclopaedic knowledge on all things astronomical really was astounding and we could have listened to him for days - there really was no end to the fountain of information that overflowed from the moment we stepped in the front door.

Finding Lily’s star - Zeta Pavonis - a binary star in the Pavos constellation - is a moment we will never forget. It’s visible with the naked eye and we were so lucky to get such a clear night despite the fact the weather forecast gave cloud and possible rain.

We used the telescope to find Jupiter, it’s lines and ‘big red spot’ visible in all their glory; Saturn and its RINGS - absolutely mind blowing; the craggy crevices & detailed craters of the moon & ‘shattered glass’ of a globular cluster of over 2 million stars. The visuals themselves were stunning but Geoff’s commentary was what really fired our synapses. Lily was so enthralled by the discussions on gas giants, super novas, the creation (and possible destruction) of universes - the endless possibilities of space, time, life itself and how utterly tiny we all are in the grander scheme of things. We wondered where the aliens are and if type Omega civilisations are actually playing chess with the universes on universes just for kicks.

We finished the evening with a look at the ‘old’ telescope (built in Dublin by the way) and a very moving installation of aboriginal art celebrating the Noongar stories of the sky. I was very interested to learn about the parallels between south and Central American and Australian indigenous cultures in telling stories about the dark sky - the space in between the stars - it’s something I’d never thought much about before, always so dazzled by the shining lights, there’s lots of metaphors for life here.

I know this is an EXTREMELY long post but I really can’t say enough good things about the whole experience. The observatory is run entirely by volunteers since government funding was cut some years back and its clear that it’s a labour of love. We were so grateful for Geoff’s time and tutelage - he’d driven from his home in Leeming to arrive at 7 and leaving after 11 it was well after midnight by the time we got home.

If you get the opportunity to support the Observatory please take it - all funds from the adoption programme go to fund the running of the centre by its volunteers. I can’t imagine how it would be possible for this amazing place to cease to be - our first visit won’t be our last and we are already planning a return trip for their festivities at Halloween.

When Lily left home for Bickley yesterday evening she was an 11 year old curious about astronomy - she fell into bed after midnight as a 12 year old elated about the endless possibilities of the universe(s) and euphoric at a life ahead of her that will always include looking up at the stars.

You’re our STAR Lily Nash. Happy Birthday 🥳 🌟🥳
Written 29 September 2020
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Perth Observatory is open:
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:30 pm