Perth Observatory
Perth Observatory
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Observatories & Planetariums
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Western Australia's oldest observatory is in Perth Hills located in Bickley. The Observatory has served the state of WA for over 125 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • TravelTrips12
    Sydney, Australia382 contributions
    Potential to be fantastic, but plan ahead for tours/experiences
    While I heard great things about the Perth Observatory, we unfortunately missed out on any tours that were running in the day (unavailable) or night (sold out). So after a long road trip, we were only able to visit the various telescopes along their short track around the observatory. And even with that, most of the telescope rooms were locked so we could only observe them from the outside. While there were a couple of interesting artefacts to look at, I don't think it's worth coming here without planning for a tour or experience. Fortunately, visting without tours is free and the friendly staff member also provided us with a free map of the observatory.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Susan H
    2 contributions
    Great night looking at the stars and planets.
    The staff were amazing and very knowledgeable. We were not rushed and got to look as many times as we needed to get one or two looks. The drive was a bit hairy for a 73 year old in the dark but well worth the trip. We saw Saturn and then Jupiter with some of its moons. Very spectacular. Worth the money and effort.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Jen F
    County Durham, United Kingdom3 contributions
    Original and awesome wedding venue!
    We had our wedding here and it was such an amazing space to have an event. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, and were really communicative and well organised. They put telescope tours on for us in the evening and we saw Jupiter, Saturn and the moon! Definitely visit this place if you're in town, and it's well worth considering for an event space.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 November 2023
  • Isabella D
    Sydney, Australia11 contributions
    Amazing tour experience, very special place!
    This is a truly special Observatory, and the visibility of stars from the site, even without telescopes, is superb. I did a night skies tour, loved looking through the telescopes, and learnt so much from the warm and knowledgeable volunteers. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in astronomy. Supporting the Observatory by attending a tour will also help to keep it running, as it is funded poorly by the state and relies on the free labour of very good human beings.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 February 2024
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Isabella D
Sydney, Australia11 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is a truly special Observatory, and the visibility of stars from the site, even without telescopes, is superb. I did a night skies tour, loved looking through the telescopes, and learnt so much from the warm and knowledgeable volunteers. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in astronomy. Supporting the Observatory by attending a tour will also help to keep it running, as it is funded poorly by the state and relies on the free labour of very good human beings.
Written 5 February 2024
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Jen F
County Durham, UK3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We had our wedding here and it was such an amazing space to have an event. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, and were really communicative and well organised. They put telescope tours on for us in the evening and we saw Jupiter, Saturn and the moon! Definitely visit this place if you're in town, and it's well worth considering for an event space.
Written 28 November 2023
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Andrew P
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
A brilliant evening especially if you are fascinated by the solar system. A little disappointed by the lack of colours but this was fully explained by the very knowledgeable and helpful volunteers
Written 13 November 2023
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Susan H
2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
The staff were amazing and very knowledgeable. We were not rushed and got to look as many times as we needed to get one or two looks. The drive was a bit hairy for a 73 year old in the dark but well worth the trip. We saw Saturn and then Jupiter with some of its moons. Very spectacular. Worth the money and effort.
Written 17 October 2023
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Andrew M
2 contributions
July 2023 • Solo
I went on a solo trip as a fan of astronomy, and had the best time, the setup, the telescopes, the warm drinks after, but more importantly, the volunteers and their passion for astronomy was contagious, and I enjoyed every second of it.
Written 17 July 2023
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TravelTrips12
Sydney, Australia382 contributions
July 2023
While I heard great things about the Perth Observatory, we unfortunately missed out on any tours that were running in the day (unavailable) or night (sold out).

So after a long road trip, we were only able to visit the various telescopes along their short track around the observatory. And even with that, most of the telescope rooms were locked so we could only observe them from the outside.

While there were a couple of interesting artefacts to look at, I don't think it's worth coming here without planning for a tour or experience.

Fortunately, visting without tours is free and the friendly staff member also provided us with a free map of the observatory.
Written 16 July 2023
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Liam K
2 contributions
July 2023 • Couples
We unfortunately had a cloudy night but nevertheless a wonderful tour. All the volunteers are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. It’s amazing and well worth heading up there. We will definitely be returning!
Written 15 July 2023
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Larry F
1 contribution
May 2023
Our first visit to the Perth Observatory, couldn't have been better. The night sky was beautiful and clear on a moon-less night. The volunteers were amazing, the tour was very well coordinated.
Thank you everyone,
L . Fonceca
Written 22 May 2023
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Tooraweena
Perth, Australia120 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
What a great experience!

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely try one of the other tours.

So informative!
Written 2 May 2023
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gillian B
1 contribution
Mar 2023
Awesome experience, the guides and volunteers were extremely helpful, and knowledgeable. The views through the telescopes inspirational and fun.
Great for kids through to grandparents.
Written 13 March 2023
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Perth Observatory is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 4:30 pm