Welcome to the Perth Observatory Website

Western Australia’s oldest observatory is located 25 km east of Perth in Bickley. The Observatory has served WA for over 120 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 Observatory is now run under a community partnership agreement between the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group.

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Night Sky Tours

Our experienced and passionate tour guides will operate our unique collection of modern and historic telescopes to give evening visitors a glimpse into the fascinating world of astronomy, space science and astrophotography.

Viewing targets will differ depending on the month, the weather and the lighting conditions (dark, moonlit and full moon). Types of objects usually seen through the eyepiece include globular clusters, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Sometimes satellites and meteors flash across the sky unexpectedly too.

School Day Tours

Our primary school day tours have been designed for primary school excursions and relate directly to the Australian National Curriculum. The students will participate in activities around the Observatory’s grounds to broaden their knowledge of astronomy and physics while seeing our range of modern and historical telescopes.

Our day tours can be adapted for other groups of children aged between 7 and 12. Please contact us with full details if you are interested in a student tour outside this age range.

Adopt A Star

Looking for an awesome gift for that special someone?

Our star adoption program provides a unique gift and is a way to recognise a family member or friend through the adoption of a star. All available stars in the program are between stars that are visible to the naked eye or stars that are visible in binoculars, all in the Southern Hemisphere.

Sunday Guided Day Tours

Wondering where to go for your Sunday drive? Meander through the beautiful Bickley Valley and join us for a special Guided Day Tour of the Perth Observatory.

Discover what Perth Observatory looks like in the day whilst walking our grounds and learning about our amazing history.

Sunday Guided Day Tours from 2 to 4pm on the first Sunday of each month.

Prices are just $15 adult, $10 concession, $5 children. There’s no need to book, just pop in and we’ll meet you. The AstroShop will be open for drinks, ice cream, novelties or a memento of your visit.

Next Tour: 2nd of September

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Abseiling At Perth Observatory

Date: Saturday the 20th of October
Time: 17:30 pm to 22:00 pm
Price:
$60 per adults for 3 abseils
$50 per concessions for 3 abseils
$40 per child for 3 abseils

Need a bit of thrill in your life? Perth Observatory is teaming up with Spacechameleon Adventure Co to organise a night where people can abseil our Lowell Telescope Dome. Each participant will get 3 abseils and we'll also have some of our telescope domes open, so you can gaze at the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

The Dome is approximately 20m high and you'll abseil through a trap door and descend its full length with a controlled free fall all the way to the ground. You can also abseil upside down just like Tom Cruise if you choose to do so ;)

Celebrate Halloween

This 31st of October put your costume on, get on your broomstick and head up to the Perth Observatory for an amazing Halloween Night and Dark Matter Day.

The Observatory will be decorated and the volunteers in costume for this special night. We'll also be giving out great prizes on the night for the best adult and child costume so please come in a costume.

We'll be showcasing ghostly objects on the night so book now.

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Astrophotography One Day Workshop

Sat, 10th November 2018 From 12:30pm Til 10pm
At Perth Observatory
$199.00 per person

Get started with astrophotography using your camera and a telescope. Learn what your equipment is capable of and how to make the most of what you have to get a start on astrophotography, as well as what equipment you may wish to consider in the future. The small group (max 12 participants) setting enables you to get maximum benefit from this workshop.

Doctor Who Night

Come up dressed as your favourite Doctor Who character to the Perth Observatory to celebrate everything Doctor Who on the night of Tardis Day. This 23rd of November the 54th anniversary of the debut episode of Doctor Who, we'll have Doctor Who characters at the Observatory and maybe even a dalek you really celebrate the world's longest-running science fiction TV series. Our telescope operators will be ready to show you stunning objects whether including massive nebulas, double stars, old and young open star clusters.

We'll also be giving out great prizes on the night for the best adult and child costume.