Welcome to the Perth Observatory Website

Western Australia’s oldest observatory is located 25km 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. We have great plans for the Observatory in the coming years and we are looking forward to inspiring the people to look up at the wonderful night skies of Perth

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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.

We offer group bookings and gift vouchers so contact us to find out more.

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.

Total Lunar Eclipse

Experience an amazing Total Lunar Eclipse from Perth Observatory on the 31st of January. Rug up, bring your camera and outdoor chairs or even a bean bag and enjoy watching the Moon become blood orange as it passes through the Earth's shadow.

Hot drinks will be provided on the night and Perth Observatory volunteers will be on hand to chat about why the eclipse is happening and answer any questions you have. We'll also have some telescopes set up so you can view the moon up close

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Valentine's Day Night Tour

Everyone loves a Valentine and this year the Perth Observatory is offering a special deal for couples who come along to the Star Viewing Night on Wednesday the 14th of February. You could win a voucher for a return visit if you arrive wearing funky matching or coordinated apparel. Don't forget sparkles are our favourites too!

Closer to the date we'll contact you to organise a beautiful picnic food baskets from Hainault Vineyard if you would like one.

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Astrophotography One Day Workshop

Sat, 10th March 2017 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.

Summer Lecture

There is a long-standing tradition at the Perth Observatory. Every year, we invite hills and city folks alike to come along on a warm summer evening in February to hear what's new and what's exciting in the world of Astronomy and Space Science. This year, on the 16th of March so this year's lecture speaker can be Astronomer Stacy Mader.

Stacy will give his perspective on his time at Parkes Observatory covering large (and small) surveys he has been involved with, plus work with NASA on the Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity and Voyager 2. The second part of the lecture he'll offer a perspective of the Orion region, from his own research in star formation and how other cultures have viewed the region over time

2018 Astrofest

Back again in 2018, Astrofest is a free astronomy festival of epic proportions that will get the whole family engaging in a celebration of Australian science. Astrofest will be held on Saturday the 24th of March from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Curtin Stadium, on the grounds of Curtin University in Bentley.

As well as optical and radio telescopes observing throughout the day and night, Astrofest will feature a myriad of interesting, engaging and exciting indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family.

There will also be many different telescopes to try out, and you can bring your own for some expert advice in getting the most out of it. There'll be awesome food trucks come early make yourself comfortable in the picnic area. The Perth Observatory volunteers will helping out on the night to be sure to stop us and say hello.