Welcome to the new Perth Observatory Website

Western Australia’s oldest observatory is located 25km east of Perth in Bickley. The Observatory has served WA for 118 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.

This coming season will be the first to run under a new community partnership agreement between the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group, signed in June 2015. 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

Open Day

10am to 5pm 26th of September

Celebrate the season opening of our summer Night Tours with astronomy activities, solar observing, face painting, live music, sausage sizzle, and talks on astronomy & the Perth Observatory

The day is free and Any donations received go towards the Perth Observatory Volunteer Group.

Night 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.

Day Tours

Our day tours have been designed for school excursions and relate directly to the Australian National Curriculum. The student will participate in activities to broaden their knowledge of astronomy and physics, and will see our range of modern and historical telescopes engaging in the activities in the observatory grounds.