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 119 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

Over the next coming months we’ll be adding more pages and features to the website so stay tuned.

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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 students will participate in activities around theObservatory’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.

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.

May The 4th Be With You

This 4th of May put your Jedi robes on, clip on your Lightsabre(s) and make a lightspeed jump to the Perth Observatory to celebrate Star Wars Day. Our telescope operators will show you stunning objects whether it's a planet the Death Star could destroy, or a massive nebula to launch an attack from.

We'll have prizes for the best adult and child costumes. So please come along to this first May 4th event at the Perth Observatory in your fav intergalactic gear. There could even be a Star Wars character on site, you never can tell!!!

Bickley Valley Harvest Festival

Gates will open for the Bickley Carmel Harvest Festival on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May from 10am to 4pm.

Free entry, so please come along to enjoy the bush setting, photograph the kangaroos and check out the Astro-shop. And for just $10 for adults and $5 for children, you can also take a guided tour of the telescopes and domes with one of our informative, passionate volunteer guides. (Tours will leave from the administration building every 30 minutes.)

This is another fun-tastic opportunity to support us in our quest to maintain this historic institution as a community resource.

Gene Cernan - The Last Man On The Moon

Legendary Space Explorer – Gemini 9A, Apollo 10 and Apollo 17 Astronaut Captain Eugene Cernan is coming to Perth

'The Last Man on the Moon' film combines rare archive material, compelling visual effects and unprecedented access to present an iconic historical character on the big screen for the first time in Australia. After the presentation there'll be an 'In Conversation' and Audience Q&A with Gene Cernan hosted by Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith.