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.

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.

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 Sunday, February 14th. 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!

More information on availability of picnic food baskets coming soon.

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2016 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 we're thrilled to have Luke Davies from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research as our speaker. He's chosen to speak about the "Amazing Cosmos".