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.

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.

2016 Open Day - 50 Years At Bickley And Our 120th Birthday - Free Entry For All
Lowell Dome

2016 Open Day

24th September From 10am Til 4pm

  • Tour the telescopes
  • Internet Robotic Telescope
  • See the domes
  • Kids Astronomy Activities
  • Solar Viewing
  • Face Painting
  • Explore Historical Artefacts
  • Live Music
  • Radio Astronomy MWA Tile
  • Astronomy Talks

We'll have a sausage sizzle, coffee truck, ice creams, plus Sunny Jim's Mobile Wood Fired Pizza. Also see weekendnotes.com's article on our Open Day

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.

School 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 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.