Child (Ages 5 to 17): $25.00
Duration: 1½ to 2 hours
Come and explore the breathtaking night sky with our impressive collection of telescopes. Our knowledgeable volunteers will guide you on a grand tour of the most captivating celestial wonders in the Southern Hemisphere, including nebulas, dying stars, enormous star clusters, and the Moon and planets when visible.
In addition, you can delve into the wonders of the universe at our museum, where you can discover historical instruments, a meteorite exhibit, stunning astrophotographs and artwork. Be sure to marvel at the beauty of the Atlas Coelestis, the first-ever Star Atlas printed in 1729, created by the legendary John Flamsteed, the First Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory in Great Britain.
Night Sky Tour Types
The 2023-24 Schedule
Dark Sky Nights
Dark sky nights are when there’s no Moon. The fainter objects such as globular clusters and nebulae show up well against the darker background of a moonless sky.
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Moonlit nights are when the Moon is one of the observing targets. The best detail on the lunar surface is seen around the half-moon phase. Star clusters and bright nebulae will also be visible.
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Focusing on the Full Moon Tours
Focusing on the Full Moon Tours occur when a Full Moon occurs. For more details and to book, click the link below:
Special Night Tours
These are night tours where we decorate the Observatory and you can come dressed up to the nine or in costume and have a chance to win a best-dressed prize as we celebrate a particular date.
21/102023 – International Observe The Moon Night Tour
31/10/2023 – Halloween Night Tour
23/11/2023 – Dr Who Night Tour
31/12/2023 – New Year’s Eve Night Tour
14/02/2024 – Valentine’s Night Tour
05/04/2024 – Star Trek Night Tour
12/04/2024 – Yuri’s Night Tour
04/05/2024 – Star Wars Night Tour
25/05/2024 – Towel Day Night Tour
To make a booking for your Night Sky Tour, simply enter the number of people attending and select the desired date from the booking calendar. Dates with green backgrounds indicate available spots, while red backgrounds denote fully booked tours and yellow highlights today’s date.
Once you have selected your desired tour date, click the “Book Now” button to proceed to the checkout section, where you can complete your payment. You will receive a confirmation email once your booking is complete, and on the night of the tour, our host will ask for the name under which the booking was made and mark you off on the booking sheet.
Please note: For night tours during winter (June to August), bookings must be made through the Winter Night Tour page.