In 1974 The Anglo-Australian Telescope was opened by HRH Prince Charles as Australia’s National Astronomical Facility. From first light to this day, the largest optical telescope in Australia has been a world-leading facility discovering exoplanets, supernovae and galaxies.
In this 90 minutes walking tour of Australia’s largest optical telescope, your guide will share the history of this site and share some of the mysteries of our universe it has helped unlock. Better still you’ll get INSIDE the building on to the telescope floor where you can see first hand, just how big this machine is. Weather permitting we may even be able to sneak you out to the catwalk to see the best view of the Warrumbungle Mountains.
Dat Tour Inclusions
- Behind the scenes entry into the Anglo-Australian Telescope
- 90 Minute walking tour
- Overview of Siding Spring Mountain geography and history
Tour Time10:30am – 12.00pm – Thursday
2:00 pm – 3.30pm – Saturday
- Additional tours during school holidays (Thursday to Sunday only)
- Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day
- Groups on request
- Please arrive 15 minutes early. Tours start on time and do not wait for latecomers.
Getting to Siding Spring Observatory
Siding Spring Observatory is located 28 kms west of Coonabarabran or 14 kms east of Warrumbungle National Park on Observatory Road. Please note that no caravans are allowed on the mountain road and can be stowed at the bottom of Siding Spring Range in the designated area. Please note that Siding Spring Observatory is not open to the public at night.
Something to consider:
Make the most of your time in the astronomy Capital of Australia. Both can be booked as extras.
- Go stargazing at Milroy Observatory at Night
- Donna the astronomer will guide you through the night sky at Milroy Observatory
- Take the Highlights of the Solar System Drive with Fred Watson.
- Starting at Coonabarabran Visitors Centre, this 60-minute self-locating tour will teach you about our planets and share with you some astounding facts. More details here
Terms and Conditions
Bookings must be received online and close 12 hours prior to tour start. Late bookings, or bookings on-site, are subject to availability and confirmation of the terms and conditions.
A Safety Waiver Form will be signed on commencement. Any guest unable to adhere to these conditions will be asked to leave the tour program.
Safety requirements include:
- Guests who are travelling from or have been in Covid Affected Areas 14 days prior to the tour, are not allowed entry.
- Wearing of face masks when indoors (please supply your own mask)
- Observing social distancing and hand-hygiene practices
- Mandatory wearing of enclosed footwear
- Remaining with the group at all times, not climbing or jumping on equipment.
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted for safety reasons, and over 5-year-olds must be supervised by parents or guardians at all times. Inability to adhere to these requests will result in cancellation of your participation with nil refund.
A maximum of 10 tickets can be purchased per order. If your group is larger, please split the booking into smaller allocations.
Due to the remoteness of the site, the tour may be cancelled due to severe or extreme weather conditions. You will be notified by 5pm the day prior to your tour with the options of a full refund, transfer to another date or credit to be used for the same product.
If you chose to cancel or no-show after purchase, there is no refund, but your tour may be held in credit for up to 12 months, or transferred to another guest.
Credit card fee of 1.75% applies to all bookings. The costs per person are discounted for online bookings. An additional fee of $3.95 will apply for phone bookings.
Image Credit – Dr Angel Lopez-Sanchez