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Siding Spring Observatory

Observatory Road, Coonabarabran, New South Wales 2357, Australia
+61 2 6842 6211
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Very interesting - something for everyone

Open only in daylight hours, the observatory has a wonderful interactive display explaining the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wendy S
Narooma, Australia
via mobile
Well worth the drive

to actually be allowed inside this observatory and wander around the grounds is amazing. Obviously... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Peter B
Dalby, Australia
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Opening Hours; Monday to Saturday 10:00AM to 4:00PM Sunday 10:00AM to 2:00PM
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  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
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Observatory Road, Coonabarabran, New South Wales 2357, Australia
+61 2 6842 6211
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Open only in daylight hours, the observatory has a wonderful interactive display explaining the history and current projects of the observatory. I was very impressed with the quality of the exhibition and spent an enjoyable couple of hours there. Also recommend the cafe which has...More

Thank Wendy S
Reviewed 3 November 2017

to actually be allowed inside this observatory and wander around the grounds is amazing. Obviously the observatory is the main draw card but there is the sculptures of local animal life scattered through out the grounds as well as the beautiful views of the surrounding...More

1  Thank Peter B
Reviewed 9 October 2017

We visited the observatory whilst staying at the Warrumbungle's over the long weekend in October. The place is amazing. We joined the midday tour ( only one a day offered) which runs for around an hour and half. Due to the interest in our group...More

1  Thank Queenportia1969
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

If you are passionate about the universe this is the place for you! Well done for setting it up so well. Many activities for children in the display area as well.

1  Thank Paula B
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Thanks to Peter for a great tour today, 4/10/17. What a fascinating place to visit, with so much more to see than expected. Certainly a 'must do' if in the area!

Thank ChrissyRichmond_NSW
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The open day where the telescopes are open to the public and lectures on astronomy are held is a great introduction to the night skies. We had a great 2 days and learned so much. Definitely worth the 7 hour drive from Sydney and I'll...More

1  Thank quickchick2015
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

I have been to the observatory many times but we visited over the long weekend for StarFest and it was great as it was an open day and we got to go through and see the amazing telescope and walk around the outside of the...More

Thank Bek1925
Reviewed 23 September 2017

A visit to the observatory is instructional. The viewing area is up several flights of stairs (there is a lift, but after a day in a car the opportunity to stretch the legs is great) and is lined with wonderful photographs and information about the...More

Thank Gryphon_Lodge
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Well priced entry to look at all the displays on offer at the information centre. Short walk up the hill to the viewing of the large telescope. Whole family was impressed. Cafe promoted use of reusable 'keep cups' which was a delight too. The family...More

Thank Narelle U
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This Observatory borders the Warrumbungle National Park and is definitely worth a visit. Not only does it provide great views of the NP, the Observatory itself is interesting and educational. We did a self guided tour, taking about an hour to view and read all...More

Thank peter s
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18 June 2015|
Response from Brad C |
Hi John W, Sorry, this reply is a bit late, holidays are probably over up there. Since we are still an operating research facility we dont offer any viewing of the night sky at SSO. There are however a number of locally... More