Ballarat Observatory
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Ballarat Observatory

Address: Corner Cobden and Magpie Street, Mount Pleasant, Victoria 3350

Phone: 03 5332 7526  |  Mobile: 0419 199 312  

Email: bas@cbl.com.au
Web: observatory.ballarat.net/

The Ballarat Observatory is one of the oldest observatories in regional Australia, with one of the best collections of 18th to 21st century telescopes.

Leading 3D Astrotour movies will have you on the edge of your seat and amaze you as you discover this amazing universe. Now viewing - Venus, Jupiter and Saturn as well as deep sky objects. The middle of the galaxy, the Milky Way is now at its best in mid-winter.

The Observatory presents Starry Winter Nights on 27 June - a night of live music by Dolphy's Albatross. Members Shane Strachan (guitars / vocals) and Paul Simmons (saxophone / flute) will keep you entertained during this night of star gazing from the telescopes. Bookings essential.

During the school holidays, the Observatory's theme is 'Hello! Pluto' as the New Horizons satellite closes in on Pluto on 14 July. Fun activities for children and adults available. Bookings essential, see website for all events. Dress for the snow to keep you internal heater warm, top up with warm drinks at the Third Rock Cafe.

For a full list of school holiday activities, please visit the website.

The best viewing nights are in winter, when the frost is out, and the atmosphere is perfectly still. Do not miss out on seeing the planets, your children will remember it for the rest of their lives and you also.

Bookings taken for any day or night times outside open times.

Content: Ballaarat Astronomical Society

Cost

TypeValid fromValid toEntry cost($)

General Entry Student

01/05/1531/05/16$8.00

General Entry Concession

01/05/1531/05/16$15.00

General Entry Adult

01/05/1531/05/16$20.00

General Entry Family of Four

01/05/1531/05/16$45.00

Genral Entry Family Five +

01/05/1531/05/16$50.00

Cancellation and booking policy

Cash or Direct Debit payments are accepted.Some events (Guinness Telescope Record attempt on Friday 21 August 2015 and the Third Rock Cafe) have online booking forms.

Facilities

  • Café
  • Car park
  • Catering
  • Child activities
  • Access with assistance for the disabled
  • Parking for the disabled
  • First aid equipment
  • Guide
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Picnic area

Activities

  • Astronomy
  • Lessons/tutorials

Opening hours

Generally, winter times are early. This is good for children as early viewing times fit in better for them. In summer it is not dark until about 9:30pm near the longest day. The Sun can be viewed safely in the daytime and also listened to using the Radio Telescope.

Generally Tuesday to Saturday but bookings can be taken any day.
Times vary, check website for current programs and times. There is a four hour difference between the shortest and longest day. This makes a big difference as to when you can view through the telescopes each season.

Memberships

  • Visitor Information Centre

Disabled access

Ballarat Observatory have the first telescope in Australia - built by their members - which is suitable for wheelchair access. It provides beautiful views of the moon, planets and deep sky objects. The Third Rock Cafe has ramp access and a unisex disability toilet facility.

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