|Chillagoe is located in dry savannah country, making it the perfect location for stargazing. With its expansive clear, dark skies, you'll wonder at the spectacle of the Milky Way with its multitudes of stars.|
We have a fully equipped dome & everyone can take a closer look at planets, nebulas & star clusters.
Our host will take you on a guided tour of the heavens & captivate your minds & imaginations with many interesting stories & facts.
This is a fun & educational evening for all ages.
The Observatory is open from Easter until late September. Astronomy sessions begin at approx 7.30pm & last for about 1.5 hours depending on numbers attending. Pricing is as follows:-
ADULTS - $25.00
CONCESSION - $20.00
CHILDREN (6-14yrs) - $15.00 *Children under 6yrs are not suited to viewing through telescopes as they have not
developed fully the ability to observe monocularly (through one eye).
|We require a minimum of 4 adults for a session & can take a maximum of 20 persons per session.|
|***BOOKINGS ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL***|
|We no longer take advance bookings by phone or email as too many times people fail to show up & this means others then miss out. Bookings can only be made in person at reception.|
|** Please note - sessions are weather dependent. As we are an actual observatory - not just a planetarium - if there is cloud cover, we cannot see through the telescopes. With this in mind, we make the call regarding cloud cover at 7.00pm as this can change dramatically around the time of sunset. If there are clear skies at 7.00pm - the session can proceed. So - if you have made a booking - please check with us only after that time please. We then ask participants to arrive at the reception area by 7.20pm so the group can depart promptly at 7.30pm for the short walk to the observatory.|
Sessions will not be held during periods of a full moon as this will "wash out" the Milky Way & the many other faint, deep space objects that we observe. If you are visiting us particularly to experience an astronomy session - please check dates below so as to avoid disappointment.
|ALL ASTRONOMY SESSIONS ARE CANCELLED|
DUE TO GOVT GUIDELINES FOR CORONAVIRUS MITIGATION
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
OBSERVATORY WILL BE CLOSED DUE TO FULL MOON ON THE FOLLOWING DATES IN 2020
5th APRIL - 10th APRIL
4th MAY - 9th MAY
3rd JUNE - 8th JUNE
2nd JULY - 7th JULY
1st AUGUST - 6th AUGUST
30th AUGUST - 4th SEPTEMBER
OBSERVATORY WILL THEN BE CLOSED FROM 29th SEPTEMBER 2020 UNTIL EASTER 2021