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 and everyone can take a closer look at planets, nebulas, and star clusters.
Our host will take you on a guided tour of the heavens and captivate your minds and imaginations with many interesting stories and facts.
This is a fun and educational evening for all ages.
Astronomy sessions begin at 7.30pm and last for about 1.5 hours. Pricing is as follows:-
ADULTS – $30.00
CONCESSION – $25.00
CHILDREN (6*-14yrs) – $20.00
*Children under 6yrs are not suited to viewing through telescopes as they have not developed fully the ability to observe monocularly (through one eye). They are welcome to join in the session but cannot view through the telescope.
We require a minimum of 4 adults per session and can take a maximum of 20 persons per session.
Bookings are absolutely essential. A $30 deposit is payable at time of booking.
Closed during periods of full moon & other selected dates. Please check below for dates of closure.
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 7.00 pm as this can change dramatically around the time of sunset. If there are clear skies at 7.00 pm – the session can proceed. So – if you have made a booking – please check with us only after that time. We then ask participants to arrive at the reception area by 7.20 pm so the group can depart promptly at 7.30 pm 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 the dates below so as to avoid disappointment.
OBSERVATORY CLOSED ON THESE DATES:-
APRIL – 7th / 10th / 13th – 19th / 21st / 24th / 25th
MAY – 5th / 8th / 12th -19th / 22nd
JUNE – 2nd / 3rd / 10th – 17th / 30th
JULY – 1st / 10th – 17th / 28th / 31st
AUGUST – 8th – 14th / 25th / 28th
SEPTEMBER – 6th – 12th / 22nd / 25th
OCTOBER – 6th – 12th / 20th till next year