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.
OPEN FROM EASTER UNTIL END OF SEPTEMBER
Astronomy sessions begin at approx. 7.30pm and last for about 1.5 hours depending on numbers attending. 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).
We require a minimum of 4 adults per session and can take a maximum of 20 persons per session.
Bookings are absolutely essential.
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.
The observatory will be closed on these dates in 2021:
- March 2-30
- April 23-28
- May 23-28
- June 21-26
- July 20-25
- August 19-24
- September 17 –