Hey Astro fans!
Have you always wanted to visit an observatory and see the night sky at the same time? Well, look no further – we at Mount Burnett Observatory can make that wish a reality!
Our Private Bookings cater to all experience and interest levels – with a smaller group than our Night at the Observatory sessions, our volunteers can answer your questions in much more detail, and focus on what YOU want to see, not what works for a large group. They are also very popular for various events, such as celebrations of birthdays or anniversaries – we’ve even had a few marriage proposals in our time!
These nights only run on nights where the weather is cloud-free, and can run a little bit late for the kids – 8.30pm-11.30pm (we recommend a Night at the Observatory session for the young ones, but keep in mind that these nights don’t guarantee viewing as private bookings do – at least at a Night at the Observatory you can leave a little earlier to make sure they’re in bed on time). We make these bookings for up to 10 people at a cost of $200 – any extra friends coming up will be an extra $10 each up to 20 people; we can’t fit any more than 20 adults at one time in our dome tours.
If you have any further questions about our private bookings or want to make a booking, simply email info@
The MBO Outreach Team
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get there?
Do you charge for parking?
Parking is free for members and visitors to our exclusive Outreach events. We do have limited space and parking is not suitable for buses and other large vehicles.
When can I visit the Observatory?
Members of the public need to either book a place on one of our Public Viewing nights or make a group booking. We also run occasional open days for which you don’t need to book.
There is great demand to come look through the telescopes and we are constantly looking at ways to satisfy this demand without overloading our wonderful volunteers.
MBO membership is $50 and is cost effective if you think you will come back more than once. There is also no waiting list for membership.