Public Night at the Observatory

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Public Night at the Observatory

October 1 @ 8:00 pm 10:00 pm AEST


Observatory visits return to Mount Burnett!

Are you looking for an astronomy fix, or perhaps an idea for a special present for someone astro-minded? Look no further!

Observatory visits are designed for members of the public who would like to visit the observatory to see what we do and weather permitting do some viewing of the night sky through our telescopes.

Cost is $20 per adult and $10 per child over 5. Children under 5 are free but must be listed on an adult ticket.

What you can expect?

A two hour visit including guided tours of the domes and museum, and an introduction to what is in the night sky and history of the observatory.

If the sky is clear the visit will include viewing through the observatory’s fixed and portable telescopes.

Does the observatory run if the night is cloudy?

Yes we do. Unfortunately Melbourne weather is cloudy more often than not. We only cancel the event if the weather is truly miserable or dangerous. But our team have developed programs to inform and entertain you regardless of cloud cover.

Cancellation policy

Observatory visits are incredibly popular (pre-covid there were thousands on our wait list) and the income we earn provides vital funds for observatory maintenance so we have to be fairly strict on managing cancellations. But this is also the era of covid and we take the safety of visitors and volunteers seriously.

If you cancel more than 5 days (120 hours) prior to the start of the event then we will provide a full refund.

If you cancel less than 120 hours but more than 48 hours to the event we will provide a refund but charge a fee of $5 per ticket to cover costs of running the event in your absence.

If you provide less than 48 hours notice we will charge a $5 fee per ticket and issue you a gift voucher for the balance of the funds. This gift voucher can be put towards membership of the observatory, another visit or any of the merchandise available in the observatory shop ( we deliver!)

If the observatory cancels the event for any reason all ticket holders will get a full refund.

In order to cancel your tickets or for further information please email or phone: 03 7067 1571


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