Recent History

With the observatory in a state of disuse, Monash University began negotiations in 2010 to decommission it. Initially the Astronomical Society of Victoria (ASV) was approached to take over the lease but the ASV declined. So it was  that in…

Friday Night Members' Nights

Starting on Friday the 3rd of February 2012 we will be holding regular members nights. Stay tuned for further details. Please note we are taking a break for the Australia Day weekend (and to recover from the fabulous opening night).

Official Reopening

Join us on Saturday 21st January 2012 for the official reopening of the Mount Burnett Telescope. More details to follow.

Observatory rises again

Read Perry's article in The Age's Green Guide about Mount Burnett Observatory's new lease of life.


Welcome to Mount Burnett Observatory inc. We are an astronomical society based at Mount Burnett Observatory, in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. The Observatory was originally built in 1972 by Monash University. In 2011 the site was formally…


We welcome new members to our association.  Membership helps keep the Mount Burnett Observatory running by contributing towards our lease, maintenance costs, infrastructure, electricity bills, etc. Membership fees are currently $50 for…


Mt Burnett Observatory is a not-for-profit association, entirely run by volunteers. Your donation will help us to: Carry out restoration work on the telescope, dome and surrounding buildings; Add new facilities to the observatory; Open the…

Contact Us

The observatory address is 420 Paternoster Road, Mt Burnett, VIC 3781 (Melways Ref: 313 G3). View on Google Maps. For more information about the observatory, bookings for observing sessions, or how to get involved, please email…

History of Mt Burnett (Dr John Innis)

The Monash Observatory at Mt Burnett (approx 40 km east of Melbourne) was established in the early 1970's by Monash University. Originally overseen by the Science Faculty, it soon became a field station of the Physics Department, and has been operated and maintained by Departmental staff (academic and technical) and research students.