Day Tours at Siding Spring Observatory
In 1974 The Anglo-Australian Telescope was opened by HRH Prince Charles as Australia’s National Astronomical Facility. From first light to this day, the largest optical telescope in Australia has been a world-leading facility discovering exoplanets, supernovae and galaxies. In this 90 minutes walking tour of Australia’s largest optical telescope, your guide will share the history of this site and share some of the mysteries of our universe it has helped unlock.
Walking tour led by working astronomers, technicians and engineers
Behind the scenes entry into the Anglo-Australian Telescope
History and overview of Siding Spring Mountain
10:30am – 12.00pm - Thursday
2:00 pm – 3.30pm - Saturday / Public holidays
*Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day ** Groups on request
A Range of Activities
There is much to see and do at Siding Spring Observatory, how much is up to you.
- Enjoy a great coffee, lunch or a snack at the Dome café and browse the wonderful variety
of souvenirs and gifts available.
- Visit the Exploratory which houses an informative and educational astronomy exhibition with hands
on activities, augmented reality and multimedia presentations for the whole family (Entry fees apply).
- Behind the Exploratory is the iconic Anglo Australian
Telescope (AAT), Australia's largest optical telescope. The AAT is an impressive six storeys high
and holds a 16 tonne ceramic glass mirror that is 3.9 metres in diameter. Inside this massive 300
tonne dome is the Visitors Viewing Gallery which is open to the public and free of charge. From the
gallery you can see the telescope and read about its history and the discoveries it has made.
- At the AAT Viewing Gallery entrance is a lookout which over looks the iconic Warrumbungle
National Park. Take a moment to view the spectacular natural beauty of the landscape surrounding
Siding Spring Observatory.