SSO Exploratory display

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 Exploratory cafĂ© 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.
  • Behind the Exploratory is the Australian Astronomical Observatory's (AAO) iconic Anglo Australian Telescope (AAT), Australia's largest optical telescope. The AAT is an impressive four 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.
  • School holiday activities, including walking tours of the observatory and talks by astronomers, scientists and engineers.
  • Tours for groups of all ages can be organised at any time on request. Please visit the Bookings page or contact the visitor centre in advance for pricing and availability. A minimum group size of 15 applies for all prebooked tours.

To see what events are coming up, visit our Events Calendar page.