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Walking Tours and Bus Site Tours allow you to take a closer look around Siding Spring Observatory. Join our tour guide and explore normally restricted areas within Australia’s premier astronomical research facility. Learn about the importance of this area to astronomy research and the natural environment. Enjoy a walk with breathtaking views of the Warrumbungle National Park. Learn more about the various telescopes and international organisations that reside on site and what it is they observe.

Please note: Siding Spring Observatory (SSO) is a working research facility and as such we are not open at night for public viewing. Siding Spring Observatory is closed to the general public after 4pm.

Walking tours are 1.5 to 2 hours and involve up to 2km of walking on sealed but sometimes steep roads. Regular fitness is required, as are comfortable, covered shoes.

The weather here can be quite variable. It can be quite warm one moment, and quite cool the next. Sunscreen, a hat, water and a warm coat/jacket are advisable.

The walking tours are not recommended for children under 6 and are subject to weather conditions.