SSO Exploratory display

Information for Visitors

Siding Spring Observatory is open (Dark Sky Cafe, Exploratory and AAT Gallery), ALWAYS check our Facebook Page for up to date hours of operation to avoid disappointment - there are strict Covid 19 rules in place upon entering, please make yourselves aware of the conditions of entry and if unsure please contact us. Several exhibits in the exploratory will remain closed for some time. Please practice your social distancing and adhere to room limits.

Siding Spring Observatory is located atop Mt Woorut (~1160m) at the end of Observatory Road, 27km west of Coonabarabran on the eastern edge of the Warrumbungle National Park. Coming from Coonabarabran, follow the brown tourist information signs along the John Renshaw Parkway (or Timor Road) to Siding Spring Observatory.

From the west, follow the signs to the Warrumbungle National Park. Travel through the park towards Coonabarabran. The turnoff to Siding Spring Observatory is about 200m past the eastern boundary of the National Park.

The weather here can be quite variable. It can be quite warm or at the other extreme quite cool. Sunscreen, a hat, water and a warm coat/jacket are advisable.

Please note: During times of Severe Fire Danger and extreme weather events, the observatory will be closed to visitors. For updates, please visit our Facebook page. If in doubt, please contact us.

Please note:Caravans are not allowed on the road to Siding Spring Observatory due to its narrowness. For this reason caravanners are best to base themselves in Coonabarabran and make day trips or there is designated parking at the bottom of the mountain before turning onto SSO Mountain Road

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.