Adult: $50.00
Concession: $35.00
Child (Ages 5 to 17): $25.00
Duration: 1½ to 2 hours

Experience our amazing night sky through our wide range of telescopes. Our volunteers will take you on a grand tour of the most stunning objects in the Southern Hemisphere including nebulas, dying stars, enormous star clusters, and the Moon and the planets when they are in the sky.

You will also be able to browse our museum and see historical instruments, our meteorite exhibit, astrophotographs & artwork, and admire the beauty of the Atlas Coelestis, the first Star Atlas ever printed in 1729 from the work of John Flamsteed, the First Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory in Great Britain.

Tour Start Times

Month Time Month Time
Sep 7:30 pm Oct 8:00 pm
Nov 8:30 pm Dec 8:30 pm
Jan 8:30 pm Feb 8:30 pm
Mar 8:00 pm Apr 7:30 pm
May 7:30 pm
Tour start times

Tour Start Time

Night Sky Tour Types

The 2021-22 Schedule

Dark Sky Nights

Dark sky nights are when there’s no Moon. The fainter objects such as globular clusters and nebulae show up well against the darker background of a moonless sky.

Dates Of Dark Sky Nights
03/09/2021 04/09/2021 05/09/2021 24/09/2021
25/09/2021 26/09/2021 30/09/2021 01/10/2021
03/10/2021 07/10/2021 08/10/2021 09/10/2021
29/10/2021 30/10/2021 05/11/2021 06/11/2021
07/11/2021 26/11/2021 28/11/2021 02/12/2021
03/12/2021 05/12/2021 30/12/2021 02/01/2022
20/01/2022 21/01/2022 22/01/2022 23/01/2022
27/01/2022 28/01/2022 29/01/2022 30/01/2022
25/02/2022 26/02/2022 27/02/2022 04/03/2022
05/03/2022 06/03/2022 25/03/2022 26/03/2022
27/03/2022 01/04/2022 02/04/2022 03/04/2022
21/04/2022 22/04/2022 23/04/2022 24/04/2022
29/04/2022 30/04/2022 01/05/2022 20/05/2022
21/05/2022 22/05/2022 27/05/2022 28/05/2022
29/05/2022

Moonlit Nights

Moonlit nights are when the Moon is one of the observing targets. The best detail on the lunar surface is seen around the half-moon phase. Star clusters and bright nebulae will also be visible.

Dates Of Moonlit Nights
10/09/2021 11/09/2021 12/09/2021 10/10/2021
15/10/2021 16/10/2021 17/10/2021 12/11/2021
14/11/2021 09/12/2021 10/12/2021 11/12/2021
12/12/2021 06/01/2022 07/01/2022 08/01/2022
09/01/2022 04/02/2022 05/02/2022 06/02/2022
11/02/2022 12/02/2022 13/02/2022 11/03/2022
13/03/2022 06/05/2022 07/05/2022 08/05/2022

Full Moon Nights

Full moon nights are when a Full Moon occurs on a weekend.

See our Focusing On Our Moon event page for details and to book

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Type of tours

Types of Tours

What If It’s Cloudy

Tour of the Astrographic Telescope. Image Credit: Roger Groom

If the Night Sky Tour is cloudy/raining we still go ahead with the tour and we provide the public with an astronomical presentation and a guided tour of the facility showing you the 120 years of the Perth Observatory. At any time if the sky clears up enough to start or resume the viewing through the telescopes we will. During the Spring, Summer, and Autumn seasons, if you don’t get to see a minimum 4 objects through telescopes the Night Sky Tours will be declared a cloudy night and you’ll be emailed a 50% discount code for a future tour. When attending that future tour, the ticket holder may postpone to an alternative date if cloudy conditions are forecast.

We allow for transfers of bookings to another date up to 24 hours before your tour, but we do make exceptions for that 24 hours period e.g. Death in the family, Illness, plane delays.

Volunteer Arthur gives his astronomical presentation. Image Credit: Matt Woods

We also only cancel Night Sky Tours if the Bureau of Meteorology has in place a Severe Weather Warning for the Perth Metropolitan region, including Perth Hills/Bickley area, for the time of the tour, or within 6 hours of the tour start time and we’ll contact you via phone call/email. You’ll then be given the option to receive a refund or transfer the booking to an alternative tour date/time.

If you do want to reschedule your tour because it’s going to rain or cloudy, please call us on 08 9293 8255, email us at info@perthobservatory.com.au or even message us on our Facebook page up to the day before the tour.

Please Note: If you’ve booked your tour with a cloudy night coupon code that you received because your last night sky tour was cloudy/rainy, you can get in contact with us on the day of the tour.

Rain CTA

What If It's Cloudy

General Tour Info

Time

Aim to arrive 15 minutes early to minimise inconvenience, especially on the evening sessions.

Dress Appropriately

Our star viewing sessions are outdoor activities, in the bush and in the dark and can be cold.

Young Children

Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Children under 5 are free, but it’s recommended that children be at least 8 years of age to attend telescope viewing events, as the ability to take instructions, understand the information given and patience for the duration of approximately 90 minutes viewings is necessary.

Smoking

Is totally prohibited in the Observatory grounds and buildings.

Litter

The Observatory is in a National Park and is part of the Department of Parks and Wildlife, which requires visitors to take their litter when they leave.

General info on night tours

General Tour Info

Concession Ticket Definition

Concession* is defined as one of the following:

  • Seniors and Australian Health Care Card Holders who hold one of the following:
    • Blue Government Card or White Senior Card
    • Pension Card
    • Repatriation Health Card (Gold)
    • Health Care Card specifying reason as “age”
    • Veterans Affairs Card
    • For overseas seniors, Proof of Age Cards or Passport showing age as +65 years old
  • Students
    • Any Australian student card with a valid sticker or date – student must be studying in Australia
Who is a concession

Who's a Concession

Wheelchairs Accessibility

The Pantograph Telescope from the front. Image credit: Matt Woods

Please be aware that step or platform ladders are used to gain access to the eyepieces for some of our telescopes. We do have a pantograph telescope for people in wheelchairs but please note that a range of head & upper body movement is required to be able to use this telescope. You or your carer will also need to position the wheelchair with precision in the dark. If you or someone in your group requires the pantograph telescope, you can let us know by filling in the notes field in the checkout section when paying for your booking and we’ll make sure it’s ready on the night.

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair Accessibility

If you are looking to have dinner before the tour there are some nice restaurants in the area. In Gooseberry Hill there is Embers Restuarant and in Lesmurdie there is the Village Pizza Kitchen and Buns & Co. Kalamunda is the biggest town in the Perth Hills and has a wide variety of restaurants which include:

  • The Vault
  • Kishi Bar
  • Taco Maria
  • Kandel Pan And Grill
  • Kalamunda Tap House
  • Kalamunda Hotel
  • The Best Drop

From Spring through to Autumn, The Traveling Snack Restaurant is located at Lion’s Lookout on Welshpool East Rd in Lesmurdie and if you are booked on a Night Tour on a Saturday, the French Restaurant Mistelle is at Hainault Winery which is less than a kilometre away to the Observatory is open for bookings from 6 pm. Diners are invited to enjoy a pre-dinner drink on the deck whilst watching the sunset. To see their dinner menu, click this link: https://www.mistelle.com.au/a-la-carte-menu

Dinner options cta

Dinner Options

Terms & Conditions CTA

Terms & Conditions

Book Now

To book your Night Sky Tour right now, you need to enter the number of people coming in and then click the date in the booking calendar. A green background denotes a night tour on that night with spots still available, a red background is a night tour that is fully book and yellow is today’s date.

Once you’ve done that, click on the Book Now button and that will take you to the checkout section where you can pay for your tour.

You’ll get a confirmation email and on the night the host will ask you for the name the booking was under and then mark you off on the booking sheet.

Step 1: Choose the number of people that are coming