Adult: $40.00
Concession: $30.00
Child (Ages 5 to 17): $25.00
Tours Start: 7:30 pm
Duration: 1½ to 2 hours

Astronomers say the best time for viewing our southern skies is during Winter so our passionate volunteers at the Perth Observatory will brave the cold weather to show you planets, and the galactic centre passing overhead revealing many deep-sky treasures that you can’t see in Summer.

If there are clouds or even rain on the night we’ll then provide you with an amazing guided tour of the Observatory. Either way, we give out hot chocolate at the end of the night so why not put on your warmest coat, beanie and boots and join us on the hilltop for a very different experience. Either way at the end of the night we’ll all gather in the foyer of the main building for hot chocolate and biscuits.

Please Note: With the current situation, if you are unwell, please inform the observatory by email (info@perthobservatory.com.au), calling or messaging us on our Facebook page up to 2 hours before the tour and you can reschedule.

2020/21 Schedule

Tour Dates
03/06/22 ** 04/06/22 ** 05/06/22 ** 17/06/22
18/06/22 19/06/22 24/06/22 25/06/22
26/06/22 01/07/22 02/07/22 03/07/22
07/07/22 ** 08/07/22 ** 09/07/22 ** 10/07/22 **
22/07/22 23/07/22 24/07/22 29/07/22
30/07/22 31/07/22 05/08/22 ** 06/08/22 **
07/08/22 ** 19/08/22 20/08/22 21/08/22
26/08/22 27/08/22 28/08/22

** – Moonlit Nights

Type of tours

Types of Tours

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 Winter Night 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