Welcome to the Ballarat Observatory

3D Movies, Star Parties, Lectures, Night Sky Viewing and much more..

Families attending the Sci Fi Art school holiday activities will receive a free pass to our SCI FI Event on Saturday 31st January. Cost for activity $20 Family, $15 Concession, $8 Student.

Learn about the Cosmos with our 3D Astrotour theatre, view planets & stars with our modern & historical telescopes.

To book a visit, contact our Science Officer,  on   0429 199 312, all viewing times need to be booked.

 Due to daylight savings time the following open times apply:  NB The Observatory is open later if there is a booking.


Saturday 10th open from 8.30pm.


For viewing at the telescopes, the viewing start time is after 9.30pm for summer.

The Third Rock Cafe is open Tue

sday – Saturday 5-8pm bookings essential (03 5332 7526 between 5 and 8pm Tuesday – Saturday or  0429 199 312 outside these hours.)   Bookings essential  – for Menu click here.

Our Science Shop  is open Tuesday – Saturday 5-8pm  and  later on Fri- Sat if viewing is still in process.

20% Discount applies to all Astrophotograpy images for January and February. Come and look at the beautiful range of images.

Sun – Mon the Observatory is closed unless there is a pre – arranged booking 

or special event on.

For help in planning your visit, refer to the Diary of Phenomena below and the Frequently Asked Questions.

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Events Calendar

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What’s on at the Observatory

Diary of Astronomical Phenomena

How good is your backyard sky? Find out here- Light Pollution-What is It?