Welcome to the Ballarat Observatory

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

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.

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

The Third Rock Cafe is open Tuesday – 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.

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.

To Subscribe to our Events listing click here to download the iCal Calendar onto your iPhone, iPad or Computer


3rd Rock Cafe Position

Casual Position with a view to a long term position for a creative, industrious person with excellent culinary and management skills to expand the 3rd Rock Cafe. Resume to bas@cbl.com.au , 0429 199 312 for more information.


The elusive phenomena, Santa Australis, maybe be seen over the coming days for those who believe.
Our very best wishes for everyone for a peaceful Christmas and New Year.





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?