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.

Saturn is  a beautiful object to view now

Our first REVEALING THE COSMOS LECTURE SERIES was a great success, don’t miss out on a great night of thought provoking ideas. These lectures will offer you the very latest information on each of the subject areas. Our very own Saeed Salimpour, award winning lecturer and currently a postgraduate student in Astronomy, will take you on an absolutely fascinating journey, don’t miss this opportunity for a great and enjoyable night.

More information at REVEALING THE COSMOS

The Third Rock Cafe is open Tuesday – Saturday 4-7pm bookings essential (03 5332 7526 between 4 and 7pm Tuesday – Saturday)

Our Science Shop  is open Tuesday – Saturday 4-7pm  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



Check out the all-sky aurora patrol CCD camera located at Cressy, Tasmania which provides aurora watchers with real-time guidance on whether auroras are visible from Tasmania. 


Attention students and teachers!

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet a  Prof Brian Cox.  Before his Making Sense of the Cosmos Australian tour, Brian will take time to answer students’ burning questions – about almost anything!

Do you want to know more about the formation of our universe? How the human brain is linked to the cosmos? Or do you just want to know whether Brian still gets requests to play ‘Things Can Only Get Better‘?

This online broadcast Q&A session will take Brian Cox directly into your classroom. NB you to have register to attend before the event as the livestream will be password protected on the day.

More info:


If you have a student interested to participate , they may also like to attend our COSMOS series of talks.



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?