Welcome to the Ballarat Observatory

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

131st Year

“Discover the Amazing Universe.”

Visit Ballarat and come to Ballarat Municipal Observatory Museum and Learn about the Cosmos with our 3D Astrotour theatre, view planets & stars with our modern & historical telescopes.


Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Winter Festival – Starry Nights Program

 Phone for later bookings on 0429 199 312 or contact


Sunday , Monday and Wednesday the Observatory is closed unless there is a pre – arranged booking or special event is on.

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

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What’s on at the Observatory




The Ballarat Observatory and Golden Nugget Discovery Tours have come together to give you an unforgettable bush and night time experience.

We care for our Environment and Planet Earth.

As the sun sets, the Australian bush comes alive, a chance to encounter, depending on their being present on the  night, some local wildlife such as

Kangaroos, Possums, Gliders, Owls, Frogs, Bats, and other night wild life and then to look through telescopes at the Observatory to discover the wonders of the night sky.

More information here


The Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum is delighted to have been awarded the 2017 Greg Binns Award for Outstanding Community Contribution to Heritage.

For Information about Current & Future Projects and to make a Donation, click this link



 Gift Voucher  Available for the
   Science Shop,
   3D Tours,



 You are invited by the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners and Parks Victoria to the:

Official launch of the new Aboriginal name for the Canadian Regional Park -‘ Woowookarung’

 By the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change on Wednesday July 19th.

Woowookarung is an area of 634 hectacres of land which was pine forest and is now turning back into native vegetation.
The large area contributes to the level of darkness of our Southern Sky from the Observatory.
It is a great environmental achievement for those involved.

This launch event is a great opportunity for all the Parks friends to gather and celebrate another step in the ‘Woowookarung’ story 


Diary of Astronomical Phenomena

Sunrise and Sunset Times Ballarat

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


  • 5th Venus is a morning object at magnitude -4.2, in Taurus,  distance from Earth 142,285,402km, rising at 04:11hrs AEST.
  • 5th Mars is an evening object setting at 20:07hrs AEST , in Gemini at  mag. 1.7,  dist. from Earth 393,144,738km.
  • 5th Mercury is an evening object in Taurus, mag. -0.8, dist. from Earth 184,413,200km, rising at 08:37 hrs AEST and setting at 18:25AEST.
  • 5th Saturn is rising at 13:38hrs AEST, in Ophiuchus, the Serpent Handler, mag. 0.1  distance 1,361,2776,776km and sets at 06:13hrs AEST on 6th.
  • 4th Jupiter in Virgo sets at 00:39hrs AEST,   mag. -2.0 West of Spica, Alpha Virgo, distance 799, 168,406km.

Earlier Diary of Phenomena