Welcome to the Ballarat Observatory

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

131th 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.

 Best of Ballarat – Things to do and Places to Stay before or after your visit or ask our Demonstrators for a copy of the Visitors Guide to Ballarat.

Gift Vouchers are available for the Science Shop or for 3D Tours and Viewing.


PROGRAM From 5th – 28th January School Holiday Program

TUESDAY / THURSDAY / FRIDAY / SATURDAY  NB: Special Wednesday session 18th January only.

5.00 – 5.30pm – Activities for children – Lecture: Learn about our solar system, How many Moons does Earth Have? What are the latest discoveries?
5.30pm – 6.15pm Make  a Solar System Mobile Create  a mobile with the 8 Planets and our largest Dwarf Planet.
NB: Open only if confirmed bookings from 8.30pm:
8.30pm – Tour & History of Observatory
9.00pm  – 3D Movies
9.30pm – Viewing at the telescopes.

Cost $20 per Adult $15 Concession, $10 student. Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an Adult. Includes return to view through the telescopes if participating in the children’s activities.

Note: 28th January is our SCI FI EVENT - no children’s activities in the afternoon, but there will be children’s activities at the Sci Fi Event.


Bookings essential on 0429 199 312 or 61 3 5332 7526

 Costs  for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday bookings during School Term are as follows for Public visitors,

$35 Adults, $20 Conc, $15 Students < 18, $80 Family 2A &2S, $90 Family 2A & 3+S. Payment by Cash or Direct Deposit on your Mobile, NO Eftpos.

this fee includes a cover charge for very small groups. Larger groups will still be charged at the lower general entry costs. Friday and Saturday costs as per General entry.

General Cost: $20 Adults, $15 Conc, $10 Students < 18, $50 Family 2A &2S, $55 Family 2A & 3+S. Payment by Cash or Direct Deposit on your Mobile, NO Eftpos.

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


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





First Earth has a second moon, HO3, and now Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system, has a planet, Proxima B, two great discoveries in our lifetime! Proxima B was discovered using the HARPS instrument on the ESO 3.6-metre telescope. The attached image, shows Proxima, designated TYC9010-4949-1 just East of Rigel Kentaurus, Alpa Centauri (second closest star system, it is a binary star). Proxima is only visible in telescopes, being magnitude 10.56. The most you can see with your eyes is about Magnitude 6 depending on the quality of the ‘seeing’.


Diary of Astronomical Phenomena

Sunrise and Sunset Times Ballarat

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





Earlier Diary of Phenomena