Please note that bookings are essential. Bookings can be made by sending us an email with the number of people and contact details or calling us, visit the contact us page for more information
Payments can be made via direct deposit or on the night. See Costs link
Bookings for School Groups
We regularly run lectures and tours for school and community groups. For school and special groups, School booking form Sept 2015 pdf file, School Booking form Sept 2015 doc file or contact the After Hours, Bookings or to speak with the Science & Education Officer: 0429 199 312 to arrange your visit. Visits may be day or evening, Sunday to Thursday by prior appointment.
School Group Program description click here
Private Bookings allow you to enjoy a personal guided tour of the Universe with one of the experienced observatory staff. Ask as many questions as you like and enjoy looking through the telescope without any distractions.
Viewing through the telescope at night is dependent on weather conditions, please contact us if you have any questions about when would be the best time for viewing. Full moon nights are not recommended.
Private Bookings are available from Mondays to Thursdays (depending on availability)
Private booking program:
- Personalised Tour of the Observatory
- 3D Movies
- Viewing at the telescope
- Extensive Q & A with the presenter
- Can be tailored to your liking
The program can go from anywhere between 1 – 2 hours depending on the weather and the number of people in your group
A Community Booking for groups can attract a discount if the group is large enough, prices start as per the Current Costs link.
A Small Convention booking form is available Convention Weekend Booking FormMarch 2014.
Prices are are the starting point and guide to what we offer, depending on what is agreed when you arrange your booking.
Time availability is weekday or weekend. Numbers up to 40 can be catered for. Larger numbers up to 60 would require the tent to help with catering to allow Baker Hall to be free for lectures etc. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bookings For Special Occasions
For your next Birthday Party, Wedding with a difference, or just private function with an astronomical theme. Contact us and we can help you plan a memorable event.
12 year old birthday party -parent: “We really appreciate your efforts in providing fabulous food and an extraordinary experience for all the boys. Thank You. They were genuinely amazed to view Saturn and learnt a great deal. We are thinking it has been the best party ever!” Birthday Young Man: “To the good people at the Ballarat Observatory, It’s hard tp express my appreciation in words, I had a truly amazing experience and I’m almost certain everyone that came did too.Thank you so much for giving your time to make my birthday truly special. “
For children’s parties, we have extras such as glow wristbands, wands and necklaces, also a great little Flying Prop, flies similar to a frisbee but launched vertically, which is lots of fun for children (and adults). 3D Astrotour movies and viewing through the telescopes. Fun Rocket launching activities available for the kids and adults!
We can also come to you with our telescopes, which can include visits to schools, private functions, birthday parties, whatever you have in mind.
Call on 0429 199 312 to plan your special occasion.
For Accommodation information go to ACCOMMODATION