Fauna and Firmament


Discover Nocturnal Wildlife and the Amazing Universe


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.

If cloudy and alternative program is provided including 3D movies about Astronomy and a virtual tour of the night sky.

The first part of the Tour begins 2 hours before sunset, and participants arrive at the Ballarat Observatory 1.75 hours after sunset for

an Optional  Dinner at extra cost followed by viewing through the telescopes.

If cloudy, a virtual tour of the  night sky  will be presented along with 3D movies.

During January and February, viewing of the night sky will be out in the bush under the stars,

as sunset is much later due to daylight savings time or if cloudy, an alternate program at the Observatory.

Bookings can be made up to 48 hours prior to the Tour. Places are limited.

Bookings and information on 5332 7526 or 0429 199 312


Available Tuesday to Saturday

Costs for Groups up to 6 people

$55 Adults

$48 Concession Seniors Card, Pensioner, Student Over 15 yrs.

$32 Children up to 15yrs

$160 Family (2A 2Children)

For groups larger than 6 the following costs apply:

7  = $75 per person,
8  = $69 per person,
9 =  $64 per person,
10 = $60 per person,
11  = $57 per person.

This is the largest group number  available.

Extra for Optional Meal

Available at the 3rd Rock Cafe

Bookings and information on 5332 7526 or 0429 199 312




 Cancellation within 24 hours of departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Failure to meet the guide on the day of departure and take the tour will incur a 100% cancellation fee.  If the tour operator cancels the tour, the tour operator will refund all monies payed by the customer.  Ballarat Observatory and Golden Nugget Discovery Tours shall be exempt from all liability, delay, loss, damage, sickness or injury however caused occurring of or to the passenger at any time while participating in any Tour or related activity and passengers will travel with the understanding that these conditions are accepted prior to departure. Travel insurance is recommended. The management retains the right to alter fares, itineraries, days of operation, and cancel tours for any unforeseen circumstance.