Welcome to the Ballarat Observatory

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

132nd 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.

 BOOK HERE for a Best Nights for Viewing 2019 discount of 15% applies to these nights for bookings made online. A program of activities will apply to these evenings. Arrival time can be closer to viewing time.

More information on bas@cbl.com.au or phone 0429 199 312.

Bookings essential for evening program, group bookings any7th March time.

The Observatory this week is open from

Saturdsy 23rd March , closed in the evening.

Tuesday and Thursday open from 2.00pm and booking can be taken by 4pm for the evening program beginning at 7.30pm.

Saturdays – evening bookings available starting at 7.30pm.

The Observatory will be closed unless there is a confirmed booking for the evening program.


What’s on at the Observatory

To Subscribe to our Events listing click here to download the iCal Calendar onto your iPhone, iPad or Computer

Fauna and Firmament Tours


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

More information here

Group bookings for other times call on 0429 199 312.

 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 Frequently Asked Questions.

Join BAS and become a Member. Benefits include 20% Discount in our Science Shop and for all events, and 10% discount in the 3rd Rock Cafe – great value!


Volunteer Positions    NB Changed Date

The Observatory will be expanding the opening hours over the four weeks of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) later in 2019.

To that end, an invitation is extended to Community Members who would like to help to make the above successful.

The program for Volunteers, maybe extended beyond and/or before the BIFB depending on response, bring along your ideas.

A position for a Convenor of Volunteers is also available. An initial meeting will be held on Tuesday 26th February at 3.30pm, refreshments included.

RSVP to Judith on 0429 199 312 or Contact us


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




Pulsar discoverer Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins $3-million Breakthrough Prize
Astrophysicist plans to spend prize money — awarded 50 years after the discovery — on increasing diversity in science.






Working Towards a City of Ballarat Dark Sky Community

At the  Earth Hour event on the 24th March 2018 all participants voted to work towards the City of Ballarat becoming a Dark Sky Community. More……..


 Gift Voucher  Gift vouchers are now available Online as well as at the Observatory
   Science Shop,
   3D Tours,



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