Siding Spring Observatory
for the school holidays
Daily 10 am - 2pm.
General Trading Hours
Thursday - Sunday 10 am - 2pm.
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day and in cases of severe weather
What can you do at
Siding Spring Observatory?
Siding Spring Observatory sits on the summit of Mt Woorut, NSW, set within the stunning National Heritage Listed Warrumbungle National Park and home to Australia's first Dark Sky Place
Reasons to book ahead
Avoid disappointment - our tours sell out quickly and numbers are strictly limited.
Safety - help us keep you covid safe
Enjoyment - avoid the crush! By planning your arrival time you can get the most out of your visit, talk to our guides and ask the questions you want.
Discounts- Pre-booking your tour and meals gives you a discount of at least 10%
Service - In the event that Siding Spring Observatory is closed to the general public, we will guarantee alternative service.
Dark Sky Traveller is a third-party supplier. We have permission to operate tours of the site, but do not control the operating hours. The final decision for the opening of the facility is made by the Australian National University.
We ask you to respect our staff and to appreciate your consideration.
GETTING TO SIDING SPRING
Siding Spring Observatory is located 28 kms west of Coonabarabran or 14 kms east of Warrumbungle National Park on Observatory Road. Please note that no caravans are allowed on the mountain road and can be stowed at the bottom of Siding Spring Range in the designated area. Caravans are not permitted on the mountain and are requested to use the car park at the bottom. Motorhomes and busses can access the site with caution.
We offer light refreshments and prepurchased meal packages in the cafe.
Please note that Siding Spring Observatory is not open to the public at night and subject to closures at any time. See the Siding Spring Observatory Facebook page for current times.
WEATHER AND ALTITUDE
Siding Spring Observatory is much higher than the surrounding towns, at 1100m high. For this reason, the weather on the mountain can be extreme - both in heat and cold.
In winter we recommend taking a good cold weather jacket, beanie, gloves and scarf. It has been known to snow!
In summer, make sure to bring some water, a sun hat and sunscreen too.
GOING INSIDE THE ANGLO AUSTRALIAN TELESCOPE
This tour is not recommended for people with heart conditions or poor physical condition. There are approximately 30 stairs and a steep roadway to start the tour.
The building is chilled down to the evening temperature, so will be colder than the outside temperature
Whilste inside the AAT you will be required to wear enclosed footwear and a facemask.
Children 4 years and under are not permitted for safety reasons. Parties with children under this age will forfeit their booking.
General Terms and Conditions
Bookings must be received online prior to tour start. Late bookings, or bookings on-site, are subject to availability and confirmation of the terms and conditions.
Any guest unable to adhere to these conditions will be asked to leave the tour program.
In the event of site closure for reasons other than extreme weather or bush fire danger, general access to the site may not be possible. Guests who have prebooked will be contacted to make alternative arrangements. This may include offering alternative dates, or access to the site by prearranged coach.
Safety requirements include:
Guests who are travelling from or have been in Covid Affected Areas 14 days prior to the tour, are not allowed entry. see
Wearing of face masks when indoors (please supply your own mask)
Observing social distancing and hand-hygiene practices
Mandatory wearing of enclosed footwear when visiting inside the Anglo Australian Telescope
Remaining with the group at all times, not climbing or jumping on equipment.
All children must be supervised by parents or guardians at all times. Inability to adhere to these requests will result in cancellation of your participation with nil refund.
Due to the remoteness of the site, the tour may be cancelled or amended at any time . This may be due to severe or extreme weather conditions or for scientific, enginnering or maintenance. You will be notified by 5pm the day prior to your tour with the options of a full refund, transfer to another date or credit to be used for the same product. In the event of site closure for reasons other than extreme weather or fire danger, DST will coordinate a bus tour for passengers who have prebooked.
If you chose to cancel or no-show after purchase, there is no refund, but your tour may be held in credit for up to 12 months, or transferred to another guest.
A credit card fee of 1.75% applie to all bookings. The costs per person are discounted for online bookings. An additional fee of $3.95 may apply for phone bookings.
In line with Anglo Australian Telescope safety requirements, all guests must:
have no COVID-19 symptoms,
have not been in an area of high concern (categories A and B) at the dates and times listed
sign in using the code via the Service NSW COVID-19 App
practice good hand hygiene by frequently washing or sanitising hands, and
keep their distance from others (at least1.5m)