Anglo Australian Telescope - DISCOVERY PROGRAM

From AUD $18.00
  • Duration: 90 Minutes
  • Location: Coonabarabran, NSW
  • Product code: SSO/DT/APR

In 1974 The Anglo-Australian Telescope was opened by HRH Prince Charles as Australia’s National Astronomical Facility. From first light to this day, the largest optical telescope in Australia has been a world-leading facility discovering exoplanets, supernovae and galaxies.

In this 90 minutes walking tour of Australia’s largest optical telescope, your guide will share the history of this site and share some of the mysteries of our universe it has helped unlock.


. Walking tour led by working astronomers, technicians and engineers

. Behind the scenes entry into the Anglo-Australian Telescope

. History and overview of Siding Spring Mountain


Discounted entrance to Milroy Observatory Night Sky Show (when booked through this site)

Tour Times

·      10:30am – 12.00pm - Thursday

·       2:00 pm – 3.30pm     - Saturday 

*Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day  ** Groups on request


Getting to Siding Spring Observatory

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. 


Terms and Conditions

Bookings must be received online and close 48 hours prior to tour start. Late bookings, or bookings on-site, are subject to availability and confirmation of the terms and conditions. 

A Safety Waiver Form will be sent on the booking confirmation and signed on commencement. Any guest unable to adhere to these conditions will be asked to leave the tour program. 

A maximum of 8 tickets can be purchased per order. 

Enclosed footwear is compulsory for entry on the tour. 

Children under the age of 5 are not permitted for safety reasons, and over 5-year-olds must be supervised by parents or guardians at all times. 


Due to the remoteness of the site, the tour may be cancelled due to severe or extreme weather conditions. You will be notified by 3pm 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. If you chose to cancel after purchase, there is no refund.

If you have any questions about your booking, please call 02-6842 6363 during office hours.

Image Credit - Dr Angel Lopez-Sanchez