The Ballarat Observatory has various booking categories for your visit, catering to various scenarios
General bookings involve groups of people (numbers depend on government restrictions). Activities include observing at the telescope, if cloudy there will be a guided tour of the observatory and viewing on 3D movies in the AstroTour theatre.
All our available nights have links on the following page, Available Nights Open and Special Events:
General Bookings Front Page
Located at CENTRE of front page and change according to sunset times throughout the year.
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)
Sample program can be tailored to your liking:
- Personalised Tour of the Observatory
- 3D Movies
- Viewing at the telescope
- Extensive Q & A with the presenter
The program can go from anywhere between 1 – 2 hours depending on the weather and the number of people in your group
Community Group Bookings
A Community Booking for groups can attract a discount if the group is over 12 people, contact the Observatory to discuss. Prices start for under 12 people as per the Costs
School Group Bookings
We regularly run lectures and tours for school groups. For school and special groups,
or contact for Group Bookings on: 0429 199 312 to arrange your visit.
Visits may be day or evening, Sunday to Thursday by prior appointment.
Special Occasion Bookings
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.
“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. “ – 12 year old birthday party -parent
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!
You can self cater in our Third Rock Cafe. Call to visit to plan your birthday party or event.
Image below shows eager birthday party participants viewing a first quarter moon, a great experience for little ones.
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.
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