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Astronomy in Western Australia

Astro Tours of the Kimberley

Greg Quicke's Astro Tours provides guided tours of the night sky from the exotic pearling town of Broome in Western Australia's far north. They also conduct outback stargazing adventures of the surrounding Kimberley bush. During the "Big Wet" (January to March) Astro Tours operates a summer program in the state's South West.


Astro Ventures

Now closed to the public - Astro Ventures operated from the dark country skies at Pingelly, a pleasant one and a half hour drive from Perth via the Brookton Highway. Pingelly Heights Observatory experienced hosts offered a varied program including a range of audio-visual presentations as well as night sky tours. Daytime tours of the observatory were also available.


Australian International Gravitational Observatory

The Australian International Gravitational Observatory is situated in the pristine banksia bushland of Wallingup Plain near Gingin, 85km north of Perth. The faciltiy will soon incorporate a Gravity Discovery Centre. AIGO is an initiative of the University of Western Australia and the Australian Consortium for Interferometric Gravitational Astronomy (ACIGA).


Learmonth Solar Observatory

The Learmonth Solar Observatory is the site of one of six solar velocity imagers in the world-wide GONG (Global Oscillation Network Group) network operated by NOAO (U.S. National Optical Astronomy Observatories). It is jointly operated by IPS Radio and Space Services and by the US Air Force.


Perth Astronomy Research Group (PARG)

PARG promotes astronomical research in the Perth region. Its members include representatives from Perth Observatory, the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and the Astronomical Society of Western Australia.


Perth Observatory

Perth Observatory is located some 25km east of the city at the head of the picturesque Bickley Valley in the Darling Scarp. Now the sole remaining fully operational State observatory in Australia, the observatory fulfills a vital role in providing astronomical services to the State of Western Australia as well as maintaining a major emphasis on scientific research.


Horizon – The Planetarium and Scitech Discovery Centre

Horizon and Scitech are located at the CityWest retail centre on the doorstep of Perth's CBD. This state-of-the-art theatre, opened in April 2004, and fully refurbished in 2013, is the largest planetarium in Australasia. Daily sessions at Horizon last for 40 minutes and consist of HORIZON LIVE! and a digital, full dome space show. After you’ve seen a dome screen, everything else looks flat! For those people in the country Scitech's traveling roadshow includes a portable space dome.


Gingin Observatory

The Gingin Observatory is a commercial observatory operating in conjunction with the AIGO near the town of Gingin. Regular tours operate all year round (weather permitting).



Spacetime is a West Australian company dedicated to bringing science and astronomy based services to schools and communities across WA.
The Cosmodome mobile planetarium is our central service and is complemented by our night sky and solar observatories.

  This page was last updated on 9 March, 2014