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Siding Spring Observatory

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Address: Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia
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+61 2 6842 6211
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Tue - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
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Opening Hours Open 7 days during School Holidays. Non-school holiday...

Opening Hours Open 7 days during School Holidays. Non-school holiday operating hours: 9:30am - 4:00 pm Tuesday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00 pm Saturday CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAY

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Very informative and spectacular views. Loved the interactive "mil carton" display, even us over 50's can get a kick from learning basic new things.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Donna P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very informative and spectacular views. Loved the interactive "mil carton" display, even us over 50's can get a kick from learning basic new things.

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Thank Donna P
Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful part of the country this is. Loved the drive up and the observatory itself was very interesting. Definitely worth a visit if in the area

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Fantastic to see the stars and planets so close up it was like you can touch them, our guide was very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had, however I do think it's a little over priced for what you actually get..

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Batemans Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Located approximately half an hour drive from Coonabarabran is the Siding Spring Observatory Visitor Centre and telescope exhibition. There is plenty of parking available for visitors with public toilets, café and a gift shop on site. A concrete path up quite a steep incline takes you to the telescope exhibition area which may be accessed by a lift or stairs.... More 

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Thank pandd1946
Toowoomba, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Very beautiful scenery, lots to see in science section, we should have done a tour. Cafe friendly and obliging. Limited choice of food.

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Thank megrett56
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I was disappointed as there was an uphill walk from the visitor information Center to the telescope. Without having to ask i was told to drive my car up the hill even though the signage said no entry. I was told that this did not apply to people with mobility disability. Thank you i loved my visit.

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Thank molecular_4u
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Peter provided a informative and interesting tour of the site which was accessible to both Mr 12 and both parents. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

A little gem in the mountains! What an amazing place. Full of science and wonderful scenery. A great visitors centre and lots to see and do.

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Thank Grahame P
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

There's a little museum, cafe and gift shop here as well as an observation area in the observation tower itself. You can watch the giant telescope moving around.

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Thank dragonsquareeyes
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Siding Springs Observatory is interesting to look around . There is a display inside the actual observatory and a view of the inside through glass . The 5 minute video presentation is also interesting . The view over the Warrumbungles is spectacular.

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