Dubbo Observatory your gateway to the galaxy
During the day take a break from the bustle and enjoy a relaxing tea or coffee etc in our café.
Established in 1999 Dubbo Observatory is located a short 10 minute drive from Dubbo city behind the world famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Dubbo Observatory was established for the purpose of giving visitors a unique experience of viewing the universe through its high-tech computerised telescopes. Over the past 11 years Dubbo Observatory has conducted guided tours for hundreds of school groups, tour groups and local and overseas visitors.
In our theatrette we have an audio visual program which looks at distances in the universe and how stars work. We also explore space travel on the Space Shuttle. We then go out to our 305mm Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes where we look at the celestial wonders on offer that evening. From a tour of the Moon we look at available planets and other structures in the Galaxy and beyond. On a monitor we can pull up hugely magnified images of the Moon and other objects.
In the daytime have fun and learn about the universe playing our 18-hole astro mini-golf course. We have a 6-page information and score card which explains the astronomy behind each of the holes. We have a full size TARDIS from Dr Who to putt around, a 10th scale model of Stonehenge which is in working order, a Black Hole and much more.
During the day and at night you can browse through our gifts from the Galaxy Shop: astronomy, science, science toys, local Aboriginal art and artefacts, local metal work, furniture and jewellery.
Turn left off Newell Highway onto Obley Road. Go 3kms past the Zoo entry then turn right onto Camp Road.
Phone: (02) 6885 3022