Welcome to the Gingin Observatory come and experience Astronomy with us !
At the Gingin Observatory visitors experience the wonders of space by viewing through our telescopes, engaging with astronomers and by interacting during a big screen presentation that highlights our beautiful universe.
The Gingin Observatory building is split into two easily accessible ground-level areas. Walk into our reception/shop and theatre room where we begin the session with an introduction and presentation. Our viewing area has a fully retractable 7.5 tonne roof driven by a motor on either side. Once open our astronomers will take you on a laser-guided tour of the stars & constellations before introducing you to our telescopes will take you on a journey into deep space & beyond. While waiting your turn, check out our beautiful night sky with our high magnification binoculars.
Have you ever gazed up into the night sky and wanted to know more about the mysteries that lay within the darkness? At the Gingin Observatory just a glance through a powerful telescope and some words of wisdom from the night sky enthusiasts can unlock at least some of the secrets of the universe.
Our telescopes take you hurtling back in time revealing space as it was thousands years ago. If you're viewing a star that is 5,000 light years away then you are actually seeing the light from that star as it was 5,000 years ago because that's how long it takes the light to reach us here on Earth.
This is just one of the fascinating facts you'll walk away with thanks to our astronomers who are on hand to answer your questions and reveal what you're seeing though the telecopes. You will learn about "galactic cannibalism"... apparently big galaxies are rather partial to smaller ones and are prone to gobble them up!. There are also the planets.....Saturn, Mars or Jupiter - at specific times of the year, It's enough to make your mind boggle, so come along and join us for an entertaining evening and see some of the great wonders of our beautiful and brilliant universe!.
GINGIN OBSERVATORY Astronomers took the world stage and helped locate & live feed the passing of ASTEROID DA14 to NASA and the rest of the world on February 16th 2013.
Thankyou to our Galaxy Team for all the time, effort & skill they put into achieving this incredible feat. Over 9 million people in the US saw the coverage and the news footage was broadcast all over the world on the day . What a memorable adventure for all of us at the Gingin Observatory.
Since then, the "Team" have gone on to be involved in other events in the Southern Hemisphere for NASA........WHAT'S NEXT ?
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- $52.00 Adults
- $45.00 Seniors
- $33.00 Children (6-16yrs)
- Children Under 5- FREE
- $165.00 Family ( 2 Adults & 2 Children ( 6--16 yrs)
- Groups of 10 there is a % off ( for certain events only)
Stargazing Gift Vouchers
- Why not buy a Stargazing Gift Voucher for that someone special this Christmas or a Birthday! (Valid for only 6 mths from date of purchase) # Call office when ready to book. or They can be found at GIFT VOUCHERS - SHOPPING IN SPACE**
Please Note: Our Prices vary depending on the Daytime Solar Viewing or Stargazing Evening events.
Gingin Observatory # Office Hours : Monday through to Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
( please leave a message on the phone and we will endevour to get back to you as soon as we possibly can) Thankyou from Head Stargazers
OFFICE AND OBSERVATORY ARE CLOSED ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS - DATES BELOW FOR 2013 2014.
- 24TH DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS EVE
- 25TH DECEMBER - CHRISTMAS DAY ***** Merry Christmas *****
- 26TH DECEMBER - BOXING DAY
- 29TH SUNDAY - CLOSED
- 30TH MONDAY - CLOSED
- 31ST TUESDAY - NEW YEARS EVE - CLOSED
- NEW YEARS DAY 1ST JANUARY 2014 - *****Happy New Year for 2014**** !!!!
- LABOUR DAY 3RD MARCH 2014
- GOOD FRIDAY 18TH APRIL 2014
- EASTER MONDAY 21ST APRIL 2014
- ANZAC DAY - 25TH APRIL 2014
- WESTERN AUSTRALIA DAY - 2ND JUNE 2014
- QUEENS BIRTHDAY - 29TH SEPTEMBER 2014
- CHRISTMAS DAY - 25TH DECEMBER 2014
- BOXING DAY - 26TH DECEMBER 2014
Event Times: NB : Due to the sunset each night during the year our viewing and event times change approx e.g. Summer 8pm starts, Autum 7.30pm - 7pm starts , Winter, 6.30- 6pm starts. Spring 7pm - 7.30pm starts.( this information is provided on our calendar of events).
We are open when it is cloudy( if you see a blue patch in the sky then thats the reason why we will give it a try) because we love the rain and storms as it makes our night skies crystal clear and sometimes when it is raining or cloudy in Perth we have no clouds or rain up at Gingin, so check the weather map for Gingin look at these sites:
Merry Christmas - The Galaxy Team would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas - Happy Stars in your eyes Holidays.
SOLAR EVENT- DAYTIME BOOK NOW !!!! Come along to our first general public Solar Event !!! and why not make a day out by visiting the Gravity Discovery Centre ( right next door ) or West Coast Honey or 1300 Trail Rides or Caledina Mini Golf and why not stay for the weekend at one of our fantastic places to stay over night close by and then come and visit with us again At the Gingin Observatory our night time event .
SOLAR EVENT- DAYTIME EVENT!!!
- SATURDAY 21ST - 10AM TO 11AM - SOLAR VIEWING
- SATURDAY 21ST - STARTS AT 8PM
- SUNDAY 22ND - 8PM
- FRIDAY 27TH - DISCOUNTED - 8PM
- SATURDAY 28TH - 8 PM
- FRIDAY 13TH - DISCOUNTED 1.5HRS 8PM
- SATURDAY 14TH - 7.30PM
Events published are subject to change due to bad weather conditons, please phone or email to confirm your bookings by 12 noon on the day, if you are concerned or wish to re-schedule.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2014 !!
- FRIDAY 3RD - DISCOUNTED
- SATURDAY 4TH
- FRIDAY 24TH - DISCOUNTED
- SATURDAY 25TH
- FRIDAY 31ST - DISCOUNTED
- FRIDAY 10TH - DISCOUNTED
- SATURDAY 11TH
- FRIDAY 17TH ( MOON RISES 19:51)
- SATURDAY 18TH ( MOON RISES 20:26)
Online bookings are Easy: Check out the Events Calendar and make online booking by clicking on
Gingin Observatory is an Accredited Tourism Business and was a finalist in the 2010 Western Australian Tourism Awards!