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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Gingin Observatory?
Gingin Observatory is located at 1098 Military Road West Gingin ( Yeal), halfway between the towns of Gingin and Guilderton. It is approximately one hour's drive north of central Perth and the easiest access to Military Road is via Wanneroo Road. For those using GPS navigation devices and Google map directions, please be aware that Military Road does not seem to be listed. It can cause some confusion when driving to Gingin Observatory. For the best map for directions to Gingin Observatory, please Click Here. 

Where can I contact you ?

By phone: +61895757740   Our office hours are from 9am - 12noon:- Tuesdays  Fridays Saturdays. Just leave a message and your contact details and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can.   Alternatively you can send us an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What are your prices?

 MARVELLOUS MOON NIGHTS & DARK NIGHT STARGAZING 

  • ADULT $52
  • SENIOR $ 46
  • CHILD (6-16YRS) $ 33
  • CHILD UNDER 5 FREE
  • FAMILY ( 2 ADULTS + 2 CHILDREN 6-16YRS)  $165

SOLAR VIEWING - DAYTIME

  • ADULT   $20
  • SENIOR  $15
  • CHILD (6-16YRS) $12
  • CHILD UNDER 5 FREE

What events to you have coming up ? Go to our Latest Events at Gingin Observatory

Can I organise meals, accommodation and other things to do?
There are various options for meals, accommodation and visiting other places of interest. A list of places to stay, eat and play is listed on this website. Click on the"Staying Overnight" tab for more information. 

What can we do during the day time before stargazing?

 

There are many places to visit nearby the Gingin Observatory and right next door we have the  Gravity Discovery Centre. It's a great science centre to visit and is open Tuesdays - Sundays, 10.00am - 5.00pm. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.  Open on Mondays during Western Australian school holidays. Bookings are not required. No Meals are currently available before any stargazing event.

What if the gate is closed when we arrive  or there is a Cancellation ?

Please do not panic this is a rare occurance and we try not to close up an event if we possibly can, reasons why is for only Bad weather ; Fire ; Emergency. And before a cancellation you will be informed accordingly by phone or email.

We do not put up signs on  the entry gate that leads into the site where we are - and if we do please take note -this sign will have Gingin Observatory Logo on it. 

NB: If we are closed at all for any reason ( Fire ; Emergency only ) you will receive an email and either a phone call or a text message to let you know if we are not open.) 

What if it’s cloudy?
We wish we had control over the clouds! 

Payment for stargazing night tickets is not refundable and events at Gingin Observatory run regardless of weather but sometimes it can be cloudy or wet. ( we may also cancel an event if there is under 10 people booked in for a nights event and you will be informed well before hand in regards any cancellation )  If this is the case, we strive to arrange the stargazing evening to give ourselves the best chance of viewing through telescopes. Generally, there is a point in the evening stargazing tour where viewing through telescopes is possible and we only require a good 30-40 minute break to do so. In Western Australia, we’re relatively lucky because our weather moves quite quickly and it is rare that we encounter a day or night of complete cloud cover.  However, if this does happen............ 

“2 for 1” vouchers
The cloudy/wet weather programme still features access to the telescopes and our regular theatre presentations.  Additionally, the night also includes an extended presentation by the attending astronomer and an extended theatre show that is both entertaining and enthralling. If the weather prevents viewing through telescopes completely, “2 for 1” vouchers are issued at the end of the event - this makes a subsequent visit half price. 

Delaying your visit
Alternatively, if you’re concerned about the weather and would prefer to delay your visit, you’re very welcome to do so. Please notify Gingin Observatory of your cancellation by either phone: 08 9575 7740 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 12 noon on the day you are scheduled to attend. Your booking can either be transferred to another available night, or be issued as a gift certificate voucher, valid for six months, to the same value as your original booking. 

Do I receive tickets?
No tickets are issued. Your name is registered on the date of your event so that we know to expect you. Online bookings receive a confirmation of registration email. Please print and bring along a copy of this email to redeem your booking. 

When should I arrive?
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time. Allow yourself an appropriate amount of time to arrive at Gingin Observatory. The Observatory address is 1098 Military Road, West Gingin.

It's right next door to the Gravity Discovery Centre. ( in the Southern Cross Cosmos Centre building)

What should I wear?
Wear suitable shoes as there are some small ladders to climb for viewing through telescopes and bring a warm jacket - it can get cool in the evenings.

Is stargazing suitable for young children?
Looking through a telescope is a great opportunity for learning and inspiration and Gingin Observatory welcomes children of all ages. For children 5 years and under we recommend a night when the Moon is available to see. The Moon is a big, bright object that is easy for young visitors to see. Stargazing is usually held in the first half of an evening (weather permitting), so if children fall asleep after this; at least they have had the chance to look through telescopes. Entry charges apply for children aged 6 to 16 years. Children 5 years and under are no charge. All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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