Where is Gingin Observatory?
Gingin Observatory is located at 1098 Military Road, 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.
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.
Please note: There are now facilities where you can buy a meal right next door at the Gravity Discovery Centre ( they do need Min 10 people to make it viable for them to be open ). Otherwise we recommend you eat before arriving either at home or somewhere en route or arrive early and bring a picnic - we have plenty of chairs.
The Gravity Discovery Centre is next door to Gingin Observatory. It's a great science centre to visit and is open Tuesdays - Sundays, 9.30am - 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.
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 ) 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
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.
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.