Mount Stromlo Observatory Site Tour

74" Telescope at Mount Stromlo

Take a walking tour of the Mount Stromlo Observatory and learn about one of Canberra’s oldest sites. Mount Stromlo Observatory has been carrying out astronomical observations for over 100 years and, prior to the 2003 firestorm, had grown from a small outpost of pioneering astronomers to one of the great observatories of the world.

Its history includes designing optical munitions during the Second World War, weathering two devastating bushfires and earning one Nobel Prize. Come along and learn about the history, the science, and the future of Mount Stromlo Observatory.

As most of the tour is outdoors, we recommend bringing a sun hat and water as well as a warm jacket.

2017 Dates: 5 March, 9 April, 7 May, 8 July, 13 August, 10 September, 7 October, 12 November, 3 December

Date & time

10–11.30am 5 March 2017
10–11.30am 9 April 2017
10–11.30am 7 May 2017
10–11.30am 23 July 2017
10–11.30am 13 August 2017
10–11.30am 10 September 2017
10–11.30am 7 October 2017
10–11.30am 12 November 2017
10–11.30am 3 December 2017


Mount Stromlo Observatory Visitor Centre


 Brad Tucker
 02 6125 6711

Updated:  24 November 2017/Responsible Officer:  RSAA Director/Page Contact:  Webmaster