Stargazing at Mount Stromlo

Information for visitors & activities

Discover activities and visitor information at Mount Stromlo Observatory. Explore guided tours, stargazing nights, and educational programs.

The Visitor Centre has something for everyone with science exhibits, a kids zone, and information about Mount Stromlo’s rich history of tragedies and triumphs.

There’s also a heritage trail with augmented reality to transport you to a different time as you stroll past kangaroos while taking in the sweeping views across Canberra and the surrounding mountains.

Opening hours

The Café and Visitor Centre are currently closed and we will reopen as soon as we are able. During the closure, the Mount Stromlo Observatory site (including the Heritage Trail) and Director's Residence will remain open as per the hours below. 

The Mount Stromlo Observatory site is open to the public daily from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

The Director's Residence is open daily from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Please note that all academic buildings are closed to the public unless otherwise noted. The use of drones at Mount Stromlo Observatory is not permitted without ANU RSAA Operational approval. Users must also supply copies of the commercial licences to operate the drones. Please contact RSAA on (02) 6125 0230 for enquiries or book a flight over Mt Stromlo.


Mt Stromlo was severely damaged by the firestorm of 18 January 2003. As a result, all of the large telescopes at Mount Stromlo Observatory have been decommissioned. Our sister observatory, Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran, NSW, now hosts all of the Research School's operational large telescopes.

If you are interested in stargazing, we hold public astronomy nights from April to September each year. You can also book a private stargazing session using our outreach telescopes, or if you are a school or educational group, see our education programs.