StarFest 2017 Dates and all Events

This year StarFest will held over the October long weekend.

Friday 29th September (Science in the Pub)

All proceeds from this event go to supporting local charities.

More information coming soon.

Saturday 30th September (Open Day at Siding Spring Observatory)

Sunday 1st October (The Bok Lecture)

A not to be missed event with Professor Matthew Colless.

More information to come.

Open Day – Sat 30th Sep 2017




September 30th 2017 – 9:30am till 4pm

Can’t make Open Day but would like to see the talks? We will be streaming the talks live on the day.


Siding Spring Observatory (the Mud Map and Program is ready for you here!). Remember to pick up your What’s On booklet on the day!


There’s a whole day of activities – view the Mud Maps for Open Day.

*Open Day Program (see Program 2016 in PDF)

*Tour the telescopes

*Hear talks by world famous astronomers in the AAT Dome (see Talks Program 2016 AAT in PDF)

*Talks designed for children in the Exploratory (see Childrens Talks Program 2016 in PDF)

*Enjoy activities for the whole family

*See the science displays including for example solar viewing and Starr’s Planetarium

Starr's Planetarium

*Eat at the newly refurbished Exploratory cafe, or grab a sausage sizzle on the way round

*Starfest will be supporting the work of the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) this year. The VRA will be raffling a 40″ Hisense Smart TV over the weekend. Tickets will be on sale from the VRA and Starfest Committee. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.

*And much much more

How can I get there? Bus or Drive?

Bus from Coonabarabran

Pick Up 1: 9am pick up at Visitors centre in town, 9:30am drop off at SSO.

Pick Up 2: 12:30pm pick up at Visitors centre in town, 1:00pm drop off at SSO.

Return to Coonabarabran Visitors centre

Return 1: 12pm from Exploratory at SSO

Return 2: 4pm from Exploratory at SSO

Drive and Park

There’s tons of parking – drive on in. You will be directed as you approach the telescopes.

Do I Have To Book?

No! Just rock on up – we would love to see you!

Professor Matthew Colless – Sun 1st Oct


Sunday October 1st, 2017 – 11:00 am


Coonabarabran Bowling Club

Who? Prof. Matthew Colless!


What is the Subject?

More information coming soon.


To book your seats a gold coin donation is appreciated. Book your seats soon at Sticky Tickets now!

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Dr Amanda Bauer - Bok Lecture 2016